Public Health

Inside the Health and Wellness Center

The Clear Creek County Public Health Department promotes, protects, and improves the lifelong health of individuals and communities in Clear Creek County. Below are some of the services provided, many free or at low-cost.

Public Health Nursing

Wellness Clinics (by appointment only)

Appointments available Monday-Friday

  • Oxygen level, temperature, blood pressure, STD/HIV testing, and more
  • No fasting required
  • Hours vary

To schedule an appointment, call 303-670-7528

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Services

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Immunizations

Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Flu, TDAP, HEP A, and more
  • COVID vaccines and boosters
  • All childhood immunizations
  • Clear Creek County Health and Wellness Center - 2nd Floor, 1969 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
  • Walk-ins welcome (no appointment necessary) 

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Community Health Tubing


Substance Abuse/Crisis Services

There are ways to get help if you or a loved one is in need. Click here for more information on how you can get help here in Clear Creek County.

Food Banks

There are multiple places in Clear Creek County where people can get free food if needed.IMG_9234

Clear Creek County Health and Wellness Center: located at 1969 Miner Street in Idaho Springs (2nd Floor) there are shelves stocked full of food for those in need. People can come in anytime Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30 and take what they need.

  • Loaves & Fishes: located at 545 Hwy 103, Loaves & Fishes is a faith-based, non-denominational ministry supported by the churches of Clear Creek County, individual donations of food and funds, and grant          funding. Their hours are Wednesdays (donations only) from 11:00-4:00 Thursdays from 11:00-4:00 and Fridays from 11:00-4:00.

HIV/STI Testing BC Aids logo

Clear Creek County Public Health now offers free monthly HIV, Hep. C, and other STI testing through the Boulder County AIDS Project. 

What: The Rapid HIV & Hep. C testing is free and confidential. No matter who you are, an HIV test is right for you. Know for sure. Get tested! Free and confidential, urine pregnancy testing, counseling,  and barrier contraceptives also available.

When: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday September 16th and Wednesday October 12th.

Where: Clear Creek County Health and Wellness Center, 1969 Miner Street, 2nd Floor, Idaho Springs.

Contact: Mariah Frank to schedule an appointment at 303-444-6121 ext. 119 or email at mariah@bcap.org

Call the Public Health Information Line at 303-670-7528 if you cannot make these times,  or to learn more about other STI testing services offered at the Health and Wellness Center.

Monkeypox Information

Monkeypox is a virus in the orthopox family of viruses. Monkeypox is rare, but it can be serious for people who get it. Monkeypox can spread from person to person when someone who has monkeypox has close contact with someone else. Close contact can mean physical contact with the sores, bumps, or lesions of someone who has monkeypox. Close contact includes sex. Monkeypox can also spread through touching the bed linens or clothing of someone who has monkeypox. Monkeypox can also live on other surfaces for some time.

Recent cases in the United States have been infected through person-to-person contact. Brief interactions without physical contact are unlikely to result in getting the virus.

Monkeypox has recently been spreading in parts of the United States,  Canada,  Europe, and Australia. It is endemic in central and west Africa.  Recent data suggest people who have recently traveled to a country where monkeypox has been reported or men who have sex with other men are at heightened risk.

The type of monkeypox spreading in the United States is rarely deadly and has a fatality rate of less than 1%. In fact, in most cases, monkeypox will resolve on its own.  Symptoms of monkeypox may begin with flu-like symptoms that can include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion. Typically, a rash or skin bumps develop within one to three days after the onset of fever, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.

Monkeypox can look like syphilis, herpes, blisters, or even acne, so be sure to get checked out if you develop a new rash or bumps. In recent cases, additional symptoms have not always occurred before the rash or bumps if they have occurred at all. The incubation period for monkeypox is usually seven to 14 days but can range from less than five to 21 days. Most people recover within two-to-four weeks.

Where do I get tested for monkeypox?

People who are experiencing symptoms of monkeypox or think they have been exposed to monkeypox should contact a health care provider to discuss testing. Many providers can now submit specimens through commercial laboratory networks such as Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics, and Sonic Healthcare. If you do not have a health care provider, or do not have insurance, the following locations have monkeypox testing available for people who have a rash they suspect may be monkeypox.  Appointments are limited — call the phone number listed to ask about available appointments. If you have a rash or sores,  cover them with long sleeves, pants, or a bandage.  Wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth during your appointment. Patients can take this document with them to their medical visit.

