Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Andy Woster explains how to know if your data is missing or unknown

Whew! What a crazy spring! For me, at least, it involved learning an entirely new job and making a transition from a training focused on communicable disease to a professional role in violence and injury prevention. That was wild! I’m glad it’s over and glad to have done it! 

Now it’s camping season for me and, if you’re a member of one of the CFPS review teams, it’s the start of crunch time for you! Remembering that the deadline for the completion of your reviews for 2015 cases is January 1st, 2017, I thought I’d take a moment to share a message with you regarding data entry. (If you haven’t figured it out, you’ll be doing this a lot in the next few months! We still have about 1/3 of all assigned cases that don’t yet have a case number in the National Center Case Reporting System.)

For this edition of the data corner, I wanted to reflect on a piece of information that piqued my interest from the recent data quality webinar the National Center hosted. Missing and unknown information is a distinction epidemiologists and data nerds alike can spend hours bickering like old friends over and still fail to reach consensus on. During the data quality webinar, Dr. Schnitzer indicated that unknown data is information that teams discussed and for which the correct response to the question was not known or not available. Missing information, on the other hand, is information which occurs because the question was skipped or not discussed during the meeting. A simpler guiding principle is “if you looked for it and can’t find the answer then the response is unknown.” If you didn’t look for it or skipped the question, then the response should be left blank.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Strengthening Colorado Families & Communities Conference


September 27 & 28, 2016 - Winter Park Resort, Colorado 

Interested in building resilience and other protective factors to prevent child maltreatment? Consider attending the Strengthening Colorado Families & Communities Conference by Illuminate Colorado, in partnership with the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership and the Colorado Department of Human Services. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report



On an annual basis, the Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) prioritizes prevention recommendations based on the review of aggregated circumstance data from child deaths as well as multidisciplinary expertise about the best strategies to protect the health and well-being of children.

Based on 2010-2014 child fatality data, the CFPS team members recommend the following strategies be implemented to reduce child fatalities in Colorado:
  1. Establish a statutory requirement that allows for primary enforcement of Colorado’s adult seat belt law, making it possible to stop a driver and issue a citation if anyone (the driver and all passengers, regardless of seating position) in the vehicle is not properly restrained. 
  2. Enhance the Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) law to increase the minimum age for a learner’s permit to 16 years and expand restricted driving hours to 10:00pm-5:00am. 
  3. Mandate that all healthcare settings develop and implement policies to provide education and information about infant safe sleep promotion. 
  4. Mandate all schools in Colorado implement a full spectrum of suicide prevention programming, including programs that promote resilience and positive youth development as protective factors for suicide. 
  5. Support policies that ensure the long-term financial stability of free full-day preschool and free full-day kindergarten. 
  6. Support policies that ensure paid parental leave for families. 
In addition, the following recommendations were made to strengthen child fatality data quality inclusive of ideas to improve how child fatalities are examined by investigative agencies, as well as ideas to improve systems to track and analyze data: 
  • Mandate law enforcement agencies and coroner offices use the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF) during infant death scene investigations.
  • Mandate the use of a suicide investigation form for law enforcement and coroners when investigating suicide deaths. 
  • Improve Colorado’s Traffic Accident Report to include more specific information about motor vehicle crashes. 
  • Strengthen practices related to sharing child maltreatment data across local agencies in Colorado.
More information about each of these recommendations, as well as a summary of 2010-2014 child fatality data, is available in the 2016 Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

Funding Opportunity for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth


The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children & Youth Program’s request for proposal (RFP) for the next 3-year grant cycle is now available. The intent of the grant program is to remove educational barriers facing children and youth experiencing homelessness, with emphasis on educational enrollment, attendance and success.

Approximately $500,000 is available for the 2016-2017 school year. Based on available funding, established need and quality of the proposal, three-year grants will be awarded, ranging up to $35,000 per year for LEAs and $40,000 per year for BOCES.

Two identical application training webinars will be held from 9-10 a.m. on March 22 and 4-5 p.m.on March 30.

Register for either of these opportunities at:
· Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 9am-10am
· Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 4pm-5pm

Letters of Intent Due: Friday, April 1, 2016
Proposals Due: Friday, May 13, 2016

For more information and to access the RFP, please visit the website below.
Click Here for Additional Information

Friday, March 11, 2016

Help kick-off a month of awareness events and prevention activities throughout Colorado!

Get involved with raising awareness around April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, by utilizing the Prevention Toolkit created for community partners that includes posters and flyers around a cohesive theme of, 'Colorado Children, Our Most Precious Resource.'

Also included in the toolkit you can find sample letter to the editors, sample press releases, sample event planning guidelines and more!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Denver Human Services is offering grant awards to community organizations supporting Child Abuse Prevention Month

Denver Human Services is excited to announce their 2nd annual mini-grant opportunity for Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Denver Human Services is offering grant awards of $1,500 and $750 to community organizations hosting activities in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. New applicants will be considered for 10 $1,500 awards and previous recipients of Child Abuse Prevention Month grant funds can apply for 13 awards of $750. Denver Human Services will award funds through a competitive process based on applicants proposed use of the funds in the interest of children in the Mile High City and in the department’s efforts to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Please help us spread the word and increase our community partnerships!

The application deadline is Friday, February 26th by 5 p.m.

If you have any questions about the application please contact me atesmeralda.santillano@denvergov.org or (720) 944-6296.

Application Documents
2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month Mini Grant Application
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2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month Mini Grant Announcement Letter