Vaccinations are more important than ever during COVID-19

With COVID-19 disrupting so many aspects of our lives, it is not surprising that a negative result of our altered routines is families missing well-child visits and routinely-scheduled vaccines. This is not surprising, since community members have been diligent in following local, state, and national guidance to stay home and social distance. However, pediatricians across [...]

By |2020-10-09T14:42:41-07:00October 9th, 2020|SJBPH Columns|Comments Off on Vaccinations are more important than ever during COVID-19

The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (HCP) Program Increases Access to Healthcare for Local Children

One of the fundamental visions of San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is to ensure that health care services are equitable throughout the communities we serve. One way the agency addresses this is by working to reduce barriers to care. The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, or HCP Program, has had great [...]

By |2020-08-19T21:41:11-07:00August 19th, 2020|SJBPH Columns|Comments Off on The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (HCP) Program Increases Access to Healthcare for Local Children

Racial equity a foundational goal of public health

On May 25th, public attention shifted away from the COVID-19 pandemic when George Floyd was killed by a policeman kneeling on his neck for almost 9 minutes during an arrest. The recent killings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and a video clip of a white woman falsely accusing a Black man of assaulting her [...]

By |2020-07-17T17:12:14-07:00July 17th, 2020|SJBPH Columns|Comments Off on Racial equity a foundational goal of public health

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 |2020-02-27T10:52:48-07:00February 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 |2020-01-08T13:31:34-07:00January 8th, 2020|Environmental Health, SJBPH Columns|Comments Off on Simple Steps to Keep Your Home Healthy