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Denver Public Health Recognized as Founding Member of Healthy Hospital Compact
Denver Public Health Director, Dr. Bill Burman accepted recognition on behalf of the department for being a founding partner of the Healthy Hospital Compact on Friday, November 14, 2014.
Denver Public Health is proud to join area hospitals and organizations in their commitment to healthier hospital environments in the state of Colorado. Compact members agree to promote healthy food and beverage options in their cafeterias, vending machines and patient menus, as well as support new moms in breastfeeding their babies.
Denver Public Health is committed to patient, employee and visitor health, and is proud to be leading the way towards a healthier community.
November Issue of Denver Vital Signs
The November issue of Denver Vital Signs, focusing on Race and Infant Mortality in Denver, has been published and is available for download.
It's Time to Get Your Annual Flu Shot
Everyone six months and older needs the flu vaccine every year to stay healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
flu activity in the US is currently low. However, rates usually increase in October making now a good time to protect yourself against the flu by getting
your annual flu shot from your primary care provider or an area drug store. Denver Public Health's Immunization Clinic has flu vaccine available, and can offer FluMist for age-appropriate patients. Please call (303) 602-3520 for more information.
Information about Ebola
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S.
We are saddened to learn of the patient's passing, and our thoughts are with his friends and family.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is following CDC guidance in monitoring for Ebola in Colorado, and we are collaborating with both organizations to be prepared if a case should present in Denver.
To date, there have been no cases of Ebola in Colorado.
Denver Public Health encourages residents and visitors to become more familiar with Ebola by
reading our Ebola fact sheet. More information about Ebola is available from the CDC.
Sarah Rodgers Named Emerging Leader in Public Health by Colorado Public Health Association
Congratulations to Sarah Rodgers, Clinic Administrator for our Immunization and Travel Clinics, for receiving the 2014 Emerging Leader in
Public Health Award at the Colorado Public Health Association's Annual Conference. This award is given to an individual with less than
five years practice serving in a public health capacity who has demonstrated outstanding initiative on behalf of the Colorado public health community.
Information about Enterovirus-D68
A large number of children in the Denver area have recently come down with a severe respiratory illness called enterovirus-D68. Denver Public Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together to determine the extent of the illness and to prevent additional children from getting sick.
There is not a vaccine for enterovirus. To protect yourself and loved ones against respiratory illnesses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups and utensils with people who are sick.
- Frequently disinfect touched surfaces, such as desks and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Make sure your family is up-to-date on vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.
- For kids with asthma, remember to always have an inhaler with them.
Visit our Enterovirus webpage for more information and tips on prevention.
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.