Tara Kiene
Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

About: Tara Kiene is president/CEOof Community Connections, Inc.

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

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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

Quality early care, education have positive effects on families

I was recently part of a discussion where someone asked what I felt was the “one thing” that could be done to address some of society’s challenges. In my opinion, and that of many of my nonprofit...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

House version of AHCA includes cuts to senior, disability programs

Wherever you stand on the issue of health insurance, it’s critical that we all stay informed on the impacts of proposals to change our health care system. According to the Congressional Budget...

DATE: June 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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Participate in public health emergency dispensing exercise

San Juan Basin Public Health will be working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on a Public Health Emergency Dispensing Exercise on June 16 at the La Plata County...

DATE: June 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Sometimes, free things can have tremendous value

The spring cleanup offered by the city of Durango definitely leads to some interesting curb-shopping! I have seen several people perusing the items put out for disposal (Hmmm ... Maybe I need that...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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Suicide Prevention Community Summit to be held to help address the issue

Sadly, Southwest Colorado has experienced more than its share of suicides over the past few years, with regional and state suicide rates significantly higher than the national average. The...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Disabilities services in Colorado facing a perfect storm

The idea of a “perfect storm” is that in rare circumstances, a combination of independent factors comes together in such a way to create a calamity far worse than the sum of its parts. In fact, in...

DATE: April 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Inclusion event for people with differences comes to Durango

Social justice does not discriminate. Any time a person or group of people experiences a loss of rights or violence based on a perceived difference, it is injustice. It matters not what the...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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San Juan Basin’s Promotor Program helps address health disparities

San Juan Basin Public Health knows that health starts in our families, schools, workplaces, communities, in the air we breathe and the water we drink. All of these things can affect how we feel,...

DATE: March 4, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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Dental health clinic’s care spreads by word of mouth

It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, and our community has a reason to smile. Since opening in July, Axis Health System’s nonprofit Oral Health Clinic in Durango has had 1,066...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Tips for choosing a nonprofit to donate your money, time

Countless before me have remarked on the proliferation of nonprofits in La Plata County. We quote statistics of anywhere from 250 to 350 to 400 to the ultra-specific “gazillion.” The accurate...

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