Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

No one should have to wait to save their life

Some things are worth waiting for. In fact, sometimes waiting can help build anticipation, such as waiting for Christmas, that vacation to Costa Rica or the summer clearance at Brown’s Shoes. Other...

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

A timely conversation with your Health Coverage Guide

It’s health insurance season again, and San Juan Basin Public Health is here to guide you to the coverage you need. Now through Jan. 15, 2020, most Colorado residents responsible for their own...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Ability Summit to focus on issues of inclusion in S.W. Colorado

I spend a lot of time in this column asking the simple question, “What is community?” This week, I have a real example of community-building to share: the Ability Summit. Part of this story of...

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

Understanding West Nile virus and how to protect yourself

Since 2002, 56 cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in La Plata County. As public health specialists, our role is to investigate all laboratory-reported cases to determine severity of...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Why are we not already more inclusive?

I talk a lot about inclusion. Social inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is Community Connections’ 10-year strategic goal, so inclusion is a frequent topic for me....

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Creating Community Food-safety measures are good public health

Do you stop to think about all of the possible foodborne illnesses you could get when you go out to eat? Probably not. Most of us don’t, and if you did, going out to eat wouldn’t be nearly as fun....

DATE: Sept. 10, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Building a healthier community by promoting mental health

In Southwest Colorado, we count ourselves fortunate to call this beautiful place our home. Our small communities are part of vital ecosystem that allows us to thrive in our daily lives and connect...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Language can reflect our biases

Most people have learned the “R” word is rude and is not an appropriate term to describe people with intellectual disabilities. But that word has a complicated history that corresponds inextricably...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

20 years after court decision there’s still work to be done

July is a season of momentous anniversaries. Most of us recognized the anniversary of the birth of our nation on Independence Day. The United States grew from the principles of equality, life,...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

In the event of an emergency, is your family prepared?

Although emergency preparedness and response may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about services that San Juan Basin Public Health provides, it is a crucial one. When...

DATE: June 28, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Community plans for emergency response with diverse populations

Passing the one year anniversary of the 416 Fire last week was a stark reminder of how overwhelming a community disaster can be. The distressing loss of life during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and...

DATE: June 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Keep your family (including pets) safe this summer

Despite the long, chilly spring, warmer days will eventually make their way to our region. Outdoorsy locals will head out to partake in their favorite summer activities including biking, hiking,...

DATE: June 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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