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5280 "Top Doctor" in 2014 and 2013
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5280 "Top Doctor" in 2014, 2013 and 2012

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Denver Vital Signs

The latest edition of Denver Vital Signs is now available! This edition focuses on Denver's Progress in Expanding Coverage and Improving Access to Care. Past editions of Denver Vital Signs are available on our Vital Signs webpage.

Registration Now Open for the 2014 Dr. Sbarbaro Lecture Series in Public HealthSbarbaro Lecture flyer

Dr. John Sbarbaro was a pioneer in improving the health of Denver and beyond. He started his career in public health and helped develop the mode of tuberculosis treatment directly-observed therapy) that is now a core element in the global plan for that disease. He went on to help found Denver Community Health Services – the network of neighborhood health centers that has grown to provide high-quality medical care to one-third of Denver’s population – and managed the health care system that would become Denver Health. The lectureship honors Dr. Sbarbaro’s legacy of iconoclastic, innovative public health and highlights the need for creativity, courage and innovation as we face the public health problems of today.

This year's Sbarbaro Lecture will be held October 1, from 11:30 a.m - 1 pm at Four Mile Historic Part. Our guest speaker is Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, the president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The title of her lecture will be “Building a Culture of Health in America.” Space is limited, so early registration for the Sbarbaro Lecture is recommended.

Dr. William Burman and Dr. Judith Shlay Named "Top Doctors" by 5280 Magazine

Each year 5280 surveys Denver-area physicians to learn whom they would trust to treat themselves or a loved one. We are proud to announce that both Dr. William Burman, director of Denver Public Health, and Dr. Judith Shlay, associate director, were included on 5280's 2014 "Top Doctors" list in the Public Health and General Preventative Medicine specialty category.

Ebola Virus Disease Facts

Ebola virus disease (Ebola), first discovered in 1976, is a severe infectious disease that causes organ failure and death in humans. Outbreaks have occurred in parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. 

The World Health Organization recently declared the current Ebola outbreak an international public Health emergency. This means that stopping the outbreak, and limiting the spread, will require cooperation and coordination from countries around the world, not just those affected or nearby. The declaration is not meant to suggest that other countries will see Ebola cases.

To date, almost all cases of Ebola have been isolated to three nations: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health remain confident there remains very little risk to the U.S. population. 

We encourage the public to become more familiar with Ebola facts by reading our online resources.

WATCH: Denver Public Health Director, Bill Burman spoke with CBS4 Denver about the health effects and concerns with Ebola. 

Download our Ebola Fact Sheet.

Traveling? Need a Typhoid or Hepatitis A Vaccine?

The Denver Public Health Travel Clinic offers a full-range of pre-travel services for international travelers including vaccinations and medical consultations. The Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccines can help protect you from food and water borne illnesses during your trip. No need for an appointment - walk in today!

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'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.