Grand County Celebrates Public Health Week April 6-13
April 5, 2009
In troubling economic times, often an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Through public health, Colorado families and individuals have access to a wide array of services that prevent illness and promote health.Public health advocates that if all Americans had access to prevention strategies and adopted healthy lifestyles, health care costs would decrease as people required less medical care.The Colorado theme Building a Foundation for a Healthy Colorado brings attention to the many ways public health programs and services provide the building blocks for healthy communities in Colorado. Locally, Grand County Public Health Nursing Service offers the following programs: Women’s Health: Prenatal Medicaid, Emergency Medicaid and CHP+, referrals to affordable health care, pregnancy education, pregnancy tests and breastfeeding education and support. WIC: (Women, Infants & Children) WIC is a supplemental food program for pregnant, post-partum, breastfeeding women, infants and children from birth to 5 years old. Adult Health: annual flu shots, tetanus diphtheria and pertussis vaccine, Hepatitis A & B vaccines, free blood pressure checks and the P.A.I.N.S. vouchers program for acute medical health. Child Health Service: immunizations, referrals to resources for well child care and developmental concerns, access to affordable care, A.C.H.E.S. vouchers program for acute medical, dental and mental health, Cavity Free at Three, Reach Out and Read, free newborn home visits, Medicaid /CHP+ for low income children, parenting resources and referrals and mobile health and dental vans. Outreach & Education: child care center nurse consultant, information and training for in-home child care providers, health education, health promotion materials, nutrition education, school consultation and collaboration, NACO prescription discount cards and the Grand County Immunization Coalition for medical providers. Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Pandemic Flu Planning: in collaboration with local, state and federal agencies, first responders and private entities. Communicable Disease Control: reporting, education, investigation, referrals and control, prevention of infectious diseases and tuberculosis screenings and controls.Grand County Public Health Nursing Service will have a display at the three local 9Health Fairs in April. We will have information about preventing obesity and the programs and services we provide.If you have any questions, call Grand County Public Health Nursing Service at (970) 725-3288.