El Paso County Public Health earns national public health emergency preparedness recognition

El Paso County Public Health is the first Colorado county to receive consecutive recognition by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to respond to public health emergencies. 

El Paso County Public Health met the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. El Paso County Public Health joins 300 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for their agencies’ preparedness efforts through PPHR. Public Health first received PPHR recognition in 2008; agencies can re-apply once every three years. 

This recognition confirms that El Paso County Public Health has a thorough and coordinated emergency response plan in place, that agency staff members are trained, and that the agency exercises the plan and uses it during public health emergencies. 

El Paso County Public Health plays a critical role in emergency preparedness and response on behalf of the communities it serves. Public Health provides education about emerging public health threats and credible information to help prepare and protect the public in the event of an emergency, such as wildfires or flooding. Public Health responds to pandemics, acts of terrorism and other emergencies that threaten public health. In order to do this, Public Health trains with first-responder agencies and other partners to protect the public. We also provide emergency preparedness planning, training, exercises and epidemiology to a five-county region in Colorado.

For more information, visit www.elpasocountypublichealth.org.

Susan Wheelan

Communication Director

(719) 575-8678

El Paso County, CO