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Denver Public Health TB Clinic Open House!
Find TB. Treat TB. Let's work together to eliminate TB!
In honor of World TB Day, the Denver Metro Tuberculosis Clinic at Denver Public Health invites you to our Open House Event that will include:
- Discussion around new testing and treatment options
- Information on what resources we can provide for your patients and staff
- Discuss ways we can collaborate to eliminate this deadly disease
When: Thursday, March 20
Time: 2 - 5 pm
Where: 605 Bannock St. Denver, CO 80204
Register now! For more information, please contact Kathryn Root at 303-602-7251
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.
Visit the Center for Positive Health to learn more about HIV care at Denver Public Health.
Denver's Community Health Improvement Plan Now Available
On February 4, Be Healthy
Denver released Denver's Community Health Improvement Plan. Developed through a community-driven process, the Community Health Improvement
Plan identifies two main areas of focus for citywide public health projects from now through 2018:
- Access to Health Care, including Behavioral Health
- Healthy Eating and Active Living, including the Built Environment
“This truly is a plan driven by and for our city,” says William Burman, MD, director, Denver Public Health.
“I’m confident that by working together as a community we will achieve our goals of increasing
the number of Denver residents accessing medical care, as well as having more children in Denver at a healthy weight.”
Community members are invited to read the full Community Health Improvement Plan. Ongoing progress updates will be posted
Expanding Access to Healthcare in Denver through the Affordable Care Act
Denver Public Health recognized the expansion of health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as
a historic opportunity to increase coverage in Denver. Though there were challenges to the ACA's roll-out, Dr. Burman's recent
post "Yes, We Can: Progress in Expanding Health Insurance in Denver" on The Colorado Trust's CommunityConnections blog, showcases Denver's success in enrolling more than 22,000 residents in the new forms of coverage between October 1 and December 31, 2013.
Marijuana Facts and Your Health
Beginning January 1, 2014, recreational marijuana use will be legal in Denver.
Denver Public Health encourages residents and visitors - especially youth, parents and pregnant women - to understand the facts about marijuana and how it affects health.
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.