Thursday, July 20, 2017

CFPS 2017 Annual Legislative Report

The Child Fatality Prevention System is pleased to announce the release of the Child Fatality Prevention System 2017 Annual Legislative Report!

A huge thank you to all of our local child fatality prevention review team coordinators and team members, State Review Team members and content experts, the State Support Team at CDPHE, and all of our partners across the state of Colorado.

The report includes an overview of the system, data on violence and injury-related deaths among youth ages 0-17 in Colorado, and six prioritized child fatality prevention recommendations (see below) as well as updates on past system prevention recommendations.

Please feel free to share the report with anyone you think would be interested in learning more about the work of our system and supporting our prevention recommendations. If you would like to participate in the CFPS State Review Team Advocacy and Legislative Subcommittee whose goal is to promote the report and the prevention recommendations across the state, please reach out to Kate (

2017 CFPS prevention recommendations:

You can view the 2017 report, topic-specific data reports, and past reports here.

Andy's Data Blog: Random musing from a data nerd

Maintaining Confidentiality in the CRS and Writing Narratives
Breaches of confidentiality make me feel sad. Sometimes they can even make me feel mad. Occasionally, somewhere far away in a cubicle in Glendale they even trigger a release of these feelings.  Why must this be so? Cybersecurity is hard, but these breaches are completely avoidable. Fortunately, yours truly has what you need to reduce their likelihood.
Let’s start at the beginning. When you’re preparing for the marathon that is CFPS records requesting and review, you probably approach the process systematically. In an informal poll not recently completed, I found that nearly 70% of CFPS coordinators completed the narrative first 100% of the time (Woster, A.P. 2017. Intrapersonal Communication.). On the Child Fatality Prevention System blog, we offer tips and tricks for writing these narratives. You don’t have to be Tolstoy to write an effective narrative, just try to include the most pertinent details and tell the complete story as you understand it.
There are also a few other fields, some potentially identifying and some not, throughout the remainder of the case reporting system  that MUST be entered in order for any case to be considered complete, including:
  1. Death certificate # (Case Definition tab)
  2. Date CDRT Notified of Death (either the date I assigned the case to you, or the date you learned about it from the coroner) (Case Definition tab)
  3. Child’s date of death (A3 - Child Information tab)
  4. Child’s Age (A4 - Child Information tab)
  5. Child’s Resident State (only state of residence, not county, address or other identifying information) (A8 - Child Information tab)
If these fields are not entered, they records will not be identified as completed records by the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention as part of the cohort for study.
Yada yada yada. Short and to the point is the theme of this blog post. As I’ve mentioned to a few of you on the phone, beginning in August I’ll be completing quality assurance activities each Monday morning through the remainder of the year in another attempt to ease the January burden of quality assurance on all of us. So, watch for my e-mails on Mondays! If you don’t get one, you escaped…for the week!

WEBINAR (archived): Developing Successful and Positive Suicide Prevention Messaging

Research shows that certain types of messaging about suicide deaths can increase risk among vulnerable individuals. Conversely, positive and safe messages have the potential to help individuals in crisis find the help they need, and educate the public about how they can be involved in preventing suicide. Recognizing this potential, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) and its partners are leading efforts designed to “change the public conversation about suicide and suicide prevention.”

While resources already existed to help journalists cover suicide in news reports, little guidance was available to guide other suicide prevention messengers. The Action Alliance's Framework for Successful Messaging fills that gap. Drawing from research on effective communications and suicide prevention, the Framework is a resource to help those communicating to the public about suicide to create messages that are strategic, safe, positive, and make use of relevant guidelines and best practices.

The Action Alliance held a webinar to explore this type of suicide prevention messaging, including:
1) An overview of the four elements of the Framework and how this resource helps to change the public conversation about suicide.
2) Tips and guidance for using the Framework to create messages that are strategic, safe, and aligned with prevention goals.
3) An understanding about the importance of well-designed messaging during Suicide Prevention Month – and throughout the year.

