Monday, July 14, 2014

Save the Date: "Your Community, Your Voice"

Every five years the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program is required to conduct a statewide needs assessment of the health and well-being of Colorado’s women, children and youth, including those with special health care needs, and their families. The purpose of the assessment is to identify seven to 10 specific priorities that state and local MCH programs can impact during the next five years. The selected priorities will focus MCH work from 2016-20.

WE NEED YOU?  Community members who care about the health and well-being of women, children, youth and families across the great state of Colorado (including local public health agencies and community partners, community members, family and youth leaders, etc.) are invited to attend. 

WHAT? "Your Community, Your Voice" conversations are designed to hear YOUR ideas on how to improve the health and well-being of women, children and youth, including those with special health care needs, and their families. 

  • August 4 – Frisco 
  • August 5 – Rifle 
  • August 25 – Boulder 
  • September 3 – Colorado Springs
  • September 8 – Denver
  • September 9 – Greeley
  • September 23 - Durango 
  • September 25 – Pueblo
  • October 9 – Alamosa
WHY? It is critical to partner with people from local communities across Colorado, especially those who are most affected by these state-level priorities and decisions. So, please make the time to share your ideas and get your voice heard! 

HOW? In the coming weeks, registration information will be sent via email.  Or, check out for more information. 

You may also contact Gina Febbraro at o(303) 692-6409 with any questions

Friday, July 11, 2014

Open Competitive Opportunity for a Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator at CDPHE

The Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is accepting applications for the the Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator!

Classification: GP III
Job Location: Denver
Close Date: July 23, 2014 OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool, whichever comes first.

TO APPLY: Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator - 01704 - GP III

If you have difficulty with the link, please access the State of Colorado job website at

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System: Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report

The Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report is now available!

The Child Fatality Prevention Act (Article 20.5 of Title 25, Colorado Revised Statutes) established the Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS), a statewide, multidisciplinary, multi-agency effort to prevent child deaths. As mandated in statute, this report identifies specific policy recommendations to reduce child deaths in Colorado and provides an overview of programmatic accomplishments since July 1, 2013. 

On an annual basis, the CFPS State Review Team prioritizes policy recommendations to submit to the governor and the Colorado General Assembly. The State Review Team’s decision to endorse the following prioritized recommendations was based on the review of aggregated child death circumstance data from 2008-2012, as well as multidisciplinary expertise about the best strategies to protect the health and well-being of children.

The Child Fatality Prevention System State Review Team determined that child fatalities can be reduced in Colorado if the following recommendations to policymakers are adopted and implemented.

  • Modify child care licensing requirements and regulations regarding infant safe sleep to better align with the American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep recommendations.
  • Establish a statutory requirement that allows for primary enforcement of Colorado’s adult seat belt law, making it possible for a driver to be stopped and issued a citation if anyone (the driver and all passengers in all seating positions) in the vehicle is not properly restrained.
  • Increase funding for the Office of Suicide Prevention to implement the following activities: 1) expand the Office of Suicide Prevention statewide community grant program to more counties and at higher funding levels; 2) expand the implementation and evaluation of means restriction education training at hospitals statewide; and 3) expand implementation and evaluation of school-based suicide prevention programs that promote resilience and positive youth development as protective factors from suicide statewide.
  • Require newly licensed K-12 educators and special service providers (nurses, school psychologists, school counselors and social workers) to complete suicide prevention trainings.
  • Increase funding for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to expand the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program at pharmacies across the state.
  • Incorporate infant safe sleep education and how to address safety concerns related to infant safe sleep practices as part of the Colorado Department of Human Services Child Welfare Training System for child welfare professionals. (Joint Recommendation with Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Team)
  • Continue to provide dedicated resources for the implementation of Colorado’s Child Welfare Plan, “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0,” to make prevention programs for families with young children available in every county in Colorado. (Joint Recommendation with Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Team)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CDC Releases Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action

Everyone has a role in preventing youth violence

Youth violence is a leading cause of death and injuries — each and every day 13 young people are victims of homicide and more than 1,600 are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries.  Research and experience show that we can prevent youth violence. Advances in our understanding of effective prevention strategies prove that we can do a lot more than simply respond when violence occurs.

CDC’s Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action and its companion guide provide information and action steps to help all community members be a part of the solution.  There are steps that community leaders and members, public health professionals, families, adults who work with youth, and young people can take today that can stop youth violence before it starts.

Everyone has a role in preventing youth violence. Community leaders and members can take steps, such as enhancing the skills of young people and using evidence-based prevention strategies. Public health professionals can strengthen their community’s ability to understand and prevent youth violence through sharing information, using data, and continuing research. Families and other adults who work with youth can be nonviolent role models, closely monitor youth’s activities, and seek out help when needed. Youth can make safe choices and help others be violence free. The new releases explain these and other opportunities for action.

Learn More

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Check before you go: Child safety, vehicles and heat

Current issue of Healthy You: July 2014
Check before you go: 
Child safety, vehicles and heat
It's never safe to leave a child unattended in a car. But it can be especially dangerous on a hot day, when a mistake can cost a life. Learn the steps you can take to remind yourself to check the car before you leave.
Download a PDF of the most recent issue of Healthy You:
• English
• Spanish
Listen to recording or download a podcast based on the interview.
Healthy You FAQs: What is Healthy You? How can I use it? Do I need permission? Read our FAQs

Friday, June 6, 2014

CFPS Evaluation Plan

During the past several months, evaluators from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) facilitated a planning process to engage internal and external stakeholders and develop an evaluation plan of the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS)

There are two goals of the evaluation: 
  1. A process evaluation of how the CFPS is implemented in order to provide data for continuous quality improvement during implementation and maintenance of the system and evidence-based recommendations for implementing and running a state-wide CFPS.
  2. Evaluation of the outcomes of the CFPS with a particular focus on how successful CFPS is at producing actionable prevention recommendations and the actions taken as a result of these recommendations.

Beginning July 1, 2014, this multi-faceted evaluation will be implemented in order to capture the different processes that are occurring during the implementation of the CFPS as well as the outcomes of the 2013 legislation changes. The evaluation is proposed to occur over five years in order to capture short, medium, and long term outcomes. At the end of this five-year plan, it is envisioned that a similar evaluation design process will occur taking into account the findings of the last five years, new goals and any changing stakeholder goals for evaluation.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Welcome to Denver

Good Morning Coordinators, 
I hope those traveling in made it safely and had a smooth check-in at the Marriott. We certainly are excited to have you in Denver for this training! If you have any urgent needs as you are traveling to Denver, please call my cell: 720.883.7388. For those of you who were unable to attend, please stay tuned as I will be sure to post learning materials for you on this site. 

City Park, Denver Colorado

Here are some links to help you stay on track as we dive into the Child Fatality Review System tomorrow morning:
Training Agenda
Training Slides (June 5th)
CFPS Operations Manual

In order to save a few trees, the training slides and operations manual will only be available electronically. I would be happy to send you the full resolution versions as well; so, don't hesitate to ask. 

See you all soon,
Leah Emerick Anderson