San Juan Basin Health Department

Health care forum focuses on solutions to rising cost

Health care is complicated, but one thing is obvious: It costs too much. That was the consensus Saturday at the Durango Public Library where The Durango Herald hosted a forum to discuss how...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s the life expectancy in your neighborhood?

Life expectancy varies by more than 15 years based on where residents live in La Plata County. Poverty, race, education, income, transportation, available health care, shifting demographics and...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health care forum to be held Saturday in Durango

Colorado’s health care costs are rising. Insurance options, particularly on the Western Slope, are dwindling. And insurance premiums in mountain communities are among the highest in the nation. In...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Home sales to require septic inspections in La Plata and Archuleta counties

Homeowners who want to sell their property will be required to have their septic system inspected starting Jan. 1. The inspections required by San Juan Basin Public Health are intended to protect...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide-prevention efforts to expand next year in La Plata County

Efforts to address the high rate of suicides in La Plata County will expand in scope next year, community group representatives said Thursday at a forum. A panel of six experts highlighted new...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Groups plan how to help those with special needs during emergencies

During the Lightner Creek Fire in 2017, some residents with disabilities left their homes without medications and supplies. Evacuees were able to obtain medications they needed by receiving early...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide prevention forum to highlight community efforts

Those working to prevent suicide will update the community about their work involving Durango School District 9-R, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and other organizations at a forum this week. The...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New program seeks to prevent child abuse, neglect

Parents of young children are learning to identify more serious illnesses and how to make their homes safer places as part of SafeCare, a new San Juan Basin Public Health program. SafeCare , which...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide-prevention work seeks partnership with gun shops

Most of the residents who died by suicide last year in La Plata County used a firearm. Guns were also used in nearly half of the more than 10,000 deaths by suicide that happened in Colorado...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flu season hard to predict after record-setting year

After a record-setting flu season last year, public health officials say it is difficult to know if a similar season is approaching. While there are some indicators public health officials are...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study finds no lasting impacts from Gold King Mine spill

A three-year water-quality study found no lasting impacts from the Gold King Mine spill in 2015. San Juan Basin Public Health said the study started the day after the spill Aug. 5, 2015, in...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke-filled mornings may return to Durango

Thanks to Tropical Storm Bud, Durango has received a welcome reprieve from the thick smoke that settled in town most mornings since the 416 Fire broke out, but that could change later this week....

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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