Friday, June 15, 2018

Colorado Public Health Association Board Nominations Now Open!

2018 Board Nominations Now Open

Ready to step up and help lead Colorado’s largest and oldest public health association?
We are a dynamic, hardworking, ambitious and creative Board, backed by a solid budget, professional association management services and a highly skilled lobbying firm. Serving on the CPHA Board is a highly rewarding experience, with opportunities for people at any stage of their public health career.
Open Positions:
  • President Elect (3-year Term Commitment)
  • Treasurer (2-year Term Commitment)
  • Professional Education - Junior Director (2-year Term Commitment)
  • Communications Director * (2-year Term Commitment)
  • Student Director (2-year Term Commitment)
  • At-Large Member (1-year Term Commitment)
  • Public Policy Director (1-year Interim Role)
  • Membership Director (1-year Interim Role)
The Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC) and Secretary positions may be opening up as well. If you're interested in either of these positions, please contact Suzuho Shimasaki at
We encourage you to nominate yourself or another candidate! The deadline for  board nominations is 5 p.m. on June 29, 2018.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

June is Pride Month!

During the month of June, LGBTQ+ communities celebrate Pride and there are many opportunities to engage as a positive community, helping build relationships and develop nurturing relationships. When caregivers experience strong mental well-being, it can have positive impacts on their children. Every parent and caregiver needs to be supported by services and policies that help strengthen families, prevent abuse and neglect, aid caregivers struggling with adversity, and promote positive parenting so kids can develop their potential. A positive community that supports each and every caregiver, and child, can play a vital role in supporting parents whether it’s developing parenting skills or affirming identities. 
  • The GLBT Center of Colorado has many young child and family oriented resources and events available this month (and year round!). The Center'sFamily Program provides a safe, welcoming way for LGBTQ+ families to meet and have fun together. Learn about the program by watching this video, and checking out their page with resources for families and children under 12. 
  • Denver Family Friendly Pride Festival - SmartyPants Vitamins Family Area and other events will provide a fun (and shady!) experience for families during the festival, including story time, face painting, and activities from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. 
  • PFLAG provides support and education for families who have LGBTQ+ family members and are learning how to be supportive allies in their lives. 
  • Learn how the Human Rights Campaign works to promote LGBTQ inclusive policies and affirming practices among child welfare agencies and formally recognizes those agencies that are leading the field with innovative approaches to inclusion, including resources and promising practice examples.
  • LGBTQ+ people experience higher rates of poor mental and physical health than heterosexual people. For some LGBTQ+ young children and youth, family and friends aren’t a part of their support system at all because of things like rejection, discrimination, or a lack of understanding. Yet, parents, family and friends can have a positive impact on LGBTQ+ families and young children. The Trevor Project provides resources around mental health and suicide, click to learn identity affirming ways to support as a family member or friend.

Help Spread Awareness with the Latest Edition of “Talking About Suicide and LGBT Populations

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Suicide in Prevention in Colorado: The Role of Public Health Toolkit

The Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention supports local public health by providing data, tools, resources and expertise to further suicide prevention efforts in Colorado. This toolkit can help to provide resources and information to support local public health departments in their efforts to address the issue of suicide within their communities.

Monday, June 11, 2018

WEBINAR Diversity in Perinatal Mental Health Series

Join us for a FREE webinar series deepening our conversations about diversity, determinants and disparities in perinatal mental health! 
The virtual trainings will take place on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 12-1pm (PST). The series is free to all but prior registration is required. Login information for each session will be provided upon registration. Below you will find the full schedule and bios for the faculty.
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June 14, 2018 - Perinatal Mental Health Care for Military Veterans, Deborah J. Hayes, PsyD, LCSW, MPH & Kathleem M. West, MPH, DrPH
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IMPORTANT: You must attend live in order to view these webinars. Archives will be immediately available, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Friday, June 8, 2018

EVENT Public Health in the Rockies - Early Bird Rates Extended to June 15th!

2018 Public Health in the Rockies
Better Together: Past, Present, Future

August 29 - 31, 2018
Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado

Early bird rates extended to June 15!

Are you ready to register for the biggest public health conference in the region? The purpose of the 2018 Public Health in the Rockies Conference is to provide an opportunity for education, networking and skill development of professionals in Colorado and neighboring regions. The Conference is designed to build a more competent public health workforce.
Click here for more information
Register Now!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

AFSP Virtual Advocacy Forum Monday, June 11th

Anyone can join us online via Facebook Live from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 11 for the Virtual Advocacy Forum. So, find those fuzzy slippers, a warm cup of coffee, and a big comfy couch as we bring you the 9th Annual AFSP Advocacy Forum.

Virtual Forum participants will have the opportunity to engage with the event’s featured speakers and experts in the field of suicide prevention and mental health. Speakers include representatives from the Department of Veteran Affairs, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the National Institute of Mental Health.

They can then urge their two U.S. Senators and their U.S. Representative to make suicide prevention a national priority by emailing them through AFSP’s online Action Center.

Virtual Forum registration will be open through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 10. Registering early gives you exclusive access to Forum handouts and presentations, as well as a chance to win an in-person spot at our 2019 Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.
Register Today!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

FREE ROUNDTABLE June 18: The Intersection of Art and Health

IdeasXLab are coming to Denver on Monday, June 18th to bring together artists and health folks from around the state for what they call a HOPEBOX Health Roundtable. 
Culture is integral to the definition, creation, and measurement of health and wellbeing across diverse communities. IDEAS xLab brings together the creative industries with health sector and government leaders to develop community-centered, culturally-responsive, design approaches to health improvement. We frame generative discussions and prototypes with a bias towards collective action and equity.
As cultural producers, organizers, and innovators, we build strategies that focus on health improvement as a co-creation effort between communities and public/private health sector organizations. In this effort, language and trust are often barriers that must be overcome first, in order for progress to be made.
Co-creating work, analyzing language, building trust -- these are standard tools of many poets, theatre companies, musicians, and other artists. IDEAS xLab combines these creative tools with science and transforms them into powerful strategies for population health and resiliency.
Visit for more about HOPEBOX HEALTH, IDEAS xLab's cultural innovation model.

Details and registration for the ​FREE roundtable can be found here.