Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

Spread health, not flu, this holiday season

Flu season has officially been underway for over two months yet many residents have not received this year’s vaccine. December through February is the typical peak for influenza, and with the...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

We could start avalanches of support, encouragement

Sometimes I think I should just stay off the Internet. It just offers incidents to shock and dismay. A recent example is this story of a Facebook post that went viral in November. On Nov. 9,...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Ring in the new year with health coverage

This year, all citizens are required to have health insurance, and it’s not too late to sign up. Dec. 15 is the first major deadline for the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, and there...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

San Juan Basin working to help people get insurance

A gentleman came to San Juan Basin Health Department last year for help applying for health insurance. He limped noticeably and winced in discomfort with each step. As I offered him a chair, he...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

‘Fulfilling life,’ ‘meeting basic needs’ should not be mutually exclusive

If you are looking for more things to be thankful for during this season of gratitude, I have a fun exercise for you. Go down to your local Social Security office and apply for disability...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

San Juan Basin working to help people get insurance

A gentleman came to San Juan Basin Health Department last year for help applying for health insurance. He limped noticeably and winced in discomfort with each step. As I offered him a chair, he...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Knowing where to give your charity dollars can be tough task

Did you have a decent year? If so, good job! That little voice in your head may be encouraging you to give part of your good fortune to help those who are less fortunate. Knowing where to give to...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

What are behaviors and what do we do with them?

In the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities field we talk about behaviors a lot. I mean a lot. So much so that it’s easy to forget that out in the real world, grown-ups aren’t often...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Promotor Program leads us closer to health equity

The disproportionate burden of illness and chronic disease that affects poor and underserved populations is one of the injustices of our time. For this reason, the need to prioritize health equity...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

We wouldn’t be where we are without our sponsors, volunteers

Happy Fall! I would like to mention a select set of sponsors who stepped up in an extra-big way to help us with our end-of-summer events. Special thanks to Four Corners Broadcasting, Chevron,...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

A call to action: Healthier kids means a brighter future for all

September is designated as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and for good reason. This month reminds us of the need to renew and strengthen our efforts to reverse the continuing crisis of...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

When we transform ‘them’ into ‘we,’ everyone wins

On July 26, our nation celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA is a civil-rights law, and it helps protect access to employment, education and public and...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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