U.S. Senators Use Colorado's Success to Argue for Contraceptive Funding

Democractic Senators Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut; Michael Bennett, Colorado; Barbara Boxer, California; and Patty Murray, Washington published a "Dear Colleague" letter Monday outlining the successful Colorado Family Planning (LARC) Initiative.  The letter points out that during the program, teen pregnancies dropped by 40 percent and abortions by 42 percent.  Read the full letter here.

Mesa County reports first diagnosed human case of West Nile virus this year

DENVER – An adult male from Mesa County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. This is Colorado’s first human case, this year.

Also, mosquitoes collected in Larimer and Denver counties are carrying West Nile virus, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed today. The department expects more counties to find infected mosquitoes as the summer progresses.

Public health officials advise Colorado residents to take precautions against West Nile virus by using mosquito repellent and other methods to avoid mosquito bites. Last year, 118 people in Colorado contracted West Nile virus and four died.

“Although we can't predict how much West Nile virus activity will occur this summer, we know the virus is present, and that means people are at risk,” said Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian.

To help prevent West Nile virus infection, follow the four D’s:

·        DRAIN standing water around your house weekly. Remember to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.

·        DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activities and take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times.

·        DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.

·        DRESS in long sleeves and pants in areas where mosquitoes are active.

For more information about West Nile virus, visit

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Community Health Services, Inc.(CHS) is a private non-profit organization that contracts with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Pitkin County and the City of Aspen to provide public health services to the residents, employees and visitors to Pitkin County.

CHS offers preventative health programs such as:
  • Child, adult and travel immunizations
  • Women’s health screenings
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  • Communicable disease surveillance
  • Public health emergency preparedness and community outreach

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To optimize the health and well being of the people of the Roaring Fork Valley through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the delivery of accessible preventive public health programs

10 Essential Public Health Services

  • Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  • Diagnosis and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
  • Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
  • Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
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