El Paso County Public Health News

Be an advocate for youth in honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month 

May 10, 2022

Young people’s mental health is a critical aspect of their overall health and well-being. The Youth Suicide Prevention Workgroup, convened by El Paso County Public Health, partners with many community allies, working to help people recognize and address youth mental health concerns, increase help-seeking behaviors among youth, de-stigmatize mental illness, and build the framework for supporting those needs. During National Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Public Health wants to emphasize the ways everyone can be an advocate for strong mental health for our county’s youth. 

Public health leaders honored in Women’s History Month celebration

March 29, 2022

El Paso County Public Health’s Director Susan Wheelan and Joyce Salazar were among the leaders recognized across numerous community events for their leadership, innovation and tireless dedication to improving the health and well-being of the people of El Paso County.

Susan Wheelan stands at a podium

Public Health recognized for excellence in financial reporting

March 29, 2022

For the third straight year, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada recognized El Paso County Public Health with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This is the highest form of recognition by the association in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Celebrating WIC during National Nutrition Month

March 23, 2022

The Women, Infants & Children program offered through El Paso County Public Health helps families by providing nutritious foods, education on healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and referrals.

Improving population health in El Paso County through community action

March 18, 2022

El Paso County Public Health’s public health planner works hand in hand with community partners to gather information and data related to health issues within El Paso County, which is then used to inform and build an effective community-driven health improvement plan.

When Does a Pandemic Become Endemic? Have We Reached the Endemic Phase?

March 4, 2022

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, there are positive signs it is waning. This doesn’t mean it will disappear; however, it is more likely we will adapt and learn to make it a manageable part of our lives.

El Paso County Public Health updating COVID-19 dashboards

Feb. 23, 2022

These changes reflect the current phase of the response and are part of continuous efforts to ensure data visualizations are as relevant, timely and accurate as possible.

Text that reads "Radon is in the ground naturally. But sometimes it gets into homes through cracks in the floors or walls."

El Paso County Public Health encourages radon home testing in January

Jan. 14, 2022

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and El Paso County has been designated as an area with high radon potential, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.