Friday, March 24, 2017

Social Determinants of Health Resources

The Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health website includes definitions, data search tools, interventions, related webinars and events and much more.

In addition, A New Way to Talk About Social Determinants of Health, developed by the RWJ Foundation is an outstanding resource that includes suggestions for:

  • Best practices in language and framing of social determinants
  • Using data to support your case
  • The role of mind, body, and emotions in developing messages. 

"Speak Now Colorado” campaign offers effective strategies to talk about youth drug and alcohol use

Spring is an exciting time for students, with events like prom and graduation quickly approaching.  It is also the perfect opportunity for caregivers to start a conversation with their youth about the use of alcohol and marijuana and the misuse of prescription drugs and other drugs. The Speak Now Colorado campaign, developed by the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health, provides parents and caregivers evidence-based information and resources regarding youth substance abuse prevention.

Research has found that parents can have an enormous influence on their children’s drinking and drug use, especially during the preteen and early teen years. This is supported by 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data, which found:

Youth who can ask a parent, guardian, or other adult for help are 1.5x LESS likely to binge drink.
Youth are 3x LESS likely to binge drink if a parent feels it’s wrong.

Speak Now Colorado is launching a statewide public awareness campaign in English and Spanish that will air April-June consisting of public service announcements on television and radio, digital advertising, and newspaper ads in outlying markets including Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, La Plata, Moffatt, Montezuma, Prowers, Rio Blanco and San Miguel counties.

For more information and downloadable resource materials, go to

Funding: School Health Professional Grant Application Now Available

Applications are now available for the 2017-2018 School Health Professional Grant (SHPG) through Colorado Department of Education

This matching grant program exists to help secondary schools (grades 7-12):

1)      Increase the presence of school health professionals (Licensed School Nurses, School Social Workers, School Counselors and School Psychologists) in secondary schools to provide substance abuse and behavioral health care to students who are enrolled in secondary schools and have substance abuse or other behavioral health needs;

2)      Provide training and resources for the newly hired school health professionals, other behavioral health school team members, and school staff on the implementation of evidence-based programming (defined as programming that evaluation research has proven to be effective) on substance abuse prevention education and behavioral health education for all students who are enrolled in secondary schools; and

3)      Allow school health professionals to provide care coordination and connect students who are enrolled in secondary schools with services that are provided by community-based organizations for treatment and counseling for students who are at risk for substance abuse.

Approximately $9.4 million is available for the 2017-2018 school year. Grants will be awarded for a three-year term beginning in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Additional grant funding for subsequent years will be contingent upon annual appropriations by the State Legislature and grantees fulfilling all program and fiscal reporting requirements. Funded applicants for the 2017-2018 school year are not guaranteed any additional funding beyond the 2017-2018 year at this time.  Applicants must demonstrate a match of 10% of the funds requested. This may include both in-kind and cash matches.

Important Dates:

For more information, including eligibility, and to apply, visit: 

National Poison Prevention Week March 19-25, Safe Kids Report and Infographic

In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, March 19-25, 2017, Safe Kids has released a new report and infographic titled Safe Medicine Storage: A Look at the Disconnect Between Parent Behavior and Knowledge.

This report highlights the difference between what parents know they should do to prevent unintentional medication poisonings and what they actually do. The survey found that although 9 out of 10 parents know that it is important to store medicine up, away, and out of sight from children, 7 out of 10 parents report that they often store their medicine where children can see and sometimes reach it.

Read the Safe Kids report
View the Safe Kids infographic

Thursday, March 23, 2017

WEBINAR: Data Driven Strategies for Drowning Prevention

Our national partners at the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention are hosting an upcoming webinar:

"Data Driven Strategies for Drowning Prevention"

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MDT

Among unintentional injuries, drowning is a leading cause of death of children. Almost 800 children fatally drown each year between the ages of 0-17 in the United States. This webinar will highlight three settings in which many drownings occur – in and around the home; swimming pools; and open bodies of water. Age, gender, and race vary considerably according to each of these settings. Prevention strategies for each of these settings will be discussed. Fatality review data has been instrumental in shaping our understanding of fatal drownings.

Speakers include:
Diane Pilkey, RN, MPH
Senior Nurse Consultant at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Health Resources and Services Administration and the federal project officer for the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention cooperative agreement

Angela Steel, MPHE
Injury Epidemiologist in the Research Department at Safe Kids Worldwide

Elizabeth ‘Tizzy’ Bennett, MPH
Director, Guest Services and Community Benefit at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Webinar will be recorded and posted with the slides on the NCFRP website:

WEBINAR: Supporting Grieving Students: Free Resources for School Professionals from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students

"Supporting Grieving Students: Free Resources for School Professionals from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students"

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MDT

Virtually all children experience the death of a friend or family member at some point in their childhood.  Even though bereavement is a normative experience, a significant loss can have a significant impact on children’s psychological adjustment, academic achievement, and personal development.  This presentation will provide insight into how children come to understand and adjust to a loss and practical suggestions on how adults can talk with children and provide needed support.  The free resources developed by the Coalition to Support Grieving Students (of which ASHA is a Supporting Organizational Member) will be highlighted.

WEBINAR: Childhood Adversity: Data to Help Advocate for Change

"Childhood Adversity: Data to Help Advocate for Change"

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm MDT

Childhood adversity, such as child abuse and exposure to violence and poverty, can have negative long-term impacts on health and well being. In this webinar, panelists will discuss how to describe the burden of childhood adversity in your community, how to frame your message most effectively, and how to engage and mobilize your community to address the roots and effects of childhood adversity.

Panelists will also lead participants on a virtual tour of Kidsdata's Childhood Adversity and Resilience data, research, and policy recommendations.