Public Health

To contact Gunnison County Public Health, call (970) 641-0209.

The Colorado Health Emergency Line for Public Information (COHELP) is a public support service sponsored by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to keep you informed on current public health or bioterrorism issues. Call the COHELP line at(1-877-462-2911) to speak to an individual regarding questions or concerns.

Purpose
The purpose of the Public Health Program is to provide child, family and community health services including family planning programs to the residents of Gunnison County so they can be healthy and safe.

The responsibilities of Public Health are identified as the essential services listed below:
  • Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
  • Investigate and diagnose health problems and health hazards in the community.
  • Inform, educate and empower individuals about health issues.
  • Mobilize public and private collaboration and action to identify and solve health problems.
  • Develop policies, plans, and programs that support individual and community health efforts.
  • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and promote safety.
  • Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care including children with special needs.
  • Encourage a competent public health workforce including emergency response activities.
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  • Provide vital records (birth and death recordings).
Services
Public Health provides a broad range of services that are primarily funded through grants and private donations. Some services have specific qualifications such as income while other services do not have income criteria.  Some services have a low fee while others do not. Due to the fluctuation in funding, it is advised to contact our office for the most current status of each offering at 970-641-0209.
  • Immunizations
  • Birth and Death Certificates
  • Family Planning and Reproductive Health
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Women’s Wellness Connection
  • Nurse Family Partnership
  • Senior Resources
  • Multicultural Services
  • Access to Health Care (Light Program)
  • Tobacco Prevention
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Nurturing Parenting Program
  • Early Childhood Council
  • Childcare Health Consultation
  • WIC
  • Worksite Wellness
  • Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP)
  • Disease Surveillance and Investigations of Reportable Communicable Conditions
  • TB screening and follow up
  • Restaurant Inspections and consumer protection consultation
  • Information and Referral to other community services

West Central Public Health Partnership

The mission of the West Central Public Health Partnership is to build and strengthen public health and environment infrastructure by identifying and implementing collaborative projects that benefit the counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel.

We envision a public health partnership that protects the people and environment in our six county region, promotes health and prevents disease, resulting in optimal health for all our citizens as our region grows and becomes more diverse.

Visit www.wcphp.org to learn about current regional programs, projects, and recourses!

Hantavirus - Be Careful When You Clean!


The first case of Hantavirus in Colorado has been confirmed.  While the case was not in Gunnison County, it was fatal and so we are reminding the public to take precautions when doing spring cleaning.  Last year there were a total of six cases in Colorado with 4 fatalities.

Hantavirus is a serious and potentially fatal respiratory disease carried by deer mice, who live in a variety of habitats, especially in rural areas, and can include one’s primary residents.  When cleaning out rodent-infested structures, people can breathe in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces and become infected.  

 

Special Cleaning Precautions:

  1.  Open windows and air out space for 30 min. or more before cleaning.
  2. Wear gloves, mask and use bleach solution (1 cup bleach per gallon of water).
  3. Spray area and soak for 5-10 min.  before cleaning up with mop.
  4. DO NOT VACCUM OR SWEEP AREA.

There is no treatment for this disease, only supportive care.  Therefore prevention of exposure is the most important thing to do.  Symptoms can occur up to 6 weeks after exposure starting with flu like symptoms, then can progress very rapidly to serious illness.
For more information on Hantavirus:  www.cdc.gov/hantavirus
For clean-up guidance:  www.cdc.gov/rodents
 
Have a safe Spring!