Monday, October 24, 2016

Looking for feedback from youth?

QPR Suicide Prevention Training in Castle Rock

WHEN: Monday, November 7, 2016  6:30 - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Canyons Community Church, 4825 N. Crowfoot Valley Road, Castle Rock 80108
For more information: call (303) 663-5751 or email

Registration is limited. Please register online:

CDPHE is hiring an Injury Epidemiologist

The Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion Branch at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is hiring! If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please share:

Position Title: Injury Epidemiologist
Job Location: Denver
Close Date: November 1, 2016 OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool

TO APPLY: Injury Epidemiologist - 1329

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Oct 22: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, October 22 10am-2pm is the 12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Protect children, youth and your family as well as the environment from harm and accidental overdose by removing unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from your home. Narcotics and other prescribed controlled substances will be accepted. Find a list of locations and access an interactive map for the one nearest you.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

ASIST Suicide Training in Douglas County

Do you live in Douglas County and want to become ASIST certified? 

Community partners in the Douglas County area are hosting Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshops open to all in 2016 and 2017. ASIST is a 2-day workshop designed to teach skills to confidently intervene with someone at risk of suicide. ASIST is a standardized suicide intervention program developed by LivingWorks Education, Inc.

When: 8:30am - 4:30pm on both days                   Where: Douglas County Sheriff's Office - 
October 18 - 19, 2017                                                             Highlands Ranch Substation
November 17 - 18, 2016                                            9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
February 28 - March 1, 2017                               
April 11 - 12, 2017                                                 Costs: $50 for community members, $25 for
June 1 - 2, 2017                             Douglas/Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance (DASPA) members
September 12 - 13, 2017                                      
November 7 - 8, 2017                    

Registration: Completed via the Douglas County School District: 
Select the District A-Z tab, choose Professional Development under employee resources in the second hand column and then choose the PD Catalog button. If you do not have an account created, you will be prompted to do so. Select ASIST and the available courses will be listed. Questions contact: Roxanne Derks, or 303-387-9508.

Monday, October 3, 2016

NEW: Positive School Climate Toolkit

School Climate is defined as the quality of school life as experienced by those interacting with school environments (students, caregivers, school personnel). A positive school climate can have impacts on a wide range of outcomes, both health and academic, and has increasingly become an essential component in school improvement and bullying prevention.

This toolkit was developed to provide an introduction into how public health practitioners can use their expertise to create meaningful partnerships with schools and work to strengthen positive school climate. Appreciating the contextual differences within communities and schools, this toolkit focuses on broad-based approaches that can be implemented concurrently and with any strategy.

Using three approaches, Shared Risk and Protective Factors; Positive Youth Development; and Data Informed Processes, public health practitioners can partner with schools in multiple ways including:
  1. Ensuring a focus on primary prevention
  2. Encouraging evidence-based programming and best practices
  3.  Making the health connection meaningful to schools
  4. Leveraging and developing community partnerships
  5. Strengthening school-based policy supports

Communities that Care: RFA for Additional Communities

Communities That Care RFA is now available! Please apply and share with your networks. 

CDPHE received funding from the marijuana tax cash fund to support substance abuse prevention among youth using the Communities That Care across Colorado. Communities That Care is a community-based prevention model that was evaluated across the country with significant results, including preventing youth substance use initiation and youth crime and violence. This model helps local communities assess the specific risk and protective factors among the youth in their communities. The communities then pick from a menu of effective, evidence-based programs and strategies to address the specific needs of local youth.