Jefferson County Public Health Monthly header

January 2020 // Volume 2, Issue 1


Dr. Mark B. Johnson

Three Cheers for One Year!

Public health affects all of us, and it takes an active and engaged community to help advance health and wellness in Jefferson County. The New Year marks the anniversary of the launch of Jefferson County Public Health’s (JCPH) community newsletter, Public Health Monthly. Our goal has been to keep you updated on public health news, happenings and ways to get involved, with an easy-to-read issue delivered directly to your inbox each month. We hope you have found this communication helpful!
If you’re looking for more ways to learn about or stay engaged with public health in our community, here are five easy steps you can take:
  1. Follow JCPH on Facebook and Twitter
  2. Subscribe to our policy-focused newsletter, Policy Pulse.
  3. Hear stories and commentary from our team of experts on our blog, Public Health Perspectives.
  4. Attend Board of Health meetings.
  5. Explore the Jefferson County Community Health Needs Assessment.
We greatly appreciate you — our subscribers and public health champions — and look forward to another year of health and wellness in 2020! 

Dr. Mark B. Johnson, MPH, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Jefferson County Public Health


National Radon Action Month

Test Your Home for Dangerous Radon

In Jefferson County, about half of homes tested have high levels of radon, a dangerous and naturally-occurring radioactive gas. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and testing is the only way to find out how much radon is in the air you breathe at home. During National Radon Action Month this January, JCPH Environmental Health Services will provide free radon test kits to homeowners in Jefferson County throughout January (one per family; while supplies last). Learn more about radon and how to get your free kit.

Top Public Health Issues of 2019 & How JCPH Responded

From the threat of a measles outbreak, to an increase in youth vaping, to the growing health impacts related to climate change, the past year brought new or growing health challenges to our community. As the local public health leader, JCPH took action to help protect the health of everyone in Jefferson County.

Students at Wheat Ridge High School who participate in UpRise

Student Leaders ‘Making Way for Change’ in the Tobacco Conversation

Young people have the power to make a difference. By researching the root causes of tobacco use and listening to the experiences of their peers and staff, students are proposing new and effective ways to address these causes and protect the health of future generations. Read more about the work of the Wheat Ridge High School UpRISE coalition. 

10 Public Health Stories that Made Headlines in Colorado

In 2019, public health news made top headlines frequently. From a mysterious and deadly new vaping illness to ongoing climate change concerns to the re-emergence of diseases once thought to be eradicated by vaccines, these stories have dominated local, national and even international news cycles. Colorado was often a major player in, or had significant implications from, these stories. Read more.

DATA ROUNDUP: Radon in Jefferson County

About 50% of homes tested in Jeffco have high levels of radon
Every year, about 20,000 people in the U.S. die from lung cancer caused by radon.
People who smoke and are exposed to high concentrations of radon have an estimated 10-15x greater risk of developing lung cancer than people who don't smoke.

Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless, cancer-causing gas that comes from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium and radium in soil, rock and water. It’s important to test your home for radon and take action if levels are unsafe. 


Talk with Your Teen about Boundaries 

Setting and adjusting boundaries is an ongoing process throughout life for everyone. For teens, it's especially important to have clear boundaries, because adolescence is a time of great change, and youth with clear boundaries are happier and safer.
Talk to your teen about their current boundaries, whether those are curfews, privileges, etc. Have an open, back-and-forth conversation with them about their wants and needs — decisions are more likely to stick that way. The best way to show your teen you care? Be there. Have a talk with your teen. Learn more at

Save the Date: FREE Parenting Workshop

Navigating Substance Experimentation in Teens (NSET) is a free, two-hour workshop offering information and support for parents or caregivers whose teen is experimenting with alcohol, marijuana, vaping and other substances. The workshop is held the first Wednesday of each month from 6-8 pm at Jefferson County Public Health in Lakewood. Learn more and register.

2020 Board of Health Meeting Calendar

The Jefferson County Board of Health meeting calendar for 2020 is now available. Meetings are held at 4 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at Jefferson County Public Health, located at 645 Parfet St. in Lakewood. The Board welcomes public input into its decision-making process and encourages community participation at its hearings. We hope to see you there!


Mothers' Milk Bank

Mothers’ Milk Bank

Do you have more milk than your baby needs? If so, consider donating to Mothers’ Milk Bank. Donating milk can make a life-saving impact for babies born every day. JCPH, in partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank, also offers a free breastfeeding moms group that meets Mondays and Wednesdays at various locations. Learn more.

Join the conversation! Follow Jefferson County Public Health on Facebook at @jeffcopublichealth and on Twitter and Instagram at @jeffcoph. Visit our website at

Newsletter footer
Powered by
CivicSend - A product of CivicPlus