Health Briefs

Upper San Juan Health receives $1.7M grant

The Upper San Juan Health Service District has received a three-year, $1.7 million Health Care Innovation award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The award, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, will be used to create a tele-health emergency response and care program designed to improve cardiac and stroke care at Pagosa Springs Medical Center.

The new program will train about 25 paramedics and tele-health clinicians.

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Health department offers health visits

San Juan Basin Health Department’s Health Services offers people next-day appointments for immunizations, annual exams, sexually transmitted disease testing or birth control.

For appointments, call 335-2013 in Durango and 264-2409 in Pagosa Springs.

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Support for bereaved people is available

The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado, a nonprofit organization, offers support to bereaved community members in La Plata, San Juan and Montezuma counties.

Services include individual and family grief therapy by a network of bereavement specialists, support groups for youths and teens who have experienced the loss of a loved one and programs for bereaved children and their families. Spanish-speaking therapists are available.

In addition, the program offers community resources on grief and loss and is available to speak with organizations about the grief process.

For more information, call 764-7142 or email

Locals to ride for children’s hospital

Local residents will ride on Team Durango Derailers in the Courage Classic, an annual cycling event in July to raise funds for Children’s Hospital Colorado.

The ride takes place over three days, 157 miles, on the mountain passes of Summit County. The team is entering its fifth year, and has grown from 12 riders to 80. The team is aiming to raise $50,000 that can be used to set up a patient assistance account that Durango families can use for traveling expenses to the Children’s Hospital.

The hospital also sends pediatric specialists to Durango for outreach clinics in the areas of cardiology, neurology, rehabilitation, genetics, pulmonology, developmental pediatrics, orthopedics and diabetes.

To join the team or make a donation, visit

Community Connections receives $12K grant

Community Connections Inc. has received a $12,000 Daniels Fund Grant to support its Tambo Respite Program.

Community Connections provides opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to live healthy, fulfilling lives within the community. The grant will enable the Tambo program to provide respite to families with a child with a developmental disability for another year.

For more information, call 259-2464, visit or

Board of Health to meet Thursday

San Juan Basin Health Department’s Board of Health will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

There will be presentations on topics including Colorado’s 10 Winnable Battles and Core Public Health Services, and a review of the local Community Health Assessment. Presenters will include: Dr. Chris Urbina, executive director and chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Dr. Emily Burns, executive director of Southwest Colorado Area Health Education Center; and Pamela Hanes, faculty member with the Colorado School of Public Health. This will be after with a working session of the board. The public is welcome.

Herald Staff