Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

Mental Health First Aid is a program worth believing in

A few things have been on my mind lately in terms of the three components of quality health care: individual care, cost containment and population care. Effective population-based care with its...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Seizures are as varied as the people who are affected

Although we use it every day, much about the human brain remains a mystery. We do know that our brain’s cells communicate through electrical impulses, and like the electrical currents in our homes,...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Say ‘boo’ to the flu this year with local shots clinics

If it’s fall, it must be time to talk about flu shots. You’ve seen them advertised around town at supermarkets and pharmacies. They’re convenient to get and relatively inexpensive. But do you need...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Community Connections plans for its vision of future in S.W. Colo.

In the environment of an uncertain economy, there is no such thing as a sure thing. What is certain is that we will have people in our communities who require our support. As governmental funding...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

The spider web approach: Striving for thriving youths

Nicole Schnee believes that the best way for youths to survive is to actually thrive. As a community prevention organizer at San Juan Basin Health, she is joined in this effort by a local coalition...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

It’s fundraising season for S.W. Colo.’s United Way

As the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, United Way of Southwest Colorado is kicking into high gear. We have several big projects coming up in the next month.One of our best fundraising events...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Bouncing back from tragedy requires courage, hope

I am a resilience enthusiast. Watching how we bounce back from adversity is something that really steeps my tea, so to speak. For me, feelings associated with bouncing back are comparable to skiing...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

People with disabilities design services with self-determination

Over the last couple of decades, there have been two main streams of thought about disabilities. One, often termed a medical model, focuses on the physical condition of the person with a disability...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Public health-care programs lend a helping hand

Jake was jumping on the living room chair. A second later, his mom found her 5-year-old son on the floor with a broken arm. With no insurance, she figured they’d pay for it themselves. She didn’t...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Regional Housing Alliance makes homeownership real

It is a great time to buy a home in La Plata County, and the Regional Housing Alliance of La Plata County can be an important partner throughout the process. Condos and homes are now affordable for...

DATE: July 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Mental-health problems require more than Band-Aid approach

Imagine you’re at the office and your co-worker gets a paper cut, a really nasty one. How long until he or she gets a bandage out of a first-aid kit and stops the bleeding? Not too long. Now image...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Local nonprofit gains new leadership

Community Connections Inc. is one of the largest nonprofits in Southwest Colorado, both in terms of employees (averages more than 150) and budget (about $4.5 million per year.) Steering its course...

DATE: July 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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