El Paso County Public Health News

El Paso County Public Health Makes Childhood Immunizations Available at Backpack Bash

July 28, 2022

On July 30, the El Paso County Public Health Immunizations program will again offer routine childhood and COVID-19 vaccinations during the Backpack Bash, an annual, collaborative, citywide effort to provide access to backpacks, school supplies, and resources for families in need in El Paso County.

Public Health will be in the cafeteria at Sierra High School, 2250 Jet Wing Drive, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 30, and will be offering all routine childhood vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Low- and no-cost vaccines are available to anyone age 18 or under who wants them. Those with questions, and those who need to schedule an appointment at a different time, may do so by calling Public Health at 719-578-3199, option 5. Parents who attend the Bash simply need to bring their ID and their child’s vaccine records, which can be requested from the child’s health care provider or school. 


What you need to know about fentanyl and opioids

April 4, 2022

Opioids are an important tool for doctors and health care providers to manage pain in patients, whether for one-time events like surgeries or for chronic conditions. But when these medications are used  inappropriately, it can lead to addiction and increase the risk of overdose and possible death.

Local governments and governing bodies recognize 2022 National Public Health Week

April 4, 2022

National Public Health Week is an annual recognition of the work conducted by public health agencies across the country. In El Paso County, local municipalities and the El Paso County Board of Health has issued proclamations to recognize the work of public health staff to protect and promote community and individual health.

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.