Friday, July 19, 2019

OPPORTUNITY Strengthen Colorado’s Early Childhood Care and Education System

We are reaching out to ask for your help gathering input from individuals providing care and education to
young children, professionals that work with children and families, and other early childhood
stakeholders AND parents and caregivers with young childrenon how to strengthen Colorado’s early childhood care and education system.

To gather this input, the Colorado Health Institute is holding a series of community conversations statewide.
These conversations are part of the 
Grant’s goal is to ensure all Colorado children are ready for school when entering kindergarten. 

The stakeholders, parents and families you serve and engage with are valuable participants in these
discussions to inform how we can achieve this goal.

Would you be willing to help us identify people who may like to participate? If so, thank you! Please
distribute the enclosed flyer and email text that is pasted below to spread the word.

First, a few details:
  • Participants will receive a $30 Amazon gift card. Food and child care will be provided. Some discussions will be available in Spanish. See enclosed for details.
  • At the meetings, we will discuss what’s working in your community’s early childhood system and what the greatest needs are.
  • Professionals providing services to families of children birth to age five (such as child care providers, home visitors, and other support service providers) and other early childhood stakeholders are also encouraged to provide input! We are holding separate discussions for these groups. Please contact Nina Bastian for more information on ways to provide input at
  • Parents and families are also encouraged to provide input! We are holding separate discussions for these groups. Please contact Nina Bastian for more information on ways to provide input at

We are especially interested in hearing from special populations of parents and families, including families experiencing homelessness, migrant, refugee, and monolingual groups where English is a second language. Does your organization convene a group of these parents that we should engage with? Let us know.

Stay tuned! More opportunities are coming in August and September 2019 to provide input and strengthen
the early childhood care and education system in Colorado.

Questions? Please contact Nina Bastian at

Thank you in advance!

Alex, Nina, and the Colorado Shines Brighter Team

Thursday, July 18, 2019

FUNDING Regional Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinators

Beginning September 30, 2017, the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention was awarded federal grant funds to support youth suicide prevention efforts in Colorado for those ages 10-24. A previous 2018 RFA was based on the four regions of the Colorado Crisis System; however, due to reorganization of the system, the RFA is being re-released to re-procure contracts for coordinators within Larimer, Weld, Delta, Mesa and Montezuma counties.To lead this effort at a local level, the Office will fund regional youth suicide prevention coordinators to provide leadership, coordination, and support to local community partners engaged in serving youth and to work with youth-serving organizations and community suicide prevention organizations to solicit participation with and align with grant-funded initiatives. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WEBINAR Screening Youth for Suicide Risk

CSN Webinar
July 30, 2019
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Screening Youth for Suicide Risk
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
The suicide rate among U.S. youth and young adults, ages 10 to 24, has risen in recent years, increasing by nearly 50 percent between 2007 and 2017, and reaching its highest point since 2000 according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2017, 6769 suicides occurred among youth and young adults ages 10 to 24 years, of which 5375 were male and 1394 were female. (1,2) Early detection of suicide risk through screening is an important method of identifying those at risk. Research-based screening and assessment tools are available for use in multiple settings. 

In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Horowitz of the National Institute of Mental Health, and Dr. Jeff Bridge of Nationwide Children’s Hospital will provide background data on suicide and suicidal behavior among youth and young adults and discuss suicide prevention research in screening in both medical and school settings. Turning suicide prevention research into real-world adaptations of sustainable programs is challenging, but lessons learned from real-world adaptations can inform more effective suicide prevention strategies in multiple settings. Dr. Horowitz will present on the ASQ (Ask Suicide-Screening Questions) tool developed to help clinicians ask patients directly about suicidal ideation and behavior. She will describe a 3-tiered clinical pathway for implementing suicide risk screening in all medical settings including emergency departments, Inpatient medical/surgical units and outpatient primary care settings. School systems are also critical venues to identify and intervene upon youth at risk. Sustainable models of school-based suicide prevention programs are necessary for individual schools and the surrounding communities that may suffer from limited resources. Dr. Bridge will discuss implementations of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program, which was designed to help schools utilize community partnerships while implementing critical best-practice features of gatekeeper training, peer-to-peer support, and universal suicide risk assessment. 
  1. WISQARS CDC database
  2. Suicide Rates Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States, 2000-2017. Oren Miron, MA1; Kun-Hsing Yu, MD, PhD1; Rachel Wilf-Miron, MD, MPH2; et al. JAMA. 2019;321(23):2362-2364. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5054

This webinar will be archived.

Friday, July 12, 2019

CONFERENCE: National Dropout Prevention

Conference Details

October 5 - 8, 2019

Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center 
6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard
Aurora, CO 80019

To book by phone please call 888-789-3090 and indicate that you are attending the 2019 National Dropout Prevention Conference.

Contact Staff

Conference Program
John Gailer - (864) 712-3704
Denise Gianforcaro - (864) 712-3703

FUNDING Community Mobility Design Challenge

Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants

Deadline for responses: August 1, 2019, 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. Download the RFP.
NCMM’s Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants, with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, will support communities seeking innovative ways to address the particular mobility challenges experienced by low-income community members for whom a lack of transportation is an obstacle to the pursuit of economic, health, and social well being.
The goals of the NCMM Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 are to
  • Support communities in creating mobility solutions that improve access for low-income residents with regard to these three focus areas:
    • Economic opportunities
    • Opportunities to improve health and well-being
    • Opportunities to become more integrated into their community
  • Support the development of cross-sector partnerships that work together on transportation solutions for their community
  • Prepare communities to apply for opportunities for funding the implementation of community transportation solutions, such as federal transit funding, as well as other types of federal, state and local funding for which the designed projects may be eligible.
To see past projects, check out the videos of the 2017 Health Care Design Challenge grantees under "Learn about the teams' work."

Thursday, July 11, 2019

WEBINAR Authentic Youth Engagement in Public Health

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Nothing About Us Without Us: Authentic Youth Engagement in Public Health

Meaningful youth engagement is key to achieving the “triple dividend” in adolescent health and supporting integrated public health efforts. Authentic youth engagement: ensures that young people feel respected, valued and trusted; provides an environment that involves them as teachers as well as learners; values young people’s voice and input; provides opportunities for youth decision making and leadership skill development; and demonstrates that their contributions can lead to real change. With adequate preparation, training and opportunities, youth can bring their insights to public health efforts that benefit them, their communities and the field of public health. This webinar will identify best practices and feature examples for planning for and ensuring authentic youth engagement in public health programs and practices for adolescents. Speakers will include Elizabeth Berard from USAID; and Nikki Payne and Nakisha Watts from Delta Health Alliance. View the previous webinars in this series using the following links: Building on Strengths and Walking the Walk.
 Webinar participants will learn to:
  • Define authentic youth engagement;
  • Identify best practices or guiding principles for authentic youth engagement in public health; 
  • Identify strategies used to effectively engage youth in various roles that affect their healthy development; and 
  • Discuss suggestions from youth on how to improve their involvement in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. 
Tuesday July 16, 2019 
12:00pm-1:00pm Eastern Daylight Time