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Breastfeeding Coalition

San Luis Valley Breastfeeding Coalition: to support mothers to breastfeed for the best infant and maternal health. Meets every other month on the fourth Tuesday in Alamosa. Contact  Coordinator Renee Mackey for more information. Everyone is welcome.  719-588-8800

SLV Breastfeeding Coalition Resource Guide: Download two pages.
Pregnancy Related Depression Information

Center for Sharing Public Health Services

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services has an extensive library of resources and offers technical assistance for public health jurisdictions considering cross-jurisdictional sharing.

Cigarettes and Vaping

  • Colorado QuitLine
  • Smokefree TXT Sign up for a text messaging program if you are at least 13 years old and use a supported mobile phone carrier in the United States.
  • Spanish: Visite la página de Preguntas Frecuentes para información en español sobre los programas de mensajes de texto de Smokefree.
  • Smokefree Apps Personally tailored to help you quit.
  • Support, tips, tools, and expert advice to help you or someone you love quit smoking.
  • Empowering smokers to quit successfully and motivating youth to stay tobacco free.
  • Veterans: Speak to an expert by calling 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838).

Community Health Assessment Booklet

VIEW 2018 Community Health Assessment Booklet

PRINT 2018 Community Health Assessment Booklet

Community Toolbox     

Find practical information about building healthy communities. The Community Tool Box is a free, Internet-based service to assist you in addressing community health and development issues in your community by connecting people, ideas and resources. The Community Tool Box is a service of the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

If we can’t REACH you, we can’t ALERT you.

Environmental Health

Information on food and safety inspections, pests, licensing, forms and frequently asked questions

Mold Information

Radon Information

Frequently Asked Questions

SLV Food Resources

Health Equity

Public Health work is grounded in an understanding that not everyone has equal access and opportunity to be healthy due to policies, environments and systems that perpetuate inequalities. We are committed to updating systems and removing barriers from health and wellness activities and resources.

Copyright 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. May be used with attribution.
Podcast: Scene on Radio: Seeing White.

If you only watch one thing: Middle class wealth in America is often passed on from generation to generation through real estate equity. Women, Hispanic and African-American military veterans were systematically excluded from VA home loan and ?GI Bill? benefits. Unfair housing, education and banking practices prevent many people from access to resources to improve their lives. Watch Adam Ruins Everything: The Disturbing History of the Suburbs a short video that illuminates redlining, a housing policy that stills affects us today. Video 6:19 minutes

Equity vs. Equality Video 1:19 minutes
What is Health Equity? Video 3.24 minutes
Dismantling Racism History of the Race Construct: a timeline
Why Pronouns Matter: If we assume we know a person?s gender by looking at them, we may be sending a harmful message.
Why does privilege make people so angry? Decoded/ MTV News  Video 4:51 minutes
Race – The Power of Illusion: Interactive Learning
Aspen Institute: Structural Racism and Community Building Download this primer on power, racism and white privilege.
Structural Roots of Food Systems Inequalities Brief history of food distribution systems rooted in inequality.
Understanding Jim Crow
David Cunningham, chair of the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University, explores systems of racial separation and institutionalized segregation known as Jim Crow. 7:58 minutes
The Groundwater Approach ? building a practical understanding of structural racism Submit your name, email and location to download.
A Class Divided: Video 6:52 minutes Contains archaic and racially offensive terms. ?In 1968, Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination.? Full episode: Frontline: a class divided Video 53:05 minutes.
Waiting for Health Equity: a Graphic Novel
En attente de l » équité en santé ahora disponible en español
Center for Health Progress (Colorado)
Our experts provide strategic consulting, expert facilitation, thoughtful commentary on top issues in health and health care, and other professional services.
Health Inequity: America?s Chronic Condition? | Esteban López | TEDxSanAntonio Video 12:01 minutes.
Webinar recording: Black/White Equity in the opportunity to survive the 1st year of life? A dream deferred.
Dr. Arthur James discusses how the inequities in social conditions forced upon slaves and their descendants provide the primary explanation for the racial disparities we see today.
This webinar explores how the inequities in social conditions forced upon slaves and their descendants provide the primary explanation for the racial disparities we see today.
Archive of Webinar passcode ?Equity?

The Working Poor: Invisible in America – In this book Shipler unpacks the complex forces and root causes of poverty in America.

Systemic Racism explained, Act.Tv – Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here’s a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.

All in Nation: An America that Works for All – ?All-In Nation: An America That Works for All? lays out a comprehensive policy agenda to build an equitable economy where everyone, including fast-growing communities of color, can participate and thrive.

For Health Departments:
Health Equity Guide from Human Impact Partners: ?After years of struggling to close health disparities, a new movement has taken root: health departments are using a set of strategic practices to confront the power imbalances and forms of oppression at the root of health inequities, change the conversation about what creates health equity, develop leadership and support innovation, and build a movement for health equity.?
Click to explore ways to move towards Health Equity.
CO Department of Public Health and Environment: Health Equity
Resources, Action Guide, Fact Sheets and Sweet Tools including assumption checker, authentic engagement, framing data tips, measuring program performance tips, designing program evaluation tips and equity and inclusion hiring guide.

