Southwest Life

Remember that we are raising adults, not children

San Juan Basin Public Health is currently working on improving the well-being of youths across La Plata County through the implementation of the Communities That Care framework. With the support...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Standing strong against violence in our communities

Recently, I volunteered to help with the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Durango. (Shameless plug: the event will be from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango.) ...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Consider unrestricted donations the next time you give

“It’s like ten thousand spoons, when all you need is a knife ...” (lyrics from “Ironic,” by Alanis Morissette). I heard this ’90s song on the radio the other day and realized that line reminded me...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

How can we be more efficient, effective in our mission?

Community Connections recently held an annual forum to update interested community members on our current priorities and get feedback on what we should be doing as an organization. Because we are...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

You may be surprised about how affordable health insurance can be

In addition to raking leaves and collecting brush, a top priority on your fall chore list should be a review of your health insurance. Changes in family size, income, tax credit opportunities and...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Here’s to those who help people with disabilities thrive

Sept. 10-16 is National Direct Support Professionals Week. DSP Week celebrates and honors a segment of our workforce that is often invisible to the general public. As I try to do every year at this...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Concerned about someone? Reach out, save a life

September is National Suicide Prevention month. The International Association for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the World Federation for Mental Health,...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Fight must go on to save lives, livelihoods of people with disabilities

On July 26, the Senate narrowly defeated a health care bill that would have ended life as they know it (or for some, life period) for many people with disabilities across the nation. It was the end...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Have you considered adding more purpose to your giving?

As my days seem to get busier at a steady rate, I find myself asking more frequently, “What is the purpose of what I am doing right now?” Answering this question from time to time helps me to...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Nurse-Family Partnership helps give young families healthy start

Women in impoverished regions face enormous challenges – a dangerous physical environment, isolation and reduced access to education. For them, the anxiety of an unplanned pregnancy is profound. A...

DATE: July 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Senate health care bill hurts people with disabilities

There has been a lot of talk (mostly negative) about the American Health Care Act, now called the Better Care Reconciliation Act in the Senate version. Apparently, it hasn’t been enough to derail a...

DATE: July 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

WIC program increasing access to healthy foods

Since 2002, San Juan Basin Public Health has housed the local Women, Infants and Children program with services available through clinics in Durango, Ignacio and Pagosa Springs. WIC is a...

DATE: June 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community