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Media contact:

Gary Sky
Public Information Officer
6162 South Willow Drive #100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Email: gsky@tchd

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 23 - 29

Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above the reference level at which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated. A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime. CDC Page 

New Board of Health Resolutions

New resolutions were passed by the Board of Health on Oct. 11, 2016:
1) Budget appropriation and changes
2) Retail food special event event licence fee   Board of Health Page

TCHD Supports Opioid Overdose Kits for First Responders 

On September 19, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced the launch of the Colorado Naloxone for Life Initiative, a statewide partnership to save lives with the opioid overdose reversal medication, Naloxone.
News Release | Statements of Support  

More potent synthetic opioids have increased risks

Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescriptions have flooded the nation according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.  News Release 

Immunization Coalition Video  

The Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition (CCIC) has a new video highlighting the TCHD, Aurora Fire Department, and Aurora Rotary Club's "SHOTS FOR TOTS"program.  Video  

World Breastfeeding Week  

World Breastfeeding Week is an annual breastfeeding awareness campaign, and the Colorado WIC Program’s theme for 2016 is Breastfeeding: A Key to a Healthy Future. This theme focuses on the role breastfeeding plays in valuing our well being from the start of life while taking care of our world. Visit our breastfeeding resources page 

TCHD Wins 15th Consecutive Model Practices Award 

In January, 2014, Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana, but there was little research on how it affects pregnant and breastfeeding women and their babies. Because of this, TCHD conducted a survey of WIC clients, which assessed marijuana use during pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting, and the subsequent effects on their baby. In response, TCHD published a website with marijuana resources; created a brochure about marijuana use during pregnancy; and distributed a resource and referral guide for staff members. 

In July 2016, TCHD received a prestigious Model Practices Award from the National Association of City and County Health Officials, which honors initiatives that demonstrate how local health departments and their community partners can effectively collaborate to address public health concerns. TCHD has received 15 Model Practice Awards in the last 12 consecutive years. Marijuana Poster With Key Findings | Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting Brochure | Health Issues of Marijuana Website  |  Contact Jill Bonczynski for more information, 720-200-1512

New Annual Report 

The new TCHD annual report focuses on the theme of "Population Health" and features infographics that highlight numerous programs and services. The online version has clickable infographics that allow the reader to learn more about each topic. Annual Reports  

Worksite Wellness - "Work Well" video and links 

Tri-County Health Department partners with local chambers of commerce and Health Links Colorado to connect employers with free advising and low-cost resources.  For information about employer resources, please contact Michele Haugh, Worksite Wellness Coordinator for Tri-County Health, at 720-200-1518.  Video

Public Health Heroes 2016 

We gave our annual "Public Health Hero Award" to nine local recipients at a reception on April 12. The award recognizes an individual, business or agency that has worked to improve public health.  Photos and Profiles 

Vital Records Receives Five-Star Award

The TCHD Office of Vital Records received a Five-Star award from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for performance accomplishments in audits, policy receipts, survey, responsiveness, timeliness, completeness and training. Vital Records - Birth and Death Certificates 

Littleton Tightens Smoking Ordinance

The City of Littleton voted to approve amendments to the city’s smoke-free law, which restricts smoking in public places. These two amendments 1) added electronic smoking devices (ESDs) to the ordinance, meaning that “vaping” is no longer allowed in public places where traditional smoking is already banned, and 2) created a smoke-free outdoor zone in front of businesses along Main Street in Historic Downtown Littleton.

Bronze Leaf Award for TobaccoFree303 campaign

TCHD’s media campaign, TobaccoFree303, was awarded a Bronze Leaf Award by the Colorado Healthcare Communicators. This was a collaborative effort between TCHD, Evolution Communications, and youth groups at the Englewood Leadership Academy, Glendale Sports Center, Kearney Middle School Boys and Girls Club, and Arapahoe County CSU Extension. The youth developed ads which were aired on TV, placed on YouTube and on the campaign website

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