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Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

People are more than what they seem

A friend of mine was once walking up to a light when he saw a car pull up to the corner and stop. When he looked into the window, there was no one inside. My friend was fairly certain that the auto...

DATE: May 8, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Take precautions to prevent animal-borne diseases

We are fortunate to live in an area where the phrase “living with wildlife” conjures up bears, bobcats, coyotes, deer and elk. While these certainly can affect one’s health – or that of your small...

DATE: May 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Changing technology affects patients

During the mid-1970s when accidents occurred on Interstate 75 near my hometown in Michigan, Dr. O’Neil would respond. As the only local physician, the doctor was in demand. Tales of emergency...

DATE: April 17, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Educational programs aim to help kids with disabilities

We all set goals. Whether the goal is to save for retirement, lose 10 pounds, complete the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic or simply to make it to work on time today, most of us set goals on a regular...

DATE: April 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

We’re fighting the hard-to-win public-health battles

This is National Public Health Week. In celebration, ponder this riddle: What does the current popular movie “The Hunger Games” share with this year’s Public Health Week theme? Spoiler alert:...

DATE: April 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Local United Ways diverse in size, location, but mission is same

One of the many things I like about working for United Way is that we respond to our local needs. There is not one United Way, but instead, there are about 1,200 across the United States. United...

DATE: March 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Patients, providers will help determine health-care quality

First off, I offer a retraction to Pontiac Fiero owners and enthusiasts. In last month’s column, I referenced an apparent lack of long-term quality in the model. While there aren’t many on the road...

DATE: March 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

High cost of living difficult for people with disabilities

Everyone knows that making a living in La Plata County can be a challenge. The cost of living is high; housing is still expensive, even in the current economic conditions; transportation within the...

DATE: March 13, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

The Mad Hatter, The Lorax and the dangers of mercury

The recent mercury spill at San Juan Basin Health Department was a learning experience. We appreciate Durango Fire & Rescue Authoriy’s hazmat team and the Environmental Protection Agency for their...

DATE: March 6, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

There’s plenty to love about local people, nonprofits

In the spirit of the recent Valentine’s season, here are several things I love about Southwest Colorado. I love how our banks rally around good causes. For example, United Way donations from Bank...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Questioning what ‘quality’ means in quality health care

When I became quality manager at Axis Health System nine months ago, part of my work became helping define standards of “quality.” As this process got under way, I soon arrived at an understanding...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

It takes a community to ensure everyone’s voice is heard

Recently, I was on a trip across Colorado and stopped at my favorite café in Del Norte. While seeking my refreshments there, I discovered a poster hanging on the back of a door. The poster, called...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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