Position: Creating Community

School-Based Health Centers: Get in, get out, get back to class

Farewell, flip-flops and sunscreen. Hello, backpacks and No. 2 pencils. La Plata County youths head back to school this week. School-Based Health Centers are part of this transition, providing easy...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

The more exposure we have to others, the more opportunities we have

Everyone who knows me (and quite a few folks who don’t) knows that I went to Ireland in June. It was an amazing, magical experience. You might be wondering what this has to do with Creating...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Public health service that will stay to help moms, kids

Women in impoverished regions face enormous challenges – a dangerous physical environment, isolation and reduced access to education. For them, the anxiety of an unplanned pregnancy is profound. A...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Celebrate our nation’s bright spots in health care

A couple of weeks ago, Durango residents and visitors happily strolled around Buckley Park and watched the parade on Main Avenue. The Fourth of July was a chance to celebrate two things Americans...

DATE: July 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Forget everything you know about intellectual disabilities

Apparently, humans are extremely poor sources of reliable information. Rather than the reasoned, rational decision-makers we believe ourselves to be, we really rely on short-cuts and presumptions...

DATE: July 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

We are committed to adapting to best serve our community

Sometimes, when we have done something the same way for so long, it can be tough to see other options. We need a bit of a shake-up to push us to the next big thing. We need a challenge that forces...

DATE: July 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Emergency Response Program building community resilience

In its effort to build community resilience, San Juan Basin Health continually works to plan, train and exercise for emergencies and disasters in our communities. Emergency Preparedness and...

DATE: June 25, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Local resources support everyday emotional health

Your brain is in your body. Your emotions are a part of you. If chest pain is treated, why ignore an aching heart? In our “suck it up, buttercup” culture, emotional distress is often seen as...

DATE: June 18, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

If we are doing our job, we are in the background

My co-workers tell me how astounded they are that after 31 years in the community, most people in Southwest Colorado still have little idea what exactly we do at Community Connections. Let me help...

DATE: June 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Person-Centered Thinking: Finding a balance between health and safety, satisfied and content

This week, 30 professionals, family members and people with disabilities participated in a training on person-centered thinking. The core concept of person-centered thinking is to find an...

DATE: May 8, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Building STI awareness is about Talk. Test. Treat.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sexually transmitted infections are on the rise with rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis increasing for the first time since...

DATE: April 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

‘Person-centered’ model helps achieve balance

“Person-centered” isn’t a term you tend to hear outside the world of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Perhaps this is because of our intrinsic anthropocentric view of things: We just...

DATE: April 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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