Articles & Publications

Everyday Small Steps to Keep Kids Healthy

February 11, 2013

When it comes to making changes, every day is a chance to make healthy choices. By focusing on small steps at home, such as skipping sugary drinks or keeping fresh fruit for snacks, you can prevent a variety of health concerns while teaching children the importance of good nutrition.

Protect Children from the Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

January 14, 2013

Secondhand smoke is linked to influenza complications, bronchitis, pneumonia, wheezing, coughing, increased ear infections and more frequent and severe asthma attacks. Tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease worldwide. In this country alone, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from diseases caused by smoking or secondhand smoke exposure each year.

Fact or Fiction: Common Myths About the Flu Vaccination

December 4, 2012

El Paso County Public Health, following national immunization guidelines issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends anyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccination. Although the flu vaccine is safe and offers the best protection currently available against the flu, common myths about the vaccine may keep some people from seeking the flu shot.

Public Health Nurses Make a Difference for Children with Special Needs

November 16, 2012

The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP) at El Paso County Public Health help families find appropriate specialty doctors, and connect them to new resources or programs that could benefit families. Public Health nurses also reach out to support groups if needed, and are the calming voice on the phone when road blocks are encountered within the health care system. The HCP staff include two full-time nurses and a registered dietician. Also called care coordinators, they give referrals for medical and developmental services and information, promote independence, provide education and guidance to families about coordinating health care, help families learn about options to help pay for health care, and more.

Prevent the Spread of Whooping Cough

October 15, 2012

Parents and caregivers often are aware of the importance of whooping cough vaccines for children – and it’s just as important to remind adults that they need the vaccine, too. Increasing the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccination among adults helps prevent the spread of disease and protects the most vulnerable, particularly young infants.

Protect Your Family This Season With Flu Vaccinations

October 1, 2012

The flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children, and the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Late summer or early fall are the best times to get the flu vaccine to reduce your chances of getting sick with the flu.

Back to School Nutrition: The Smart Way to Start Your Child's Day

September 1, 2012

A healthy diet plays a critical role in children's overall health and school performance.

Don't Delay - Schedule Back-to-School Vaccinations Now

August 1, 2012

This summer, do something for your child and your school – get your vaccinations up to date so you can avoid being part of the back-to-school rush.

Partnering Low-Income, First-Time Moms with Public Health Nurses Proves to be Effective

June 18, 2012

At age 15, Rachael had to tell her dad she was three months pregnant. She was scared because she knew he wouldn’t expect it from his volleyball playing, straight-A, ninth-grade high school student, and would likely be disappointed. After hearing the news, her dad discussed her options of adoption or raising her child on her own, and asked her to think about what she wanted. She decided to take on the life-long responsibility of raising her baby. Rachael went to an appointment to see a local obstetrician where she learned about the Nurse-Family Partnership program offered by El Paso County Public Health that would change her life.

Air Quality Alert Prompts Public Health to Advise Residents to Take Precautions

June 14, 2012

El Paso County, Colo. — As smoke from the High Park Fire in Larimer County continues to affect air quality in El Paso County, Public Health recommends that people monitor air quality and if needed, take precautionary steps.

Keep Children Active and Eating Healthy this Summer

May 8, 2012

With the weather improving and schools nearing summer recess, now is a good time to plan healthful and fun summer activities and menus to keep kids active and energized. Efforts to increase physical activity and healthy eating in our families are important because El Paso County has not escaped the national obesity epidemic.

El Paso County Health Indicators 2012 Report

April 9, 2012

El Paso County Public Health conducts a Community Health Status Assessment of key health indicators for El Paso County as part of our work and accountability to the community. The assessment provides health information about residents and identifies health trends and issues that may be of concern in our county.