Children can get low cost dental services in Pagosa through San Juan Basin Health’s Southwest Smile Makers on Tuesday, April 23. The program’s dental hygienist provides screenings, cleanings, fluoride varnish, sealants and brushing education for children ages 2 to 21. CHP+ and Medicaid are accepted. Otherwise, services are provided on a sliding fee scale. The services are offered the last Tuesday of every month. Please call 385-4480 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
San Juan Basin Health Department's Senior Nurse Navigator provides health screenings from 11 am to noon at:
Bayfield Senior Center on the first Wednesday of each month
(next ones: March 6 and April 3)
Durango Senior Center on the second Wednesday of each month
(next ones: March 13 and April 10)
Ignacio Senior Center on the last Thursday of each month
(next ones: March 28 and April 25)
Celebrating Healthy Communities is an umbrella local coalition that works on a various prevention projects, primarily around reducing substance abuse and increasing protective factors for our youth. Read more about this Coalition and its work in this March 6, 2013 Durango Herald article. San Juan Basin Health's Creating Community column appears the first Wednesday of each month in the Durango Herald.
Parents are invited to get the straight talk on alcohol and other drugs on Saturday, February 23rd from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Ann Miller, award winning specialist in youth substance abuse treatment from Portland, Oregon, will be speaking. Her sister, Liza Tregillus, MSW and local Parent/Youth Coach will also present about prevention and local resources for families. The event will be held in Bowman Hall, next to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, 419 San Juan Drive.
San Juan Basin Health's Pagosa Springs office will close at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, February 20) due to the weather and public safety. Our Durango office remains open until 4:30.
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides far more than food vouchers. Find out more in this February 6, 2013 Durango Herald article. Our Creating Community column appears the first Wednesday of each month in the Herald.
Flu season often extends into March or April so it is still a good time to get you/your child vaccinated. Please see below for a listing of local pharmacies that have provided flu shots. Or you can also check local availability by visiting flu.gov and entering your zip code.
San Juan Basin Health's Southwest Smile Makers dental program recently received funding from the Colorado Health Foundation. Southwest Smile Makers provides comprehensive dental care for children from lower income and working families at its office in The Commons Building in Durango. Additionally, the program provides dental screenings and fluoride for all students at eleven elementary schools and three Head Start schools throughout La Plata, Archuleta and San Juan Counties.
San Juan Basin Health's Durango and Pagosa Springs offices will be closed Monday, January 21st for the Martin Luther King Jr Birthday holiday.
The following article examines the final result of our health prioritization process and how San Juan Basin Health selected access to care and obesity as priorities to address in its Public Health Improvement Plan. This article appeared in the January 2, 2013 Durango Herald as part of our monthly Creating Community column. Read the full article: Top Ten Health List Reflects Concerns of Community.