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A look at what’s new in health insurance options

The availability of health care that is accessible and affordable is essential to our well-being. Unfortunately, health care can be expensive and the insurance system can be complex. That’s why...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

We honor our Direct Support Professionals with DSP Week

As you scrape the molten remains of the hamburgers off the grill, I invite you to join me in a final reflection about the intent of our American Labor Day (beyond beer, brats and buddies, which...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Building community resilience through caring connections

Imagine living in a place surrounded by natural beauty and filled with people who care so deeply about one another that generous support is offered without hesitation during challenging times. This...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Are our furry friends welcome in restaurants?

If one thing is evident about where we live, it is that many visitors and residents love their dogs. They’re sure to be seen on trails, at the Dog Park and strolling with their people in downtown...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Our good intentions are imprisoning people

This idea that when we’re old we get to wear purple is way too tame for the generations approaching their twilight years. When we’re old, we get to rock out till 3 a.m. to Judas Priest at a metal...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Are our furry friends welcome in restaurants?

If one thing is evident about where we live, it is that many visitors and residents love their dogs. They’re sure to be seen on trails, at the Dog Park and strolling with their people in downtown...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates its anniversary

July 26, 1990, stands as a landmark day for civil rights in the United States. On that day, President George H.W. Bush (aka George I) signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. On that...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

WIC program increasing access to healthy foods in community

For more than 16 years, San Juan Basin Public Health has housed the local Women, Infants, and Children program with services available in Durango, Pagosa Springs and Ignacio. WIC is a federally...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Others’ expectations stand in the way of people with disabilities

On Tuesday, the Durango community hosted a fun, informational, free event that you probably missed. For the past two years, San Juan Board of Cooperative Education Services has expanded its...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

People deserve to live independently, with integrity

Harry is an 85-year-old senior living alone in his home with neighbors checking in on him now and then. His children and grandchildren live out of state and express concerns about his ability to...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Organizations should aspire to use quality listening

There is a line from the comedy movie “Dumb and Dumber” where goofball Harry says, “She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her enough or something. I don’t know. I wasn’t really...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Host homes expand family beyond traditional bounds

“Family” is a far bigger word than it looks on the page. While the standard definition of family may refer to the people we are born with, marry or give birth to, I believe we all know that family...

DATE: May 11, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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