Denver Sexual Health Clinic
Phone: (303) 602-3540 
Address: 660 N. Bannock St., Pavilion L, 2nd Floor, Denver, CO 80204 
(Denver Sexual Health Clinic is currently only evaluating patients who have been sexually active or directly exposed to monkeypox within the last month and have a rash.) 

Gunnison County Public Health 
Phone: (970) 641-3244 
Address: 220 N. Spruce St., Gunnison, CO 81230 
(Gunnison County Public Health is only evaluating patients who are high risk and have a rash.) 

Jefferson County Public Health Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic 
Phone: (303) 239-7040 
Address: 645 Parfet St., Lakewood, CO 80215 
(JCPH Sexual & Reproductive Health Clinic is only evaluating people who are sexually active and have a rash. Evaluation and testing by appointment only.) 

Mesa County Public Health
Phone: (970) 248-6900 
Address: 510 29 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81504 
(Mesa County Public Health is currently only evaluating patients who have a rash.) 

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital 
Phone: (720) 848-0000 Address: 12605 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045 
(University of Colorado Hospital is currently only evaluating patients who have a rash.) 

Weld County Public Health 
Phone: (970) 304-6420 
Address: 1555 N. 17th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631 
(Weld County Public Health is currently evaluating patients who have a rash.)

Vaccine Information

Some people who have been recently exposed to monkeypox should get a vaccine called Jynneos. The FDA has fully approved this vaccine. Colorado currently has an extremely limited supply of the vaccine from the federal government. Getting vaccinated lowers your chance of getting monkeypox if you may have been exposed. The sooner an exposed person gets the vaccine, the better. The vaccine can also reduce the severity of your symptoms if you do get sick later on. People who already have symptoms of monkeypox (fever, rash, etc.) should not get vaccinated.

CDPHE vaccine clinics CDPHE is hosting a limited number of free vaccine clinics for eligible Coloradans who meet the criteria below. Request a vaccine appointment using this form. Appointment requests will be made available based on our extremely limited vaccine allotment from the federal government.

Those who currently qualify for expanded post-exposure vaccination are:

  • Anyone aged 18 years and older who has had close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox in the last 14 days.
  • Gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, or transgender, non-binary, or gender-diverse people aged 18 years and older who
    -Have had multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days, or
    -Have had sexual partners they did not previously know in the last 14 days, or
    -Have had close physical contact with other people in a venue where anonymous or group sex may occur.
  • Anyone identified by public health as a known high-risk contact of someone who has monkeypox.

Vaccine supply is currently extremely limited. Completing the interest form does not guarantee an appointment.

Monkeypox Vaccine Providers 

Jefferson County Public Health 
Phone: (303) 239-7078 
Address: 645 Parfet St., Lakewood, CO 80215 
(Jefferson County Public Health is currently offering post-exposure and expanded post-exposure vaccinations by appointment only for those who meet the criteria listed in the section above.) 

Public Health Institute at Denver Health 
Phone: (303) 602-3342 
Address: 660 Bannock Street, 2nd floor, Denver, CO 80204 
(Three clinics of the Public Health Institute at Denver Health are currently offering post-exposure and expanded post-exposure vaccinations by appointment only for those who meet the criteria listed in the section above.) 

Tri-County Health Department 
Address: multiple addresses — Aurora, Castle Rock, Westminster 
(Tri-County Health Department is currently offering post-exposure and expanded post-exposure vaccinations for those who meet the criteria listed in the section above.)


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  1. Public Health Information Line

    Phone: 303-670-7528

  2. Dr. Timothy Ryan

    Deputy Medical Director

  3. Andrea Uliano, MSW, BSN, RN

    Public Health Nurse

  4. Emily Kuper, MSN PHN

    Public Health Nurse

  5. Donna Prentner, RD, RN

    WIC Coordinator
    Phone: (970) 409-6907

  6. Becca Bernal

    Mountain Youth Network Manager
    Phone: (303) 670-7539