Thursday, March 26, 2020

Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying pre-existing social and economic inequities, which often disproportionately impact communities of color.  Food Solutions New England is offering a 21-day course to increase awareness of race and racism so we can better promote equity, justice, and resilience.  While this course focuses on racism in our food system, the information is applicable no matter what issues and communities we work with.   

The 6th Annual 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge starts on Monday, March 30th

Many of you (not all) are working remotely or from home these days while also coming up with new patterns of work and home life. This is an excellent time to continue the work of learning about race and racism in our food system and making plans to build equity, justice and resilience over the weeks, months and years ahead. As the world and our communities move through this current crisis, the ability to understand and center equity will be more important than ever.

Do the Challenge from Home

As with past years, you can do the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge from home using your computer, phone or tablet. You'll receive an email prompt every morning for twenty-one days with a short reading, video or audio assignment (with options for deeper learning if desired). Learn more.

Spread the word or register now!

If you're already signed up for this year's Challenge, use our Outreach Kit to spread the word (and watch your inbox for some suggested "pre-work").

If you haven't signed up yet, register now!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Apr 1 Web Forum - Combating COVID-19: Why Paid Sick Leave Matters

April 1st web forum hosted by Trust for America's Health:

Combating COVID-19: Why Paid Sick Leave Matters to Controlling its Spread

Please join Trust for America's Health (TFAH) on April 1, 2020 for a timely discussion on Combating COVID-19: Why Paid Sick Leave Matters to Controlling its Spread. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
2:00 to 3:30 PM Mountain

This Web Forum will highlight recommendations made in TFAH's Ready or Not and Promoting Health and Cost Control in States (PHACCS) reports on the important role of paid sick leave in combating infectious diseases, as well as other complementary evidence-based policies that can be adopted by federal, state and local governments and by employers. Web Forum participants will hear about pending federal legislation, states that have adopted laws regarding paid leave, and businesses that are expanding these benefits. There will also be a focus on the potential short-term uses of the recently approved supplemental budget to assist individuals without paid leave when confined to their homes.

This free event is recommended for anyone working in public health, advocacy, school health, community-based organizations, businesses, labor unions, hospitals, health systems, insurers, policy staff, and local and state health officials. Live captioning is available for all attendees.

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Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FNAPA, FACEP (E), Hon FRSPH Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women and Families


John M. Auerbach, MBA President and CEO, Trust for America’s Health

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Request for Applications: COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund

Request for Applications for the Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund
Dear Partners,

First off, I just want to say how incredibly impressed I am by the dedication, resilience and innovation that I am seeing in light of our current context. The news is sobering, but doesn’t highlight the incredible assets we have in our state, our people. As you know, we sent out a survey last week to try to understand the assets and needs of our network. You can read an assessment of the survey. Not surprisingly, one of the largest needs identified in the survey was needing additional financial resource.

To that end, we have partnered with a number of local funders to respond to these needs, and are pleased to share that our Request for Applications for the Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund is now live. More information in both English and Spanish, including the application, can be found on our website. Please note that the turnaround for this RFA is quick, with the first wave of applications due on Wednesday, March 25th at 5 p.m. in order to be part of this weeks’ funding cycle. The current plan is for the applications to open each week on Monday and close on Wednesday. We know that needs will continue to evolve and change, and we want to be as responsive as we are able.

We are also working on addressing the remainder of the findings, including planning a webinar on emergency response structures with CDHS, helping understand what coalitions around the state are doing and sharing updates on state programs as they find flexibilities due to the current crisis. We will also be working to match assets with needs identified in the survey. Please feel free to contact me directly (303-974-8427) if we can be helpful to you and thank you again for everything you do.

In partnership,

Monday, March 23, 2020

ACTION ALERT from CO Children's Campaign: Protect Child Care in Stimulus Bill

Speak up for child care and early childhood! Call your Senator and Representative to urge support for emergency child care funding

We all rely on early care and education providers and teachers. In the past week it has become so clear how every part of our economy is supported by child care and early childhood systems. They need our support right now!
Today, leaders in the Senate and House are negotiating an economic stimulus bill to protect the economy during the pandemic. Please speak up for flexible funding for child care to send to states to save the child care sector as part of the third stimulus package. American children and families need about $50 BILLION in order to prevent the collapse of child care and early learning systems.

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Colorado Children's Campaign
1580 Lincoln St. Suite 420
Denver, Colorado 80203
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Monday, January 6, 2020

Job Opportunity: Injury Prevention Coordinator

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Description of Job
About the work unit
The Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion (VIP-MHP) Branch exists to coordinate state and local efforts toward mental  health  promotion, substance abuse  prevention,  and  the  prevention of death and disability in Colorado due to unintentional and intentional injuries through health policy, legislation, public awareness and education, training, assessments, and intervention programs. The VIP-MHP Branch houses the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) program, and is charged with implementing the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention Act (Article 20.5 of Title 25, Colorado Revised Statutes).  The CFPS is a statewide, multidisciplinary, multi-agency effort to prevent child deaths. This unit is responsible for the oversight of the CFPS, which coordinates local child fatality review teams to review child deaths (ages 0-17) for the purpose of describing the trends and patterns in Colorado, aggregating child fatality data from individual deaths, identifying prevention strategies, and implementing and evaluating prevention strategies at the state and local levels.

About the position
The primary purpose of this position is to provide training and technical assistance on the prevention of unintentional injuries and fatalities and implementation and evaluation of the CFPS, including working with the CFPS State Review Team and the local child fatality prevention review teams (local teams) and other injury prevention partners throughout Colorado. This position develops and provides regular and ongoing training and support to the system on topics related to equity; positive youth development; contract monitoring; continuous quality improvement; child fatality case review and data-related tasks (including quality assurance, case assignment, etc.); communication with partners through the state through website, blog, and newsletter; and evaluation and data collection tools. This position collaborates with other state injury and violence prevention programs in the VIP-MHP Branch and with other state child death review and prevention programs and partners. This position requires strong communication, evaluation, and group facilitation skills. The position is also expected to ensure that equity is central to all training, technical assistance, evaluation and communication with partners and will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships at the community, state and national levels.
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