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Montrose County Health & Human Services - Health Education

Community Health Educator -Contact: 970-252-5011

Dec 12

Smokeless Tobacco Contains 28 Carcinogens

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 3:06 PM by Erika Story

Smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) and is a known cause of human cancer, as it increases the risk of developing cancer of the oral cavity. Smokeless tobacco use can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence.

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Nov 20

Integrate Behavioral Health into your Medical Practice

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 2:58 PM by Erika Story

The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) is helping providers deliver integrated behavioral and physical health to more patients in Colorado. #MontroseCounty Health and Human Services is proud to be a part of this effort by connecting local providers with the State Innovation Model program of support, which helps care teams integrate behavioral and physical health and succeed with alternative payment models. If you are an office that has identified the need to offer behavioral health services within your practice as a priority, we are here to assist you.

The third round of grant funding and support opportunities offered to community providers opened November 15th, 2017 and closes January 10th, 2017. If you would like more information, please contact Danace Arthur at or 970-252-5011. #behavioralhealth #mentalhealth #SIM #Colorado

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Nov 20

What is Public Health?

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 12:49 PM by Erika Story

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.

While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. We also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.

From conducting scientific research to educating about health, people in the field of public health work to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. That can mean vaccinating children and adults to prevent the spread of disease. Or educating people about the risks of alcohol and tobacco. Public health sets safety standards to protect workers and develops school nutrition programs to ensure kids have access to healthy food.

Public health works to track disease outbreaks, prevent injuries and shed light on why some of us are more likely to suffer from poor health than others. The many facets of public health include speaking out for laws that promote smoke-free indoor air and seatbelts, spreading the word about ways to stay healthy and giving science-based solutions to problems.

Public health saves money, improves our quality of life, helps children thrive and reduces human suffering.

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