Health Briefs

Health screenings available to seniors

San Juan Basin Health Department’s Senior Nurse Navigator program will host these health screenings for seniors from 11 a.m. to noon:

The first Wednesday of the month at the Pine River Senior Center, 111 West South St. in Bayfield.

The second Wednesday of the month at the Durango/La Plata Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave.

The last Thursday of the month at the Ignacio Senior Center, 15345 Colorado Highway 172 in Ignacio.

Low Vision Expo to be held Wednesday

Southwest Center for Independence will sponsor its fifth annual Low Vision Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

This free expo will showcase: Information about eye diseases, magnifiers and reading, adapted computer programs, electronic magnification and technology, adaptive devices for daily living and leisure, employment (DVR), skills instruction, Durango Veterans Service, Audio Information Network, Sunshine Gardens, guide dogs for the blind, Durango Public Library, telecommunications (amplified phones), Alpine Home Health, Shining Star Caregivers and low-vision support group. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 259-1672.

Local graduate students receive scholarship

Jason St. Mary and Jeremiah Scott, both of Durango, have been awarded the Colorado Health Professions Scholarship through the Colorado Health Foundation.

St. Mary, a graduate student at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Four Corners, and Scott, a graduate student at Denver University, were selected to receive the scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year, the Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center announced in a news release.

Scholarship recipients will receive $30,000 during a two-year period to support enhanced service-learning activities and community-oriented projects. Recipients agree to practice in rural or urban communities in Colorado for at least two years upon completion of training.

For more information and to apply, visit For more information on the program, call Teri Williams at (970) 316-1448 or email

Herald Staff