Department of Public Health

The SSMC Healthiest Communities Badgean Miguel County Department of Public Health 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. 


To empower San Miguel communities to live better, longer.

Prevention and Health Promotion

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. and offer services to help promote healthy living and preventative health. Learn more about available services on the Prevention and Health Promotion page.

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. Learn more on the Environmental Health page.

Statement on Structural Inequity

San Miguel County Public Health acknowledges that long-standing systemic racism, including economic and environmental injustice, has created conditions that negatively affect marginalized communities, particularly people of color. These conditions, which limit opportunities for optimal health and influence individual behaviors, are critical predictors of health outcomes. To realize a future where all Coloradans can thrive, we must be leaders in undoing policies and practices that have contributed to these inequities. Learn more about Colorado's Health Equity work from the Office of Healthy Equity.

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