Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Chronic disease prevention and health promotion are essential for improving and maintaining human wellbeing and are foundational components of public health. Chronic disease prevention aims to reduce the occurrence of chronic and transmissible illnesses, while health promotion works to provide individuals and communities with the tools and resources they need to achieve their healthiest possible state. 

Nearly 60 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with a chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. Staying informed about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for these conditions can help prevent chronic diseases and improve quality of life for the individuals that live with them. 

Learn About Diabetes  

Learn About Cancer  

Learn About Heart Health  

Learn About Strokes

Gilpin County Public Health is committed to the mental health of our residents. If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please reach out and never hesitate to use available resources. 

Crisis Referral and Support Services

Colorado Crisis Services - Call 1-844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255

Safe2Tell - Report threats or concerns about safety for yourself or others

Jefferson County Mental Health Resources  


Tobacco use remains a leading cause of preventable illness and death in the state of Colorado and nationwide. Prevention is the first step for reducing the harms associated with tobacco smoking and nicotine vaping. In addition, there are many tools available if you are looking to quit.

Mayo Clinic: Dangers of Vaping 

Vaping Versus Smoking 


Colorado Quitline 

CDC Smoking and Tobacco Resources 

WIC is a federally funded food and nutrition service program that aims to improve the nutritional health of low-income mothers and children up to the age of 5 years. WIC works to provide nutritious foods, dietary and breastfeeding information, and healthcare referrals to encourage healthy eating practices.

Local WIC Office (Idaho Springs) 

WIC in Colorado

Jeffco Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Office 

W.K. Kellog Foundation Breastfeeding Video - Coming together in support for breastfeeding 

Nurse Family Partnership - Find a free personal nurse for first time parents

Formula Shortage Resources 

Safe2Tell - Report threats or concerns about safety for yourself or others