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Position: Creating Community

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Local collaborative helping kids turn around truancy

Skipping school, do you picture a teenager who ditches class to avoid schoolwork? Maybe he or she just needs some discipline or motivation to get back into class? It turns out that truancy might...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Gratitude can bring substantial health benefits

Gratitude has become synonymous with the holidays, as we often take time to step back and acknowledge the things that we are grateful for during the past year. However, have you ever thought what...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Unequal health-care access can have profound effect

The Americans with Disabilities Act affords people with disabilities equal access to public services – but what is “access?” Many of us equate ADA access with reserved parking spots, ramps and...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

To beat holiday blues, you have to get creative

As the holiday season rolls around, not everyone feels giddy and excited about the constant stream of tinsel-filled parties, happy family dinners and presents galore. For some, the holidays can be...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Home living for people with intellectual disabilities

When you think about where people with intellectual disabilities live, what do you picture? Do you see a woman in a wheelchair living in her own house? Do you see several hundred people with...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Feel lousy? Get some sleep

While sleep remains one of the great mysteries of life, one thing we know for sure is a good night’s rest is the cornerstone to ensuring good health. When we don’t receive a good night’s rest, we...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Respite care a desperate need for all caregivers

“You Deserve a Break Today” is not just a McDonald’s ad campaign; it’s a battle cry for caregivers everywhere. In 2013, 39 percent of adults in the United States were caregivers, providing support...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

How does United Way invest donor money to help people?

Most people have a sense that United Way helps people – true. Most people know that we raise money and follow strict accountability measures when handling donors’ gifts – also true. What many...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Flu season has arrived; here are facts about influenza

The flu, also known as influenza, is a contagious respiratory disease that occurs between late fall and early spring. It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can lead to hospitalization...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

People make difference for those with disabilities

When people with intellectual disabilities and their families come to Community Connections, we offer them services. These services are defined by the state of Colorado and provided through a...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Local organizations stepping up to teach financial literacy

Several years ago when I tutored high school students, I met a young woman who needed math credits. As I worked with her for a few weeks, I learned about her life – it seemed pretty tough for a...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Here’s how to understand high, low blood pressure

The first step to effectively treat high blood pressure is to understand what it is. Next is to recognize high blood pressure or hypertension is a common condition that affects about 1 in 3 adults...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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