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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary of service to the people of Jefferson County in 2019.

“While we began as one of the members of Tri-County Health Department in 1948, we became the Jefferson County health department in 1959, focusing the work of our vigilant public health workforce on the residents of this county. It was a very different time for public health,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, MD, Executive Director of JCPH.

“Seatbelts were optional in cars and cigarettes had no warning labels. JCPH has worked with the community through those public health milestones and more, and we look forward to continuing to help create the healthiest community possible.”

Jefferson County Public Health began with a staff of only 24 employees and had only one location at the old courthouse in Golden. Now, JCPH’s 188 employees span across five locations throughout the county: Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Littleton.

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, JCPH will be sharing stories from its workforce and its history throughout the year; follow on Facebook @jeffcopublichealth and on Twitter and Instagram @jeffcoph to see updates.

To learn more about JCPH and its services, visit