Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

An inconvenience for some can be a barrier for others

Throughout the land of Southwest Colorado, there is a resounding echo: “Where do we put all this snow?” To which there is one simple answer: “Not in the accessible parking space!” As spring marches...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Women’s Wellness Connection provides breast, cervical cancer support

These days, it seems rare to find someone who has not been affected by breast cancer. The overwhelming details that follow a diagnosis, including figuring out insurance, meeting with surgeons and...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

ROAR coalition a way to promote connectedness, resiliency in community

Celebrating Healthy Communities is excited to announce some changes we’ve made in an effort to broaden our impact in the community. Our 25- year-old prevention collaborative has recently adopted a...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Nonprofits can lobby for issues that affect their mission

At the end of February, I will make my annual trek to Denver to celebrate Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day at the Capitol. The day is one part Civics 101 and one part...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Designing for people with disabilities benefits everyone

In October, The Durango Herald reported on the new open gym for kids with autism at Durango Gymnastics. The open gym is an excellent example of parents working with public entities or private...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Addressing community health needs through planning

Have you ever wondered how San Juan Basin Public Health staff determines which resources to offer the communities we serve? Or how we measure the impact of our programs on community health? The...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

There are many ways to give back to the place you call home

I will soon celebrate my six-year anniversary at United Way of Southwest Colorado. As expected, the work has been challenging and rewarding. Often, people thank me for the work I do for the good...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Festival of Trees a special annual holiday celebration

I have an assignment for you after you read this column: Get dressed, grab the family and head over to this year’s Festival of Trees event to support Community Connections and the services we...

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

Spread joy, not germs, to friends and family this holiday season

The holidays are typically a time for being with family members and for sharing. Sometimes, though, this results in unhealthy sharing of communicable diseases such as the flu. Communicable...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Liberty School serves students in outstanding way

“We don’t brag about what we can do.” I read this on the classroom wall as I toured the new home of The Liberty School. It is part of a set of ideas labeled, “The Liberty Way,” and it struck me...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

We are grateful for our S.W. Colorado communities

In November, Americans traditionally count our many blessings, and as a nation, we are certainly blessed. As one smallish nonprofit in one little, rural corner of this nation, Community Connections...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Better worlds start with great mothers; San Juan Basin can help

At San Juan Basin Public Health's Nurse-Family Partnership, first-time moms are empowered to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies. NFP works by having...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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