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Judith Shlay, MD, MSPH, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedication to Adolescent Health

Judith Shlay, MD, MSPH, a family medicine physician and associate director of Denver Public Health, recently received the Kathleen Ann Mullen Memorial Award from the Rocky Mountain Regional Chapter Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (RM-SAHM) for her outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent health in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Dr. Shlay is nationally known for her adolescent health research and award-winning projects on teen pregnancy prevention, reproductive health, STD and HIV prevention, tobacco prevention and immunizations. Her achievements were recognized at RM-SAHM's Spring Banquet on April 30. Read the full press release.

Denver Public Health and Metropolitan State University of Denver Partnering on Tuberculosis Investigation

Denver Public Health recently opened an investigation into a potential tuberculosis exposure at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). We are currently working closely with MSU Denver and officials from the Health Center of Auraria to educate faculty and students about TB, and to screen anyone potentially exposed.

Stay up-to-date with the facts:

  • At this time, all staff and students who are believed to have been potentially exposed have been identified and have been, or are being contacted so they can be tested.
  • It is safe for students and faculty to report to campus as usual for classes and events.
  • If you have not been directly contacted by Denver Public Health, you do not need to be tested as we do not believe you have been exposed.
  • TB is spread through the air, and cannot be spread through casual contact like shaking someone's hand or touching surfaces.

Download our TB Fact sheet for more information, or call (303) 389-1687.

How Does Public Health Keep Denver Healthy?

As Denver's local public health department, we provide a wide range of services, from clinical care to health promotion activities, to birth and death records, and important community health data. Recently, we asked Denver residents to tell us how they define public health. We made a video of their answers - check it out! And don't forget to join our conversations on Facebook and Twitter!

Expert Advice at an Affordable Price: Denver Public Health's Travel Clinic

Planning a vacation to an exotic location such as the desert of Africa or the jungles of South America? Ensure you have a safe, healthy vacation by visiting the Travel Clinic at Denver Public Health for a customized, in-depth travel consultation.

Services include:

  • Expert advice and education
  • Immunizations
  • Travel prescriptions for malaria high altitude illness prevention and traveler's diarrhea

Travelers of all ages are welcome, and consultations are available for individuals, families and groups. Remember that some immunizations need to be given several weeks before travel occurs. Schedule an appointment by calling 303-602-3520.

New Data Reports 94 Percent of Denver Residents Now Have Health Care Insurance

Just one year into its five-year Community Health Improvement Plan, Be Healthy Denver reported that 94 percent of residents in Denver now have health care insurance. This milestone marks the achievement of one of Denver’s three access to care goals. Read the full news release or visit to learn more about the Community Health Improvement Plan.

2014 Health of Denver Report Now Available

Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health jointly released the 2014 Health of Denver Report on Feb 23 from 3-4:40 p.m. at Mile High United Way. The report, Denver's most recent community health assessment, provides current health data, identifies areas of concern, and measures progress towards improving the health of Denver residents. Visit to read the 2014 Health of Denver Report, download data and graphics from the report, and connect with other Be Healthy Denver partners.

Measles Vaccine Information

Many states across the country, including Colorado, are reporting measles cases related to travel to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children should get two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.

  • First dose: 12-15 months of age;Second dose: 4-6 years of age

Some adults should also get the MMR vaccine, specifically those older than 18 years of age who were born after 1957.

Not sure if your vaccine coverage is up-to-date? Vaccines are available through primary care providers and our Immunization Clinic. Want more information about measles? Our measles fact sheet explains how it's spread, as well as lists common signs and symptoms of measles.

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.