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Status of Denver Public Health and Denver Public Schools Tuberculosis Contact Investigation
Denver Public Health recently opened an investigation into a potential tuberculosis exposure at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy. We continue to work closely with Denver Public Schools to educate faculty and students about TB, and to screen anyone potentially exposed.
Stay up-to-date with the facts:
- Initial testing has been completed, and Denver Public Health did not find any evidence of TB transmission at the school.
- Repeat testing of the same people will occur next month, and a final determination will be made if anyone who was exposed was infected.
- It is safe for students and faculty to report to school 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 and webpage for more information.
Grace Marx, MD, Featured in Latest Issue of 5280 Magazine
Dr. Grace Marx is featured in the latest issue of 5280 for her work in Sierra Leone to battle Ebola.
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.
Flu Season is Officially Underway
Everyone six months and older needs the flu vaccine every year to stay healthy! This flu season, all Denver Public Health clinics are offering the flu vaccine to patients. Visit any clinic, and ask how you can get your flu shot today!
Where else can you get the vaccine?
The Denver Public Health Immunization Clinic also has Flumist available for age-appropriate patients. Please call (303) 602-3520 for more information.
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.