Friday, May 29, 2020

Don't Sideline Your Own Mental Health

For those of us working to prevent injury and violence, we often learn detailed information about the tragic and horrible circumstances of a person's death.  For our local Child Fatality Prevention System teams, reviewing the details of a child's death can be overwhelming and lead to secondary trauma.  As Mental Health Awareness month comes to an end, let's not forget to take care of our own mental health and practice self-care. 

The Safe States Alliance has released a new resource for data abstractors who work with the National Violent Death Reporting System.  The resources and advice listed are applicable to others, including child fatality review team members.

A resource for NVDRS data abstractors and others

One of the resources is a free, online Intro to Compassion Fatigue class.

Make sure to take care of yourself while you work hard to care for your community.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Webinars for Your Consideration

There are a number of webinars happening next week that you might find helpful.  And in case you have COVID response fatigue, most of them aren't even COVID-specific!

Building community resilience: Addressing the 'Pair of ACEs' and preventing child maltreatment through a cross-sector approach

Monday, May 18, 11am
National Peer Learning Team on Child Maltreatment Prevention

The Child Maltreatment National Peer Learning Team aims to help public health departments engage with the topic of child maltreatment prevention by learning about successful strategies, exchanging expertise on how to elevate the priority of this work within the realm of public health, and leveraging necessary resources to advance prevention.

Reviewing drowning fatalities: Key questions & prevention resources

Tuesday, May 19, 12 - 1:30pm
The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention

If you are on a local fatality review team, please consider attending this webinar, either on May 19 or once the recording is released.  You may also be interested in this related webinar from the Safe States Alliance:

Wednesday, May 27, 12 - 1:15pm

Recent data from Florida shows that childhood drownings have significantly increased over the same time last year, all involving children 3 and under—consistent with CDC reporting that the number one cause of death of children age 4 and under is drowning. The Florida data indicates a direct tie to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and parental distraction. Hear from national experts on the new data, the urgent need for federal resources to respond to this crisis, and what states and national organizations are doing and could do with more resources.

Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect: What's Race Got to Do With It?

Thursday, May 21, 10 - 11am
Transform Research Center

Dr. Natalie A. Cort, an Assistant Professor at William James College, will offer ideas about how to think and talk about race within the child abuse and neglect field, as well as solutions to grow diverse clinical training pipelines from which child-serving agencies can recruit and retain professionals. 

COVID-19: Legal and policy strategies to promote mental health

Thursday, May 21, 11am - 12:30pm
The Network for Public Health Law

What programs, policies, and laws are available to help those seeking to promote skills in self-care, stress management, coping, and resilience in their own workplaces and the broader community? Join this webinar for an overview of the mental health implications of COVID-19 and the role of laws and policies in the initial stages of the mental health response.

Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention Symposium: Science in Service to Safety

Thursday, May 21, 8am - 2pm
Columbia University 
Center for Injury Science and Prevention

Columbia University is offering their Annual Injury and Violence Prevention Conference online and at no cost.  There will be breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and a keynote address by Louis Klarevas, author of Rampage Nation, on preventing mass shootings.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Today, we're shining a light on the importance of supporting fathers' mental health. 

Circle of Fathers

Fathers can get left out of parenting conversations.  A new Circle of Parents group specifically for fathers and male caregivers is a place for men to talk about the challenges and triumphs of parenting in a supportive peer environment.  Every Thursday at 5:30pm fathers across Colorado can join this group Zoom meeting

Promoting Fathers' Mental Health During Children's Early Childhood

Healthy dads support healthy moms and kids.  This short article from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) highlights four strategies to support fathers.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Action Alert from Illuminate Colorado

As Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to an end, our friends at Illuminate Colorado and Prevent Child Abuse America are encouraging us all to take action.  Although the official advocacy day was yesterday, don't let that stop you!  Their call to action is shared below: 

Please join supporters of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), Illuminate Colorado, and PCAA affiliate organizations across the nation and take to Twitter, Facebook, and email to make sure lawmakers in Washington, DC, include critical support and resources to children and families in the upcoming economic stimulus package. 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Weekly Webinar Round-Up

I'd like to share several webinars happening this week that may be of interest:

The Coronavirus Pandemic: Health Inequities and Vulnerable Communities

Tuesday, April 28, 10 - 11am

Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & WGBH.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has hit underserved populations and communities of color particularly hard, exacerbating longstanding health disparities in the U.S.  In this Facebook Live Q&A, Dr. Mary Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and Former Commissioner of Health for New York City, will unpack COVID-19 and health inequities based on geography, income, race, and occupation."

Pregnancy and Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 29, 12 - 1pm

Presented by the National Center for Fatality Review & Prevention

"The primary strategy to combat COVID-19, “Stay at Home and Stay Safe” orders may be placing victims and survivors of domestic violence at even greater risk. Research shows that partner violence is associated with multiple adverse physical and mental health outcomes, including conditions that can increase vulnerability to severe COVID-19. Join this webinar to hear strategies for keeping pregnant women and families safe and to gain information on resources available to protect those who are the most vulnerable."

