Monday, December 22, 2014

Upcoming Webinar: Reducing Injury-Related Hospital Admissions

Reducing Injury-Related Hospital Admissions among Children and Adolescents Ages 0-19: The Role of the New Title V MCH Block Grant National Performance Measure on Injury

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm MST

CLICK HERE to register.

About the Webinar:  
This Children's Safety Network (CSN) webinar will provide information about the proposed new Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant National Performance Measure (NPM) #7 on reducing injury-related hospital admissions among children and adolescents ages 0 through 19, a key measure in improving the health and safety of children and adolescents across the U.S. The webinar will explain the burden of injury-related hospitalizations; introduce the new Title V Performance Measure framework with a focus on NPM-7 and associated National Outcome Measures; provide an overview of specific resources designed to support states that select NPM-7; share CSN resources for understanding the burden of injury-related hospitalizations in your state; and explain how to identify effective strategies for keeping infants, children, and adolescents safe.

Learning Objectives:

  • Through participation in this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Understand the burden of injury-related hospitalizations in the U.S.
  • Describe the new Title V National Performance Measure (NPM) framework with a focus on NPM-7 (injury-related hospital admission) and associated National Outcome Measures
  • Understand specific resources to support states that select NPM-7
  • Access CSN's state-specific injury fact sheets to learn about your state's burden of injury-related hospitalizations
  • Identify effective strategies for keeping infants, children, and adolescents safe. 

This meeting will be recorded. The recording and slides will be posted on our website: It may take up to two weeks for the recording to be posted.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Adolescent Suicide in Colorado, 2008-2012

The Health Statistics Branch at CDPHE has released the Health Watch - Adolescent Suicide in Colorado, 2008-2012 report on youth suicide data.

This report describes the issue of adolescent suicide in Colorado by using the National Violent Death Reporting System surveillance data. The purpose of this report is to increase suicide awareness, as well as present unique aspects and factors of adolescent suicide. These data can be used at the state and local levels in Colorado to help inform intervention and prevention efforts that will reduce adolescent suicide.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Upcoming Injury and Violence Webinar: Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators?

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the United States.

This Healthy People 2020 webinar will focus on activities and interventions related to the prevention of injuries and death through adequate and appropriate child passenger safety. Through four presentations focusing on data, communication efforts, and effective implementation strategies, presenters will explore the importance of child passenger safety and the progress being made to address this issue.

Join the webinar on Thursday, November 20 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MDT (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET) to learn how one organization is working to address child passenger safety in its community and hear about resources available to help address this issue in your community.

Click HERE to register for the webinar.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spotlight on Weld County - Safe Sleep Campaign

Two years ago, Weld County experienced four sleep-related infant deaths in a matter of months. The county coroner, who identified this pattern and unusually high number, brought it to the attention of the Prevention Services Unit at the Weld County Department of Human Services. As the Unit further investigated the deaths, they learned that all four deaths were the result of an unsafe sleep environment in which the baby was sharing a bed with an adult.

Weld County Safe Sleep Press Conference - 2013
Left to Right: Caroline Gelatt, Kathi Brown, Melanie Cyphers
Given the similar risk factors that were identified in all four cases, the Prevention Services Unit was compelled to take action to prevent other sleep-related infant deaths from occurring in Weld County. The Unit recognized that the death of these children was a community problem and would require a community solution. Thus, they convened local stakeholders, including United Way, Nurse Family Partnership, Lutheran Family Services, University of Northern Colorado, North Colorado Medical Center and Fetal Infant Mortality Review members to create a public awareness campaign.

Weld County Commissioner Proclamation on Safe Sleep - 2014
Heidi (Weld County mother and her baby) and Mike Ward (Weld County Coroner)

The campaign was multi-faceted and reached a broad audience.  Some of the activities of the campaign included:

  • Press conference and press release that was picked up on TV, radio and social media
  • Crib display comparing a safe and unsafe infant sleep environment and public testimonial from two Weld County mothers 
  • Presentations to healthcare professionals and child care workers
  • Toolkits provided to healthcare professionals and child care workers that consisted of a safe sleep checklist, brochure, magnet, press release and online resources 
  • Campaign website with safe sleep educational materials
  • Social media posts and distribution of posters at grocery stores, doctor’s offices, laundromats, and the drivers license office

Weld County is an exemplary case of “taking data to action:”

  1. Analyzing infant death data to identify trends and patterns;
  2. Convening community stakeholders to brainstorm prevention strategies;
  3. Using demographic characteristics and risk and protective factors to define their target audience; and
  4. Leveraging local resources to implement a public health program.

Click this link for more information about Weld County’s Safe Sleep Campaign.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Keeping Confidential Information Secure

In this world of technology, it’s easy to forget that information sent over the web is not as secure as we might think. Since we all work with protected health information (PHI) on a daily basis, it’s important to keep this information secure. Here are some tips for preserving the integrity of confidential information:

1.    Always lock up confidential documents when not in use. Never leave confidential documents unattended. Do not leave confidential documents open on your desk or computer screen. Don’t leave documents sitting on the printer or FAX.

