Tuesday, January 22, 2019

OPPORTUNITY Interviews About Child Care Experiences

Today's families face new challenges and often must find creative solutions to make sure their children are cared for every day. Teach for America Colorado is seeking input from families on their experiences with finding child care. 45-minute interviews will be scheduled through the end of January and input will be used to help organizations committed to children and families better serve the needs of the community. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

National Day of Racial Healing January 22

On January 22, 2019, gather your family, friends, colleagues and community for the National Day of Racial Healing. Join thousands across the country in celebrating our common humanity and taking collective action toward a more just and equitable world.
The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort – a national, community-based process of transformative, sustainable change, addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
Conceived in 2016 through a collaborative effort of more than 550 U.S. leaders, the National Day of Racial Healing is a time to:
  1. 1Reinforce and honor our common humanity, while celebrating the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
  2. 2Acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed.
  3. 3Commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.
Please join us by planning or participating in activities in your own community. Be sure to tag your social media posts with #HowWeHeal.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

EVENT 2020Mom Annual Forum

Space is still available for the upcoming livestream of the 2020Mom Annual Forum!

Registration for the in-person event ends on
January 31, 2019 

There is no cost to attend the forum but please let us know if you need to cancel in order to help us plan for lunch!


Flyer and Agenda

Special Colorado Panel

Supporting Mothers in the Workplace - Stories from Colorado Employers (1:30-2:30 pm)

Employers, including human resources personnel, benefits administrators, and managers, have a unique opportunity to support the health and well-being of employees, particularly pregnant and new mothers who experience maternal mental health issues such as postpartum depression. “A lot of women want to work, but they need the infrastructure that will allow them to take care of themselves, their family and do the work they need to do,” says Dr. Kimberly Yonkers, a professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Public Health (Postpartum Depression and Anxiety - Tools and Strategies to Combat Peripartum and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety in Working Mothers). Four Colorado panelists representing the public and private sectors will share about their efforts and initiatives to support employees who are pregnant or new mothers within the context of their workplace policies and practices that are family-friendly.
  • Joi Simpson, Director of Human Resources, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
  • Janeen Haller-Abernethy, Program Manager, Colorado State Employees Assistance Program
  • Kristin Holthus, Chief Financial Officer, Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
  • Jessica Weatherly, Associate Engagement Specialist, Oakwood Homes
  • Susanna Snyder (moderator) - Policy Specialist with the Health Programs Office at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing.

IMPORTANT NOTE to individuals wishing to obtain CEs: 

  • By February 1, please use PayPal or a credit card for your CEs payment. Late payments will not be accepted
  • You must check in with the Colorado event coordinator at the beginning and end of the event on February 8 to sign in and out.
  • CE fees are $35 and are non-refundable per 2020Mom. 
  • Following the event, you will receive an email with a survey via 2020Mom that must be completed in order for you to access your completion certificate. It is your responsibility to print the certificate which cannot be saved. Duplicate certificates or certificates not accessed via the survey are available for an additional $25 fee.
  • For questions about CE such as eligibility, please contact Gerald Stone (geralds@ivatcenters.org) or visit 2020Mom (https://www.2020mom.org/2019-annual-forum/).

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Top 10 Car Seat Safety Mistakes to Avoid



New Year, New Parent? Top 10 Car Seat Safety Mistakes to Avoid 
Car Seats Colorado Shares Tips for New Parents

STATEWIDE — More than 64,000 babies were born in Colorado in 2017. The numbers for 2018 aren’t out yet, but in all likelihood, plenty of new parents across the state have questions about how to best care for their newborn. Car Seats Colorado, a joint effort between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), would like to help new parents avoid some common mistakes when buying, installing or securing their child in a car seat. These common pitfalls include:

1.   Accepting a used car seat without knowing its entire history.
Even if it’s not visible, car seats that have been in a crash can have structural damage. And most car seats expire after six years — partly because summer heat, winter cold and year-round sunshine break down and weaken seat materials over time. Never use a second-hand car seat unless you know its ENTIRE history and it hasn’t yet reached its expiration date.

2.   Straining the budget by thinking the most expensive car seat is the best.
All new car seats have to pass the same stringent crash safety standards set by the federal government. Infant car seats can cost as little as $40 and are just as safe as those that will run you $400 or more.

3.   Failing to check for recalls.
There are hundreds of car seat models under recall by manufacturers. Last year alone, recalls affected 755,000 individual car seats. Take the time to see if yours is on the list every few months to make sure a new recall hasn’t been issued. You can also register for recall alerts at CarSeatsColorado.com to ensure you get timely recall information from the manufacturer.

4.   Strapping in a baby wearing bulky winter clothes.
Car seat straps need to be snug to protect a child in the event of a crash. Bulky winter coats or snowsuits create room between the straps and the child, increasing the force of an impact.

5.   Attaching toys or after-market add-ons to the car seat.
Toys, cup holders, rear-seat mirrors or anything else not originally included with the car seat can act as a projectile during a crash. Keep the seat and surrounding area free from clutter.

