In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Lyn Patrick talks with Dr. Larry Palevsky, a board-certified pediatrician, about the recent measles outbreak that has led to blaming of parents who choose not to vaccinate their children, proposed legislation for mandatory vaccination, and vaccine safety and the potential risks of vaccination.
Living independently as an older person with a serious medical condition is dangerous if nobody can regularly check on their well-being. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Doris McDonald, CareLink Manager at Southwest Memorial Hospital, about technology that allows people to quickly contact emergency personnel in the event of an accident or health emergency.
Chewing tobacco is known to be strongly associated with a number of major health problems, including oral cancers, high blood pressure, and gum disease. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Meggie Curtis, Youth Programming Coordinator with the School Community Youth Collaborative, and Midge Kirk, Health Educator and Tobacco Specialist with the Montezuma County Public Health Department, about how local youth are highlighting the problems associated with chew, the upcoming "Through With Chew" week, and how people who use smokeless tobacco can get help to quit.
Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez is embarking on construction of a new inpatient wing and renovation of existing facilities. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sue McWilliams, Montezuma County Hospital District and Southwest Health System Capital Campaign Coordinator, about how these additions will improve the ability of hospital physicians and staff to utilize new technology and streamline access to patient care.
The open enrollment period for getting health care insurance through Colorado's state-run marketplace ends December 15th. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Kevin O'Conner from the San Juan Basin Health Department and Linda Gann of Connect For Health Colorado about where residents can shop for an insurance plan, and find out where to get help if you need assistance with your enrollment.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Midge Kirk from the Montezuma County Health Department about why tobacco use remains a big health issue in the U.S., and about the Great American Smokeout, an event which is held each year in November to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit.
The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel you have little control over the situation or you’re in over your head. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Linda Carter, Marketing Director at C&G Health Care Management, about how caregivers can get help managing the needs of their loved one, and make sure they take good care of themselves too, at the 4th Annual Montezuma-Dolores Caregiver Forum on November 13th.
In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Trisha Sheehan, regional field manager at Moms Clean Air Force, about when a train crash occurred outside of her town and led to the toxic contamination of her family when vinyl chloride that was being transported on that train was released into the air.
Hunger is an issue that affects communities across America, and especially children who need good nutrition. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with community health organizer Gretchen Groenke and Kristen Tworek, Director of the Good Samaritan Center in Cortez, about how local food pantries and farmers are working together to bring fresh food to those who need it most.