2.    Use email encryption software. Any email that contains names, dates of death, dates of birth, death certificate numbers, or other types of PHI needs to be encrypted. Meeting reminder emails with a list of names to be reviewed need to be encrypted. If you are unsure if your email is encrypted, don’t send it, call or FAX the recipient(s) instead! Google has an encryption add-on to email that you can purchase. WinZip is also great software to encrypt files that you can then email. (You may use your team’s CFPS funding to purchase these).

3.    Use desktop encryption software. Store electronic files on a secure drive. When you download death certificates from the death certificate FTP website, they go to your Downloads folder, which is not secure if your laptop or computer is not encrypted. Move them to a secure drive or delete them once you have printed them out.

4.    Feel free to share confidential information over the phone to your team members, this is okay!

5.    Use a secured FAX area to send and receive confidential documents. FAX machines should not be accessible to the public. Use a cover sheet.

6.    Have a procedure plan for mail, voice messaging and faxes for work days when you are not there.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Smoking and SIDS

Parents can help protect their babies from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by taking the following actions:

  • Do not smoke when pregnant
  • Do not smoke in the home or around the baby

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October is SIDS Awareness Month!

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a sleep-related death of an infant younger than one year of age. SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as accidental suffocation, share similar risk factors that can be prevented. Despite awareness campaigns promoting safe sleep practices, sleep-related infant deaths are still the leading cause of death for babies one month to one year of age, claiming more than 40 lives each year in Colorado.

Click the link below to learn lifesaving steps parents and caregivers can take to help protect their baby from SIDS and other sleep-related deaths.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Do you have questions about retail marijuana in Colorado?

Then, ask the Retail Marijuana Education and Youth Prevention Coordinator!

The Retail Marijuana Education and Youth Prevention Coordinator, Erin Flynn, will be providing technical assistance and resources to community agencies, local public health partners, and statewide coalitions. The Coordinator will be the liaison between local efforts and concerns and state initiatives.

Technical Assistance includes:
  • The development and implementation of primary prevention and education programs
  • Community-based prevention recommendations
  • Substance abuse prevention strategies
  • Increased understanding of retail marijuana laws
  • Resources on effective strategies and lessons learned from alcohol and tobacco
How to request technical assistance?
  1. Go to
  2. In the upper right hand corner, click Community Agencies
  3. Select contact our Retail Marijuana Education and Youth Prevention Coordinator. Within two business days, you will receive a response from one of the retail marijuana team members. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Are We Crazy About Our Kids? -- the Cost/Benefit Equation" Film Screening in Grand Junction, CO

The Avalon Theatre and Rocky Mountain PBS host screening of early childhood development film

The Avalon Theatre is gearing up for their grand reopening with several events in September, including a public screening of PBS’ Raising of America series episode, “Are We Crazy About Our Kids- The Cost/Benefit Equation,” Monday September 22 at the Avalon Theatre in downtown Grand Junction.

The 30-minute documentary examines the economic advantages of investing in high-quality early childhood care and education, from birth to five years of age.

“We need to delve into discussions about how to make our education system work best for our youngest community members. This film could help us do that,” Robbie Breaux, Avalon Grand Opening Committee Chair, said.

The event is open to the public, with a special reception at 6:30 p.m. and the film at 7:30pm. A panel discussion will follow. “The panel discussion should be very interesting and engage the audience in a way that makes the film even more meaningful,” Breaux said.

Ryan Stringfellow, Regional Director of RMPBS, said, “We’re very excited about this collaboration with the Avalon. Not only is this a very important message to deliver to the community, but Rocky Mountain PBS is gets to show this film in the beautiful new building in which so many people contributed time and funding. We live in a very generous community.”

The $9.65 million project doubled the size of the theatre. The reopening week is full of events, including the #2 cellist in the world performing with the Grand Junction Symphony Sept. 20, to showcase the acoustic improvements Avalon made during the renovation.

For more information on the event, please call Rocky Mountain PBS at 970.245.1818.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

Light a candle of hope...

State employees are invited to wear yellow and gray
on Wednesday, Sept. 10 for World Suicide Prevention Day. 

The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) and Colorado State Employee Wellness Program, which are part of the Department of Personnel & Administration, along with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's (CDPHE) Office of Suicide Prevention, the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Carson J Spencer Foundation, have joined together to call attention to the State's suicide prevention efforts.

"We're asking people to wear yellow and gray not only to raise awareness about suicide, but to convey a message of hope," said C-SEAP Director Randi Wood. "We want to visibly demonstrate to those suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts that we support them on their journey from darkness to light."

