Notices

El Paso County Public Health will be closed on Monday, February 20 for Presidents Day.

Services

Radon

Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium found in soils, rock, and water. Because radon is odorless and invisible, the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test.

Radon seeps through the soil, and moves into the air and into homes through cracks and small openings in foundations. Homes trap radon in living spaces, where it may build up to dangerous levels.

Youth Tobacco Education & Prevention

The Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (TEPP) focuses on policy level tobacco prevention to increase tobacco cessation, reduce initiation of tobacco use, decrease tobacco prevalence among youth, and decrease exposure to secondhand smoke in our community.

Nearly 90% of all tobacco users start before the age of 18, so it is imperative to reach youth before they use their first tobacco product. TEPP promotes youth tobacco prevention by partnering with local schools, implementing youth access policies, and expanding secondhand smoke protections.

Communities that Care (CTC)

Communities that Care (CTC) guides communities through a proven five-phase change process that promotes healthy development, improves outcomes and reduces problem behaviors among youth. This model empowers community members to take ownership for the long term health, safety, and wellbeing of youth. 

CTC applies strategies that increase resilience so youth are less likely to engage in problem behaviors. These strategies focus on creating a stronger sense of connectedness to their families, community and society.

The Communities that Care (CTC) process: 

Developmental Screening

Many children with developmental delays and disorders are not identified until kindergarten entry or later.   As a result, these children may miss opportunities for early intervention.   Early developmental screening with appropriate referrals for follow up can help improve outcomes for these children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children be screened for developmental delays and disabilities during regular well-child doctor visits at:

Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) in Fountain, Widefield, Security

What are PFCs?

PFCs are a family of human-made chemicals that do not occur naturally in the environment. These compounds are found in firefighting foams, coating additives and surface protection products for carpets and clothing, and other common commercial products. In Colorado, only the Security/Widefield/Fountain area detected PFCs.

VIDEO: Community Meeting to Discuss PFCs

Healthy Eating Active Living

The word is spreading - eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary beverages. 

Make it your goal to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle!

El Paso County Public Health's Community Health Educators focus on healthy eating and active living education, collaboration, and outreach throughout El Paso County. We utilize the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! evidence-based materials created by Let’s Go!, a program within The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, based in Maine.

Tobacco Targets Youth

El Paso County Public Health and Kaiser Permanente are hosting a free community event to explore the problem of youth tobacco use and how the tobacco industry targets youth, minorities and low-income communities. La Tanisha Wright, a former tobacco industry insider, will expose tobacco industry retail marketing tactics employed by Big Tobacco, and discuss how people can take action to protect their communities against tobacco addiction.

Measles

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. About three out of 10 people who get measles will develop one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Complications are more common in adults and young children.

CDC: Measles Update

Ebola Education

CO Help is available to answer questions: 

303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911

Important things to know about Ebola:

Flood Cleanup & Mold Prevention

Apply for FEMA assistance: www.fema.gov/apply-assistance

Cleanup Guidance