Collier County Health Department E-News


Health Connection

Farmers Market


Important Dates


Mar 7

Tobacco-Free Collier Partnership 3:30pm @ Collier County Health Department

Mar 9

Annual Migrant Expo 10am - 2pm @ County Health Department in Immokalee

Mar 9

Women's Health Forum "Take Charge of Your Health" 8:30am - 12:30pm @ NCH Telford Center. Reservations needed 239-435-7727  

Mar 12

95210 Proclamation 9am @ Board of County Commission

Mar 13

FREE 20-Minute Rapid HIV Testing 8:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Mar 14

FREE 20-Minute Rapid HIV Testing 8:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm 

Mar 15

Trauma Rule Workshop 9am @ Collier County Health Department

Mar 20

95210 Proclamation 8:30am 

Smart Growth Coalition 9:00am @ the Bayshore Community Redevelopment Agency

Kick Butt's Day (Promotion of Tobacco Cessation)

Mar 31

World No Tobacco Day


Apr 13

Great American Cleanup, sponsored by Keep Collier Beautiful

Apr 17

Free 20-Minute Rapid HIV Testing 8:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Apr 18

Free 20-Minute Rapid HIV Testing 8:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Apr 20-27

National Infant Immunization Week


May 1-31

Healthy Vision Month

May 5

Hand Hygiene Day

Say YES to Fluoride. Support the continued Fluoridation of the County drinking water

Message from the Director

Dr. Joan M. ColferWelcome to our first edition of the Collier County Health Department Health Connection e-newsletter.  Because of your previous support of public health and the Collier County Health  Department, I wanted you to be the first to receive our inaugural e-newsletter.  In an effort to keep our partners and members of the community informed about emerging public health issues, I will plan to use this communication tool  periodically, but also sparingly so as not to overload your email box.

One topic that I am passionate about is the obesity epidemic.  With almost 30% of our children and nearly two-thirds of our adults overweight or obese in Collier County, we are committed to reducing this burden.  The Collier County Health Department  and the Safe and Healthy Children's Coalition have teamed up to promote "9-5-2-1-0,  Let's Go!".  The numbers represent healthy goals for you and your family to strive towards each day.  Please join me in this wellness challenge today!

Note, in addition to the news below, you can access our Collier County Health Department website anytime.  On our website you will see the wide variety of  services we offer and additional informational about current health topics in Collier County. If you find this e-newsletter worthwhile, I hope you will share it with family, friends, co-workers and others.  Thank you for your consistent support and partnership in striving to keep Collier healthy.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Colfer's signature

Joan M. Colfer, M.D., M.P.H.

Director, Collier County Health Department

9-5-2-1-0, Let's Go!

95210 BFF Let's Go!"9-5-2-1-0, Let's Go!" is a tool to help you and your family learn about healthy living in an easy-to-understand way.  The campaign helps you track health behaviors and brings awareness to the areas that need work! Every member of your family can participate, as you encourage each other to live a healthier lifestyle. The five numbers, "9-5-2-1-0", represent goals for you to strive towards each day.  When you achieve your daily goals, you receive points. More points means you are succeeding at 95210 points"9-5-2-1-0, Let's Go!" The overall goal is to become healthier, more confident and happier!

How to participate:

Tracking your numbers takes less than a minute each day and it is absolutely FREE.  To learn more and create an account, visit

How to be Safe at the Fair

Pig at the fairAnimals, just like humans, carry germs that can make people sick. While it is not common, flu viruses can spread from pigs to people, and vice versa.  One change in the flu virus that has been found in the U.S. and is spread more easily is called "H3N2".  The main risk factor is through exposure, especially close contact, to animals.  For more information about the Collier County Fair visit  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Collier County Health Department recommend taking action to protect against infection and to prevent the spread of H3N2v:

  1. Wash your hands before and after entering the petting zoo.
  2. Avoid "hand to mouth" contact. Never eat, drink, or smoke in the animal area.
  3. Use special caution entering the area if you are pregnant, elderly, or are with children under 5.
  4. Leave strollers, toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles, or similar items outside the petting zoo.

Collier County Farmers Market

Farmers Market ProduceIn April 2011, the Collier County Health Department and Smart Growth Coalition collaborated with Florida Gulf Coast University students to create a year-round Farmer's Market at the Government Complex.  The concept of the market is to bring healthy food access to over 2,000 employees, in addition to visitors and local residents.  "I enjoy getting my fruits and vegetables at the Farmer's Market and have found myself eating much healthier.  I also look forward to the great tasting healthy lunches," said one satisfied customer.  The Farmers grab lunch and pick up your produce at the Collier County Farmer's Market. Farmers Market Vendors  

The Farmer's Market is every Friday, year-round, from 11am to 2pm at the Collier County Government Complex.  Anyone is welcome to attend!

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