Rio Grande County Public Health

Due to COVID-19 our Office hours are as follows
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 925 6th Street Room 101
Del Norte, CO 81132
Phone: 719-657-3352
Fax: 719-657-2286

Emergency After Hours:
SLV Public Health Emergency 24/7/365
through Colorado State Patrol Dispatch

New COVID-19 Information

Rio Grande County Public Health has been working to help our community be as ready as prepared as possible for coronavirus/COVID-19. For more information visit

Here are our most updated Public Health Orders.  

NEW  8/3/2020   Cases and Outbreaks in Schools

NEW   8/3/2020   Defining Outbreaks in Schools

NEW    8/3/2020  Responding to COVID-19 cases and Outbreaks in Schools

NEW   7/30/2020  How to Isolate

NEW  7/20/2020  Guidance to LPHA and Schools for Opening fall 2020



Rio Grande Public Health Objectives


Rio Grande County is the healthiest place to live, learn, work and play.


To preserve, promote and protect the health of all people in Rio Grande County

through equitable prevention, partnerships and education.


  • Prioritize primary prevention and population-based approaches
  • Make data-driven, community-informed decisions
  • Respect the diversity of the individuals and communities we serve
  • Be an accountable and responsible public steward
  • Encourage our divers, passionate staff to grow their skills and pursue their interests
  • Collaborate with partners to improve social determinants of health
  • Advocate for health in all policies
  • Focus locally and connect regionally
  • Innovate for creative and high-quality information, services and solutions


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Current Services


 There are 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes, 43 of them are CANCER-CAUSING agents. Your unborn baby receives those poisons every time you smoke.

If you are currently pregnant and smoking or just recently quit smoking and pregnant, you are eligible for the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program. There are no income requirements.

Pregnancy is the perfect time to quit smoking. When you avoid tobacco you:

  • DECREASE your risk of a miscarriage
  • HELP baby’s lungs grow strong
  • IMPROVE baby’s overall health
  • HELP to ensure your baby is born on time and not born prematurely
  • IMPROVE your baby’s birth weight

When you successfully complete the program requirements, you can receive 12 monthly diaper vouchers as a reward for remaining smoke free for baby’s first year.


Made possible by grants from the Colorado Health Foundation and Rocky Mountain Health Plans


Contact Dianne Koshak RN at the Rio Grande County Public Health Agency for more details - 

(719) 657-3352

Alzheimer Support is a free service that assists Rio Grande County families who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Through our free search tool and database of Alzheimer’s care facilities, families in need of care for their loved ones can locate licensed care homes and communities in the Rio Grande County area that are best equipped to provide care for their loved ones.



Rio Grande County Public Health Agency will help prepare you for healthy and safe international travel!

If you are traveling internationally for work, to visit friends or family, or for vacation, traveling abroad can put you at risk for diseases that are common in other regions of the world. To improve your chances of staying healthy, the International Travel Clinic at Rio Grande County Public Health Agency provides individual consultation and immunizations before traveling to that long awaited destination. Our services can help protect you from diseases such as Hepatitis A or B, Yellow Fever, Typhoid Fever, and Malaria.

Please contact our International Travel Vaccine Consultant at


Rio Grande County Public Health International Travel Brochure, PDF  International_Travel_Brochure_PDF.pdf

 Check Out These Great Apps!


TravWell mobile app screenshot

CDC’s TravWell app helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. Build a trip to get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list. The app also lets you store travel documents, keep a record of your medications and immunizations, and set reminders to get vaccine booster doses or take medicines while you’re traveling.

Key Features

  • Authoritative recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • During-travel features available offline (no data connection needed)
  • Fully customizable to do list and packing list
  • Emergency services phone numbers for every destination
  • Easy to use and fun

Available from Google Play     Available from the App Store

To give feedback about this app, contact CDC-INFO.

Can I Eat This?

Can I Eat This?

