Goal is to Make U.S. the Healthiest Nation in the World in One Generation
El Paso County Public Health will honor National Public Health Week 2017 – which runs from Monday, April 3 through Sunday, April 9 – by celebrating its staff and using a social media campaign to highlight what it does.
At Thursday’s regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners recognized the week by unanimously passing a resolution. Tom Gonzales, the Deputy Director of El Paso County Public Health, told Commissioners this year’s theme is “Making the United States the Healthiest Nation in One Generation.”
“This is a time to recognize the contributions of Public Health and highlight issues important to improving the health of our nation,” Gonzales said, noting that his office will be reaching out through social media during the week in an effort to inform people about the contributions of public health workers and the challenges ahead to achieve the “Healthiest Nation” goal.
Things such as longevity, infant mortality, and per capita spending on healthcare are among the factors most frequently cited in compiling healthy nations rankings. While Italy, Singapore and Australia are typically ranked high in the top ten, the United States is found on most lists somewhere in the mid- thirties.
El Paso County Public Health was established in 1872 as a City Health Department and was reorganized as a County entity in 1939. Now, it serves County residents, including the cities and towns of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Calhan, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Palmer Lake and Ramah. It was the very first Public Health agency in Colorado to earn national accreditation.
El Paso County Public Health’s mission is to promote and protect public health and environmental quality across the County through people, prevention and partnerships.
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239