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Department of Public Health Hosts Annual Open House Thursday

The Department of Public Health (DPH) invites the public to learn more about the department during the annual County Fair Open House on Thursday, February 1, at 5115 El Paso Drive.

The DPH will be transformed into a county fair as employees celebrate the department’s 10th year in existence.

“This annual event is always very festive and is a chance for our employees to celebrate the hard work they put into their jobs all year,” said Public Health Director Robert Resendes. “This is a great opportunity for both the media and the general public to learn about what we do and how we impact lives through our hard work.”

More than a dozen programs will be represented at the event, which will feature information tables, interactive exhibits, and county fair-inspired refreshments.

Tours specifically aimed at local college students begin from 10 a.m. to noon. General public tours start from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will culminate with the presentation of the 2018 Pillars of Public Health, which are awarded every year to various members of our community. The award recipients reflect the strength and momentum that is created when individuals and organizations commit themselves to the core principles of public health.

Residents interested in attending the open house are asked to RSVP by sending an email to

Department of Public Health, Libraries Join Forces to Keep Community Healthy

While local libraries continue to help El Pasoans stay well read this summer, they will also play host to the Department of Public Health to make sure they stay healthy as well.

Over the next several weeks the Medicaid Waiver Program will provide free immunizations to those who qualify. This includes adults and children who are enrolled in Medicaid, those who are uninsured, or who are low-income residents of El Paso and Hudspeth counties.

“Whether it’s the Department of Public Health or the El Paso Public Library, or even local hospitals, we all have a common goal of providing services that will be beneficial to the community,” said Claudia Lozano, Health Project Coordinator. “There is no doubt that our impact is greater when we join together to bring our unique assets to the table.”

Those who attend will be asked to fill out a referral interview form which will be used to identify their needs and capture basic health and demographic information. Participants will then be given either a voucher to receive vaccines onsite or at one of the City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s Immunization Clinics.

Vaccines provided include: Pneumonia, Tdap, and Hepatitis A and B along with several others. Those who attend should bring in their shot records, identification, and any insurance cards.

Parents must be present in order for a child to be vaccinated. Individuals may also receive recommended cancer screenings and vouchers to obtain free services at the Hospitals of Providence or Sun City Medical Clinic PA associated clinics.

The following outreach events will take place:

Main Library

501 N Oregon St, 79901

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Armijo Branch

620 E 7th Ave, 79901

Monday, July 10, 2017

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sergio Troncoso Branch

9321 Alameda Ave, 79907

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Memorial Park Branch

3200 Copper Ave, 79930

Monday, July 31, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



For more information on the programs and services provided by the Department of Public Health, please dial 2-1-1 or visit

35th Annual Lower Valley Health Fair Offer Variety of Services Saturday

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH), as well as 80 other agencies will be offering numerous testing, screenings, and health information opportunities this weekend as a part of the Lower Valley Health Fair.

Now in its 35th year, the event will include everything from blood sugar and cholesterol testing to immunizations and hearing and vision screenings.

The event is organized by the Lower Valley School Nurses Association and will take place on Saturday, April 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Socorro High School, located at 10150 Alameda.

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend and local talent from the various school districts and the community will provide entertainment throughout the day.

“I am proud to be a longtime member of the planning committee for this event,” said Mario Hernandez, Public Health Educator. “We know that there are many in our community who may not otherwise have access to the services offered at this health fair, or who may not know what services the Department of Public Health offers.”

The following DPH programs are scheduled to participate this upcoming weekend: 2-1-1 Texas, HIV Prevention/MPowerment, Rawlings Pediatric Dental Clinic, WIC, Immunizations, Medicaid Waiver, Public Health Preparedness (Zika Prevention), Eat Well! El Paso, and the Tobacco Prevention Program.

El Pasoans Urged to Get Flu Shot Ahead of Season

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is joining other cities across the Lone Star State to commemorate Texas Influenza Awareness Day on October 1.

As the number of flu cases in our area begins to pick up steam, officials want to make sure that everyone six months old and older gets vaccinated to protect themselves from getting the flu.

“We have yet to see huge numbers of flu cases in the Sun City,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “What we know for sure is that the flu shot is the first line of defense to prevent getting sick.”

Flu vaccination is particularly important for pregnant women, young children, older adults and people with chronic health conditions, because people in those groups are at a greater risk of severe complications if they do get the flu.

The DPH currently has flu vaccines available for patients 6 months to 18 years of age. They are available at DPH Immunization Centers for $10/per dose.

For patients, age 6 months through 18 years, to be eligible to receive Texas Vaccines For Children (TVFC) immunizations at the Department of Public Health Clinics, they must meet one of the eligibility criteria listed below:

  • Medicaid eligible
  • Uninsured: a child without health insurance coverage
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Enrolled in CHIP
  • Underinsured*

*Underinsured definition from DSHS – A child who has commercial (private) health insurance, but coverage does not include vaccines.

The flu vaccine for adult patients over the age of 19 is expected to be available on October 12. Residents may call 915-212-6555 to schedule an appointment.

In addition, the El Paso Fire and Health Department’s “Vaccinations for Health” program will provide free influenza vaccines along with various screenings to patients 18 and older

  • Saturday Oct. 1: Station 17, 8803 Alameda Ave., 8-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 5: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 12: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-6 p.m.
  • Saturday Oct. 15: Station 18, 7901 San Jose Rd., 8-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 19: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 26: EPFD Safety, Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Dr., 1-6 p.m.

Influenza, commonly known as the “flu”, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by an influenza virus. Symptoms usually start abruptly and include fever, body aches, chills, a dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, headaches and extreme fatigue and can last a week or longer.

Take precautions to reduce your chance of getting the flu this season by getting vaccinated, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if you’re sick. People can contact their health care provider, local health department, local pharmacy or visit the to find out where flu shots are available.

Health officials encourage people to seek treatment if experiencing flu symptoms. If started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, antivirals may help shorten the duration or lessen the severity of the flu.

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