Friday, January 21, 2022

Sexuality Liberators and Movers Virtual Symposium


Sexuality Liberators and Movers (SLAM) Virtual Symposium

The Colorado Sexual Health Initiative (CoSHI) Team is excited to share an upcoming conference opportunity for adults who work with and care for youth. 

The Sexuality Liberators And Movers virtual symposium is for parents, teachers, sexuality educators and direct service adults who work with and care for young people. S.L.A.M. 4 Youth conference will be held virtually on Thursday, January 27 and Friday, January 28.

S.L.A.M.'s focus is shifting and moving sex education forward by centering the contributions, experiences, and expertise of educators of color, while challenging isms and institutions that keep sex education white-washed, fear-based and ineffective.

S.L.A.M. believes that young people (children, students and siblings) deserve sex education that centers and affirms them. With this goal in mind, conference organizer, Stephanie Zapata, has brought together some of the country’s top youth-centered BIPOC Sexperts.

The CoSHI team has participated in this virtual conference in the past, and the conference has always been a wonderful learning experience! We hope that others will be interested in attending and look forward to seeing some other Coloradans in attendance this year! 

Dates: Thursday, January 27th and Friday, January 28th

Time: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM each day

Location: Virtual via Zoom platform


The CoSHI team is offering a limited number of scholarships for folx interested in attending the virtual conference. If you are interested in attending the conference and would like to request a scholarship, please fill out this form. All applicants will be notified once all of the scholarships have been awarded

Monday, January 10, 2022

Suicide Prevention Mini-Grants for Coroners


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) and Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) are pleased to announce the availability of funding specifically for Colorado Coroners and Medical Examiners to help us better understand and prevent suicide deaths. Based on feedback received over the past year, we’ve updated the Suicide Investigation Form to improve flow and formatting to make it a more usable tool to gather information to help inform prevention efforts.  

The goals of this new mini grant funding include 1) increasing utilization of the Suicide Death Investigation Form, 2) bringing staff from coroner agencies and medical examiner offices into local or regional suicide prevention coalitions and working groups, 3) supporting suicide loss survivors, and 4) improving the Suicide Death Investigation Form. 

Urban coroner agencies and medical examiners offices can apply for up to $5,000.00 to be used towards costs incurred in the completion of the activities outlined in the application below. 

Rural coroner agencies and medical examiners offices can apply for up to $2,500.00 to be used towards costs incurred in the completion of the activities outlined in the application below. 

Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis until funding runs out. We anticipate continuing this project in fiscal year 2023 as well. 

Apply today

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

NEW Training: Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation

The Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System is excited to introduce a NEW online Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Investigation Training.

This FREE, self-paced, 2.5-hour training is designed to provide the tools and best practices with which death scene investigators, coroners, medical examiners, and law enforcement officers can investigate and learn from each SUID death to improve the health and safety of families and children.

View the curriculum for the course outline, objectives, and available continuing education credits. 

Visit the course access instructions to register and get started.

Please email Sasha Mintz,, with any questions and please share this opportunity with your investigative partners.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Webinar: Infant Mental Health


What Fatality Review Teams Need to Know About Infant Mental Health

Presented by the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 12:30-1:30 MTN

Infant Mental Health (IMH) is the study of mental health as it applies to infants, toddlers, and their families. The field investigates optimal social and emotional development of infants and their families in the first three years of life. This webinar will assist fatality review personnel to explore when a referral to an IMH provider is needed and what services an IMH provider can offer a family. CDR and FIMR personnel will be equipped to find solutions and resources for families following the death of a child, including the surviving children's emotional and social growth and development.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Teen Driver Safety Week Oct 17-23

From 2015-2019, 159 infants, children, and youth died in Colorado as a result of passenger vehicle crashes. Youth ages 15-17 had a significantly higher death rate than other age groups. Nationally, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-18 years old. Learn more about motor vehicle deaths in Colorado in this data brief

Parents and caregivers provide crucial influence over the choices young drivers make. School staff, medical providers, and others in the community also play an important role in young driver safety. 

The Colorado Young Driver's Alliance (CYDA) is seeking injury prevention partners to help raise awareness about young driver safety and Colorado's Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) laws. Examples of GDL awareness activities could include hosting a table at a school event or sharing GDL and driver safety messages in a school newsletter or community-wide platform.

The Colorado GDL Toolkit is one important resource, created by the CYDA, and has resources for young drivers, families, and networks.  

Please contact CDPHE's Motor Vehicle Program Coordinator, Ashley Nicks,, if you'd like to learn more about partnering with CYDA or to find out what's already planned in your community.

Additionally, the Children's Safety Network recently shared the following resources on young driver safety and crash prevention:

Teen Driving Safety: Recent Research and Implications for Prevention - Children's Safety Network Webinar

A New GDL Framework: Evidence Base to Integrate Novice Driver Strategies - National Safety Council

A New GDL Framework: Planning for the Future - National Safety Council

Keep Teen Drivers Safe - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Child First - New Home Visiting Program in CO


Colorado has a new home visiting program and you can help ensure that eligible families know about and are referred to this service. 

Child First is a program that seeks to support young children and their caregivers who are most impacted by systemic and structural inequities. Child First launched in Colorado in July of this year and they are currently looking to boost referrals in the following counties:

  • Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Conejos, Costilla, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache
Additionally, Invest in Kids, one of the agencies implementing Child First, is seeking four additional counties to support launching Child First programs. 

You can help families access the Child First program by spreading the word in your personal and professional circles:

  1. Referrals are currently happening in the 13 counties listed above. For more information about referring families to Child First, please contact Amanda Fixsen, Director of Implementation,  
  2. If an agency in your county is interested in adopting Child First, please contact the following staff at Invest in Kids: Marisa Gullicksrud, Child First Program Director, or Amanda Fixsen, Director of Implementation, You can find an overview of the priorities and requirements to be an official Child First affiliate agency here (scroll to "Cohort 2" box at bottom of page).

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

New Forward Together Ads: Stories of Connection

Check out the new video ads for the Forward Together campaign, they are great! 

The Forward Together campaign launched in September 2020 and is positively impacting the lives of youth, parents, and trusted adults across Colorado. 

Everything is focused on one goal: to help young people feel more connected – to peers, parents, and other trusted adults. Research shows that youth who are connected are less likely to smoke, drink, vape, use marijuana, and have feelings of depression.

See the New Ads: Stories of Connection
Starting this month, new Forward Together ads roll out statewide! 

The new spots feature stories of real Colorado teens and parents that represent a diverse array of voices. These stories explain how they have built stronger connections.

Ads will reach less-connected audiences through streaming TV (like Hulu), Snapchat, Pandora, and out-of-home placements, like bus shelters and laundromat posters.

The campaign goals for FY22 are to deepen relationships by focusing on how, and using tactical tips and real stories.

Watch the new video ads here — and look for ads in your community this fall as well!