A Colorado Guide to Eviction and COVID-19

Wednesday, April 29, 12 - 1pm

Presented by Colorado Poverty Law Project

"The National Multifamily Housing Council reports that one-third of Americans did not pay any rent for the month of April 2020. Eviction moratoria have kept most housed, they but have not relieved tenants from the burden of past-due obligations. Many tenants are receiving 10-day eviction notices for nonpayment even while the moratoria are in place.

Please join for a one-hour continuing learning education program addressing Colorado residential evictions in the COVID-19 environment. The program will provide an update on tenant rental assistance sources, eviction moratoria, and best practices and strategies for tenants and their service providers in the COVID-19 environment. Speakers are Zach Neumann, Esq., founder, The Community Firm, and Jack Regenbogen, Attorney and Policy Advocate for the Colorado Center on Law and Policy."

Adverse Childhood Experiences During COVID-19

Thursday, April 30, 11am - 12pm

Presented by the Prevention Research Center at Colorado State University

"As children around the country are sheltering-in-place, some are exposed to potentially traumatic events. These events can undermine children’s sense of safety, stability, and bonding with caregivers. 

ACEs are common, linked to a large number of health conditions, and costly to families, communities, and society. When children are exposed to ACEs, they are also at higher risk for developing an overactive stress response.

Dr. Nathaniel Riggs, director of the CSU Prevention Research Center, will moderate a 45-minute discussion on ACEs during the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Sharon A. Hoover, a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine." 

Standing Against Racism in the Time of COVID

Sunday, May 3, 6 - 7:30pm

Presented by Asia Society Southern California

"Join Asia Society Southern California for a special virtual event to raise awareness and combat the escalating violence and intolerance towards those of Asian descent and other communities of color following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Policy makers and advocates, journalists and authors, student leaders and actors will come together for this vitally important conversation. They will discuss and explore the impact of COVID-19 related racism, government and public responses to preventing discrimination, and the significance of remaining engaged and empowered within our own communities."

Friday, April 24, 2020

New Infographic & Mini-Grant Photo Contest Reminder

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention (NCFRP) has released a new "Quick-Looks" infographic summarizing national data on infant abuse and neglect deaths from 2004 - 2017.

The infographic includes links to child abuse and neglect prevention resources from the CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a glossary of key equity terms and concepts.  An excerpt from our Child Fatality Prevention System equity statement is included below to serve as a foundation for reviewing the NCFRP infographic and other data related to child fatalities:

The impact of policies and systems on child deaths

Generations of social, economic, and environmental inequities contribute to some families losing infants, children, and youth. When interpreting the data, it is critical to not lose sight of these systemic, avoidable, and unjust factors. These factors perpetuate the disparities we observe in child deaths in Colorado. Researchers are working toward understanding how geography, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity correlate with health. It is critical that data systems like CFPS identify, understand, and eliminate life-long inequities that persist across groups. By changing policies and systems that create and perpetuate inequities, CFPS can reduce the number of child deaths that occur in Colorado.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Photo Contest

It's not too late to help your favorite Colorado nonprofit serving children and families win a mini-grant!  Submit your photo showing what is giving you strength to make #greatchildhoods happen in your community.  Photos with the most votes on April 30 will win a mini-grant to award to a Colorado nonprofit.  Please see the Pinwheels for Prevention site for contest details and submission instructions.  The photo contest is sponsored by Illuminate Colorado, the CO chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Webinars in the age of COVID

There are several webinars this week that may be of interest to public health professionals, health care workers, and others concerned about the health and safety of Colorado kids and families.

Wednesday, April 22, 5-6:30pm

Structural Competency: New Medicine for Inequalities that are Making Us Sick

This webinar series explores the concept of structural competency, which aims to understand the relationships among race, class, and symptom expression.  Read more about structural competency here.  Wednesday's webinar will focus on racial inequalities in COVID testing, treatment, and deaths; immigrant rights; disability justice; and jail/prison rights.  The Structural Competency & COVID-19 Webinar Part 1: Basic Needs and First Response is archived and available to view online.

Thursday, April 23, 11am-12pm

This webinar is sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law with the goals of providing public health professionals with:
  • A legal and ethical framework for executive decision-making, covering mandatory and discretionary actions and the exercise of professional judgement in responding to COVID-19
  • Strategies to avoid second-guessing and reduce exposure to liability based on hindsight
  • A tool for effective and ethical executive decision-making and real-time documentation of the factual basis for a decision, reflecting information available at the time the decision was made.

Thursday, April 23, 12-1pm

Sponsored by Physicians for Human Rights, this webinar will feature medical, human rights, and correctional facility experts discussing U.S. and international responses to the danger of COVID-19 in prisons and detention centers.  

Thursday, April 23, 5-6pm

In response to a rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, the organizations Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice have partnered to offer free bystander intervention training.  The intervention strategies taught in this training can be used to support a variety of communities.  This training will be offered once a week throughout April and May, so there are plenty of options if you can't make the training this Thursday.