Mesa County Public Health Epidemiologists Tom Orr and Andy Tyler went flea fishing near the Bookcliffs, north of Fruita in July 2016. The pair collected fleas from prairie dog holes and sent them to the state laboratory for plague testing.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Educator Kandis Fuller talks about breastfeeding with three WIC moms at a breastfeeding support group meeting. Kandis covers the basics of breastfeeding, the struggles and how to be successful at it. Call 248-6914 to learn more about WIC or click here
MCPH Emergency Preparedness & Response (EPR) Specialist Nanci Quintana and MCPH Epidemiologist Andy Tyler met Representative Scott Tipton at the historic merger of the Hinsdale and Mineral health departments in August. The two departments are now Silverthread Public Health District.
Influenza can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. The best way to protect against the flu is to get your annual flu vaccine. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread in our community.
Mesa County Public Health holds annual flu clinics and offers vaccinations on a sliding scale. No one in our community should have to go without a flu shot.
Mesa County Health Care Coalition members met at Community Hospital in November to gain a deeper understanding the roles agencies could play in a local emergency response. Included in the workshop was a tabletop exercise focused on the process of ordering medical countermeasures, as developed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment-Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (CDPHE-OEP) and its contractor, Onward Innovation. (Photos courtesy of Onward Innovation).
We are promoting handwashing by placing Wash ‘em! stickers in bathrooms throughout the county – you may have seen them in restaurants, park facilities, government buildings, schools and local businesses. Good handwashing is quick, it’s simple and it can keep us all from getting sick!
In a joint effort, the school District, Mesa County Public Health and Grand Valley MPO/TPR came together to encourage kids to walk, roll or bike to school on Oct. 19, 2016 for Walk to School Day.
Walking or biking to school helps students:
1) Reach the recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
2) Arrive at school energized and ready to learn.
3) Leave the car behind and improve air quality.
4) Take an active role in their well-being.
Some Epidemiology & Health Analytics Team members visited Mesa County Animal Services (MCAS) to learn about the work MCAS does and to discuss how the teams can work together on animal bites and rabies exposures in the future.
Twenty Mesa County businesses were welcomed into the Partnership for Food Safety in June. The Partnership recognizes business for excellence, focused primarily on food safety practices and procedures.
2016 partners include:
The program is a proactive approach to food safety focused on preventing outbreaks through knowledgeable staff, developing policies and procedures, implementing training, and other risk-reduction practices.
Bike to Work Day is a culmination of a month-long effort to promote cycling as a commuting option in June. In 2016, employees from 20 local businesses and organizations biked to work on the designated day.
Only two percent of workers in Grand Junction commute by bicycle. Biking can help prevent heart disease osteoporosis, obesity and other conditions. A substantial increase in biking and walking could reduce health costs by over $28 billion per year in the U.S.
From 2011 to September 2016, 221 Mesa County residents completed suicide. In an effort to bring awareness to the problem, the MCHD Health Promotion Team created a visual representation of those lives during the Downtown Farmers Market. A chair for each community member who completed suicide filled a half block on 5th Street, causing marketgoers to stop and read signage with information on suicide warning signs, risks, statistics and more. Click here to watch the video.
* Keep them safe
* Be there
* Help them connect
* Know your resources
The MCPH Health Promotion Team hit the Mesa Mall for the Back-To-School Bash this year to talk to kids and parents about sugary drinks.
Kids measured out the number of sugar cubes in their favorite drinks and sampled naturally infused water as an alternative. Parents left the table with quick, easy recipes for flavor infused water to pack into school lunches instead of sugary drinks.
Mesa County Public Health staff members spent two days educating Western Slope fifth graders about clean drinking water and healthy hand washing at the Western Colorado Children’s Water Festival on the Colorado Mesa University campus on May 16 and 17.
Students tested water samples and learned that just because water is clear, doesn’t mean it’s clean. The team also used Glo Germ and blacklight flashlights to show students where they were missing when washing their hands.
Mesa County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers gave more than 100 hours of their time at the first aid stations at the Mesa County Fair, this year.
The MRC donates their time every year. Shifts run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with volunteers giving medical attention to fairgoers with minor injuries. This year, the mechanical bull was problematic, bringing in six different individuals with cuts or scrapes.
Thanks again for your hard work and dedication, Mesa County MRC! We appreciate our volunteers and the Mesa County Health Department MRC Coordinator Nanci Quintana!