Public Health Services
Mission StatementTo foster and create conditions in which the people of Delta County can be healthy through the prevention of disease, injury and disability. For more information, select related links on the left.
Important Phone NumbersImmunization Hotline: (970) 874-2165
Women Infants and Children: (970) 874-2185
Child Health Programs: (970) 874-2190
Family Planning: (970) 874-2183
Tobacco Cessation: (970) 874-2517
Appointments: (970) 874-2165
- Birth Control
- Breast/Cervical Cancer Screening
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Tuberculosis Screening
- Nurse-Family Partnership
Family Planning is the planning of when to have children and the use of birth control and other techniques to implement such plans. Delta County Health Department’s Family Planning Program is dedicated to providing reproductive health care services and birth control supplies to men and women who need and want them. All family planning services are confidential. Teens are welcomed and encouraged to participate in their health care. Fees are on a sliding scale. Medicaid and private insurance are accepted.
Call the Health Department at 970-874-2165.
Delta County Health Department is open Monday through Friday.
All services are provided without regard to political affiliation, race, color, national origin, religious affiliation, age, gender, or handicap. All services are provided by nurse practitioners and registered nurses, Spanish interpreters are available.
Call the Health Department at 970-874-2165 to talk with one of our nurses, or to make an appointment.
Further Information--Reproductive and General Health Care Links
To provide access to breast and cervical cancer screening services for women between the ages of 40-64, who meet income guidelines and are uninsured.
The “Butterfly Program” allows women the opportunity to receive free pap smears, pelvic exams, breast exams and mammograms to screen for cancer. To qualify, a woman must be between the ages of 40-64, meet household income guidelines, and not have insurance that covers these services.
Our nurse practitioner and registered nurses provide:
- Health care education
- Physical exams include breast exam, Pap smear, pelvic exam
- Mammogram referral
- Case management for abnormal results
- Referrals for additional diagnostics and treatment
Call Delta County Health Services at 970-874-2165 for an appointment.
Women’s Health Care Links
To prevent the transmission of and provide for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections.
Sexually transmitted infections are at epidemic proportions in the United States. Five of the ten top reportable diseases in the United States are sexually transmitted infections. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease.
In America, the STD epidemic has been labeled the “Hidden Epidemic” because of the public’s reluctance to address sexual health issues; the associated biological and social factors; and the scope, impact and consequences of STDs being under-recognized by both the public and health care providers.
The Delta County Health Department provides screening tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections to people over the age of 12. All services are strictly confidential.
Please call the Delta County Health Department for further information or an appointment at 970-874-2165.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious infection that is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing. When infectious people cough, sneeze, talk or spit, they propel TB germs into the air. To become infected, a person needs only to inhale a small number of these germs from an actively infected TB person.
When exposed, the body’s immune system traps and surround the TB infection. Although the immune system cannot destroy TB bacteria, it keeps it from growing, causing symptoms or spreading. TB bacteria remain dormant in the body for years. An exposed person may never have symptoms as long as the immune system remains healthy. This form of TB bacteria infection is called “Latent Tuberculosis”. There are no symptoms for Latent TB.
“Active Tuberculosis” is caught in the same manner as latent Tuberculosis, except that body’s immune system cannot trap the bacteria. The bacteria are free to invade the body. Usually the lungs are infected first. Over time the TB spreads to other organs of the body.
Symptoms of Active Tuberculosis
Symptoms of “Active TB” include a persistent cough, coughing up blood and chest pain. Other symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, chills, fever and night sweats.
Treatment consists of a strict discipline of antibiotics. This treatment can cure both latent and active TB infections. It is important that treatment is completed to insure the TB is completely eradicated from the body. People who do not complete their TB treatment are at risk for the bacteria growing into resistant forms of TB. These resistant bacteria are very difficult or impossible to treat.
Treatment consists of a strict discipline of antibiotics. This treatment can cure both Latent and Active TB infections. It is important that treatment is completed to ensure the TB is completely eradicated from the body. People who do not complete their TB treatment are at risk for the bacteria growing into resistant forms of TB. These resistant bacteria are very difficult or impossible to treat.
Treatment, Prevention and Testing
The Delta County Health Department provides TB Skin Tests to screen for possible TB infections for a small fee, and the Department works with the Colorado Health Department to monitor and treat TB. Treatment is free of cost for the patient.
To schedule an appointment, call the Delta County Health Department at 970-874-2165.
Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP)
The Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP) is a national program that serves first time pregnant women until their first child(ren) reach age two. NFP is an evidenced-based program which provides registered nurse home visitation on an established schedule. These visits follow guidelines and address multiple areas including life skills and education, parenting, health, safety, resources and relationships.
The Nurse Family Partnership Program serves Montrose County and surrounding areas, Gunnison, Delta, Ouray, and San Miguel counties.
For information about the program in Montrose County contact 252-5011 and ask for one of the Nurse Family Partnership nurses.
The following web sites will provide you with additional information about the NFP Program in general: Nurse Family Partnership and NFP fact sheet.