Colorado Health Institute?s 2017 Access to Care index


Healthy Food at Meetings and Events

Guidelines for Offering Healthy Food at Meetings, Seminars and Catered Events Download three pages.


Marijuana is legal for use by adults over age 21 in Colorado. It?s important to know the health effects
Learn how to talk to your kids about marijuana at Speaknow!
Learn more at Good to Know.

Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Tips to Boost Your Mental Health Now

Mental Health Emergency?

Colorado Crisis Services
Free and confidential support for people in distress 24/7.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text TALK to 38255 OR CHAT NOW.

SLV Behavioral Health Group 719-589-3671
8745 County Rd 9 South, Alamosa, CO 81101
Valley services, programs and recovery. 24 hour crisis team.

Tu Casa
24-hour crisis line: 719-589-2465 for domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, sexual abuse, sexual assault and hate crimes.

SAMHSA National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24/7 information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

Find a Therapist in the Valley

Psychology Today – Find a Therapist

SAMSHA – Behavioral health treatment services locator

Mental Health Colorado and Mental Health America

Help and Frequently asked questions.

Screenings in English and Spanish Short and easy mental health screenings that lead to lots of helpful information. 

Do It Yourself Tools

Treatment & Resources


General Information on Mental Health

Colorado Mental Wellness Network
Peer support training, advocacy.

Let?s Talk Colorado
What is mental health? What to say to people.

Make It OK
Learn about mental illness stigma.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Helpline, News and Blog.

Rural and Agricultural Mental Health

Speak Now Colorado 
Learn how to talk to your kids about alcohol and marijuana.

Survivors of Suicide
Supporting people who want to share their stories and their hope.

Parenting, Pregnancy and Post-Partum Mental Health Information

Pregnancy-Related Depression Information

New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health

Addiction Help for Pregnant and Parenting Women
Compassionate care for mothers struggling with addiction.

Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley
As the hub of early childhood efforts in the SLV, we build community awareness and engagement; disseminate information and resources; provide professional development and coaching create leadership opportunities; secure funding facilitate collaborative partnerships; build community capacity; and advocate for needed change.

Early Childhood Colorado Partnership Blog, resources, tools and lessons learned.
The Early Childhood Colorado Partnership provides the space and conditions for diverse partners across the comprehensive early childhood system ? encompassing health, mental health, family support and early learning ? to come together to identify common results, share best practices, and implement strategies to improve system effectiveness for child and family well-being.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
News, articles, trauma and disaster recovery resources. For learning and attention issues.

En Espanol

Servicios de Crisis en Colorado
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Free and confidential support for people in distress 24/7.
Text TALK to 38255 OR CHAT NOW

Mental Health Colorado Screenings in Spanish

Mental Health America Otros Recursos

Hable Ahora Colorado
Talk to your kids about alcohol and drugs.

SAMHSA National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24/7 information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

Behavioral health treatment services locator

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Nutrition Classes: Colorado State University Extension Service  For more information or to sign up, contact Alicia Wagar, EFNEP Educator 719-852-7382 or Alicia.Wagar@ColoState.Edu
LiveWell Colorado Resources, Projects and Events
Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Toolkit for Community Educators
San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition: to foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem.”

  • Double Up Food Bucks allows SNAP users to effectively double the reach of their SNAP dollars when used on Colorado produce. For more info call 719-937-2319 and ask for Brandon or email
  • Healthy Habits is a project of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition; with a goal to promote a healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and other healthy local foods. Healthy Habits grew out of a collaborative of dedicated community members that has promoted access to healthy, seasonally fresh produce in the San Luis Valley since 1996.

Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault

Tu Casa Child and victim advocacy for domestic and dating violence and sexual assault, elder abuse, stalking, human trafficking and hate crimes. Emergency shelter and other services. Prevention education and training.

Rural Health Information Hub

Library, News, Data, Case Studies and Tools for Rural Health
Topic Guides – Find information and resources on over 50 rural topics
Healthcare Access in Rural Communities ? A thorough analysis

Sexual Health, Relationships, Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections is a website for teens loaded with information on sex and health. Created for kids in California.
Tu Casa: to support healthy, violence-free lives and relationships for all children and adults in the San Luis Valley.

Veterans connects Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with mental health information, local resources, and Veterans? own inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can learn about the signs of mental health conditions or substance use problems and find sources of support. The site is free and accessible to everyone.

Problems with alcohol or drugs

Suicide risk

Group therapy and peer support

Women?s Health  Resources for women. Helpline 800-994-9662 Mon. ? Fri. 7am – 4pm MT (closed on federal holidays).  En Español.
Women’s Wellness Connection Eligible women may receive free screenings for clinical breast exams, Pap tests, pelvic exams, mammograms and cardiovascular tests like blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI) and heart tests.
CDC: Diabetes is Different for Women
Pregnancy-Related Depression Information
Resources for Pregnancy and New Mothers
Your local public health office has resources to help you quit smoking if you are pregnant, a breastfeeding and pumping room, and a home visit or phone call for New Baby Education and other referrals.

The Breastfeeding Coalition also has a resource guide for the San Luis Valley.