Media Coverage

Commissioners See Shades of Brown in Hanover

April 3, 2013 from Colorado Springs Independent

Most of us would be happier believing that poop simply disappears once it's flushed down the toilet. But it does go somewhere. Just ask the residents of rural Hanover, who have recently received an earful on — and in some cases, a lung-ful of — treated human sewage, otherwise known as "biosolids."

County Medical Director Assesses Situation

April 2, 2013 from Colorado Springs Business Journal

The new medical director at El Paso County Public Health has been in Colorado Springs for only eight months, but he’s been busy. Dr. Bill Letson views his job as the chance to prevent sickness and death from various diseases. Early disease prevention, he says, is the most cost-effective way to approach health and well-being for the entire population.

Group to Study El Paso County Child Deaths

February 25, 2013 from The Gazette

Children die from many things: Abuse and neglect. Car and bicycle accidents. Drowning. Choking. Swallowing batteries. No one would suggest that a community can eliminate every child fatality, but a local group from the nonprofit, medical, judicial and government arenas hopes to at least minimize juvenile deaths by learning more about what caused them. Toward that end, the group is looking into reviving a local child fatality review committee that would track the causes of each child death in El Paso County, detect trends based on the data, and use the findings to raise public awareness and, perhaps, influence policymaking and legislation at the state level.

County Expands Water Testing Program

February 18, 2013 from The Gazette

A bigger laboratory and new equipment for El Paso County Public Health should translate into savings for public water systems and residents with private wells. Public Health’s lab is the only facility in the Pikes Peak region that is certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to perform testing for inorganic contaminants including fluoride, nitrate-N and bromide.

Mealworms Found in Batch of Soup at Harrison High Lunch

February 6, 2013 from The Gazette

The menu said turkey noodle soup, but students at Harrison High School found a little extra protein in their lunch Wednesday. After a student discovered a mealworm or weevil in his soup, cafeteria workers found more insects in the batch of soup. “The lunch ladies immediately pulled the soup off the line,” Harrison School District 2 spokeswoman Christine Lyle said. “Luckily, it was caught during the first five to 10 minutes of the very first lunch.”

Losing Ground Part 4: Health Care

January 23, 2013 from The Gazette

Lucero Barrios is Latina and a new mother — circumstances that place her squarely in a group of people affected by a shocking reality in Colorado: A Hispanic baby born in this state is 63 percent more likely than a white baby to die in the first year of life.

Flu Prevention Tips

January 22, 2013 from KXRM (FOX) Channel 21

Flu Prevention Tips

January 22, 2013 from KRDO (ABC) Channel 13

Bedbugs are Popular Pests in the Springs

January 22, 2013 from The Gazette

Mike Collins has bedbugs. Ten of them, to be precise. He keeps them in vials in his pocket, in case his partner needs a little motivation.

Nasty Flu Continues to Plague Colorado, Nation

January 22, 2013 from KXRM (FOX) Channel 21

The flu continues to plague the nation, having sickened hundreds of thousands from California to New Jersey. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this flu season began early and has been unusually vigorous. To date, at least one flu death has been reported in El Paso County, with four total in Colorado.

Tips to Avoid Getting the Flu

January 22, 2013 from KRDO (ABC) Channel 13

The flu is infecting many across the nation, and doctors say they expect the flu season to last for longer this year than usual. Experts say the best defense against the flu is getting vaccinated, adding that it is not too late to get the vaccine. Bill Letson, medical director with El Paso County Public Health, said hand washing is also key to staying healthy.

Flu Claims Life of Child in El Paso County; Cases Climb

January 15, 2013 from The Gazette

A toddler from El Paso County has died from the flu, the fourth pediatric death in Colorado in an early, active flu season, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported Tuesday.