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.
In June 2016, Public Health convened community leaders from cities and towns across El Paso County to discuss concerns facing our youth, and to prioritize their commitment for youth advocacy work. The group chose teen suicide prevention and youth substance use as the top two issues.
Public Health youth health initiative focus areas:
- Suicide Prevention
- Tobacco Use Prevention
- Substance Use Prevention
- Maternal and Child Health (MCH)
Now more than ever, it is important that we listen and learn from our youth. We are partnering with local agencies to promote the implementation of the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey in El Paso County. The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey will allow youth-serving organizations across the county to better understand the unique health climate surrounding youth. Information gathered will be used to identify health priorities and enhance school, community, and state based programs and policies. To learn more about the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey visit www.colorado.gov/cdphe/hkcs or email [email protected].