Monday, November 13, 2017

Child Maltreatment Prevention - Community Planning Awards Announced

Fifteen Colorado communities were awarded funding and technical assistance to engage in an eight-month local participatory planning process using the Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action (Framework). The Framework is designed as a tool to guide strategic thinking, align strategies, and maximize shared outcomes to prevent child maltreatment and promote child well-being at the state and local level. The Framework will guide community planning to mobilize action that protects children, and then track implementation and measure progress. This initiative is generously supported by the Colorado Department of Human Services and the ZOMA Foundation.

The community planning process requires cross-system collaboration, and local planning teams must bring participation from a variety of stakeholders. Community champions will convene teams of local stakeholders that include most of the following: social/human services, early childhood, k-12 education, family resource centers, parent support programs, parents, community mental health, public health, medical professionals, community centered board, economic security and workforce development, child fatality prevention coordinator, first responders, higher education/community college, business sector, local public officials, local philanthropy, and other community-based organizations.

Congratulations to the fifteen community champions selected!

  • Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council
  • Bright Futures
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo
  • Community Partnership Family Resource Center
  • Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County
  • Mesa County Public Health
  • Morgan County Family Center
  • Mountain Family Center
  • Mountain Resource Center
  • Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership
  • Peaceful Households
  • PiƱon Project Family Resource Center
  • Prowers County Department of Human Services
  • Starpoint Fremont Family Resource Center
  • West End Family Link Center

Early Milestones Colorado is the lead agency supporting communities’ planning efforts and will provide facilitation and technical assistance support to grantees. At the end of the eight-month planning process, the fifteen grantees will have outlined a local maltreatment prevention plan by completing specific tasks outlined in the community planning toolbox. Communities across Colorado can use the free tools available at to complete the community planning process on their own.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Strengthening Families Network Survey for CSSP, complete by November 10th

Strengthening Families Network Survey for CSSP

Please complete a survey from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) about the Protective Factors Framework and how it is being implemented in your community. This information will be added to show what is happening across the country to build protective factors in families.  Take a few minutes to share information  and brag about the great work you are doing in your community.

Please respond by November 10th.

SAVE THE DATE - 2017 Meeting Dates

December 1st 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mile High United Way Brad R. Busse Board Room
711 Park Ave W. 
Denver, CO 80205

2018 Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference
September 26-28, 2018 Vail, CO

Co-Chairs Contact Information
Teri Haymond
Family Resource Center Association
303-388-1001 Ext. 102

Aaron Miller
Office of Early Childhood

Strengthening Families Resources -

safeTALK: Suicide Prevention Alertness Training in Denver

Become suicide alert! 

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:
  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

Training features:
  • Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
  • Access to support from a local community resource person
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Hands-on skills practice and development
  • safeTALK helps expand the reach of suicide intervention skills in communities around the world. Watch this video from the Ontario Hockey Association, one of the many organizations that have implemented safeTALK, or click the links below to participate in or support this life-saving program. 

Presenters: Dr. Timothy Brown and Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Office of Suicide Prevention, Annual Report

The Office of Suicide Prevention's latest annual report for 2016-2017 was published this week.  Please find it here.

Suicide prevention in Colorado would not be possible without partnership with our local counterparts.  We thank you for your continued collaboration.

Monday, October 30, 2017

WEBINAR: Mental and Emotional Well-Being

2017 Webinar Series
The National Prevention Strategy:
Health Across the Life Span

Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners

Mental and Emotional Well-Being
Thursday, November 16, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)

2:00-2:05  Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics
Speaker: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant

2:05-2:20  What IS the National Prevention Strategy: Setting the Stage
Speaker: Charles Smith, Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Region VIII Regional Administrator

2:20-2:40  Know A New Mom Who's Feeling Down?
Learn about Colorado's efforts to develop and implement a public awareness campaign as a component of their multi-pronged approach to address maternal mental health. The campaign is designed to improve awareness and knowledge of pregnancy-related depression and anxiety, as well as improve perceptions and attitudes toward seeking help.
Speaker: Mandy Bakulski, Maternal Wellness & Early Childhood Section Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment 

2:40-3:00  Expanding the Reach of Wellness Initiatives: A Communities of  Practice Model
New technologies are providing exciting distance learning opportunities to deliver capacity-building training and education for medical and behavioral health providers in rural and frontier communities.  In this presentation, you will learn how these technologies are being used by providers, including the ‘Build a Clinic Program’ case model.
Speaker: Jim Pavlik, MA, Program and Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health & Wellness Program, University of Colorado-Denver

3:00-3:20  SAMHSA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness
Learn more about SAMHSA’s efforts to reduce the mortality gap for individuals with serious mental illness.
Speaker: Carlton Speight, HHS-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

3:20-3:30 Questions & Answers and Additional Resources


 Please contact: RegionVIIIFedPartners@HHS.GOV with any questions, to be added to our direct webinar series distribution list, or to request a written transcript of this event.

CoVDRS updated report on Suicide in Colorado

The Colorado Violent Death Reporting System (CoVDRS), recently released a report on suicide death in Colorado. The report, Health Watch No.102: Suicide in Colorado, 2011-2015: A Summary from the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System, contains detailed information on the burden, characteristics, and overall profile of suicide deaths among Colorado residents. The goal of this report is to inform injury and violence prevention efforts, as well as raise awareness about the impact of suicide deaths in Colorado.

The data in the report comes directly from the enhanced public health surveillance system CoVDRS, which is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The NVDRS is funded and maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aims to collect detailed, multi source data on violent deaths throughout the United States.

Please feel free to pass the report on to any and all community stake holders, violence and injury prevention specialist, or anybody who would be interested in the content of this report.

The report can be found at the new Colorado Violent Death Reporting System website:

If you have questions or want more information about CoVDRS contact Ethan Jamison at: or 303-692-2093

2nd Annual Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference

2nd Annual Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference
Keystone, CO, May 30-June 1, 2018 

We are excited to release the Call for Proposals to all potentially interested groups and individuals.

Apply here! Submission deadline is December 5th

Please put this conference into your schedules and share this information. Conference registration will open after the 1st of the year. 

Conference goals:

Creating Shared Understanding

  • At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:
  • Identify how different outcomes that they work on are linked to one another through shared root causes.
  • Describe the basics of approaching prevention at the root causes of issues, including shared risk and protective factors.
  • Identify effective strategies that impact multiple outcomes by addressing root causes.
  • Identify strategies to use prevention funding streams, resources and infrastructure to create sustainable programs and practices.

Moving Theory to Practice

  • At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:
  • Describe local examples of using the shared risk and protective factor approach across different sectors to promote connected communities and safe, healthy, and successful youth.
  • Identify effective strategies to impact root causes like pooling resources, coordinating efforts, and engaging new partners within their community.
  • Practice skills integral to a shared risk and protective factors approach including collaboration, Positive Youth Development, policy change, and prevention science.

Enhancing Collaboration

  • At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:
  • Identify new partners who share common goals and efforts that align with risk and protective factors that impact their work.
  • Identify ways in which they can collaborate and leverage funding with partners to achieve common goals.
  • Identify ways to broaden their existing efforts to address multiple and connected root causes.

Questions? Contact Garrett Sawyer ( at the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center