Chaffee Area News

Mosquito Awareness (by Emily Anderson, CCPH)

Mosquito Awareness (by Emily Anderson, CCPH)

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Warmer weather in Colorado brings more opportunities for fun outdoor activities with friends and loved ones, but it also means an increased chance of exposure to West Nile virus. West Nile virus is most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes and has been regularly reported in Colorado since 2002. There are simple precautions you can take to reduce your chance of…

Summer Self-Care (By Abigail Smedly, CCPH)

Summer Self-Care (By Abigail Smedly, CCPH)

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Summer is here! While many are grateful for the warm weather, the sunshine, and the opportunity to play outside, it’s important to keep self-care and health in mind for a balanced and fun-filled summer.  Self-care in the summer encompasses several different areas:  Sun Protection Use Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed…

National Public Health Week 2024 (By Andrea Carlstrom, Director of CCPH)

National Public Health Week 2024 (By Andrea Carlstrom, Director of CCPH)

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It’s that time of year again when we celebrate our local public health system!  And, whether you consider yourself and the work you do as public health or not, the theme of this year’s National Public Health Week, observed April 1-7, 2024, is “Protecting, Connecting, and Thriving:  We Are All Public Health.”  This includes you.  Throughout this week, public health…

Health In The Workplace (By Abigail Smedly, CCPH)

Health In The Workplace (By Abigail Smedly, CCPH)

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Does a healthy workplace environment matter?  A 2022 Forbes article on the subject states:  “Studies have shown that happy employees are more productive, have lower levels of stress, and are more likely to stick around at their jobs. Conversely, an unhealthy work environment can lead to stress, anxiety, and even depression.” Forbes interviewed Chris Goma and Jalal Ibrahimi, the founders…

New Year New You: Become Your Own Health Advocate (by Abigail Smedly, CCPH)

New Year New You: Become Your Own Health Advocate (by Abigail Smedly, CCPH)

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In today’s world, healthcare systems are often complex, and medical information can feel overwhelming. In order to empower yourself, it’s important to learn how to take an active role in your own health. Being your own health advocate means actively participating in decisions about your well-being, having an understanding of your body, and learning to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals.…

Happiness Is Health (By Andrea Carlstrom, Director of CCPH)

Happiness Is Health (By Andrea Carlstrom, Director of CCPH)

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I’ve always been the forever optimist. And while I am fully aware that my “sunshine and rainbows” approach to life is not always shared by those around me (and is probably annoying or overwhelming depending on where someone’s headspace is), happiness and gratitude have certainly helped me cope with some of the most dire situations I have faced in life.…

A Year in Review: Chaffee Community Clinic (By Abigail Smedly, CCPH)

A Year in Review: Chaffee Community Clinic (By Abigail Smedly, CCPH)

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 In May 2022, Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) launched a pilot program called the Chaffee Community Clinic (CCC) in Salida and Buena Vista. The inspiration for this initiative came from the most recent Community Health Assessment, where access to basic medical and dental care and services for mental health and substance use disorders ranked high among concerned Chaffee County citizens. …

Perspective: Representing the USA at 4 Feet Tall (By Sophia Gibb, CCPH)

Perspective: Representing the USA at 4 Feet Tall (By Sophia Gibb, CCPH)

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My name is Sophia Herzog-Gibb, and I am 26 years old. I have a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, and am excited to have the opportunity to share my story with you. I was raised in a family of two average sized parents in a small town called South Park, Colorado, with a population of 450. There were no tryouts…

Fearless Feeding: Raising Healthy Eaters From High Chair to High School (By Emily Anderson, RN, IBCLC)

Fearless Feeding: Raising Healthy Eaters From High Chair to High School (By Emily Anderson, RN, IBCLC)

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Feeding children is one of the most challenging aspects of parenting. Not only does feeding your family take a lot of time, energy and money, it’s also rife with hard decisions.  How do I introduce solid foods to my baby?  Should I let my kid eat all that Halloween candy?  What do I do when my high schooler is making…

We Are Chaffee Story Sharing (By Lisa Martin, Community Advocacy Coordinator, CCPH)

We Are Chaffee Story Sharing (By Lisa Martin, Community Advocacy Coordinator, CCPH)

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Be Human. Share Stories. Who doesn’t LOVE a great story?! Stories are much more than just a recitation of facts and events; they are central to human communication and cognition. Storytelling sparks a connection between human beings; you’ve all felt that connection, that power from a simple story. Inevitably we interpret the meaning in stories to understand others and ourselves…

February is Dental Hygiene Month! (By Julie Nutter, Oral Health Program Director, CCPH)

February is Dental Hygiene Month! (By Julie Nutter, Oral Health Program Director, CCPH)

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During the month of February, we are excited to talk teeth. The Chaffee County Oral Health Program has been busy going to schools and providing dental services to students. We offer screenings, dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride varnish and Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) applications. Sealants are a thin liquid resin dripped into the cracks of permanent molars to protect them from…

National Radon Awareness Month (By Wano Urbanos, Chaffee County Public Health)

National Radon Awareness Month (By Wano Urbanos, Chaffee County Public Health)

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By now most Americans are aware that radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. For most non-smokers, radon gas is public enemy #1. But what exactly is Radon? Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium in the soil, with a release into the air that we breathe. Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless. Radon…

6 Steps to Winterize Your Skin (by Sheree Beddingfield)

6 Steps to Winterize Your Skin (by Sheree Beddingfield)

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6 Steps to Winterize Your Skin (by Sheree Beddingfield) Winter is upon us and with the colder temperatures many people struggle with dry skin. As we heat our homes, the dry air of these Colorado mountains becomes even drier. Here are six steps to protecting and hydrating your skin that should help.   1. Use a non-drying soap in the…