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Influenza Cases Up Around Aspen, NationallyInfluenza Cases Up Around Aspen, Nationally
By: Andre Salvail, Aspen Daily News; January 11, 2020

The rate of people contracting the flu locally, across Colorado and nationally is rising rapidly, according to multiple health care sources. “The geographic spread of influenza activity in the state of Colorado is widespread,” states the weekly Colorado Flu Report ending Jan. 4. [Read more]


Pitkin County’s Tobacco Fine Applies to Street Sales, Too
By: Jason Auslander, Aspen Times; January 9, 2020

Pitkin County’s proposed $1,000 fine for retailers who sell cigarettes or nicotine products to people under 21 also will apply to adults who buy the products for minors. County commissioners on Wednesday preliminarily approved raising the county’s minimum age to purchase tobacco or nicotine from 18 to 21 despite the fact that President Donald Trump raised the age to 21 nationally in late December when he signed the country’s budget bill. [Read more]


High Radon Levels Detected in Half of Locally Tested HomesHigh Radon Levels Detected in Half of Locally Tested Homes
By: Andre Salvail, Aspen Daily News; January 3, 2020

With National Radon Action Month having arrived, Pitkin County and Aspen environmental health officials are issuing reminders about the dangers of the odorless, colorless, radioactive gas — and how local property owners can take steps to lessen its threat to health. “You’ve got a 50-50 chance of having a lung-cancer risk factor in your home,” Jannette Whitcomb, senior environmental health specialist for the city, said in reference to radon. “But this is a risk factor that you can correct.” [Read more]



Tobacco prices going up from Aspen to Vail

Pitkin Tobacco Prices Going Up from Aspen to Vail
By: Jason Auslander, Aspen Times; January 1, 2020

Thanks to groundwork laid by the city of Aspen two years ago, most areas from Aspen to Vail will pay significantly more for tobacco products as of midnight today, an official said Tuesday. [Read more]


Pitkin County Considers Raising Tobacco Purchase Age to 21Pitkin County Considers Raising Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
By: Alex Hager, Aspen Public Radio; December 18, 2019

Colorado has the highest rate of youth electronic cigarette use in the nation, and use among high schoolers in Pitkin County is among the highest in the state. [Read more]


Image of Aspen Police Department and PACT clinician  Opens in new windowMental Health at the Center of Local Law Enforcement
By: Megan Tackett, Aspen Daily News; October 17, 2019

Of the 199 calls involving mental health recorded by the Pitkin Area Co-Responder Teams, or PACT, in the last three months, Katie Hundertmark assisted with 129. Hundertmark is the mental health clinician who serves as the co-responder in PACT calls. [Read more]


PREP LogoTeens Discuss Addiction and Vaping: Part 2
By: Azyep, KDNK Community Radio; October 7, 2019

In a two part series, teen interns with Garfield County Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) discuss vaping in schools with Risa Turetsky of Pitkin County Public Health. [Read more]


Map of Colorado countiesMental Well-Being Survey to Inform Pitkin County Strategic Vision
By: Alycin Bektesh, Aspen Daily News; October 3, 2019

Some of the area’s biggest organizations have partnered to address the mental health needs of the community. Pitkin County, the Aspen School District, Aspen Valley Hospital, the city of Aspen, Aspen Skiing Co. and the Aspen Community Foundation are working together to develop a strategic vision and master plan... [Read more]


Image of tobacco products on shelfPitkin County Officials Agree on More Tobacco Restrictions
By: Andre Salvail, Aspen Daily News; October 2, 2019

Pitkin County commissioners have informally agreed to move ahead with an ordinance that would raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21 and ban the sale of all flavored nicotine products. [Read more]


Pitkin County LogoPitkin County Seeks Public Input on Mental Wellbeing Survey
By: Molly Dove, Aspen Public Radio; September 26, 2019

Valley residents who work or live in Pitkin County are encouraged to take a mental wellbeing survey to help create the county’s mental health strategic plan. About 70 people have taken the survey so far. The survey asks about access to mental health services, what affects mental wellbeing and the mental state of people around them. [Read more]


Image of Jose Saez, peer specialist for PACTLongevity Project: Mental Health Connected to Culture, Altitude of Mountain Communities
By: Maddie Vincent, Aspen Times; September 24, 2019

Soon after Jose Saez moved to the Aspen area four years ago, his well-being took a turn for the worse. Convinced to relocate to the Roaring Fork Valley by a friend he went into business with, Saez said life was good for a little bit. About a year-and-a-half into the partnership, the business crumbled. [Read more]


Person vapingImpact of Nicotine On Youth, Local Municipalities Taking Action
By: Molly Dove, Aspen Public Radio; August 30, 2019

A 2017 survery reports over 50 percent of students in the Roaring Fork Valley have used an electronic vapor product, like an e-cigarette. Now, local municipalities are taking action... [Read more]


PREP LogoGarfield County PREP Interns Discuss Healthy Development
By: Azyep, KDNK Community Radio; August 30, 2018

Mental health clinician Cory Barrett with the state of Colorado discusses healthy development, inclusivity, and positive relationships with teenage interns from Garfield County PREP. [Read more]