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.

Healthy Children and Families

What is Healthy Children and Families (HCF)?

The goal of Healthy Children and Families (HCF) is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of children participating in programs provided by the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Public Health Emergency Dispensing Exercise

On June 16, 2017, El Paso County Public Health is participating in a full-scale, statewide Public Health Emergency Response Event to test the community’s response procedures during a health crisis. 

Teen Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 17 in Colorado.  In El Paso County, the suicide rate among youth under the age of 18 has increased in recent years, from 7 completed suicides in 2014 to 14 completed suicides in 2015 and 15 completed suicides in 2016. Suicides accounted for over 50% of all child fatalities among youth under 18 in El Paso County that were reviewed by the El Paso County Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) in 2016. 

Youth Advocacy

Youth programs at El Paso County Public Health focus on promoting healthy youth behaviors and development to improve lifelong health outcomes. We are committed to collaborating with community members from a wide range of disciplines to support our youth initiatives. Our efforts are focused on prevention, policy, and systems change.

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.