Work is Just Work, Right?

By Michelle Featheringill How often do we all just think, ‘Oh, I’m just going to work; it’s no big deal’? Lots of times would be my guess. I suspect that we all fall prey to the hamster on the wheel syndrome, whereby we just get caught up in the day-to-day experience (dare I say “rut”)… Continue Reading

Tips for Colorado’s Upcoming Open Enrollment

By Stacey Wright Open Enrollment for Colorado’s Insurance Marketplace ( is just around the corner. That means, beginning November 1, 2015 and ending January 31, 2016, you can purchase 2016 health insurance coverage. As one of three Health Coverage Guides serving San Miguel, Ouray and West Montrose Counties, I implore you to think ahead and… Continue Reading

Skippy Returns to a Community Still in Need

By Lynn Borup, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Network I just returned from a wonderful weekend of rafting with a good friend from college. In catching up on our kids’ antics, I learned that her 8-year-old son had just had six cavities filled! Though the number of cavities was concerning, I was more shocked to… Continue Reading

Reflecting on the Will to Change: Comparing Cameroon and Southwest Colorado

During my early professional career, I have worked in opposing yet complementary environments. My interests lie in challenging societal differences and identifying how successful community involvement can improve population health.  Transitioning between working in Cameroon, West Africa and now Telluride, Colorado; it is hard for me to accept the fact that each society values community… Continue Reading

Stories from the Field

At the Tri-County Health Network, we place a premium on community engagement and, in this regard, statistics can only tell part of the story. In this series, which we have tentatively titled “Stories from the Field,” we hope to bring personal stories of community engagement from “our boots on the ground”—our Health Coverage Guides, eNavigators,… Continue Reading

Health Equity in Rural Communities

Rural Colorado residents face unique challenges maintaining their health and wellness. Geographic isolation makes access to health care specialists difficult and expensive. Long and rugged mountain roads make regular visits to primary care providers and dentists  an all-day event. Often lacking a centralized public transportation system, those without cars or trucks face incredible barriers accessing… Continue Reading

Palliative Medicine Conference Reflections

Having traveled to Southwest Colorado from Philadelphia about a month ago, one can’t help but notice many differences between the two. Most of them are great: spectacular scenery, the close-knit community of a small town, MOUNTAINS, etc. However, one also can’t help but notice the greater isolation as well. With that comes decreased access to… Continue Reading

Oral Health as a Priority

IN an imaginary hierarchy of health needs, where would you rank oral health? If you are anything like one in three U.S. adults who told Gallup they did not visit a dentist in the past year, you probably would not rank it very high. Certainly, you might put it below check-ups for chronic diseases and… Continue Reading