Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What's in a name?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM

For reasons that remain fuzzy, the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment wants to change its name to El Paso County Public Health.

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The Board of Health approved the name change last month, and El Paso County commissioners will consider the switcheroo tomorrow.

When we asked Margaret Radford, a Health Department public information officer, to explain the reasons for the change, she replied in an e-mail: "So far, we haven't sent out a news release. The name change was acted upon by the Board of Health last month, and I have put a link below to the resolution itself."

We could replicate the resolution here, but it doesn't answer the question of why.

County public information officer Dave Rose came closer to explaining the issue:

"That's a request from the Board of Health. As I understand it - the BOH wants to use El Paso County Public Health because they perceive that the public is confused by the services typically provided by Peak Vista (free or low cost medical care) as opposed to the public health functions such as restaurant inspections, tattoo parlor inspections, birth and death records and rampant diseases. Apparently they think if they shorten the name and get the "public health" terminology more prominently displayed it will help clear up this confusion. "

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