6.   Moving your child to the next car seat before they’re ready.
A child’s age, height, weight and physical development, as well as the car seat manufacturer’s recommendations, should all be considered before you move your child to the next type of car seat — NOT just their age. If you’re unsure of when to move to the next seat, visit a car seat inspection station to have your seat checked by a certified child passenger safety technician. Visit CarSeatsColorado.com for a list of inspection stations throughout Colorado.

7.   Not attaching the car seat base to the seat of the car.
It may sound obvious, but some new parents who buy two-piece infant car seats with a carrier and a base will sometimes click the carrier into the base — but forget to secure the base to the seat of the car.

8.   Using car seat anchor attachments and a seat belt at the same time.
While this may seem like added protection, the two systems can interfere with each other and actually make the car seat less secure. Please follow installation instructions from the manufacturer.

9.   Putting baby in front of an air bag.
Unless you’re driving a two-seat pickup truck, your infant should never be in the front seat. However, if you must, make sure the air bag is turned off — the force of the bag deployment can cause serious injury.

10. Throwing away an old car seat
Expired or damaged car seats can be recycled through Car Seats Colorado. Visit CarSeatsColorado.com for a list of drop-off locations. You can also call your local waste management company to find out if they have a car seat recycling program. If not, you can render the seat unusable by cutting and removing the harness, and breaking the plastic shell, or writing "UNSAFE - DO NOT USE" on the plastic shell in permanent marker. The seat can then be disposed of normally.

Parents and caregivers can watch installation and safety videos, download the latest educational materials, find links to recall lists and learn more about car seat recycling programs at CarSeatsColorado.com.

About Car Seats Colorado
Car Seats Colorado provides education and resources to help parents ensure their children are riding safely, as well as recycling programs for used car seats and training courses for safety technicians. Car Seats Colorado is comprised of the CSP, CDOT, local car seat technicians, law enforcement, emergency services and other professionals who are dedicated to implementing child passenger safety programs. Learn more at CarSeatsColorado.com.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

GRANT Impaired Driving Research Funding Opportunity

Impaired Driving Research Funding Opportunity
Research Grants to Support Etiologic and Effectiveness Research on Driving While Polysubstance Impaired
On December 12, 2018, the CDC released RFA-CE-19-004, Etiologic and Effectiveness Research to Address Polysubstance Impaired DrivingCDC intends to commit up to $1,400,000 in Fiscal Year 2019 to support four awards. The maximum award amount will be $350,000 per award for the first 12 month budget period. The purpose of this funding is to support etiologic and effectiveness research on driving while polysubstance impaired. Polysubstance impaired driving means driving while impaired by alcohol plus at least one other drug, such as marijuana or opioids. Specifically, the agency is soliciting research to address one of two priorities:
  • Priority #1: Identify risk and protective factors associated with polysubstance impaired driving and its associated deaths and injuries. Projects funded under Research Priority #1 of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) will investigate the risk and protective factors and crash characteristics associated with impaired driving involving alcohol plus other drugs that result in deaths and injuries.
  • Priority #2: Identify effective interventions to prevent polysubstance impaired driving and its associated deaths and injuries. Projects funded under Research Priority #2 of this NOFO will evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs for reducing deaths and injuries associated with polysubstance impaired driving.
In 2016, one-third of all traffic-related deaths were in crashes that involved an alcohol-impaired driver, and more than 1 million drivers were arrested for impaired driving (alcohol or narcotics). Research on impaired driving due to marijuana, prescription or illicit opioids, and polysubstance use is currently limited.

The goal of this research funding is to inform our understanding of 1) the characteristics and protective and risk factors associated with polysubstance impaired driving, and 2) interventions most effective at preventing polysubstance impaired driving. Increasing our understanding of polysubstance impaired driving could inform prevention efforts at both the federal and state levels. State departments of health and transportation could use the results of this research to prioritize safety interventions, which would then lead to reductions in deaths and injuries associated with polysubstance impaired driving.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found at www.grants.gov by searching for RFA-CE-19-004.

Letter of intent due: January 25, 2019
Applications due: March 15, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

2019 CityMatCH Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference

We will make our way to Providence, RI—the Ocean State—for the 2019 CityMatCH Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference, Sept. 23-25, 2019. This year will feature a unique twist, as we partner with the Rhode Island Health Equity Summit, organized by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH).

Health Equity is a core value that we elevate at every CityMatCH conference. This year we will intentionally spend an entire day showcasing how communities nationwide are prioritizing health equity to build healthier, more resilient, and more just communities.

We invite you to Join us and learn how local maternal and child health leaders are:
  • Purposefully bringing the equity and justice lens to the forefront of every conversation. 
  • Persistently leveraging community voice and science and data to uncover issues of injustice and equip us in our pursuit of health equity.
  • Unwaveringly pursuing leadership strategies and practices that combine the power of local communities with a national MCH network to advance equity and justice.
Accepting Abstracts Dec. 17 - March 1

We welcome and encourage submissions on a variety of topics as they relate to maternal and child health, including maternal mortality, fatherhood, equity, structural racism, immigration, underrepresented populations, emergency preparedness, social determinants of health, and so many more!
Health Equity Zone Initiative: One Example of Rhode Island Efforts to MAKE WAVES
Rhode Island's Health Equity Zones: A Model for Building Healthy, Resilient Communities