Thursday, March 14, 2019

2019 Public Health in the Rockies Call for Abstracts

2019 Public Health in the RockiesCall for Abstracts

The theme of this year's conference is - Equity and Social Justice: Innovation at Elevation
Public Health in the Rockies will take place at Keystone Conference Center from August 27 - 30.
 The purpose of the 2019 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. 
Please click here to submit an abstract for review. 
Abstracts submissions will close on Friday, March 29

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

FUNDING The BUILD Health Challenge

The BUILD Health Challenge is looking to support up to 17 innovative collaboratives within the US that include a community-based organization, hospital or health system, and public health department working together in dynamic ways to address upstream challenges and drive sustainable improvements in community health. Inclusion of additional cross-sector partners such as health plans, businesses, foundations, and others that are aligned with the proposed efforts are encouraged.

Round 1 applications are due by April 5, 2019

BUILD awards are designed to support collaborations ready to put Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, Data-Driven plans into action. Organizations jointly applying for the Award should have a strong track record of working together; have developed their joint priorities and implementation plans with strong levels of community engagement and leadership; and be primed to advance equitable systems-level changes in their community.
Key activities should include, but are not limited to:
  • Advancing systems level change, including policy solutions that will create more fair and just opportunities for health (e.g., changes in local laws, regulations, or organizational policies; shifts in funding, reimbursements, or resources).
  • Collaborating strategically across organizations and sectors to enhance practices and ways of working.
  • Expanding the range of committed partners to bring complementary sets of expertise, resources, and capacities to the table.
  • Developing robust data-sharing and evaluation processes to inform intervention strategies, strengthen partnerships, improve the initiative, and measure impact.
  • Engaging and empowering community members to inform strategy and guide activities.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

RESOURCE Mental Health in Rural Communities Toolkit

Welcome to the Mental Health in Rural Communities Toolkit. The toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing mental health programs in rural communities across the United States, with a primary focus on adult mental health.
The modules in the toolkit contain resources and information focused on developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining rural mental health programs. There are more resources on general community health strategies available in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

Module 1: Introduction
Overview of mental health in the U.S. and unique challenges that rural communities face.

Module 2: Program Models
Models for mental health programs.

Module 3: Program Clearinghouse
Examples of promising mental health programs that have been implemented in rural communities.

Module 4: Implementation
Important issues to consider and address when implementing a rural mental health program.

Module 5: Evaluation
Tools that can help with the evaluation of a mental health program.

Module 6: Sustainability
Resources to help with planning for the sustainability of a mental health program.

Module 7: Dissemination
Ideas and resources for disseminating findings from a mental health program.

Monday, March 11, 2019

RESOURCE Peer Learning - Economic Stability

Let's Talk: Shared Risk and Protective Factors

Join your peers for the first learning call in a new series
focused on shared risk and protective factors.
March 19, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

This first peer learning call in a new series will focus on the upper socio-ecological shared risk and protective factors. Come prepared to listen, to share, and to engage with your peers.

Jennifer Banyan from the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger will share information and successes of this program and how others may be able to incorporate similar initiatives in their states and local communities. Erin Ulric from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will share her organization's participation in these efforts and how state health departments can support these shared risk and protective factor efforts.

After initial remarks from our speakers, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their own efforts in this area, ask questions of their peers, and engage via informal dialogue.

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WEBINAR Pursuing Health Equity

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Pursuing Health Equity: Start Where You AreA Conversation about Individual Implicit Bias 
Addressing the persistent inequities in our health systems will take the concerted efforts of many individuals—public health professionals, nurses, clinicians, policy makers, community advocates, and families, among others. Because, while health disparities are rooted in the structures of our systems, change begins with each one of us.
This is why NICHQ is launching a series of webinars to support individuals who are pursuing equity within the health system. If you have ever felt overwhelmed about where to begin with tackling such a complex subject, we invite you to register for our first webinar and join us in what will be an ongoing conversation.
Pursuing Health Equity: Start Where You AreA Conversation about Individual Implicit Bias
 April 10, 2019, 3-4 p.m. ET
Specifically, this webinar will provide
  • An overview of health equity and implicit bias, and their impact on children's health
  • A modeling exercise to explore how to recognize and address our own individual implicit bias
  • Resources and guidance to help attendees continue this journey after the webinar
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This webinar benefits all those seeking to reduce disparities in children's health.

Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, NICHQ Project Director: Scott has spent the past 30 years designing and implementing programs to address health disparities in under-resourced communities. In 2016, she founded the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, an organization with a mission to empower the world’s communities to achieve equity in infant survival. She now co-directs the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network
Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPA, NICHQ Chief Health Officer. Prior to joining NICHQ as Chief Health Officer, Coté worked for the Indian Health Services (IHS) as the clinical director for the Micmac Service Unit, where she earned national recognition from IHS for reducing opioid prescribing by 70 percent and tripling the number of patients treated for substance abuse. Coté has also led health initiatives in France, Haiti, India and Iraq with a focus on improving health equity for marginalized communities. In 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama as a White House Fellow where she served the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.  
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Friday, March 8, 2019

Public Awareness Campaign on Pregnancy-Related Depression & Anxiety


Public Awareness Campaign on Pregnancy-Related Depression & Anxiety (PRD)

Thank you to all of our state and local partners who have made the public awareness campaign a terrific success!  With your help, the campaign messages have reached all corners of our vast state. Resources and materials developed for the campaign have been shared with countless communities and providers to support pregnant and new moms!

From the initial baby step of market research in summer 2015 to the pilot campaign in Denver, Tri-County and Larimer, the campaign grew into a formidable effort with more than 100 partners statewide who have been actively utilizing the campaign to strengthen programming and services in local communities. Using additional state funds and local partner resources, the campaign achieved its highest reach and impact in Spring 2018 with a statewide paid media drive. The convening of the special Spanish-language campaign task force in Summer/Fall 2018 ensured a Spanish parallel campaign that not only built awareness about PRD among our Spanish-speaking communities, but its core messages and images were driven by and are consistent with the communities' values, beliefs and realities. Last but not least, our spokesmoms and dads lent their strength and voice to the campaign to help elevate the community’s ability to talk about PRD and anxiety and seek treatment and support.

We are pleased to share with you the following evaluation-related products and reports:

COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGN REPORT from Merritt and Grace, LLC, our lead communications and marketing partner for the past three years.
Key findings:
  • Between October 2016 and October 2018, the campaign generated nearly 40 million advertising impressions with more than 130,000 views on the English and Spanish campaign landing pages. 
  • The toll free warm line staffed by Postpartum Support International (PSI) fielded more than 525 calls from Colorado area codes. Additionally, local PSI state co-coordinators received more than 250 inquiries (phone calls, emails, etc.) from individuals across the state wanting to learn more about or find resources for PRD in Colorado.
RESULTS OF CLINIC SURVEYS with 263 pregnant and new mothers from 11 clinics across the state conducted in fall 2018 to gauge the extent to which the public awareness campaign to reduce stigma of pregnancy-related depression (PRD) has made a difference in how women perceive PRD and their views toward treatment for PRD.
Key findings:
  • Women from counties with high levels of campaign exposure may not have seen any PRD messaging. Higher exposure did not mean participants were more likely to have seen ads, nor show higher levels of knowledge.
  • More information about PRD and destigmatizing messages are needed in Colorado. 30% of participants believed knowing how to care for children comes naturally to women; 40% didn’t know if PRD would go away on its own.
  • More information surrounding PRD may be needed in Spanish-speaking communities. Women completing surveys in English showed higher levels of knowledge and more positive attitudes towards PRD compared to those who completed the Spanish surveys.

Versions of a report from a survey project with local community clinics with pregnant and new mothers:
Comprehensive report - Full report and data tables.
Summary report - Summary with infographics and results from all participating clinics.
- Reports specific to each participating clinic:
- Reports shared with participants: EnglishSpanish