Position: 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

America’s health centers – celebrating our legacy and shaping our future

This week, Aug. 9-15, is National Health Center Week, recognizing that Community Health Centers have provided quality, affordable care for the past five decades, and are increasingly becoming the...

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

Don’t overlook immunizations this back-to-school season

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and the 2015-16 school year is just around the corner. During this time, parents are preparing themselves for the day-to-day chaos of getting their...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Good to have safety net, but more can be done to give a hand up

Have you ever tried to climb a slippery, mud-covered hillside? Sometimes it can be nearly impossible without special shoes, poles or a helping hand to pull you up. This difficult situation seems...

DATE: July 25, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Independence important for all – not some – people

Amid the barbecues and fireworks of our Fourth of July celebrations, I like to reflect on what actually brought us to our national independence. I imagine this adolescent nation, chafing at the...

DATE: July 11, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

What does your community’s public health department do?

A single low-income mom with three small children comes in to the San Juan Basin Health Department office to receive education and support along with vouchers from the Women, Infants, and Children...

DATE: July 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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