Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October is SIDS Awareness Month

Division of Reproductive Health Global Activity eUpdate

Learn how CDC and partners are addressing SIDS and other types of sleep-related infant deaths among Native Americans with the 1,000 Grandmothers project.

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American Indians/Alaska Natives have the highest rates of SIDS and other sleep-related deaths among all racial and ethnic groups. To address this disparity among the Native American population, CDC partnered with the International Association of Indigenous Aging and the Michigan Public Health Institute to design and implement the 1,000 Grandmothers project. This project created opportunities for tribal elders (especially grandmothers) to mentor and educate young Native parents on safe sleep practices for infants. Each site used adaptations of selected Healthy Native Babies materials and selected a cultural activity that honored the traditions of the tribe.
Read more about SIDS and other types of sleep-related infant deaths as well as other CDC activities to address this problem at

Read more about SUID and SIDS from CDC's Division of Reproductive Health.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Funding available for 2016 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Projects

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced their 2016 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Projects Grant Applications for project funding. The guidelines and application is posted on the CDOT website at

The CDOT Transportation Commission recently approved the continuation of the Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program by committing to fund the grant program with $2 million for infrastructure projects and $0.5 million for non-infrastructure projects, beginning in FY 2016 (July-June).

The goal of SRTS is to help schools, school districts and local communities enable and encourage more children in Kindergarten through 8th grade to safely bicycle and walk to and from school.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Planning, design, and construction of safe school routes for children to walk and bike to and from school
  • Planning, design, and construction of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel to and from school
  • Educating children, parents, and communities about safe walking and bicycling practices and the health benefits that result from walking and bicycling to and from school
To provide guidance on completing the application and understanding the requirements of a CDOT grant, the Colorado SRTS program manager will be hosting grantee training sessions at various locations throughout the state in mid-November. Please email me if you are interested in applying for a grant or would like to attend a training.

Funds are awarded through a statewide competitive process and chosen by an appointed advisory committee. Funding is available for one or two year projects.

Applications are due to CDOT-SRTS by COB Friday, January 8, 2016. A Word version of the application is available upon request.

For more information, contact Leslie Feuerborn, Colorado SRTS Program Manager at 303.757.9088 or

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Child Fatality Prevention System Epidemiologist and Data Analyst Job Posting

The Child Fatality Prevention System at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking an outstanding epidemiologist/data analyst to: 
  • Manage the data collection and analysis components of the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System
  • Provide technical assistance to state and local partners regarding how to interpret and use child fatality data to inform injury and violence prevention programming
  • Oversee local review team input into the National Center Data Collection Website and assure data quality 
  • Analyze Colorado child fatality data to identify populations and geographic locations with increased risk of child death due to traffic crashes, unintentional injury, violence, sudden unexpected infant death, suicide, child abuse and neglect, and undetermined causes

The position is open until Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015

How to Talk to a Child about a Suicide Attempt in Your Family

If there has been a recent suicide attempt in your family, this may be one of the toughest experiences you and your children may ever face. It is important to take care of yourself, so that you are better able to care for your child.

This guide is intended to provide you with some of that support, and also share other resources that may be helpful for you now and as your family recovers. The guide is not intended to replace professional mental health advice. In fact, it may be best to use this along with professional support if you or your child is struggling with how to talk about this difficult subject.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

#CO4Kids Update - Sept. 1, 2015

A newsletter from the Child Abuse & Neglect Public Awareness Campaign

September is National Baby Safety Month and #CO4Kids is ready to join in on the conversation! Baby Safety Month was created by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) in 1983 and exists to increase consumer awareness of safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products.

social media calendar heavily focused on the health and safety of babies has been created and uploaded to the 
Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Campaign ToolkitIf you have any events, training, or helpful information that you would like #CO4Kids or partners to share during National Baby Safety Month, please email it to me throughout the month. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Funding Opportunity: LAUNCH Together Phase I Community Planning Grant

LAUNCH-Logo-cmyk-4-inchWe are excited to announce a new funding opportunity to support Colorado communities in advancing children's social and emotional health. This opportunity is possible through a collaboration of seven Colorado-based foundations: The Ben and Lucy Ana Fund of the Walton Family Foundation, Buell Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, Community First Foundation, The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments and Rose Community Foundation.

