Position: Creating Community

Do you know what public health is?

This is National Public Health week.The 2010 theme “Building a Healthier America, One Community at a Time" envisions a place where everyone has access tohealth care and services, where healthy...

DATE: April 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Too many Colo. nonprofits? Absolutely not

I am asked all the time how many nonprofit organizations there are in Southwest Colorado.We all see the multitude of fundraising events that seem to occur every day. Is there such a thing as too...

DATE: March 25, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Spring can be painful season for emotionally vulnerable

National statistics indicate that April and May are the most common months for completed suicides.Why do so many deaths by suicide occur when the snow melts, cabin fever ends and there is a promise...

DATE: March 16, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Efforts under way to get rid of derogatory words, phrases

Language shapes the way we think. The way we think shapes the way we act. As such, it is no wonder people withintellectual disabilities are fighting against the use of derogatory language.You may...

DATE: March 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Colo. recognizes people with disabilities

Today, hundreds of individuals with disabilities, family members, direct-support professionals and other serviceproviders will descend upon the capital in Denver.There legislators from both sides...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Contribute service to others and improve your own life

I believe the elusive definition of community can best be described using the Lakota Sioux phrase Mitakuye Oyasin(Mee-tah-koo-yay O-yah-seen). Mitakuye Oyasin roughly translates into “all my...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

An early valentine for LynnWestberg

We would like to offer an early Valentine's Day tribute to someone held dear here at San Juan Basin Health.Lynn Westberg is our resourceful leader - the person who has taken us through both...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Help people in tough times with United Way donation

United Way of Southwest Colorado is putting the finishing touches on our annual fundraising campaign. There is stilltime to donate to help us address a myriad of needs in the communities of...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Help for depression is available locally

Suzie (not her real name) was a hard-working 38-year-old in a satisfying marriage with three teenage children. Lastfall, Suzie began to feel unmotivated, exercising less, preferring to come home...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Individuals with disabilities being hard hit by economy

Economists are saying  the recession is over. Looking at the headlines, it's hard to believe. For individuals withdisabilities, it seems like the worst is yet to come.With Colorado facing a revenue...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Programs help with New Year's resolutions

While New Year's resolutions can be made about all sorts of things that make our lives better, they usually have something to do with becoming healthier.Many programs in public health are designed...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Nonprofits try to weather storm

The Colorado Nonprofit Association released an update to its “Weathering the Storm" report last week. This report showsthe nonprofit sector in Colorado continues to feel the pinch from the economic...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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