Friday, October 18, 2019

The DRCOG regional Vision Zero project team will be doing four local agency meetings across the region to gain additional input for plan development. The meetings are scheduled and will be at the following times and locations:

  • City and County of Denver
    • Date:  Monday, November 4th
    • Time:  2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Webb Municipal Building, 201 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 – Conference Room 4G2

  • Jefferson County, Douglas County, Clear Creek County and Gilpin County
    • Date:  Tuesday, November 5th
    • Time:  2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Jefferson County Building, 100 Jefferson County P, Golden, CO 80419 – Lookout Mountain Conference Room

  • Adams County and Arapahoe County
    • Date:  Wednesday, November 6th
    • Time:  1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Town of Bennett Town Hall, 207 Muegge Way, Bennett, CO 80102 – Community Room

  • Boulder County, City and County of Broomfield and southwest Weld County
    • Date:  Thursday, November 7th
    • Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd Longmont, CO 80501

The purpose of these meetings is to get input from local planners, traffic engineers, public works departments, parks and rec departments, local police and fire departments, school districts, public health departments or any others that could provide impactful input on the regional high injury network and begin to help us develop needed actionable strategies.

Training Opportunity: Positive Youth Development Training in Denver - Registration Now Open!

Positive Youth Development, "PYD" is an approach that incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies, so that young people reach their full potential. This training is open to youth serving professionals or anyone interested in youth well-being. Email with any questions. 

This FREE training will link content with expertise! Lunch will be provided. 

Date & Time: November 13, 2019 from 9am - 4pm
Location: Lowry Conference Center in Denver
Cost: Free!

Article: To Build the Future, Housing Authorities, Schools Join Forces

Photo: Helm Home Play and Learn Center

To Build the Future, Housing Authorities, Schools Join Forces

by Liz Duffrin
A growing number of public housing authorities are partnering with local schools to improve community outcomes for young children, because when children do better, communities do too.
From the
Ten years ago, Preston Prince, the executive director of Fresno Housing Authority, was seated around the conference table with other community agencies at the first meeting of an early childhood initiative. The initiative’s head asked each agency in turn what it was doing to raise reading achievement, the goal of a regional campaign.
“When it came to me I said, ‘Nothing, we’re a housing authority,’” Prince recalled.
That meeting changed his outlook. Today, the Fresno Housing Authority is one of a growing number of public housing authorities and other affordable housing providers across the country that are forging partnerships with school districts, afterschool providers, health care providers, and other service agencies to better support the educational success of their youngest tenants.
Under Prince’s leadership, that involvement has included hosting afterschool programs and school events at housing authority properties, supporting student health initiatives, and in 2016, opening an early learning center in partnership with Fresno Unified School District.
The housing authority’s mission, according to Executive Director Preston Prince, is to create vibrant communities. “Education is an important piece of that.”
The housing authority’s mission, Prince said, is to create vibrant communities. “Education is an important piece of that,” he explained. “Children’s school success is linked to their long-term health, safety, economic well-being, and level of civic engagement.”
More of a child’s day is spent at home and in the community than at school, Prince added. “If we want kids to be successful at school, we have the responsibility to help them at home.”

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New CDC Violence Prevention Resource

Violence prevention resource released

The CDC Division of Violence Prevention released Select, Adapt, Evaluate! How to Use Essential Elements to Inform Your Prevention Approaches in August. The tool helps state and local partner with the implementation of prevention approaches based on the best available evidence.

Because each community and state is unique, practitioners must decide how to balance the benefits of certain prevention programs with the reality of their local contexts. This tool was developed to support this important decision-making process. Select, Adapt, and Evaluate! explains how evidence-informed approaches work and suggests ways to effectively select, deliver, adapt, and evaluate evidence-based programs, or promising or emerging approaches.

FREE Policy Research Assistance

Dear Colleague:

Greetings from the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law.  

With the approach of the Fall 2019 season comes an array of emerging issues and challenges at the intersection of public health law and policy. The Western Region Office at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is ready to address your questions and inquiries.

Since its inception in 2010, our Office has assisted on over 3,300 claims across a spectrum of law and policy topics from the ACA to Zika virus.

Together with my legal colleagues, April Shaw, JD, PhD, and Leila Barraza, JD, MPH [cc:d], and our research team members, our Office can assist you and your organization, agency, or enterprise with technical assistance requests or other confidential questions – at no cost for most requests with thanks to our funder, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Reach us directly via email or the “Ask a Question” link on the Network website. We’ll work to:

·         generate information on specific legal questions (without providing legal advice);
·         help you use law to strengthen your public health programs and policies;
·         consider and address emerging public health legal issues;
·         locate resources, including legal briefs, fact sheets, legal surveys, or other available data;
·         ascertain law and policy “best practices;” and
·         connect with additional experts in public health law, including attorneys in the Network’s other regions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

CDC Resource: Implement Strategies to Prevent ACEs

Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Implement Strategies to Prevent ACEs with CDC's Latest Resource
CDC released Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs):Leveraging the Best Available Evidence to help states and communities prioritize efforts to prevent ACEs.

This resource features six strategies to prevent ACEs drawn from the CDC Technical Packages to Prevent Violence
  • Strengthen economic supports for families
  • Promote social norms that protect against violence and adversity
  • Ensure a strong start for children helping to pave the way for them to reach their full potential
  • Teach skills to help parents and youth handle stress, manage emotions, and tackle everyday challenges
  • Connect youth to caring adults and activities
  • Intervene to lessen immediate and long-term harms
These strategies focus on changing norms, environments, and behaviors in ways that can prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as to lessen their harms when they do occur. The strategies are intended to work in combination and reinforce each other to achieve the greatest impact.

Spread the Word
Adverse Childhood Experiences are preventable, not inevitable. Get the strategies needed to help stop ACEs from happening in your community. Check out new report: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence.

Adverse Childhood Experiences are preventable, not inevitable. Check out new report on stopping ACEs from happening in the first place — Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence. #VetoViolence

Friday, October 11, 2019

Opportunity: An Initiative to Engage Health Care Providers in Firearm Injury Prevention

What You Can Do: An Initiative To Engage Health Care Providers in Firearm Injury Prevention

October 28, 2019 / 1-2 pm 
Dean’s Conference Room (W3166) in Fitzsimmons Building, Anschutz Medical Campus

Rocco Pallin, MPH, is a Research Data Analyst at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. Her work is focused on firearm violence prevention, with particular interest in firearm policy evaluation and community- and hospital-based interventions for firearm violence prevention. She also directs the What You Can Do initiative. Rocco has a background in youth development and community health. She holds an MPH from Tulane University and a BA from Dartmouth College.
During this informal session, Rocco will share background on the development of What You Can Do, a prevention initiative mobilizing health care providers to engage in clinical strategies for reducing firearm injury and death.

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