Position: 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

United Way here to help when a disaster strikes

Lady Luck has been shining on Southwest Colorado recently as it relates to natural disasters. The fire threats that we have had in these past several years have been quickly addressed and remained...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Father’s Day a good chance for men to evaluate health

On Father’s Day, instead of another tie or sweater, let’s resolve to give the gift of health and wellness, to keep Dad in good shape and available for our love for many years to come. Do you know...

DATE: June 20, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Bystanders can help step in to stop bullying

William Burroughs once wrote, “There are no innocent bystanders ... what were they doing there in the first place?” This may be an overstatement in some cases, but I do wonder if there are ever...

DATE: June 13, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Hard time exercising? Begin by standing up

It’s National Physical Fitness month. Durango is well-known for its athletes and fitness buffs. If you are one of these folks, congratulations! You can quit reading now and go out for a ride or...

DATE: May 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

World Immunization Week good time to look at vaccination

World Immunization Week, April 23- 30, 2015, signals a renewed global effort to increase our knowledge of and access to vaccines. What is immunization? It is a process in which a person is made...

DATE: April 25, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Disability barriers are societal problem and have to change

When you talk to most people about barriers experienced by people with disabilities, they tend to think of the physical barriers. We envision accessible parking spaces, ramps into public buildings...

DATE: April 11, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Helping our young girls, boys with life’s challenging transitions

When our family moved to this area 10 years ago, I noticed that some people referred to spring as the “Mud Season.” Living on a dirt road, it did not take long to figure out why. Transitioning...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer can happen

by Patricia Supanich Axis Health System Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. The...

DATE: March 14, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Disabilities in film: Getting a glimpse of another life

It’s time for me to come out of the closet as a documentary addict. When the bright red Netflix envelope comes, my blood pressure skyrockets in anticipation of pulling a documentary out of the...

DATE: March 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

To make lasting change, investing in education is key

Making progress on social challenges can be tough. Let us stop for a moment and celebrate some success. Currently, a higher percentage of students is graduating from high school than was 15 years...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

March is National Kidney Month – know your risk

Because March is right around the corner and designated as National Kidney Month, it’s a good time to review the basics when it comes to understanding and preventing kidney disease. Now, most of...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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