Department of Health & Environment

The San Miguel County Department of Health and Environment is the local public health agency, as outlined in Senate Bill 08-194, the Public Health Act. The Public Health Act was established in 2008 to assure that core public health services are available to every person in Colorado with a consistent standard of quality.

Mission Statement

To protect and preserve the health and environment by providing high-quality public health care services and environmental protection services to the people of San Miguel County. 

Public Health

Public Health promotes and protects the health of the people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. We are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with clinic hours on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Services currently provided through SMC include the following:

Environmental Health

Environmental Health is a field of science that studies how the world around us influences human health and disease. This includes the natural environment like air, water, and soil, and also all of the physical, chemical, biological, and social features of our surroundings. San Miguel County administers the County regulations with respect to environmental quality and public health, safety, and welfare, including: 

  • Food Safety
    • The Environmental Health Specialist conducts routine inspections of food services (restaurants), retail food stores, daycare centers and performs school safety inspections.
  • Private Wells
    • Learn more about private well owner rights, responsibilities, and safety information.
  • Radon
    • Learn more about radon, radon testing, and radon monitoring.
  • Waste and Recycling
    • Learn about the waste and recycling facilities available in the county.