Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fiscal Year 2015: Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report

The Fiscal Year 2015: Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report is now available. The report includes a summary of child fatality review findings and data, updates about CFPS prevention activities, highlights of the CFPS program, and the prevention recommendations prioritized by the CFPS State Review Team. 

The following recommendations were prioritized:
  1. Mandate the use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF) for law enforcement agencies and coroner offices during infant death scene investigations.
  2. Mandate that hospitals develop and implement policies to provide education and information about infant safe sleep promotion and to require the practice and modeling of safe sleep behaviors in labor/delivery and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) hospital settings. 
  3. Modify Colorado Department of Human Services’ rules regulating family foster care homes to better align with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) infant safe sleep recommendations, including training for foster families regarding infant safe sleep.
  4. Establish a statutory requirement that allows for primary enforcement of Colorado’s adult seat belt law, making it possible to stop a driver and issue a citation if anyone (the driver and all passengers in all seating positions) in the vehicle is not properly restrained.
  5. Increase funding for the Office of Suicide Prevention to implement the following activities: 1) expand the Gun Shop Project to more counties in Colorado; 2) expand the implementation and evaluation of Emergency Department-Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (ED-CALM)training statewide; and 3) expand implementation and evaluation of school-based suicide prevention programs statewide that promote resilience and positive youth development as protective factors from suicide.
  6. Support policies that impact the priorities of the Colorado Essentials for Childhood project: 1) increase family-friendly business practices across Colorado; 2) increase access to child care and after school care; 3) increase access to preschool and full-day kindergarten; and 4) improve social and emotional health of mothers, fathers, caregivers and children.
  7. Provide funding for the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to promote uptake of the Quad-Regulator Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids through increased training and education of prescribers.
  8. Increase funding to Child Fatality Prevention System to support the implementation and evaluation of youth programs that promote pro-social activities, resilience and positive youth development as protective factors from child fatalities statewide.
Feel free to disseminate this report to your partners.

[Webinar] Engaging Youth: Applying the Positive Youth Development (PYD) Approach in all Aspects of your Work (July 30)

Essentials for Childhood: Calling all Partners Invested in Children and Families (August 20-21)

Calling all partners invested in children and families!

You are invited to our very special 2015 Bi-Annual Collective Impact Team two-day event.

Who: Essentials for Childhood

What: a two-day learning and engagement opportunity

Featuring: experts in communicating Return on Investment, the unveiling of Colorado, Connecting the Dots, an opportunity to learn and communicate with employers and policy makers and to contribute to Collective Action for Colorado's families.Where: the Lowry Conference Center, Room 200A, 1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO 80230

When: August 20, 9:00am - 5pm & August 21, 9:00am - 12:30pm
(We are serving snacks and lunch!)
Why: WHY?!?! Because you care about kids and families, that's why!

Please feel free to share this registration link with anyone who is interested!

New Marijuana Resources for Health Care Providers

Only 40% of health care providers surveyed reported feeling knowledgeable about the risks of marijuana use during adolescence. In order to help increase their comfort and knowledge of the marijuana laws and research on the health risks, CDPHE recently developed the Marijuana Pediatric Exposure Prevention Guidance for Health Care Providers.  The two new pediatric guidance documents are titled Marijuana Pediatric Exposure Prevention Guidance for Health Care Providers:

These documents provide evidenced-based guidance for Colorado health care providers to talk with patients and their parents about marijuana. Topics within the guidance documents include screening questions, health effects, secondhand smoke, parenting and safety (including safe sleep), and safe storage.  

The guidance was developed using the information from the systematic literature review conducted by the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee.  A committee of experts developed guidance document content with additional feedback from health care provider focus groups.  

CDPHE also developed factsheets for patients to accompany the guidelines, written at a middle school reading level and translated into multiple languages:

These factsheets provide information for youth and parents about the risk of marijuana use including health effects, legal issues, safety, and available resources. The factsheets have space on the back for local agencies to place their logo and contact information, if desired.

For more information on the resources for health care providers and patients, go to http://bit.ly/CDPHE_MJ_HealthCareGuidance.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program (TGYS) is soliciting applications from youth, ages 15-25, for the two Governor-appointed positions.

Dear Community Partners,
The Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program (TGYS) is excited to announce that Governor Hickenlooper recently signed HB15-1365, adding two youth members, ages 15-25, as representatives on the TGYS Board. Governor Hickenlooper makes the appointments for these positions with input from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). This important addition will bring youth to the table as partners in an advisory capacity to the TGYS Program and CDHS.

The TGYS Board is soliciting applications from youth, ages 15-25, for the two Governor-appointed positions. Click for a printable flyer and share through social media channels.

The TGYS Board is authorized by C.R.S. 26-6.8-103. Per this statute, the Board should be comprised of members appointed by specific authorities, with specific background or expertise, as well as a maximum number of individuals that can be represented from any one political party. HB15-1365 amends this maximum number from six to seven individuals from any one political party. As of July 1, 2015, pending current appointments that are yet to be made, the TGYS Board will be comprised of four members of the Democratic Party, one member of the Republican party, and three unaffiliated members. Therefore, applicants to the board may be affiliated with any political party, or unaffiliated.

The TGYS Board is a Type II body that serves in an advisory capacity to CDHS on TGYS-related decisions. TGYS Board Members may be reappointed for a total of two, three-year terms. While three years may be a difficult commitment for young people in this age range, TGYS asks that applicants consider this and provide a commitment of at least two years.

TGYS Board meetings are held quarterly in Denver, CO and members may attend via teleconference if required. Youth board members may receive a per diem not to exceed $30 per day, in addition to approved mileage and travel expenses incurred.

