Public Health

Study to examine effectiveness local program focused on helping families

About 120 families every year get personalized help to become healthier, earn more money, parent better and achieve other goals at the La Plata Family Centers Coalition. Over the next three years,...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit looks at ways to improve housing options for those in need

More affordable housing, professional help finding affordable housing and more financial assistance for those at risk of losing their housing could help more residents find homes or stay in them....

DATE: March 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 16 hours 38 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy orthopedic surgeon preserves hip joints to prevent replacement

Surgically repairing hip joints can relieve persistent pain and possibly prevent hip replacements later in life. One common source of persistent pain in a hip joint can be a tear in the labrum,...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Schools rethink discipline, with focus on learning and empathy

Regional schools are looking at new methods for dealing with troubling behavior, including adopting restorative practices that turn disciplinary actions into learning experiences that promote...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can Fort Lewis College students bring ‘real food’ to campus menu?

Students have worked for years to bring responsibly sourced food to the dining hall at Fort Lewis College, and in the process, are learning the challenges of what it takes to shift an institution....

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Red flag’ law could help lower suicide rates

Colorado’s controversial “red flag” gun bill, a measure that would allow law enforcement to remove firearms from those who may pose a threat, could help reduce the state’s high number of suicides. ...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Academy opens to meet workforce need for caregivers

A new training academy has opened in Durango to help meet the need for caregivers who can work with the elderly and disabled. Caregiver Learning Academy was started to bring new caregivers into the...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Should vaping have the same rules as smoking in public?

A state measure to ban vaping in public spaces could curb teen use in Southwest Colorado. A revision to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act would add vaping to existing state prohibitions against...

DATE: March 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

As drug use rises, so does the spread of syphilis

Syphilis is spreading nationally and across Colorado among residents using drugs, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Heterosexual syphilis and drug...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey: Coloradans skipping health care because of high cost

Durangoans Jan and Greg Phillips paid more than $24,000 in health care premiums last year for insurance they purchased through Rocky Mountain Health Plans. “Each year it keeps getting worse,” Jan...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill aims to lower state health exchange costs by 30 percent

A bill pending in the Colorado Legislature could lower insurance premiums for those who purchase insurance through the state health exchange. In La Plata County, about 3,000 people purchased...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide survivor finds healing in art at Ignacio community center

IGNACIO – Bonnie Woodward’s depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are the result of a house fire, the loss of a child, physical abuse and other trauma. The trauma and poor mental health...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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