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Supreme Court limits recourse in discrimination cases

One upcoming Supreme Court decision is dominating our headlines. But another recent case is looming large in the minds of people with disabilities because it curtails the already limited rec...

We’re working every day to keep community safe

Every day, San Juan Basin Public Health examines the health of our community and provides programs and resources to keep the community healthy. Just like each of us makes decisions that affe...

A shift from autism awareness to autism acceptance

April is national Autism Acceptance Month. The 30-day period that was previously known as Autism Awareness Month began in 1970. Ironically, specific criteria for diagnosing autism were not a...

Building Bridges to Better Health – Public Health Week 2022

Each year, National Public Health Week provides a chance to celebrate and reflect on the outstanding service of public health workers and their contributions to keeping our communities safe ...

We can do better by women with disabilities

In honor of Women’s History Month, let’s look at a group of people who too often remain invisible: women with disabilities. Disability has a higher prevalence in women than men. In fact, the...

Celebrating the work of Black disabled activists

Black History Month brings some familiar names. Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Sojournor Truth, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, James Baldwin and Nelson Mandela are all well k...

Sipping, snacking and tooth decay: San Juan Basin Public Health’s Regional Oral Health Specialist program

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and many parents across the country will issue a common refrain after dinnertime tonight: “Don’t eat that – it’ll rot your teeth!” Now mo...

Push for profound autism diagnosis steers focus away from more important conversations

What’s in a label? Humans have been labeling things essentially as long as we’ve had language. Labeling aids our memory and helps us categorize based on similarities and differences and avoi...

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 clean up or make i...

Scammers are out there: Here are some tips for staying safe

By now, many of us are so familiar with the “Prince of Nigeria” email scam that it is shorthand for a seemingly obvious grift. But enough people are tricked by these ploys to make them a ser...

Open enrollment is here – find out how affordable health insurance can be

The COVID-19 pandemic has proved how major medical events can happen to any of us, no matter how healthy we are. Even though health insurance cannot prevent you from getting sick or hurt, it...

Build Back Better supports important funding for the disabled

It can be hard to get excited about anything going on in Washington these days. Most of what we witness seems like a train wreck; it’s best to look away from the carnage. But there are some ...