Wednesday, August 15, 2018

FUNDING Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program.  The purpose of this program is to support community-based services aimed at improving the health status of children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to health services. This program supports HRSA's goals to improve access to quality health care and services, build healthy communities, and improve health equity.

Deadline to apply: October 1, 2018

Community-based programs and evidence-based models of care that build on existing community resources will be implemented and evaluated to demonstrate program impact. This program supports collaboration between local pediatric providers and community leaders in an effort to provide quality health care and preventive health services to children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities.

HTPCP funding supports projects that provide clinical or public health services, and does not support research projects. HTPCP applications MUST represent either a new initiative (i.e., project that was not previously in existence) within the community or an innovative new component that builds upon an existing community-based program or initiative.

Of particular interest are clinical and public health interventions in community-based settings in the following topical areas:
  • Early child development/school readiness
  • Medical home (including enhanced family and adolescents engagement)
  • Care coordination and case management
  • Oral health
  • Substance use services (including the integration of substance use services for children and adolescents at-risk for or have substance use disorders (SUD), or assessing for substance use and SUD during pre-natal and well-child visits)
  • Mental health
  • School-based health
  • Healthy weight promotion and physical activity 

To access the full Notice of Funding Opportunity, click here 

Monday, August 13, 2018


If you want more information, click here, or contact Jessie Shay with questions!
Please share with any youth and your contacts that work with youth!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

FUNDING Community Based Child Abuse Prevention

The Colorado Department of Human Services has posted RFP 2019000012 Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP), in Colorado's Vendor Self Service (ColoradoVSS) web application.  You can access ColoradoVSS at and use the RFP to locate all documents and information related to this RFP by inputting the RFP number 2018000012.

Deadline to apply: August 23, 2018 2pm

The purpose of the CBCAP program is to develop, operate, expand, enhance and coordinate initiatives, programs, and activities to prevent child abuse and neglect and to support the coordination of resources and activities to better strengthen and support families to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect, to foster understanding, appreciation and knowledge of diverse populations in order to effectively prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.  Click here for more information

RFA Application, Information and Timeline can be found here 

Monday, August 6, 2018

OPPORTUNITY: Youth Suicide Prevention Symposium Registration and call for proposals!

CALL FOR PROPOSALS! The review committee is looking for workshops that would be appropriate for one or more of the following tracks: 
  • Prevention – this might include programs and strategies schools can use with students, staff or parents in elementary, middle and/or high school to prevent suicide. Evidence based programs are preferred. 
  • Intervention/Assessment – this might include protocols and procedures used in your school to assess possible suicidal ideation and intervention procedures once a student has been found to have suicidal thoughts. 
  • Postvention – this might include how a school responds after a student has made an attempt and/or after a student or staff member has died by suicide. Schools are particularly interested in procedures that lessen the chance of contagion. 
Typically our audience for suicide workshops have included school mental health professionals but we would like workshops to appeal to administrators, teachers, community mental health providers and emergency responders that work with our schools. For more information about submitting proposals, click here

Friday, August 3, 2018

High-quality connections to school, parents, and neighborhood can protect youth from delinquent behaviors

A new report examines how protective factors at the family, peer, school, and community levels influence the relationship between self-reported experiences of child maltreatment and later delinquent or criminal behaviors among adolescents and young adults. The authors find that certain protective factors (especially high-quality connections to school, parents, and their neighborhood) can impact the likelihood that youth will engage in delinquent behavior. A connection to school is particularly protective for youth who have experienced maltreatment.

These findings suggest that strengthening the connections among youth who have experienced maltreatment to supportive peer, family, and school environments may be an important strategy for helping these youth avoid engagement with the juvenile and adult justice systems. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

EVENT Partnering with Purpose Conference

Early-Bird Registration Ends Friday, Aug. 3
2018 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference

CityMatCH is a collaborative partner in the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention’s four year cooperative agreement with the Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA).  Their annual conference is an excellent opportunity for urban maternal child heath leaders to share experiences, enhance knowledge, and generate new ideas for promoting and improving the health of women, children and families. Participants can expect to discover critical elements of evidence-based public health programs; innovative strategies to enhance the reach and impact of these programs; national recommendations and examples for public health programs and policies at the local and state level; and health impacts of established and proposed federal, state and local policies that affect maternal and child health populations. 

Register by Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 to receive the early-bird rate of $475. Registrations after Aug. 3 are subject to the general rate of $525.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week

The month of August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week.

Both are annual celebrations of breastfeeding that encourages families, communities and the world to support breastfeeding to improve the health of mothers and babies.
Using the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action’s (WABA) 2018 World Breastfeeding Week logo and theme of Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life, the Colorado WIC Program has adapted focus points and developed materials to share with breastfeeding families (click here).
The below focus points reinforce the importance and impact of breastfeeding on mom, baby, family, the community and the environment.
  • Building Health - To receive the most health benefits, breastfeed for at least one year.  
  • Building Well-Being - You are enough.
  • Building a Brighter Future - Benefits that last.
Please review and download the Action Ideas information and use materials provided in the Action Packet. Please share any of the  materials to those in your community.

The foundation and growth of breastfeeding success starts with mom and baby and her immediate breastfeeding support system. Breastfeeding support can, or should be found in several areas within each community:
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare providers
  • WIC
  • Community resources
  • Work and school
  • Child care
  • Family and friends
Consider targeting 1-2 of the support areas in your community during the month of August to increase breastfeeding support for moms and families in your community!
Visit for more materials and information to spread the word!
Join the nation in celebrating and promoting breastfeeding during the month of August and learn what role you can play in helping women find the support and encouragement they need to reach their breastfeeding goals!