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Unitarians to hear ‘Health Care for Everyone’

On Sunday, Jan. 16, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hear a talk by Brad Cochennet titled “Health Care for Everyone.” 

He comments that “Pagosa Springs could well become a model for the whole country if the Upper San Juan Health Service District is successful in implementing its strategic plan.” 

He goes on to say that, “The district is working to develop early detection, wellness, and primary care for everyone in the community, and, in so doing, it will promote and affirm the first of the seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person.” 

Brad Cochennet’s career in finance and public health began in Durango in 2000 where, for six years, he was the CFO and the COO for Mercy Regional Medical Center.  As CEO for the Upper San Juan Health Service District since 2008, he has overseen the creation and/or growth of the Pagosa Mountain Hospital, along with the Rural Health Clinic and EMS Services in Pagosa Springs.

His twin interests in finance and health brought him to the boards of the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado, the Durango Foundation for Education Excellence, the La Plata Economic Development Partnership, and the shared dispatch for Archuleta County.  In 2000 he was a graduate of  the Leadership La Plata class.  Earlier in Kansas City, Missouri, Cochennet was active as a board member for a domestic violence shelter, a re-start shelter for the homeless, and the city hospital.

The Children’s Religious Exploration will celebrate and honor the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  His Christian faith was the foundation of the work he did for justice and non-violence. The young people and children will join in singing, stories, and role playing games, putting into action what Jesus and MLK, Jr. stood for.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the Fire Station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.