La Plata County Public Health (LPCPHD) serves all La Plata residents in monitoring, investigating, and communicating the health conditions affecting our communities.

La Plata County Public Health is a brand-new department, assuming responsibility for the services previously provided by San Juan Basin Public Health, which dissolved on Dec. 31, 2023. LPCPHD is governed by the La Plata County Board of Health, whose five members are appointed by the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners.

Background
Under Colorado law, each county must have its own local public health agency or participate in a district public health agency.  For over 70 years, La Plata County and Archuleta County participated in a district public health agency known as San Juan Basin Public Health ("SJBPH").  

At a meeting scheduled on April 28, 2022, the San Juan Basin Board of Health made a recommendation to dissolve the Public Health District.  In a June 7, 2022 work session, the SJBPH board members acknowledged that both counties may identify different priorities and that there are philosophical differences in the way that the two counties view the regulatory role of public health and the services that should be delivered.   

Upon receipt of the recommendation,  La Plata County staff undertook an initial review of the opportunities and challenges presented by the dissolution of SJBPH and presented a detailed staff report on August 23, 2022 found here.  Staff anticipated that the differing approaches sought by La Plata and Archuleta were not likely to diminish because La Plata County's population is growing and the public is increasingly demanding accountability and local control of public health.  The La Plata County Commissioners gave direction to pursue the recommendations of the Board of Health, including negotiations with Archuleta County and SJBPH to effectuate SJBPH’s recommendation for their orderly dissolution and resulting transition to two separate single county health departments.  

On November 15, 2022, La Plata County and Archuleta County Boards of County Commissioners approved a resolution establishing a planned and orderly dissolution of the San Juan Basin Public Health District by December 31, 2023.  

On January 24, 2023, the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners approved this resolution creating the La Plata County Board of Health and appointed the inaugural La Plata County Board of Health members.

Non-Discrimination Statement 
LPCPHD does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Contact Us
Physical Address:
281 Sawyer Drive, Suite 300
Durango, CO 81303

970-247-5702


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