Monday, December 5, 2016

Children's Safety Network: Toy Safety

Children's Safety Network (CSN) created a mini-infographic about toy safety that is especially important for the upcoming holiday season. You can read the inforgraphic and find more information on toy safety, including product recalls and guidance for buying age-appropriate toys here:

WEBINAR: AAP Safe to Sleep Guidelines: What’s new in 2016?

In case you missed it, on November 29, 2016 Dr. Rachel Moon presented on the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations, providing in-depth explanation and some historical context of the new recommendations and answering questions from the audience.

You can access a recording of the hour-long webinar here:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Supporting Family-Friendly Employers in Colorado

Employers play a critical role in the lives of their employees, after all, the average person in the United Sates spends 8.9 hours a day at work in comparison to 1.2 hours they spend caring for others.[1] Employees, in every stage of life, should feel supported in the workplace. It is for that reason that partners in Colorado are teaming up to better understand family-friendly workplace policies and practices.

EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children)Essentials for Childhood (EfC) and Health Links have formed a strategic alliance to lead Colorado’s conversation about family-friendly employers. In June 2016, this alliance launched two initiatives to understand and strengthen family-friendly employment practices:
  • The Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit highlights best practices and the components of a family-friendly workplace. We will continue to update the toolkit with relevant examples of corporate best practices as more and more employers are adding family-friendly policies.
  • The Family-Friendly Workplace Assessment assists employers to assess and evaluate their culture and benefits. Businesses of any size can benefit from utilizing the assessment. Upon completion, organizations receive a family-friendly score (FF+) and are directed to resources and coaching.
Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child abuse and neglect and to assure all children reach their full potential. Essentials for Childhood (EfC) proposes strategies to promote relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens. Family-friendly employers are one of four key strategies in Colorado’s EfC Framework.

Those who work to prevent child fatalities in Colorado can also work towards incorporating family-friendly workplace policies and practices. We encourage you to take the Family-Friendly Assessment and use the resources and coaching that come along with it. Additionally, you can read more about what other organizations are doing on the Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit which is available on the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership website. Together we can work to reduce work-life stress and ensure that employees with young children feel supported.

[1] U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Time Use on Work Days, 2014.

WEBINAR (archived): Suicide Screening and Prevention in the Autism Community: New Developments, New Perspectives

According to an emerging research, individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at an increased risk of suicide. Furthermore, traditional screening tools and mental health interventions have limited use in working with individuals with ASD.

Speakers included: Sara Luterman, MFA, AUCD Technical Assistance team for the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs); Lisa M. Horowitz, PhD, MPH, Staff Scientist / Pediatric Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health; Audrey Thurm, Ph.D., staff scientist and licensed child clinical psychologist; and Julie Steck, Ph.D., HSPP, CRG/Children's Resource Group.

To learn more about the risk of death by suicide for individuals with ASD, you can access the recorded webinar here.

NEW: Report on Homicides in Colorado, including Youth

The Colorado Violent Death Reporting System (CoVDRS) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment just released a report on homicide deaths in Colorado.

The report Health Watch No.101: Homicide in Colorado, 2004-2014: A Summary from the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System contains detailed information on the burden, characteristics and overall profile of homicide deaths among Colorado residents of all ages. The goal of this report is to inform injury and violence prevention efforts, as well as raise awareness about the impact of homicide deaths in Colorado.

The data in the report come directly from the enhanced public health surveillance system CoVDRS which is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The NVDRS collects detailed, multi-source data on violent deaths throughout the United States and is funded and maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you have questions or want more information about CoVDRS contact Ethan Jamison, CoVDRS Coordinator, at: or 303-692-2093.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Save the Date: 2017 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) is excited to announce that the 2017 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit will be held May 11-12, 2017, at the Regis University Lowell Campus.

This year's theme is “Join the Movement: Aspiring Toward Zero Suicide in Colorado,” and the BtD Planning Committee has been hard at work to make sure you have an educational and thought provoking experience.

The BtD Planning Committee is seeking presentations to round out the educational offerings at the Summit. We are eager to learn how you are working in your profession to aspire toward zero suicide in Colorado. We know it takes everyone to stop suicide. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your expertise so that everyone may benefit from your experience. The Call for Presentations will be open on December 1. Submissions are due on February 1, and speakers will be notified by February 17.

Registration for the 2017 BtD Summit will also open on February 17th.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NEW AAP Safe Sleep Recommendations

An estimated 3,500 infants die in the United States each year from sleep-related deaths. On Oct. 24, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new safe sleep recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS and sleep-related infant death. AAP and CDPHE recommend that infants sleep in the same room as their caregivers for at least the first six months and, ideally, for the first year of an infant's life. The AAP reports that sharing a room decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.

Room-sharing is part of creating a safe sleep environment. Babies should sleep on their backs in a bare crib on a firm mattress with a tight-fitting sheet, but no blankets, bumper, stuffed animals or pillows. Babies should always sleep alone in their cribs, never with other children, pets or adults on an adult bed, couch or chair.

Breastfeeding, using a pacifier at nap time and bedtime, receiving recommended vaccinations, and supervised, awake tummy time can all help protect against SIDS and sleep-related death. Additionally, the AAP recommends avoiding babies' exposure to smoke, alcohol and other illicit drugs.