Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ATTN CFR COORDINATORS: Training Registration

Register by May 1, 2014

As a reminder, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is hosting a comprehensive training for local Child Fatality Prevention Team Coordinators in Denver, Colorado on June 5th and 6th, 2014.The Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) Support Team, along with Theresa Covington, MPH, from the National MCH Center for Child Death Review, will be training Coordinators on how to effectively conduct child fatality reviews and how to facilitate the activities of a local Child Fatality Prevention Review team. The June Coordinator Training Agenda is available for you to review more details about the event. 

Training check-in: June 5th at 8:30 am

Schedule:  June 5th, 8:30 am - 5 pm and June 6th, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm (breakfast and lunch provided on both days)

Reimbursement: the CDPHE has funding to provide hotel accommodations and travel compensation for one team member per county (ideally the team coordinator). If your team would like to sponsor an additional team member to attend the training, you may consider using your county's planning funding to pay for that attendees accommodations. 

Coordinators who are traveling more than 2 hours to Denver may request hotel accommodations on June 4th as well as June 5th. If you are traveling less than 2 hours but you would like to stay in Denver on June 4th, you may consider using your county's planning funding to pay for that extra night. 

Confirm your registration

Reservations: all reservations will be made through the CDPHE, so please complete this form as completely as possible to help us plan effectively for your stay.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Equipping Parents with the Tools and Knowledge to Reduce Teen Motor Vehicle Fatalities

Celebrating Distracted Driving & Alcohol Awareness Months in April

Parents of teenagers may think they do not have much influence on their kids, but when it comes to safe driving, they do — and it could mean the difference between life and death. From 2004 to 2011, rates of motor vehicle crash deaths among 15-19 year-olds in Colorado dropped more than 67 percent. However, in 2012 Colorado experienced a 10 percent rise in teen fatalities from 2011.

The Colorado Teen Driving Alliance (CTDA) has created a new resource to reach parents with the powerful message that they can limit their teen’s risks while driving by enforcing safe driving practices, and we need your help getting this resource into the hands of parents. Teens who say their parents set rules and monitor their driving behavior in a supportive way are 50 percent less likely to crash and 70 percent less likely to drive intoxicated.

As a part of Distracted Driving and Alcohol Awareness Months, the CTDA is promoting the online parent course that provides step-by-step instruction on how parents can support their teens through Colorado’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws, which are designed to phase-in beginning drivers. This course was prompted by a recent Colorado Department for Health and the Environment survey of over 700 parents of teens throughout Colorado that showed only 6.4 percent of parents could accurately identify each component of graduated driver licensing laws, including limits on distractions like passengers and cell phones, curfews and seat belt requirements. 

Teaching teens to drive can be a daunting process, but the best way to put parents at ease is to give them the educational tools they need to understand the process of getting a license and the specific restrictions for teen drivers. Send the parents or guardians of teens that you know to COTeenDriver.com to learn more about Colorado’s graduated driving licensing laws and to access the online parent course. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Save the Date: Monday, April 14 (12:00-1:00 pm)

SafeCare Colorado is Expanding to a Community Near You

Informational Webinar - Monday, April 14 12PM-1PM

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0” recognized the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention. As part of a group of cornerstone prevention programs formed or expanded under this plan, SafeCare Colorado (SafeCareCO) offers pro-active in-home, voluntary services that support at-risk families in understanding the health, development and safety needs of young children. The timeline for year two implementation will be released by April 7th followed by the RFA release for Cohort 2 in early May. Download the updated SafeCare Colorado Fact Sheet 

We need your help to expand and prepare for Year 2 Implementation. SafeCare Colorado will host this webinar to answer questions and explain how to bring SafeCare to your county or county collaborative partnerships.

To participate in this April 14th informational webinar please save the following link (https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/429726509) or RSVP below to receive an electronic reminder, add the event to your calendar and let us know you are interested. (Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended).

This webinar is hosted in partnership with:

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Wear Blue Day

The Injury, Suicide and Violence Prevention Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (pictured above) kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month by participating in Wear Blue Day on April 1st. Wear Blue Day was sponsored and promoted by Our Kids Your Kids, a small group of community-based nonprofit organizations serving Colorado's abused and neglected children. 

If your organization would like more information on the coalition or would like to better collaborate to fulfill the unmet needs of Colorado's most vulnerable children, please don't wait. Email help@ourkidyourkids.org today.

Learn more at Our Kids Your Kids.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wear Blue, Tuesday April 1st

To launch Child Abuse Prevention month, tomorrow is designated as Wear Blue Day. We want to see lots of people in blue on April 1st in support of the well-being of all children! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Technical Assistance On the Road: Chapter 2

March 25, 2014
Trip to Summit County

"Colorado's Playground"

Leah Emerick Anderson, CFPS Technical Assistance and Child fatality Prevention Coordinator, traveled to Frisco to participate in Summit County's Child Fatality Review Team Planning Meeting. It was a beautiful spring day in the mountains. Family's were out enjoying the snow and sun at the Frisco Adventure park just across the road from the medical office building where the CFR team met, demonstrating that Summit County truly is Colorado's playground!

Amy Wineland, Summit County CFR Team Coordinator and Director of Summit County Public Health, introduced the team to some of the yummiest food in Frisco through the catering services of Food Hedz
View from Frisco, CO.

The Summit County team had a productive discussion and plans to meet for additional training in the Fall. 

Amy, thank you for inviting me to this discussion! I look forward to working with your team in the future. 

Technical Assistance is always available!
If your team would like to request request technical assistance please click on the Contact CFPS Staff link  to request support. 

Technical Assistance On the Road: Chapter 1

Leah, "wind blown" in Cheyenne Wells!

March 11, 2014
Trip to Cheyenne County

Colleen Kapsimalis, CFPS Manager, and Leah Emerick Anderson, CFPS Technical Assistance and Child Fatality Prevention Coordinator, traveled to Cheyenne Wells to participate in Cheyenne County's Child Fatality Review Team Planning Meeting. The drive out was extremely WINDY and we returned to Denver with a few tumble weeds lodged in our bumper!

Landscape near Cheyenne Wells, CO
Linda Roth, the Cheyenne County CFR Team Coordinator and Agency Director for Cheyenne County Public Health, welcomed us with homemade cookies, brownies and lemon bars! We had a very productive meeting and the team has a good plan for moving forward. 

Thank you Linda for your hospitality! We look forward to working with your team. 

Technical Assistance is always available!
If your team would like to request request technical assistance please click on the Contact CFPS Staff link  to request support.