Funding Opportunity:  LAUNCH Together Phase I Community Planning Grant

The LAUNCH Together initiative is inspired and informed by SAMHSA's Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health) initiative and Colorado Project LAUNCH partners.  LAUNCH Together is inviting applications from Colorado communities interested in expanding evidence-based prevention and promotion practices and building coordinated systems to support the wellness of children prenatal through age 8 with a focus on behavioral health and social and emotional development.

LAUNCH Together aims to 1) invest in communities to plan and implement effective community-based strategies and train professionals in a variety of settings; 2) bring together public and private partners to communicate what works, raise awareness and support policy changes to sustain effective community practices; and 3) evaluate the project and provide technical assistance to grantees.

Grants awarded through this funding opportunity will support communities in conducting a comprehensive planning process, including an environmental scan of systems and programs in the grantee's community as well as development of a strategic plan to guide the work. 

Due Date for Applications: Oct.19, 2015, 5:00 p.m. MST
Estimated Number of Awards: Up to 7
Estimated Award Amount: Up to $55,000 per award

Get more information about this funding opportunity by visiting or contacting project staff:

Join us for a screening of the "Raising of America" series!

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The Raising of America is a 5-part documentary series and public engagement campaign that explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America. Experiences in early childhood lay the foundation for lifelong physical, emotional and cognitive health and well-being.
Screening times & location:

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 12 pm - 1 pm (Episode 1)
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 12 pm - 1 pm (Episode 2)
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12 pm - 1 pm (Episode 3)
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12 pm - 1 pm (Episode 4)
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 12 pm - 1 pm (Episode 5)

All screenings will be held at CDPHE, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO in building C, room C1A.
Episode 1: The Raising of America Signature Hour
This hour-long episode interweaves the latest discoveries from neuroscience with the stories of families and communities struggling to provide the nurturing environments all babies and young children need to thrive—while too often hindered by social conditions that put their children on low developmental trajectories. 
Episode 2: Once Upon a Time
Just imagine how things might be different if, for the past four decades, all American children had access to high-quality early care and ed. It almost happened. Back in 1971, Congress passed a bill providing high-quality, universal childcare, home visiting and other services from birth to age five to every family that wanted it. President Nixon’s 11th hour veto marked the first time “family values” was invoked to undermine pro-family and child initiatives. The veto marked a critical inflection point from our path towards a more inclusive nation to today’s “you’re-on-your-own” society.
Episode 3: Are We Crazy About Our Kids?
Investing in high-quality early care and education pays for itself in many ways and many times over. This episode brings to life the classic economic studies of Perry Preschool and other initiatives conducted by Nobel laureate James Heckman, former Federal Reserve economist Arthur Rolnick and others which illustrate how we can either invest early for success or pay more for failure later. So, what is holding us back?
Episode 4: Wounded Places
Too many children in America, especially children of color in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, are exposed to adversity, violence, neglect and other forms of trauma and show symptoms similar to PTSD—except there is no “post.” Traveling to Philadelphia and Oakland, this episode chronicles the stories of children shook by violence and adversity and asks not “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?” and how can traumatized children and neighborhoods heal.
Episode 5: DNA Is Not Destiny
New scientific discoveries reveal how fetal and early childhood environments quite literally change brain architecture and other bio-regulatory systems—from the stress response to metabolism. Early environments—be they chemical or socioeconomic—can alter not the genes babies inherit but the epigenetic “volume controls” which turn genes on and off. These epigenetic switches can influence the self-regulation of emotions and behaviors, cognitive function, even the susceptibility to chronic diseases as people age.
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