Montezuma’s revenge, Delhi belly, or travelers’ diarrhea—whatever you call it, it can ruin your international trip. Help prevent travelers’ diarrhea by using CDC’s Can I Eat This? app. Select the country you’re in and answer a few simple questions about what you’re thinking about eating or drinking, and Can I Eat This? will tell you whether it’s likely to be safe. With Can I Eat This?, you can be more confident that your food and drink choices won’t make you spend your international trip in the bathroom.

Key Features

  • Authoritative recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Access recommendations offline (no data connection needed)
  • Easy to use and fun

Available from Google Play     Available from the App Store

To give feedback about this app, contact CDC-INFO.

PIC OF IMMO CHILDVaccines are recommended for all children and adults to prevent getting and spreading diseases. Vaccines are especially important for children and people with chronic conditions, who are more likely to develop complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases.

What vaccines do you need?  Take this quiz to find out!

Children's Vaccines

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or person who has the authority to give consent.  Please bring your child's current immunization record with you to your visit.  If you would like to obtain your child's immunization record, contact your child's school, primary care provider, or Rio Grande County Public Health.

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines at low-to-no cost to eligible children 18 years of age and under, following the ACIP/AAP/AAFP pediatric immunization recommendations.  Eligible children are those who are on Medicaid, have no insurance, who are Native American/Alaska Natives or who are underinsured (insurance does not cover vaccines).  As participants in the VFC program, children without health insurance can receive vaccines at $10 per shot or a donation.  No child is turned away for inability to pay. 

Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information on children's vaccinations.  The recommended immunization schedule for infants and children and the schedule for preteens and teens is available on the CDC website, as well as answers to common questions.

Adult Immunizations

Adult routine immunizations are offered for school, work, immigration and routine purposes.  Medicaid is accepted.  Most private insurances are accepted.  Please bring your insurance card to every appointment, so that we can assess eligibility. 

The Immunization Clinic has low-cost options for adults with no insurance.  Call our office for more information or go on the CDC website to see a recommended schedule for adult immunizations.ADULT IMMO PIC

Travel Consultation Service

Rio Grande County Public Health specializes in offering comprehensive travel health consultation, education, immunizations, and expert advice for individuals, families, and groups traveling to exotic and exciting locales throughout the world.  See our Travel Clinic page for more information.

How to Schedule an Immunization Appointment

Our Immunization Clinic is open every Tuesday.  Please call our office to schedule an appointment.  We will do our best to give our clients prompt and friendly care.  If Tuesdays are inconvenient, alternative appointments can be scheduled other times during the week.

We would be happy to assist you in locating immunization records, compiling records from multiple sources, and assessing your immunization status so you know that you are up to date on all recommended vaccines for your age and lifestyle.

We accept the following insurances:

  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Colorado Access
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • SLV HMO/Colorado Choice Health Plans
  • CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus)
  • Medicare - Part B
  • Medicaid

Contact Rio Grande County Public Health to schedule an appointment or for more information -

(719) 657-3352

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Rio Grande Prevention Partners is the local community-driven substance abuse prevention coalition for Rio Grande County. To learn more about our group and how to get involved, visit or Facebook.

Vision:  Healthy Children, Families, Schools, Communities, and Cultures

Mission: Partnering to create a county-wide environment conducive to safe, healthy, and productive living through education, awareness, and community support.


Rio Grande County Public Health is part of the San Luis Valley Prevention Coalition Network, a regional structure to coordinate and support local substance abuse prevention efforts in the San Luis Valley.  See more about us at or on Facebook.

Environmental Health is an organized approach to addressing environmental issues that impact the health of the population. Three of the main elements of the environment that are monitored include: the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. These factors, and many others, are overseen in order to maintain conditions in which people can enjoy good health. Environmental Health is one of the major components of Public Health.

The Regional Environmental Health Program began in Alamosa County and has expanded to include Rio Grande, Costilla, Conejos, Saguache, and Rio Grande counties; This program is directed by the San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership.

Lynnea Rappold is the Regional Environmental Health Program Manager. Contact Environmental Health at (719) 587-5206 or here regarding:

  • Opening a Retail Food Establishment
  • Environmental Health Questions
  • Environmental Health Complaints

Forms and additional information can be found at Alamosa County-Regional Environmental Health