View the webinar recording:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

WEBINAR: Collaborative Safety Planning to Reduce Risk in Suicidal Patients

"Collaborative Safety Planning to Reduce Risk in Suicidal Patients: A Key Component of the Zero Suicide Model"

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 1:00 PM - 02:00 PM MDT

The Zero Suicide model builds on the foundational belief that death by suicide for individuals receiving care within the health and behavioral health system is preventable. Collaborative safety planning, a critical component of the model, is an approach that allows clinicians to develop safety plans with any person identified for suicide risk.

In this webinar, Adam Swanson of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center will provide an overview of the Zero Suicide model and how safety planning contributes to the model. Dr. Barbara Stanley of Columbia University will describe the role safety planning has in preventing suicide, the six components of the Safety Planning Intervention (Stanley & Brown, 2012), and the research and evidence that supports safety planning. Dr. Stanley will detail how, in order to be effective, safety planning must be treated as a collaborative clinical intervention rather than a form to be completed. She will briefly summarize the theoretical underpinnings of safety planning, its intended use, and the training necessary to embed the intervention in health care settings. Mr. Michael Cain of Southwest Behavioral Health Center in Utah will discuss why the Center chose to incorporate collaborative safety planning as part of clinical workflows, how it is being implemented, and the challenges and successes encountered.

WEBINAR: Emerging Research on Urban Child Health

DataSpeak Webinar Series
"Data-driven Change at the Community Level: Emerging Research on Urban Child Health

Monday, July 24, 2017 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming DataSpeak program on urban child health. This webinar will focus on socioemotional and environmental health and how three different programs are using data to drive community action and change for children in urban neighborhoods.

Presentations will include:
Renee D. Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine and founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network, will showcase the development and community-focused uses of the Vital Village data dashboard.
Claudia J. Coulton, PhD, Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University and founder and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, will present on how the Child Longitudinal Data System was developed and how it has been used to explore the links between housing quality, the foreclosure crisis, and elevated blood lead levels.
Lisa M. Sontag-Padilla, PhD, behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation, will discuss the development of a databook on child socio-emotional health using data from the CANDLE (Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early childhood) study and other data sets on families in Memphis and Shelby counties.

DataSpeak is a series of online conferences that feature special topics related to MCH data. Each event features speakers who are considered experts in their field. The MCH Epidemiology and Statistics Program, who coordinates these DataSpeak conferences, is dedicated to the goal of helping MCH practitioners on the Federal, State, and local levels to improve their capacity to gather, analyze, and use data for planning and policymaking.

FUNDING: Colorado Project LAUNCH Health Equity RFPs

Colorado Project LAUNCH is a partnership between state departments of Human Services/Office of Early Childhood and Public Health & Environment, Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County, JFK Partners, and LAUNCH Together/Early Milestones. The following Requests for Proposals (RFPs) seek qualified consultants to carry out time-limited projects related to communications, sustainability and equity coaching. Proposals should be submitted to Lisa Jansen Thompson ( by deadlines listed.

Communications Consultant –Market research to inform Spanish-language public awareness campaign on pregnancy-related depression. Due date: July 17, 2017.​

Sustainability Planning Consultant/Facilitator – Convene stakeholders and develop a comprehensive sustainability plan for Colorado Project LAUNCH. Due date: July 27, 2017.​

Cultural and Linguistic Consultant – Support the Equity Action Team (Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County) and its partners in implementing the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) into services, programs and policies to increase equitable access, utilization and outcomes for children and families in Adams County. Due date: July 30, 2017.

WEBINAR: Healthy People 2020: Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Social Determinants

"Healthy People 2020: Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Social Determinants" 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 10:00am - 12:00pm MT

Learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants Leading Health Indicator. You’ll also hear how Diplomas Now is working to increase high school graduation rates by focusing on chronic absenteeism, behavior, and course performance in school.

About Social Determinants 
Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Our health is determined, in part, by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. Social determinants are often a strong predictor of health disparities—so it’s important to recognize the impact that social determinants have on health outcomes of specific populations.

About Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators 
The Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) represent a smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions to help address them. LHIs are used to assess the health of the Nation, facilitate collaboration across sectors, and motivate action to improve the health of the U.S. population.