Thursday, February 16, 2017

Upcoming Regional Public Health and Marijuana Workshop- Denver March 7th

Attend a Regional Public Health and Marijuana Workshop

The goal of the workshop is to provide public health and prevention professionals with retail marijuana resources and data tools in order to educate their communities about safe, legal and responsible marijuana use.

Our first workshop will take place on Tuesday, March 7th, 9:00am-4:00pm at the Lowry Conference Center in Denver with other regional dates to be confirmed soon.

The full-day workshop will include:

  • Information on marijuana use data across the lifespan, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and adolescents, young adults and adults 21 years+
  • Marijuana health impact data, such as emergency department and poison control center calls
  • Marijuana education and prevention programs and resources for various populations

In addition, the workshop will include networking opportunities and round table discussions to create an action plan for your organization.

Continue to check back to our Community agency resources page for up-to-date training information.

NVDRS Special Report - Deaths from Suicide: A Look at 18 States

Deaths from Suicide: A Look at 18 States

This special report focuses on death by suicide using 2013 and 2014 data from 18 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The report provides an overview of deaths from violence in the U.S., a detailed look at deaths by suicide nationally (see infographic) and among states — including circumstances surrounding suicide deaths in various demographic groups — and an exploration of similarities and differences in violent deaths among the 18 states.

The 18 states included in this report completed NVDRS data collection for 2013 and 2014 and submitted these data to CDC for compilation in the annual NVDRS Restricted Access Database (RAD), a de-identified, multi-state, case-level micro dataset prepared by the CDC for use by researchers and other investigators. These states are Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Youth Mental Health First Aid course for adults who work or interact with youth ages 12-18

Youth Mental Health First Aid course available at *no cost* for any adults who work or interact with youth ages 12-18

Project AWARE will be hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid course at the Colorado Department of Education (in the State Board Room) on Saturday, February 25th, 2017. This is the 8-hour certification course (not the instructor course). This training is open to the public as well.

Please see the flyer for more details about the funding and course information.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Omar Estrada
Youth Liaison
Health & Wellness
Phone: 303.866.6455

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Rise Above Colorado Survey Results on Youth Substance Use, Protective and Risk Factors

Rise Above Colorado is a drug abuse prevention organization that measurably impacts youth perceptions and attitudes about the risks of substance abuse to help youth make empowered, healthy choices.

The organization recently released a report of the results of the Rise Above Colorado Youth Survey. Data cover many types of substances (alcohol, marijuana, meth, prescription drugs, etc.) and both risk and protective factors for substance use grouped by regions across the state.

Read the report here:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Deadline February 15: Healthier Colorado, Partnerships in Local Advocacy

Local public policy has a big impact on health, and we want to empower locally generated ideas to improve health. That’s why we’ve launched the Partnerships in Local Advocacy (PiLA) program. Any interested individual or organization is invited to submit a letter of intent to request support for a local public policy campaign within the locality in which they reside or serve. PiLA is focused on campaigns to influence public policy decisions made by city councils, county commissions, and school or special district boards that require “lobbying activity” as defined under the IRS code (more can be found here).

The proposed campaign should be within our areas of interest, and you can see the process timeline below. This is not a grant program, at least not in the traditional sense. As you can see below, financial support is one of the types of resources that can be offered. That support can be provided in various forms as needed, such as a financial campaign contribution or in-kind support to procure materials or services. We are interested in campaign-ready public policy opportunities and approach projects in the spirit of partnership. Within PiLA, we work collaboratively with selected partners to provide needed resources, while also expecting that locals will power the campaign on the ground

Read more here:

Office of Suicide Prevention Community Grants RFA

The Office of Suicide Prevention has released a request for applications for the Community Grants program. Agencies and organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply.

See more information and download the RFA for community-based suicide prevention opportunities here:

Application deadline is Wednesday March 22, 2017

Questions? Please contact Office of Suicide Prevention Director Sarah Brummett at

Friday, February 10, 2017

Statewide Training and Technical Assistance Substance Abuse Prevention Project

The Statewide Training and Technical Assistance Substance Abuse Prevention Project, is a regionally based consulting project, funded by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).

The Project provides training, consultation, and technical assistance support to Colorado agencies, communities, and coalitions working with children, youth, and families around primary prevention for substance misuse and abuse.  This includes all OBH prevention funded grantees as well as community groups that contribute to substance abuse prevention efforts locally and statewide.


  • Build the capacity of organizations and agencies in areas critical to their ability to provide high quality and successful substance misuse and abuse prevention programs.
  • Build the capacity of community coalitions addressing substance misuse and abuse prevention issues to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework and other best practices for increased effectiveness and improved outcomes.
  • Develop the professional skills of Colorado substance misuse and abuse prevention workforce through trainings and other workforce development activities offered by the project, as demonstrated by an  increase in substance misuse and abuse prevention knowledge.