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Denver, CO 80204-4507
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William Burman, MD, Director
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Judith Shlay, MD, Associate Director
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Talking to Teens about Marijuana

Marijuana Facts and Your Health

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in Denver for people over the age of 21. Denver Public Health encourages residents and visitors - especially youth, parents and pregnant women - to understand the facts about marijuana and how it affects health.

Dr. Judith Shlay, associate director, Denver Public Health, recently spoke with Colorado Public Radio about what risks marijuana poses to the developing brain. She also provided information about how parents can influence their children's use of marijuana and how to talk with their kids about responsible use.

Denver Leads Colorado Counties in Enrollment

As of March, Denver is leading enrollment among Colorado counties in health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A new Be Healthy Denver infographic explains how we helped Denver residents get covered.

While the 2014 enrollment period for coverage under Connect for Health Colorado has closed, Medicaid enrollment is still available for qualified residents.

Pertussis in Denver

Pertussis (whooping cough) is still up in Denver and Colorado. In 2013, 159 people in Denver were diagnosed with Pertussis - more than three times as many as an average year! In 2012, there were 219 cases. Most cases are seen in infants and young children who often experience the most severe illness. Curious to learn more? Check out the updated statistics on pertussis in Denver, tracked by Denver Public Health.

For more information, watch Bill Burman, director of Denver Public Health, discuss pertussis on 9News, or read more about what you can do to protect yourself, including getting the Pertussis vaccination.

Council District Level Health Reports

Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health released reports on the health of Denver’s residents within each City Council district. These reports document substantial disparities in a variety of health outcomes, such as premature death, teen birth, availability of health insurance, and use of tobacco. We hope these district-level reports help policy-makers and citizens work toward eliminating health disparities within Denver.

Denver Public Schools and Denver Public Health announced the initial results of the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey for Denver at a meeting at Del Pueblo School on Thursday, August 9. Denver Public Schools surveyed nearly 17,000 middle- and high-school students. This survey will provide invaluable baseline data on attitudes about school, relationships with key adults, and health behaviors.

Denver Reports Dramatic Decrease in Number of HIV Infections

New numbers from Denver Public Health report that the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV in Denver is the lowest it has been since the epidemic began. In 2013, 117 people were diagnosed with HIV, compared to 238 people in 2005. Additionally, there was a 20% drop in cases from 2012 to 2013.

Dr. Mark Thrun, director, HIV/STD Prevention and Control, recently spoke with Colorado Public Radio's Ryan Warner on the drop in cases and the keys to slowing HIV transmission rates, which includes treatment as prevention.

Denver's Department of Environmental Health

Denver's Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is dedicated to advancing Denver's environmental and public health goals. DEH works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to ensure healthy people, healthy pets, and a sustainable environment. Its mission is to create a city with a world class environment and healthy communities for all ages and incomes, and where the well-being of our pets also matters.