El Paso County Public Health will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. El Paso County Public Health will also not be administering tuberculosis skin tests until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Public Health Information

Local agencies launch Man Therapy campaign to break the stigma surrounding men’s mental health

El Paso County, CO – El Paso County Public Health and partnering community agencies are announcing the launch of a new countywide campaign, Man Therapy, targeted at reducing the stigma surrounding men’s mental health.

The launch, in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, will take place Thursday, September 13 at 9 a.m. at the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners meeting.

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USDA Awards El Paso County Public Health WIC Program for Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers

El Paso County, Colorado — El Paso County Public Health is one of three Women, Infants and Children (WIC) agencies in Colorado among a select number of agencies in the nation to receive an award for superior support of breastfeeding mothers from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA awarded the Loving Support Award of Excellence Gold Award to El Paso County Public Health, which was among 78 agencies nationwide to be awarded.

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County agencies urge parents and caregivers to practice the ABC’s of safe sleep for babies

El Paso County, CO – Sudden unexplained infant death (SUID) takes the lives of more than 50 babies in Colorado each year. One of the main causes for SUID is accidental suffocation from infant sleep in an unsafe environment, such as the couch or a parent’s bed. The death rate by accidental suffocation in infants is increasing nationally.

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Public Health launches retail food establishment rating system

El Paso County, Colorado — When deciding where to dine and purchase food, consumers consider many factors including price, quality, and customer service. El Paso County Public Health has launched a new online retail food establishment rating system that seeks to add “food safety” to this list.

The new rating system assigns one of five categories to a retail food establishment following a routine inspection, ranging from “Excellent” to “Unacceptable.”

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Public Health protects El Paso County from emergencies and disasters through national “public health ready” recognition program

El Paso County, CO– El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.

EPCPH 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.  EPCPH joins a group of 500 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR.

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Tobacco Industry Ads Finally Tell the Truth about Its Deadly Products

El Paso County, CO -- More than 45 years after tobacco advertising left American television, the biggest U.S. tobacco companies are returning with a message they never wanted to share.

Beginning November 2017, the major U.S. tobacco companies are required to run ads in newspapers and on national TV telling the American people the truth about the devastating health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke as well as the companies’ intentional design of cigarettes to make them more addictive.

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