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Garfield County proclaims National Public Health Week

April 5, 2022

Over the past two years, COVID-19 propelled the public health field into the spotlight. But the public health system does far more than just pandemic response.
Control of contagious diseases, safe food and water, maternal and child health services are only a few of the public health achievements that have prevented countless deaths and improved the quality of American life.

At the April 3, 2022, Garfield County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board issued a proclamation that the week of April 4 – 10 be recognized as National Public Health Week. The board acknowledged the work that the department does to protect all people from disease, preserve the environment, prepare and respond to public health emergencies, prevent unintentional injuries, and promote health in our communities.

Every five years, Garfield County Public Health conducts a community health assessment to determine the most important health issues. The assessment identifies what is working and where there are gaps in meeting needs. The assessment process leads to important local health care improvements.

The next community health assessment begins this spring and the department is seeking the community’s feedback on the health issues impacting Garfield County residents. More information on community feedback sessions will be shared in the coming months.

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