WHY PUBLIC HEALTH?
by Public Health Director, Karen Koenemann
We are so fortunate to be able to live, work and play in Pitkin County. In 2018, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps ranked Pitkin among the top ten counties in Colorado for length and quality of life. We are privileged to have access to spectacular recreational trails, a top-notch school system, free educational and art events, world-class amenities within a small town, and a local community that values wellness. With the County seat in Aspen, Pitkin County is also among the wealthiest counties in the Country. Since high wealth communities correlate to better health, then why do we still see specific community health challenges? Unfortunately, the same factors that contribute to our healthy rating can also create barriers to good health. Results of a recently completed Regional Community Health Assessment pointed out some glaring issues. Read More