BASIC AND OPTIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES1
Public health services are divided into two groups; the first are basic services to be provided by all
local health units organized under the Colorado revised statutes and the second are those optional services
which are desirable in jurisdictions where need is recognized. In some jurisdictions, the services are
provided by other community organizations; however, the health department has an obligation to ascertain
that basic services are available. See Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 25-1-501 through 25-1-516 (County
and District Health Departments), 25-1-601 through 25-1-667 (Local Boards of Health) and CRS 25-1-701
through 25-1-719 (Regional Health Departments).
BASIC PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
Personal Health Services
Epidemiology and Control of Preventable Diseases
Epidemiology - Provide surveillance and study of disease episodes of potential public health
importance to determine what is occurring and what control measures are necessary.
Communicable Disease Control - Control morbidity and mortality due to specific
infectious agents or their toxic produces through recognized epidemiological procedures.
Immunizations - Provide immunizations to protect the public from preventable diseases and
encourage patients to receive immunizations from their physicians.
Tuberculosis Control - Provide screening, medical services or referral for the tuberculosis patient
and protection of the community from its spread.
Sexually Transmitted Disease Control - Provide diagnosis, education, treatment or referral for
venereal disease patients and protection of the public from the spread of the disease.
Non-Communicable Disease Control - Control morbidity and mortality from non-communicable
diseases of public health concern related to chronic diseases and environmental agents and other
factors; e.g., through environmental control, noise control, hazardous waste management,