Health Department Hosts Public Health Week
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Mesa County Health Department is promoting "Save Lives, Save Money" during their Public Health Week. The department will highlight the value of public health programs that result in not only awareness, but also prevention in Mesa County. Health officials believe this year's theme on saving money is timely with the new health care reform. “Nurse family partnership is about a $5 savings per dollar spent. The WICK program is about a $3 savings per dollar spent,” said Jeff Kuhr, director of Mesa County Health Department. “Those savings come by a way of Medicaid expenditures for future health care cost, so those are things we can directly quantify.” Officials add that programs similar to ones offered by the health department can save the nation more than $16 billion over a five year period.