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"Saguache County Public Health is accepting applications for a part-time administrative assistant for our Saguache Office.Must have HS diploma,computer skills including word processing,speadsheet and data entry.Customer service experience perferred. Application available at 505 3rd street, Saguache Co 81149 or in Center office at 220. S. Worth or online:http://www.saguachecounty-co.goc/adminstration-home. Position closes 07/05/2013. For more information call: 719-655-2533 or 719-754-2773"
Saguache County Public Health Article May 2013
Hello & happy summer wishes to fellow Saguache County residents. With the weather warming
& summer plans coming forth, we all need to be aware of & prepared for weather changes. Make
sure your outdoor plans include sunscreen with 30 spf or greater (check expiration dates) and insect
repellent. Don't forget sunglasses, adequate hydration, & a plan of action for dramatic weather changes.
We all know how quickly temperatures and conditions can change in the San Luis Valley. It is always
a good to have a first aid kit. Wherever you or your children may be, plan alternatives for shelter and
places to reunite, in case you become separated. Discuss these plans before you head out; having these
few things in place can be helpful in the event of a disaster. For tips on packing first aid or emergency
kits for the home or the car, go to www.readycolorado.com.May is Hepatitis awareness month. In the US, hepatitis is usually one of three different subtypes:
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C. There are vaccines for Hep A & Hep B available at any local
Public Health agency and most medical clinics. There is no vaccination for Hep C, and this virus is
becoming more of a problem throughout the US. With a Hep C infection, the function of the liver is
compromised; this can be acute, and then lead to a chronic condition. Acute signs & symptoms include
jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes), nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, loss of appetite, fatigue.
However, 80% of those with the Hep C do not show any symptoms. The virus is transmitted through
blood, and can be passed through sexual intercourse, needle sticks with used needles, sharing needles,
or from mother to newborn. The State Health Department (CDPHE) reports that there are an estimated
2.7-3.9 million people in the US with Hep C. The most reliable test for active Hep C infection is the "HCV"
test. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), now recommends that any and all persons
born from 1945 to 1965 complete the HCV test one time, regardless of risk factors.
Let's work together to keep one another safe and healthy to strengthen our community and our county.
We at Public Health hope that you all have a safe and happy summer!
Alyssa Metzger, RN SCPHN
DENVER – This week, October 21- October 27 is Colorado Winter Weather Awareness Week and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado Office of Emergency Management are offering some tips on how to get yourself and your vehicle prepared for inclement weather.
“This time of year, winter weather can strike at any time, which means we all need to get our emergency kits and vehicles ready for winter travel,” said CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt. “Early preparation will help ensure the safety of those traveling Colorado highways during inclement weather.”
The first step in preparing for winter is ensuring that you have an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you are stranded. If you find yourself stranded, stay in your vehicle, turn on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives. Your emergency kit should include the following:
· Flares/reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists
· Sturdy scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow
· Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts
· Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight
· Survival blanket or sleeping bag
· Chemical hand warmers
· Extra set of clothes, including coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc
· Water for each person and pet in your car
· Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener
· First Aid Kit and essential medications
· Tire chains and tow strap
· Non-clumping kitty litter/sand for traction
· Jumper cables
· Extra cloth or paper towels for cleanup if necessary
· Deck of cards or board game for entertainment
In addition to the emergency kit, be sure to check your vehicle now and before any road trip to make sure it is in safe operating condition
· Windshield Wiper Fluid
· Wiper Blades
· Fuel System and a Full Tank of Gas
· Exhaust System
· Tire Tread
· Battery Brakes
In addition to the emergency kit and vehicle preparedness, it is important for motorists to keep speeds down during inclement weather and give snow plows room to do their job. Motorists are also encouraged to plan ahead when traveling by calling 511 or visiting www.cotrip.org for real-time road information. Winter weather awareness information and updates are also posted by the Office of Emergency Management at www.COEmergency.com or on Twitter at COEmergency using the #COwx hashtag.
If you are looking to construct a restaurant facility, open a restaurant, or take over an existing restaurant, please contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability, to inquire about regulatory requirements and retail food establishment licensure at 303-692-3645.
The Division also provides information and resources on regulatory requirements for constructing and opening a restaurant on their website at:
For information related to food safety, restaurant regulation and licensure, restaurant health inspections, or other restaurant related questions, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability website at:
For information related to health inspection programs for child cares, schools, or other consumer protection related services, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability website at:
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Saguache County Public Health will be able to provide vaccines ONLY to unisured children, Native Amaericans, and children currently enrolled in Medicaid as of January 1, 2013.We are working closely with Rio Grande Public Health Department to ensure that children who are insured and would like to continue receiving vaccines form local Public Health agencies are able to do so.Please see the list of prices below for childhood immunization fees.
What is Healthy Communities?
•Healthy Communities combines the best aspects of the EPSDT Outreach and Administrative Case Management program and CHP+ outreach into one model to better meet the needs of our clients. Family Health Coordinators are available statewide to serve clients through Healthy Communities.
What Healthy Communities services are available to Colorado Medicaid and CHP+ clients?
•This outreach and case management model takes into account that many of our families do not always understand the distinction between Medicaid and CHP+. In fact, many families have one child that is enrolled in Medicaid while another is enrolled in CHP+.
• Healthy Communities focuses on the "life cycle of a client” which is all of the activities that must happen for the client to obtain coverage and access to health care services in appropriate settings.
Family Health Coordinators perform the following activities:
Generate awareness of the existence of the Medicaid and CHP+ programs;
Offer information on how to apply for Medicaid and CHP+ and the availability of face-to-face application assistance;
Inform families where to submit their application for processing and eligibility determination;
Educate families on the value of preventive health care services and how to access their benefits at the appropriate settings;
Link clients to Medicaid and CHP+ providers that will serve as the client's Medical Home.
Provide clients with information and referrals to other community programs and resources; and
Explain the re-enrollment process to families that continue to be eligible for Medicaid and CHP+ to eliminate gaps in coverage.
Who is eligible for Healthy Communities?
•All Colorado citizens who would like to access public programs or those who are already eligible for public programs and are under the age of 21 or pregnant.
How can a client get services?
•To find a Family Health Coordinator in your area, please call LaNelle at (719) 657-2296.
For more information call:
Within Denver Metro area: 303-866-3513
Outside Denver Metro area: 800-221-3943