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Flu shot clinics
Garfield County Public Health is hosting walk-in flu shot clinics in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Rifle, on Oct. 23, 25, 26, 30. Shots are $15 for children and $25 for adults.
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Garfield County Public Health is calling on parents and guardians to keep vaccine-preventable diseases out of Colorado, by making sure school-aged youth are up to date on vaccinations.

radon mitigation Service animals
The Garfield County Consumer Protection Division is working to provide education on the federal regulations that differentiate service and emotional support animals.

2018 annual report
The 2018 Garfield County Public Health annual report is now available, and features an overview of the projects and successes of the department over the past year.

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radon mitigation Radon mitigation
A state program is offering funding for low-income homes looking to mitigate risks of radon exposure. Radon is present in close to half of Garfield County homes.
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Give them 3 feet
Garfield County Public Health has launched "Give them 3 Feet," a public awareness sign campaign that encourages all road users to share the road, promoting safety for all. Public input is sought on where to place additional signs.
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Support for breastfeeding moms
A Garfield County nutrition assistance program is supporting breastfeeding moms through an expanded statewide peer texting program. Women receive text messages from educators, who provide them with guidance throughout their pregnancy.
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2017 Public Health annual report
The 2017 Garfield County Public Health annual report outlines the successes of the department in its mission to promote the health and wellness of Garfield County's residents through disease prevention and education.
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Food code
For more information and questions about Colorado's new food code and the major changes that go into effect January 1, 2019 click here.

Retail food license fee increase
Incremental increases of fees for retail food establishments go into effect on Sept. 1. If an establishment already has a 2018 retail food license, the increase will not kick in until the business renews its license in 2019.
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child with mumps symptoms Weigh and Win
Garfield County is now offering the free Weigh and Win program to both employees and the general public. Participants can earn cash for losing weight. The weigh-in kiosk is at the Rifle Administration building until July 11.
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Hantavirus case in Garfield County
Garfield County Public Health is investigating a case of hantavirus in a county resident. Hantavirus, which can be found throughout Garfield County, is a serious lung infection caused by viruses found in the saliva, urine, and droppings of some rodents.
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child with mumps symptoms Four mumps cases reported in Garfield County
April 12 - Garfield County Public Health is investigating four reported mumps cases in county residents. The cases all involve adults and stem from the same initial exposure.
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Roadmap to better health
Garfield County strives to promote health, prevent disease, and ensure all residents have access to resources that help residents achieve optimal health, safety, and well-being. Creating a healthier place to live, work, and play is our goal.
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GHCC receives $517,000 grant
The Garfield Healthy Communities Coalition (GHCC) was recently awarded a $517,762 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. The funds will be used over three years to promote healthier lifestyles for citizens of Garfield County.
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Fruits and vegetables for families
Double Up Food Bucks program expands the amount of fruits and vegetables recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) can purchase.
A large statewide partnership received a grant for the program.

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National Public Health week
To create the healthiest nation, we all need to start by pledging to take two steps: creating a healthy me and creating a healthy we. It is only when we come together that we are strong enough to create the healthiest nation in one generation. Learn more about how Public Health helps to improve the health of the community as we celebrate National Public Health Week during the month of April.

ph weekCreating a healthy me- We promise to make healthy choices that improve our health and set an example for our family and friends.

Creating a healthy we- Everyone deserves the opportunity for a long and healthy life. We promise to support efforts to improve the social and environmental factors that affect everyone's health and limit the ability for many people to make healthy choices.
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Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program
A new Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program responds to citizen's health concerns related to oil and gas development and production. It is a program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The public can utilize a call-line, which comes through the COHELP line at 303-389-1687, or via a self-referral website form.
The website also contains a frequently asked questions page on the program.
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Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program
girls on swings Health Risk Assessment
A Health Risk Assessment prepared by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows a decreasing potential for cancer risk and non-cancer risk from air monitoring samples in Garfield County collected from 2008-12.
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Hantavirus case
Garfield County Public Health is working with CDPHE to investigate a recent case of hantavirus in western Garfield County. Last year, a Silt resident also contracted hantavirus, and the mortality rate is nearly 40 percent.
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girls on swings Public Health wins grant
Garfield County Public Health will receive a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Cancer, Cardiovascular and Chronic Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Grants Program. The grant awards $190,000 annually for three years. Hepatitis C testing is available with Garfield County Public Health. Call for an appointment in Glenwood Springs, 970-945-6614 or Rifle, 970-625-5200.
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Testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory has confirmed 19 of 25 specimens submitted by Children's Hospital Colorado tested positive for enterovirus-D68, an uncommon respiratory virus. Investigation is ongoing.
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2-1-1 program
2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. Learn more about your local 2-1-1 by looking it up here.
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hepc testing Hepatitis C testing
If you were born between 1945 and 1965, have ever injected drugs, received blood products before 1992 or had a sexual partner who is hepatitis C positive, you are at risk for hepatitis C. Free hepatitis C testing is available with Garfield County Public Health. Call for an appointment in Glenwood Springs, 970-945-6614 or Rifle, 970-625-5200.
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Live Well group Health assistance
Connect for Health Colorado offers individuals, families and small employers an online marketplace for health insurance and exclusive access to up-front financial assistance, based on income, to reduce costs.    information-|

Whooping cough outbreak
Garfield County has reached 20 confirmed cases of whooping cough. Tdap immunizations are offered at GCPH offices in Glenwood Springs and Rifle for adults and children ages 10 and older.
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment alerted the public to an epidemic number of pertussis cases in Colorado last fall and in December, and urges Coloradans to get vaccinated. more-|     
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Roaring Fork River Public Health Improvement Plan
Garfield County Public Health Department has developed a five-year plan to provide a framework for expansion as well as focus on the county's public health needs. The plan was developed with the Colorado Health Assessment and Planning Systems and the assistance of multiple stakeholders.
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Garfield County Public Health Department - working to promote health and prevent disease.

Our vision is that residents of Garfield County will have access to resources that promote optimal health, safety and well-being.

The Garfield County Public Health Department is committed to the highest standards of health for individuals and communities.

Program and services
     •  Blood pressure screenings
     •  Car seat checks
     •  Communicable disease surveillance
     •  Early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment for Medicaid clients (EPSDT)
     •  Environmental health
     •  Health care program for children with special needs (HCP)
     •  Health education
     •  Immunizations for children and adults
     •  Prenatal case management
     •  Tobacco prevention
     •  Travel vaccinations
     •  Women, Infants and Children nutritional supplement program (WIC)

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Public Health - Rifle
195 West 14th Street
Rifle, CO 81650
Email Public Health

970-625-5200 | phone
970-625-4804 | fax

  Public Health - Glenwood Springs
2014 Blake Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Email Public Health

970-945-6614 | phone
970-947-0155 | fax


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