Get Smart Colorado (fondly referred to as GSC!) is a coalition of
community, professional and government partners promoting the careful
use of antibiotics.
VISION: Every person in Colorado will be aware and understand
the impact of the global problem of antibiotic resistance and the consequences
of inappropriate antibiotic use. Each
person will participate in judicious antibiotic use.
MISSION: To minimize the problem of antibiotic-resistant
bacteria in Colorado by providing education about and support for the
appropriate use of antibiotics through collaborative efforts of professional,
academic, community, government, and labor and industry partners.
the Careful Use of Antibiotics in our Communities
Because we all play a role in minimizing the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Get Smart Colorado works with health care providers (like physicians, nurses and
physician assistants), patients and the general public to promote the careful use
of antibiotics in Colorado.
- Reduce inappropriate prescriptions
of antibiotics to treat viral illnesses.
- Increase public awareness and
knowledge about the wise use of antibiotics.
- Promote patient and provider
communication about antibiotic prescribing.
- Establish partnerships in the
community to continue education efforts after the research study ends.
2004-2005 Campaign Activities
free office education materials to clinicians across Colorado.
and displayed office materials at professional conferences.
and distributed newsletter articles to public health, health insurance
companies and provider organizations, as requested.
December 14 announcement about the Get Smart Colorado
Coalition. Click here to see the press
with Safeway and King Soopers and City Markets, Inc to display countertop
stands in their pharmacies.
brochures to Walgreen Pharmacies in Colorado.
in 9Health Fairs statewide.
and distributed tool kit for school nurses and childcare providers.
the release of the CDC public service announcement to radio and television
stations across Colorado.
Get Smart Colorado website with additional tools and information to assist
providers and educators in discussing antibiotic resistance with patients and
Get Smart About Antibiotics campaign began as part of a 4-year research study
called the MARC (Minimizing Antibiotic Resistance in Colorado) Project.
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