Wednesday, January 21, 2015

From the VIPrevention Network 

Posted: 20 Jan 2015 11:16 AM PST

Re-certification Scholarships Available

Are you needing to re-certify before September 30, 2015? Did you know that CPS Team Colorado has almost 100 scholarships to pay for your re-certification? Apply for a scholarship here: 

CEU classes are being held throughout the state. Here are the upcoming classes:

Do you know someone that would be a great CPS tech? Here are the upcoming classes for new technicians:

Monday, December 22, 2014

Upcoming Webinar: Reducing Injury-Related Hospital Admissions

Reducing Injury-Related Hospital Admissions among Children and Adolescents Ages 0-19: The Role of the New Title V MCH Block Grant National Performance Measure on Injury

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm MST

CLICK HERE to register.

About the Webinar:  
This Children's Safety Network (CSN) webinar will provide information about the proposed new Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant National Performance Measure (NPM) #7 on reducing injury-related hospital admissions among children and adolescents ages 0 through 19, a key measure in improving the health and safety of children and adolescents across the U.S. The webinar will explain the burden of injury-related hospitalizations; introduce the new Title V Performance Measure framework with a focus on NPM-7 and associated National Outcome Measures; provide an overview of specific resources designed to support states that select NPM-7; share CSN resources for understanding the burden of injury-related hospitalizations in your state; and explain how to identify effective strategies for keeping infants, children, and adolescents safe.

Learning Objectives:

  • Through participation in this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Understand the burden of injury-related hospitalizations in the U.S.
  • Describe the new Title V National Performance Measure (NPM) framework with a focus on NPM-7 (injury-related hospital admission) and associated National Outcome Measures
  • Understand specific resources to support states that select NPM-7
  • Access CSN's state-specific injury fact sheets to learn about your state's burden of injury-related hospitalizations
  • Identify effective strategies for keeping infants, children, and adolescents safe. 

This meeting will be recorded. The recording and slides will be posted on our website: It may take up to two weeks for the recording to be posted.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Adolescent Suicide in Colorado, 2008-2012

The Health Statistics Branch at CDPHE has released the Health Watch - Adolescent Suicide in Colorado, 2008-2012 report on youth suicide data.

This report describes the issue of adolescent suicide in Colorado by using the National Violent Death Reporting System surveillance data. The purpose of this report is to increase suicide awareness, as well as present unique aspects and factors of adolescent suicide. These data can be used at the state and local levels in Colorado to help inform intervention and prevention efforts that will reduce adolescent suicide.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Upcoming Injury and Violence Webinar: Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators?

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the United States.

This Healthy People 2020 webinar will focus on activities and interventions related to the prevention of injuries and death through adequate and appropriate child passenger safety. Through four presentations focusing on data, communication efforts, and effective implementation strategies, presenters will explore the importance of child passenger safety and the progress being made to address this issue.

Join the webinar on Thursday, November 20 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MDT (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET) to learn how one organization is working to address child passenger safety in its community and hear about resources available to help address this issue in your community.

Click HERE to register for the webinar.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spotlight on Weld County - Safe Sleep Campaign

Two years ago, Weld County experienced four sleep-related infant deaths in a matter of months. The county coroner, who identified this pattern and unusually high number, brought it to the attention of the Prevention Services Unit at the Weld County Department of Human Services. As the Unit further investigated the deaths, they learned that all four deaths were the result of an unsafe sleep environment in which the baby was sharing a bed with an adult.

Weld County Safe Sleep Press Conference - 2013
Left to Right: Caroline Gelatt, Kathi Brown, Melanie Cyphers
Given the similar risk factors that were identified in all four cases, the Prevention Services Unit was compelled to take action to prevent other sleep-related infant deaths from occurring in Weld County. The Unit recognized that the death of these children was a community problem and would require a community solution. Thus, they convened local stakeholders, including United Way, Nurse Family Partnership, Lutheran Family Services, University of Northern Colorado, North Colorado Medical Center and Fetal Infant Mortality Review members to create a public awareness campaign.

Weld County Commissioner Proclamation on Safe Sleep - 2014
Heidi (Weld County mother and her baby) and Mike Ward (Weld County Coroner)

The campaign was multi-faceted and reached a broad audience.  Some of the activities of the campaign included:

  • Press conference and press release that was picked up on TV, radio and social media
  • Crib display comparing a safe and unsafe infant sleep environment and public testimonial from two Weld County mothers 
  • Presentations to healthcare professionals and child care workers
  • Toolkits provided to healthcare professionals and child care workers that consisted of a safe sleep checklist, brochure, magnet, press release and online resources 
  • Campaign website with safe sleep educational materials
  • Social media posts and distribution of posters at grocery stores, doctor’s offices, laundromats, and the drivers license office

Weld County is an exemplary case of “taking data to action:”

  1. Analyzing infant death data to identify trends and patterns;
  2. Convening community stakeholders to brainstorm prevention strategies;
  3. Using demographic characteristics and risk and protective factors to define their target audience; and
  4. Leveraging local resources to implement a public health program.

Click this link for more information about Weld County’s Safe Sleep Campaign.