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Please Excuse Our Electronic Dust
We are upgrading to a new electronic health record system! As we settle in, you may experience longer wait times than usual for your appointment. If you do not have an appointment, please call clinics directly before arriving. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to improve our services for your care.
Dr. Randall Reves featured in Huffington Post
Randall Reves, MD, shares a moving apology and call to action on MDR-TB with the Huffington Post.
Watch: March 22 Denver Public Health Grand Rounds Presentation
Did you miss our March 22 Grand Rounds? View the presentation by Mr. Ritney Castine about how the Truth Initiative’s mission to "speak, seek and spread the truth about tobacco through education, tobacco control research and policy studies, and community activism and engagement," can help foster the first tobacco-free generation.
March 24 is World TB Day - Denver Metro TB Program and Partners Introduce Plan to Eliminate Tuberculosis in Colorado
Every year, World TB Day is recognized as a time to not only increase awareness about testing and treatment for Tuberculosis (TB), but to also highlight prevention efforts of the disease. This year, the Denver Metro TB Program, in partnership with other health leaders in the state, announces the launch of a comprehensive plan to eliminate TB in Colorado by 2026. The Colorado Tuberculosis Elimination Plan is a collaborative effort between Denver Public Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, National Jewish Health and other local health departments around the state. The plan identifies the following six public health goals, essential to achieving TB elimination in Colorado:
- Identifying people at risk for TB infection.
- Getting people who are at risk tested.
- Ensuring those who are infected have access to treatment, and are able to complete it.
- Creating focused efforts on preventing the transmission of TB.
- Educating the community and providers to know who is at risk, and the symptoms of active TB.
- Monitoring the progress to know that our limited public health resources are being used wisely and effectively.
TB is a disease caused by germs that are spread from person to person through the air. It usually affects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, kidneys or spine.
You can help eliminate TB, by understanding the signs and symptoms, and educating others to help reduce stigma that is sometimes associated with it.
City Council District Reports Now Available
Be Healthy Denver, a joint initiative between Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health, released the updated City Council District Reports in March, 2016. The reports segment and expand upon data from the 2014 Health of Denver Report, focusing on health issues at the district level in four public health priority areas: life expectancy, tobacco use, childhood obesity and mental health.
Zika Virus Fact Sheet Now Available
Looking for information on Zika Virus? View our Zika Virus web page and download the fact sheet. If you are planning to visit a country where Zika is found, contact a travel clinic nurse at 303-602-3520 to answer any questions and schedule an appointment for a travel consultation.
New Local Health Data Available through Big Cities Health Inventory
On November 18, the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) released a report detailing the state of health in 26 of their member cities across the country, including Denver. The Big Cities Health Inventory builds on a 2007 edition report that characterized cities as unhealthy places to live, especially in comparison to the rest of the nation. While challenges remain, America’s big cities have made remarkable strides in improving health outcomes. Denver was recognized for its 40% reduction in HIV diagnoses since 2005 and for a diabetes mortality rate that is almost 70% lower than the national rate. Members of the Denver Public Health public health informatics group and epidemiology teams provided input to help produce the report. Visit the BCHI's online data platform to view the data or read the full report.
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!
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 BeHealthyDenver.org to read the 2014 Health of Denver Report, download data and graphics from the report, and connect with other Be Healthy Denver partners.