Public Health Innovation: Collaborative solutions for complex problems

We are living during a time of unprecedented economic growth and scientific and technological progress, while simultaneously confronting the unique and daunting challenges of climate change and wealth disparity. How do we as a community balance these two realities? On one hand, from a historical perspective people are living longer than before, children are [...]

By |2020-02-27T10:52:48-06:00February 27th, 2020|Public Health Improvement Plan, SJBPH Columns|Comments Off on Public Health Innovation: Collaborative solutions for complex problems

Simple Steps to Keep Your Home Healthy

We all want to live in a safe, healthy home, but unhealthy conditions are not always immediately obvious. The good news is that once you know what to look for, it’s easy to make note of a few things around your home, and then clean them up or improve them. Doing so can literally save [...]

By |2020-01-08T13:31:34-06:00January 8th, 2020|Environmental Health, SJBPH Columns|Comments Off on Simple Steps to Keep Your Home Healthy

Are our furry friends welcome on outdoor patios?

If one thing is evident about where we live, it is that many visitors and residents love their dogs. They’re sure to be seen on trails, at the Dog Park, and strolling with their people in downtown Durango. They also may be seen in grocery stores, in restaurants, and definitely on outdoor patios around town [...]

By |2018-08-09T12:19:28-06:00August 9th, 2018|Food Safety, SJBPH Columns|Comments Off on Are our furry friends welcome on outdoor patios?

WIC program increasing access to healthy foods in community

For more than 16 years, San Juan Basin Public Health has housed the local Women, Infants, and Children program with services available in Durango, Pagosa Springs and Ignacio. WIC is a federally funded, income-based program administered at the state level by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. WIC agencies across the [...]

By |2018-07-02T10:00:38-06:00July 2nd, 2018|Health Equity, Healthy Foods, SJBPH Columns, WIC|Comments Off on WIC program increasing access to healthy foods in community

People deserve to live independently, with integrity

Harry is an 85-year-old senior living alone in his home with neighbors checking in on him now and then.  His children and grandchildren live out of state, and express concerns about his ability to manage basic tasks in his home. They’re worried he might fall and not be found for days. Harry doesn’t want [...]

By |2018-06-21T11:09:58-06:00June 3rd, 2018|Long Term Care, SJBPH Columns|Comments Off on People deserve to live independently, with integrity