Position: Creating Community

Screenings can make a difference

A group of disabilities called autism spectrum disorders have been gaining significant attention in the media over thelast few years.There is good reason for this attention - the Centers for...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Community helped make vaccine clinics a success

Santa has a tough job coming up - who's naughty, who's nice, who really needs that shiny bike or wants that pair ofskates.San Juan Basin Health Department just completed a major phase of an...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

'Live United' helps entire community

United Way believes that everyone living in Southwest Colorado wants to help his or her community to be the best it canbe.Most people would agree, but it is hard to know what to do to help an...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Tree fest on its way to Durango

New Orleans Jazz Festival, Durango Independent Film Festival, Community Connections’ Festival of Trees: Festivals comein all shapes and sizes and themes. One thing they all have in common is that...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Southwest Colorado exhibits strong support for United Way

My parents were in town last week and I started thinking about what makes Southwest Colorado such a great place to live and to visit.My answer is borrowed from something Jeff Hammond from Basin...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

New training comes to Four Corners

Debbie was involved in a bitter custody battle for her two daughters.She struggled to get out of bed each day, arriving at work looking disheveled and listless. Her job performance dramatically...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Recession hurts most vulnerable

Theologian Martin Niemöller wrote his landmark poem “First They Came” as a response to inaction by many Germans to the horrors committed during the Nazi regime.The poem starts, “First they came for...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Remember the keys to fighting H1N1 in young people

There have been three deaths possibly related to H1N1 (swine) flu in Colorado over the last several weeks. All were people younger than 17. Fortunately, of the five hospitalizations in La Plata...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Fundraising moving along for United Way

United Way of Southwest Colorado has started its annual fundraising drive in earnest.While payroll deduction continues to be the main way United Way generates donations, several recent fundraising...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Substance abuse affects everyone

National Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month is celebrated during September. The 2009 theme is "Together we learn, together we heal." The Recovery Month effort aims to promote the message that recovery...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Coming week recognizes Direct Support Professionals

It is easy to forget the Labor Day holiday isn't about lakes and bikes and time off from work.This is our time to reflect on the millions of American workers who keep our country running every day....

DATE: Sept. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Community preparing for H1N1

While many of you were enjoying carefree days of summer, San Juan Basin Health Department was continuing to prepare for H1N1 (swine flu) in coordination with national, state and local partners.This...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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