Friday, May 25, 2018

WEBINAR Responsibility Grows Here

We invite you to join us at the LPHA webinar scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, at 1 p.m. to learn more about the new brand and subsequent campaigns.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched Responsibility Grows Here, new public education campaigns that encourage young Coloradans to stay away from marijuana and educate adults who choose to use marijuana to do so legally and responsibly. These campaigns build on the health department’s successful Good to Know and Protect What’s Next campaigns and represent next steps in the state’s comprehensive public education strategy. 


“Since legalization, we have worked with Coloradans every step of the way to address concerns and navigate changes,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “These campaigns connect more directly with those using marijuana and will hopefully drive home the message of what is safe and legal use.”

The health department will launch four educational campaigns under the new Responsibility Grows Here brand. The campaigns launching today are designed to reach marijuana users and youth. In mid-June, the campaigns will focus on trusted adults and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Each campaign will use media meaningful to the targeted audience, including television, radio and online ads; social media; and a user-friendly website.

The marijuana user campaign targets adult residents and tourists who use marijuana. Because research shows marijuana users often rely on salespeople in marijuana dispensaries for information, the campaign is introducing Meg the Budtender, a fictional spokesperson who will begin talking to Colorado adults about safe storage, appropriate places to use and not use marijuana, and the difference between smoking marijuana and consuming edibles. Unsafe storage can lead to accidental use by children, overconsumption of edibles can result in health risks, and smoking in public is illegal and can risk the health of those exposed to secondhand smoke.

Find Your Moment, the youth campaign also launching today, focuses on providing Coloradans ages 12 to 20 with prevention messages before they ever try marijuana. Marijuana use impairs developing brains and academic success. Research shows youth respond best to messages that demonstrate how marijuana use can keep them from achieving their dreams, whether those dreams include excelling in athletics, getting a good education or building a successful career.  

Campaigns reaching out to parents, trusted adults and new moms will launch mid-June. The trusted adults campaign will focus on how important their voices can be in young people’s decisions to not use marijuana. The campaign targeting new moms will promote educational messages on the negative health effects of using marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding and encourage women to talk with their health care providers.

“We’ve worked hard over the past four years to educate Coloradans on the basic laws, responsibilities and health effects of marijuana use,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, health department executive director and chief medical officer. “With these new campaigns, we’re focusing on those most affected by marijuana use to make sure they obey the laws, stay safe and become positive role models for Colorado youth.”


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fellowship Opportunity! Safe States Injury and Violence Prevention Policy Fellowship Program




Now Accepting Applications

for the 2019 Safe States

IVP Policy Fellowship Program

Safe States is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Injury and Violence Prevention Policy Fellowship Program, a one-year virtual program designed to strengthen and expand injury and violence prevention policy leadership at the local, state, and federal levels. The purpose of the Policy Fellowship Program is to support the implementation of Safe States Alliance’s strategic map by engaging members and supporting advocacy and policy making. Program participants will receive extensive training, technical assistance, and peer-based support aimed to increase skills and self-confidence to educate policymakers at the local, state, and national levels in support injury and violence prevention.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Intensive policy training and technical assistance
  • New connections and broadened networks within the Safe States membership and with local, state, and federal policymakers
  • National recognition as a Safe States Alliance Policy Fellow
  • Opportunities for professional development through new experiences, skills, and networking
  • Travel support to attend the Safe States Alliance Annual Meeting and annual Hill Day

Fellowship Requirements

  • Attend the Safe States Annual Meeting (travel support provided)
  • Participate in Safe States’ Policy Committee calls and meetings
  • Attend bimonthly Policy Fellow conference calls and educational webinars
  • Meet with elected officials in-state during legislative recesses and during the Safe States annual Hill Day in Washington, DC (travel support provided)
  • Disseminate legislative alerts to in-state partners and stakeholders
  • Send communications to elected officials during select intervals of the legislative process
  • Actively participate in the Safe States Grassroots Action Inspiration Network Facebook Group

Key Dates

Applications OpenMay 22
Applications DueJune 29
Notification of Application StatusJuly 13
IVP Public Policy 101 Workshop/Kickoff Meeting: September 5, 2018 (Charleston, South Carolina)

Policy fellows will be recognized at the Safe States Alliance Annual Meeting in September 2018. In addition, all fellows will be eligible to join the Safe States Policy Fellows Alumni Association at the completion of the fellowship.

We encourage all interested members to apply. Approximately six fellows will be chosen each year. If you have questions, please contact Paul Bonta, Safe States Director of Government Relations.

What value have current Policy Fellows found in the program?
According to Ann Fondario, "participating in the Safe States Policy Fellowship Program demonstrated the significant impact policy has on public health efforts. It provided me the opportunity to critically think about our legislative priority areas and how to effectively educate and communicate with legislators, both at the state and national level, to recognize our program as a resource and key stakeholder in the policy development process."                                                                              
Safe States 2018 Policy Fellows and staff attending 
Safe States annual Hill Day.


Monday, May 21, 2018

EVENT Celebrating Youth Leadership!

This event will be a fun and uplifting time to celebrate youth leadership in Denver. It will start with a networking session where organizations will have tables that young people can network with. Then we will be doing fun engaging speeches, activities, and lastly the screening of Digital Stories that young people from the PHD Youth Team have worked hard on. The whole theme is social justice, and uplifting young people's voices. This interactive event will be catered and open to everyone for free! RSVP here or here

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Online Training: Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder

CDC
New Opioid Training for Primary Care Providers: Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder
Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder
CDC launched Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder, the fifth module in a series of interactive, online trainings for healthcare providers. Participants will look at how opioid use disorder (OUD) is diagnosed using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) assessment criteria, and learn how to discuss this diagnosis with patients. Providers will also examine the different types of medications used for medication-assisted therapy (MAT). This training features recommendations from the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and resources from SAMHSA, and provides sample scenarios and clinical tools and resources. This training provides free continuing education credit and is located on our Training for Providers webpage.
Previous modules include:
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Monday, May 14, 2018

WEBINAR Great Conversations with getR.E.A.L

Great Conversations with getR.E.A.L: Authentic Youth Collaboration with
Think of Us
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 2:00-3:00pm EST

The getR.E.A.L team is delighted to invite Sixto Cancel, the CEO of Think of Us, to continue our 2018 Webinar Series, Great Conversations. Think of Us is a web and mobile life-coaching platform that helps foster youth navigate their transition to adulthood. The platform ensures that youth are aware of all of the steps they have to take to navigate the foster care system and that they are prepared to live independently after they turn 18 and are on their own. Join us to hear about the life of Sixto Cancel and how he has used his lived experience to create and innovate for a new generation of youth.