The El Paso County Public Health Annual Report outlines accomplishments and measurements of Colorado’s most populous county for 2013. The report depicts county statistics in measurable areas such as obesity, infectious diseases, tobacco prevention and health, education and environmental services. This report serves as a barometer of the health standing of the nearly 650,000 residents in El Paso County.

El Paso County Public Health partnered with Deerfield Park Community Center and Meadows Park Community Center in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of youth smoking.  Children helped removed cigarette butts from the parks in recognition of Kick Butts Day.

El Paso County retail food establishments are eligible for recognition if the establishment receives no critical violations on their report in the course of two regular annual inspections. Critical violations are those which, if not corrected, may lead to foodborne illness. In 2013 there were 82 more recipients than in 2012.  A list of those restaurants recognized by the Board of Health for Excellence in Food Safety during 2013 is available here.  

Tobacco use costs the United States more than $289 billion a year, including at least $133 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity

Quit throwing money away.  Quit for yourself. Call 1.800.QUIT.NOW.

Visit tobaccofreeco.org for more free resources.

 Pertussis (whooping cough) cases continue to rise in Colorado. To protect infants and toddlers from the disease, caregivers are urged to get the Tdap vaccine.

Flu season is here - get your flu vaccine now. An annual immunization boosts your immune system and is the first and most important step in protecting yourself against this serious disease. Recommended for anyone 6 months of age and older. Click here for local flu stats.

During an emergency, tetanus vaccination is recommended for impacted residents or first responders who have not had a documented dose within the past five years. To schedule an appointment at the Immunization Clinic, call (719) 578-3199.

El Paso County Public Health has become the first public health agency in Colorado to earn national accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). 

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas, which can cause sudden illness and death. Protect your family by installing CO detectors in your home.

When returning to your home after a flood, be aware that flood water and debris may contain sewage and other hazardous items. Take steps to protect yourself and your family during the cleanup process.

The recent Waldo Canyon Fire has significantly changed the landscape, presenting risk of debris flow and flooding. Read more to learn about health risks, and steps to take before, during and after a flood or flash flood.

About El Paso County Public Health

Our mission is to promote and protect public health and environmental quality in the community through people, prevention and partnerships. El Paso County Public Health is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and serves the estimated 622,263 residents of El Paso County and visitors. El Paso County includes the cities and towns of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Calhan, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Monument, Palmer Lake and Ramah. The median age of El Paso County residents, according to the 2010 Census Bureau, was 34. Seventy-two percent of residents are white, 15 percent are Hispanic, 5.8 percent are black, and 7.3 percent are other race and ethnicities.