by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center
On January 26th a Health and Wellness Focus Group met in the Oak Tree Lodge to discuss health assets and challenges in the San Juan Ridge Community. A group of eight community members, including delegates from the North San Juan Fire Department and the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center, provided input to Valley Vision consultants, Sarah Underwood and Giovanna Forno. In addition to considering substance abuse, cancer, diabetes, and mental illness to be among the most prevalent health problems, the group identified physical and emotional isolation, lack of adequate transportation, poor nutrition, and an insufficient number of primary health care providers to be the most pressing problems. Excellent emergency medical care from our local firefighters, a peaceful rural environment, alternative medical providers and midwives, and organic farms were community assets. This and other information discussed will be used when determining where future funding can best fill community needs.