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Position: Creating Community

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It’s time to reframe our perception of disability

I once had a dance teacher who swore that some of the most innovative dance moves were created by dancers with injuries that prevented them from doing a move correctly. What they created to adapt...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2021 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Pandemic disproportionately impacts students with disabilities

This ongoing pandemic has caused challenges across all sectors and in everyone’s lives. Yet, we know that within each sector, the impact has not been equal. School closures and shifts to online...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Celebrating gratitude during a global pandemic

This year’s Thanksgiving was markedly different. Many of us followed the vital public health protocols to limit celebrations to those in our households, upending generations of tradition centered...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Annual Festival of Trees goes virtual for 2020

I suspect our 2020 hindsight will be something along the lines of “well, that was different.” Everything is abnormal this year: our elections, our health concerns, our work situation, our access to...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Health insurance more important than ever this year. We can help

In today’s world, more than ever, everyone should have the protection of health insurance. The current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how major medical events can happen to any of us, old or...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Be sure to make your voice heard: Get informed and get out and vote

I suspect you will not be surprised to learn that disability issues are a central consideration when I go to vote. But I am far from alone. Registered voters with disabilities and their families...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Vaccinations more important than ever during COVID-19

Parenting in the age of COVID-19 has presented unique and stressful challenges and San Juan Basin Public Health acknowledges that this is a tough time to raise kids. We know parents are doing their...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Most people unfamiliar with concept of ‘ableism’

A guy walks into a bar sets the stage for many a bad joke. But it’s no joking matter if you are one of the 15% of people on this planet with disabilities for whom entry to the bar is, well, barred....

DATE: Sept. 11, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Building resilience in youths through innovative programs

When it comes to public health programming for youths, San Juan Basin Public Health focuses on the promotion of healthy behaviors as well as prevention, policy and system change. SJPBH’s Thriving...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Program increases access to health care for local children

One of the fundamental visions of San Juan Basin Public Health is to ensure that health care services are equitable throughout the communities we serve. One way the agency addresses this is by...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Why we are still planning our December event, and why it matters

I hope you are familiar with the annual Festival of Trees event by Community Connections. If not, I will offer you a quick rundown: Dozens of local businesses, organizations and individuals sponsor...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Disability representations in television and movies

At the beginning of this pandemic, my friend and colleague Paul recommended a new movie on Netflix titled “Crip Camp.” I admit my first reaction was a shudder. Experience has shown me that the...

DATE: July 10, 2020 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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