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Public Health offers additional service

Nonprofit SpotlightKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

To reflect the problems of current times, Garfield County Public Health has begun offering more than just the basic health services.Due to a large turnout for previous free, confidential STD and HIV testing, this service will continue on the first Wednesday of each month at the Rifle and Glenwood Public Health departments. No appointments are necessary, and the testing is available to anyone, but participants must be 14 years or older. Parental consent is not required.

Those who are in a new relationship or have never been tested are encouraged to stop by. Times are from 9 a.m. to noon first Wednesdays in Rifle; and from 1-4 p.m. in Glenwood Springs.The response to monthly testing has been very good in both Glenwood Springs and Rifle. The rapid HIV testing takes 10 minutes; the other STD tests take one to two weeks to get results. Services are strictly confidential. Testing is done by a nurse who comes from Grand Junction office of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.”This is a valuable service available to anyone,” said Glenwood Springs Nurse Manager Laurel Little. “We don’t want financial or other factors to be a barrier. Anyone who is or has been sexually active can benefit. It’s just one way to be responsible and proactive about your health.”Garfield County Public Health offers a variety of programs for county residents, including immunizations for all ages, international travel consultations, information and case management of reportable and communicable diseases, prenatal case management and lactation consultations, services for children with special health care needs, health education and information on community resources. The county’s environmental staff conducts air and water monitoring, as well as providing information and education to the public concerning the health of our environment.The immunization program provides recommended and required childhood immunizations by appointment. Regular immunization clinics are available; call your local health department office for appointment. The Rifle office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; call 625-5200. The Glenwood Springs office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; call 945-6614.

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides nutritional education and supplemental food vouchers to women, infants and children to 5 years.Travel vaccines, foreign travel consultations and specialized immunizations are available by appointment at both locations. Public Health is a designated yellow fever provider.The health care program for children with special needs provides case management and medical specialty clinics (cardiology, neurology) to children and families with special needs. Early periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment provides case management for infants and children, assisting with access to health care, including dental prevention and restoration. Check out the wealth of resources at your local Garfield Public Health office. Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with a news tip, call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.




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