Wednesday, November 13, 2019

WEBINAR: Rural Suicide Prevention in Farm and Ranch Communities

Rural Suicide Prevention in Farm and Ranch Communities

3:30 – 4:45 pm ET/1:30 - 2:45 pm MT, Tuesday, November 19 |  Join the webinar.
Dial-In: 888-989-7695; Participant Passcode: 6473800

This webinar, hosted by HRSA's Office of Regional Operations-Denver, is designed for rural providers, organizations, and communities. The purpose of the webinar is to enhance knowledge of stress and suicide in rural areas, with a focus on farm and ranch communities, and to highlight stress/suicide prevention activities. The webinar will feature examples of suicide prevention programs designed to address agricultural stress and suicide from a community-based perspective. Suicide prevention resources will be provided.  No registration is required.

For more on National Rural Health Day, November 21, 2019, click here.

WEBINAR: Proactive Traffic Safety - Communication Tools to Reach Our Shared Vision of Zero Deaths and Serious Injuries

Proactive Traffic Safety - Communication Tools to Reach Our Shared Vision of Zero Deaths and Serious Injuries

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
12:00 pm (MST)

In this webinar, Dr. Kari Finley will introduce a variety of communication tools that can be implemented immediately to build the capacity of critical stakeholders to grow proactive traffic safety. Proactive traffic safety is proactive behaviors demonstrating commitment to a safe roadway transportation system. Examples of proactive behaviors include: supporting existing traffic safety efforts, planning a safe way to get home before driving alcohol, speaking up about other people’s unsafe behaviors like driving distracted, establishing family rules like never texting while driving, and establishing workplace policies like always wearing a seat belt in a company vehicle.

Sue Sillick, Research Programs Manager, Montana Department of Transportation
Dr. Kari Finley, Research Scientist, Center for Health and Safety Culture

Register here: 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Resource: City Gun Violence Reduction Insight Portal (CityGRIP)

City Gun Violence Reduction Insight Portal (CityGRIP) is an online clearinghouse of data-informed gun violence reduction strategies. Create a custom blueprint for gun violence reduction for your city by selecting at least one of the filters: 1) Jurisdiction Population; 2) Population Density; 3) Number of Gun Homicides; 4) Types of gun violence you'd like to explore; 5) City proficiency using data to drive services; and 6) Gun violence in my community is clustered. The more filters you select, the more comprehensive your blueprint. Practices with a check mark  are ‘Essentials’ recommended for every city. Learn more about CityGRIP.

Friday, November 8, 2019

WEBINAR: Beyond the Numbers: Access to Reproductive Health Care for Low-Income Women in Five Communities

"Beyond the Numbers: Access to Reproductive Health Care for Low-Income Women in Five Communities"

As policy debates over the future of access to reproductive and sexual health services heat up at the national and state levels, understanding how these policies are playing out on the ground requires getting beyond the statistics.

Earlier this year, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), working with Health Management Associates, conducted interviews with local clinicians, social service providers, community-based organizations, researchers, and health care advocates as well as a focus group with low-income women in five different communities. The study addressed how national, state, and local policies, as well as cultural factors, shape access to contraception, maternity care, abortion, STIs, and other services. 

At 9:30 AM EST/7:30 AM MST on Thursday, November 14, KFF will host a briefing to release findings from this study and share perspectives from local stakeholders in the study communities.  Usha Ranji, an associate director of KFF’s Women’s Health Policy program will present an overview of the case studies and focus groups conducted in St. Louis, MO; Erie, PA; Selma, AL; Tulare County, CA; and the Crow Tribal Reservation, MT. The presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion moderated by Alina Salganicoff, Senior Vice President and Director of Women’s Health Policy, with health care leaders from these communities.  Participants include:

  • Katie Plax, Medical Director, the SPOT, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, MO
  • Keshee Dozier-Smith, CEO, Rural Health Medical Program in Selma, AL
  • Susan Scriven, Nurse Practitioner at Adagio Health in Erie, PA
  • Caity Meader, CEO, Family Services of Tulare County, CA
  • Brocade Stops Black Eagle, RN, Indian Health Service in Crow Tribe, MT

Training: Recruit PYD Trainers in your community!

What is PYD? 
Positive youth development (PYD) is an approach, not a program, that can be used to complement and enhance current models of care across the spectrum of prevention, intervention and treatment. Conceptually, this evidence-based public health approach guides communities and organizations as they organize services, opportunities and supports so that all youth can be engaged and reach their full potential. PYD cuts across multiple high-risk behaviors and threats to health and well-being and may be applied to multiple social groups of youth. It is rare to find an evidence-based approach that jointly reduces risk factors and promotes protective factors. In practice, positive youth development incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies so that young people reach their full potential.

This practical lens depicts youth and young adults as resources (and not problems!). This approach depends on the use of five guiding principles.

Why become a PYD Trainer? 
Positive Youth Development Trainers are highly sought after resources in your community. Not only do all systems, organizations, and individuals whose work impacts young people need an introduction to PYD, they need access to culturally relevant and locally meaningful examples of PYD in action. That's you! 

Submit an application here:

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A note...the next PYD Train the Trainer will be offered late Spring 2020 in Southern Colorado.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

CDC to host panel on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls

"Changing Directions: Protecting communities and preventing violence"

Panel members:
Elizabeth Carr, Senior Native Affairs Advisor, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
Antony Stately, Chief Executive Officer, Native American Community Clinic
Phyllis Holditch Niolon/NCIPC, Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention
Delight Satter/CSTLTS, Senior Health Scientist, Office of Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliances

Dana P. Williams, Dispute Resolution Manager, OEEO

Date: November 13, 2019
Time: 10 to 11 am MST

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FUNDING: Overdose Data to Action RFA released

The new Overdose Data to Action grant, housed at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Request for Applications (RFA) has been released! More information is included below, and please share widely with your networks.   

Purpose: The purpose of these funds is to prevent opioid misuse and overdose using existing data to inform proven public health approaches. In 2019, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Overdose Data to Action Program awarded funds to Colorado's Opioid Overdose Prevention Program at CDPHE to reduce opioid overdose in Colorado. The Overdose Data to Action grant allows the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program to partner with organizations across the state to start local, proven prevention initiatives to support prevention strategies. CDPHE will distribute up to 10 awards to offer more services at the local level by supporting proven community coalition efforts over the next 2 1/2 years.

Eligibility: Community-based organizations; non-profit entities; Governmental entities such as county, city, local health or human services departments; other public entities; and federally recognized Native American tribes in Colorado, or a nonprofit organization providing services to eligible tribes on a reservation or federally recognized tribal land with a letter of support from the applicable tribal council are also eligible to apply.

Access the RFA and related documents:  

Due Date: December 6, 2019 at 5 p.m. MST