The TGYS Board has the responsibility to:
  • Develop and make available program guidelines including guidelines for proposal design, local public-to-private funding match requirements, and processes for local review and prioritization of program applications;
  • Develop criteria for awarding grants;
  • Develop result-oriented criteria for measuring the effectiveness of programs that receive grants under the TGYS program;
  • Establish timelines for submission and review of applications for grants through the TGYS program;
  • Adopt timelines for submission to the Governor the list of entities chosen to receive the grants;
  • Review applications received for grants and choose those entities that shall receive grants through the TGYS Program and the amount of each grant; and,
  • Recommend grant choices to the Governor for final approval.
CDHS values broad, diverse representation on its boards to ensure adequate representation of stakeholders and the public. Please help us spread the word! If you or someone you know is interested in serving the community in this capacity, please submit, or encourage them to submit, an application.

To apply for a position on the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Board:
  • Submit the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions Application byJuly 31, 2015. The application can be found on the Office Website at this link: https://www.tfaforms.com/290254.
  • On the application, indicate your interest in serving on the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Board.
  • The application, along with a current resume, must be submitted via the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions online application system, as indicated on the website.
  • TGYS may contact eligible applicants with follow-up questions or interviews in August.
Please submit your application by Friday, July 31, 2015 to be considered for the TGYS youth board member positions. Throughout August, TGYS may request additional information and conduct interviews with eligible candidates. TGYS also encourages all applicants to attend the next regularly scheduled TGYS Board meeting on Friday, August 21 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm at the Colorado Department of Human Services (1575 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203) to learn more about the board and the board’s processes.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in recruiting qualified and passionate TGYS board members to serve the people of Colorado.

Kavitha Kailasam, MA
Tony Grampsas Youth Services, Program Administrator

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 Call for Proposals: Evidence for Action Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

PURPOSE: Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health is a national program of RWJF that supports the Foundation’s commitment to building a Culture of Health in the United States. The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework. In addition, Evidence for Action will also support efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action. It will do this by encouraging and supporting creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes.

Learn More.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Summer Institute on Child Protection

July 6 - 24, 2015

We invite you to join faculty from the Kempe Center and the University of Colorado for a participatory and interdisciplinary Institute on Child Protection.  Our Summer Institute offers short, intensive courses for professionals, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are concerned about the safety of children.
Summer Institute Brochure

The Kempe Center

Founded by Dr. C. Henry Kempe in 1972, the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect improves the care and well-being of all children by strengthening families, communities, and the systems that serve them.  We fulfill our mission through research, training and education, service delivery, advocacy and consultation and technical assistance.  We believe abuse and neglect are preventable, children are resilient, and supportive care can bring health and hope.
Located in Denver, Colorado, The Kempe Center is an interdisciplinary organization of approximately 130 faculty and staff.  We are administratively located in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Our faculty includes physicians, psychologists, social workers, lawyers, and counselors.

Our Partners

The Haruv Institute in Jerusalem is Israel’s leading authority on child abuse and neglect.  Established by the Schusterman Foundation – Israel in 2007, its mission is to become an international center of excellence contributing to the reduction of child maltreatment; and to create and nurture a capable and skillful community of professionals dedicated to the welfare of children who have suffered from all types of abuse—psychological, physical, and sexual, as well as neglect.  The Haruv Institute advances research, education and public policy. 
The Center on Domestic Violence is an academic, research and service center designed to end domestic violence by fostering institutional and social change.  The Center accomplishes its mission through leadership development, education, research, and community collaboration.  The Center has three primary objectives that guide its work:  (1) developing skilled and informed leaders with a focus on ending domestic violence; (2) informing and empowering domestic violence service providers, advocates, and policymakers through research; and (3) serving the community through direct services, training and advocacy.
Part of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) program was initiated in 2011 with a goal of linking research, training, and practice to prevent injury and violence in Colorado, the Western Region, nationally, and around the world, with a special focus on pediatric populations. A joint initiative of the Colorado School of Public Health, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital Colorado, PIPER is also home to PREVENT, a national training program for community-based teams of practitioners that was developed originally at the University of North Carolina with a focus on the primary prevention of violence, including child maltreatment.

Purpose of the Summer Institute

In 1993, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect declared child abuse and neglect a “national emergency.”  More than 20 years later, child abuse and neglect continue to be a serious and prevalent public health problem.  In the United States alone, 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect involving more than 6 million children are made each year.  Many more go unreported.  Without appropriate and timely intervention, research suggests that these children may experience long-term health problems.
The Summer Institute is designed to improve knowledge, practice, and policy related to the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect and family violence.  Participants will learn the latest approaches in research, clinical services, prevention and administration.  Through special events, participants will have an opportunity to network with each other and with faculty.   

Who Should Attend

You should attend if you have an interest in child abuse and neglect and are a:
  • Physician, Physician’s Assistant, Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Allied Health Professional
  • Social Worker
  • Behavioral Health Professional
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Community leader
  • Child Advocate
  • Public or Private Human Service Administrator
  • Graduate student or post-doctoral fellow

Taking Courses in Denver 

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver --the Mile High City -- combines a thriving cultural scene with diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty.  With Colorado’s more than 300 days of sunshine each year, it’s always a good time to go outdoors for a little fun in the sun.  You can stay in Denver and enjoy the many city parks, museums, award-winning restaurants and great biking and walking paths.  Or you can head to the Rockies for hiking, rafting, camping, fishing, shopping or just basking in the beauty of the mountains.  Either way, the Summer Institute combines outstanding faculty and courses with ample time to take advantage of the many attractions in and around Denver.  For more information on Denver and the surrounding area, go tohttp://www.denver.org/