Friday, April 20, 2018

The Importance of Having Family Leaders on your CFPS Review Team

Christal Garcia, a Family Leader Training Institute graduate, has chosen to share a part of her story to inform prevention efforts and advance health equity within CDPHE and her community.

What is a family leader?  In Christal's own words, it is someone who is "empowered to help others who do not have a voice or the tools to create change in their communities."

"Connecting FLTI Family Leaders to your work can be so beneficial on many levels because of their lived experience and expertise in being change agents in their communities. Since graduating as a family leader, I have become a member of the Child Fatality Prevention System State Team, an active member of the Arapahoe County Local Child Fatality Review Team, Infant Safe Sleep Partnership, and the Essentials for Childhood and Community Norms work group. I am a leader in Health Equity and inform prevention efforts based on my lived experiences. "

"Because of my lived experience I know I can help others who wear the same shoes as I do, and the valuable information I hold can touch many others and encourage families to live a healthy, successful life. Considering the importance of social determinants of health and equity and justice, I am very proud to be a Family Leader."

If you are interested in learning more, Christal is presenting at the Shared Risk and Protective Factors conference on Thursday, May 31! The title of her session is: Utilizing the Family Leadership Training Institute to Advance Prevention Efforts. If you are unable to join us at the conference, you can contact Christal via phone or email: 303-692-2552;

To read Christals' full story, click here.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Are You Interested in Increasing Your Agency's Capacity to Address Mental Health?

Check out this new funding opportunity from SAMHSA for Mental Health Awareness Training.

"The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Mental Health Awareness Training grants (Short Title: MHAT). The purpose of this program is to: (1) train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED); (2) establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services; (3) train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques; and (4) educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder. It is expected that this program will prepare and train others on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with SMI and/or SED.Eligibility

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private not-for-profit entities. For example:

State governments and territories (the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).
Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town (e.g., local education agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire department agencies, emergency medical units).
Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
Community- and faith-based organizations, including those that serve veterans, armed services personnel, and their families.
Public or private universities and colleges....
Anticipated Total Available Funding:  $15,801,221

Anticipated Number of Awards:  Up to 126

Anticipated Award Amount:  Up to $125,000 per year

Length of Project:  Up to 3 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?:  No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $125,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

Friday, April 13, 2018

We All Play a Role in Strengthening Families

Social connections are a powerful way to ensure strong relationships at home. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, during the past 12 months, 1 in 5 Colorado parents reported there was no one they felt they could turn to for day-to-day emotional support in raising children.

We all play a role in strengthening families, one of the best ways to prevent child abuse and neglect. Learn what you can do at Anyone concerned about the safety and well-being of a child should call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437). Calling to share concerns can mean a family gets the support needed to overcome difficult circumstances.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Black Mamas Matter: Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17

The United States is the only country where maternal mortality rates are on the rise, and black women are 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance stepping up to put forward solutions to this issue that is impacting our communities in a big way. Take a look at their toolkit for advocates and consider joining the cause during the week of April 11-17.