State employees can pick up a free yellow and gray ribbon sticker and access other important informational resources between 8 and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at C-SEAP's offices, 1525 Sherman St. Stickers will also be handed out to visitors at the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday morning.

The national theme for this year's suicide prevention efforts is connectedness. Everyone is invited to help raise suicide awareness by posting photos of their yellow and gray outfits and ribbons via social media venues using the hashtags #suicideprevention and #COconnected.

Also on Sept. 10, people are encouraged to light a candle in a window to raise awareness and remember those lost to suicide, or attend a candle-lighting ceremony hosted by the Carson J Spencer Foundation from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Denver Union Station.

In 2013, suicide ranked above motor vehicle accidents as the number one injury-related cause of death in the state. CDPHE reports that Colorado regularly ranks in the top 10 states annually for suicides.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a proclamation designating the week of Sept. 7 through 13, 2014, as Suicide Prevention Week. The proclamation indicates that many Coloradans are struggling to cope with the pressures of mental illness, a stressed economy, substance abuse or other factors that render them thinking suicide is their only alternative.

CDPHE offers all Colorado citizens assistance through the Suicide Prevention Lifeline -- an online and telephone resource to help those in a suicide crisis. "One of the major challenges facing those who suffer from mental illness or substance abuse is the stigma that is associated with seeking help," said Jarrod Hindman, director of the CDPHE's Office of Suicide Prevention.  "We need to reduce the social pressure that keeps some from seeking life-saving assistance, and recognize this as a winnable battle."

C-SEAP offers no cost, confidential counseling services for State employees and their families at locations throughout the state. Individual services include drug and alcohol, work and family, couples/relationship, domestic violence, stress, and grief or loss counseling and can be accessed at  or by calling 1-800-821-8154. State employees may also have additional coverage through their health benefits provider. The State Employee Wellness Program has also incorporated mental health into an online program for employees.

"The State believes that early intervention and counseling can help reverse the trend of suicidal thoughts and actions, and we intend to educate as many State employees as we can about suicide prevention," said Wood.

Colorado also recently opened its first statewide mental health hotline, the Colorado Crisis and Support Line. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides crisis counseling and resource referral from trained professionals and peer specialists for Coloradans experiencing a mental health crisis or with a loved one in crisis. The toll-free number is 844-493-TALK (8255).

"One of our most promising suicide prevention strategies is to 'get upstream,'" said Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of the Carson J Spencer Foundation. "Programs the State is implementing -- like the Working Minds program -- encourage working-aged people to think about their problems in a different way, before problems become catastrophic."

For more information on suicide prevention, please visit the following resources:
Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado at
Online or telephone hotline  or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
C-SEAP (for state government employees) at
CDPHE Office of Suicide Prevention at
Statewide mental health hotline, 844-493-TALK (8255)
Carson J Spencer Foundation at

State-level results from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey are now available!

The 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey collected self-reported health information from Colorado middle and high school students. The HKCS was administered in Fall 2013 to approximately 40,000 randomly-selected students from over 220 middle and high schools. The survey is administered to students in odd-numbered years, with the next full administration in Fall 2015.

HKCS is supported by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Colorado Department of Education (CDE), and Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). The University of Colorado Denver is the official contractor for state HKCS. Starting in 2013, Colorado will have data at both the state and regional level, based on the state’s health statistics regions.

The primary use of the data is to identify health priorities in order to better implement school- and community-based strategies to improve and maintain the health of youth.

Access the new state-level data tables at:

Request additional state-level analysis, please submit a request at:

An executive summary, regional data and other topic reports will be available later this fall.

Contact Amy Dillon at 303-692-2398 or with questions.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Grant Opportunity Aligned with Early Childhood Colorado Partnership Strategies

Community First Foundation just announced a new grant opportunity to buffer adversity and toxic stress in the early years with the strategies outlined in the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership Focus Map as a foundation.

The Foundation will award grants through an open, competitive process to eligible nonprofit organizations headquartered in the seven county metro-Denver region. This is an exciting development which will provide opportunities for the network to leverage Partnership work to ensure Colorado children are valued, healthy, and thriving. Many thanks to Community First Foundation for making these resources available. To learn more about the Request for Proposals, please visit the Community First Foundation website.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. MDT on Thursday, October 16, 2014


Friday, August 29, 2014

Tips from Existing CFR Teams

During the Local CFR Coordinator training in June 2014, representatives from existing CFR teams hosted a panel to answer questions from new coordinators. Kristy Emerson (from Mesa County), Chloe Leipzig (from Larimer/Jackson Counties), Trish McClain (from Northeast Colorado), Jacque Frenier (from Morgan County), Jodi Byrnes (from Denver County), and Margaret Huffman and Sabra Anckner (both from Jefferson County) participated in the panel and were very helpful to the new coordinators!

When the existing teams were asked about one piece of advice for new local CFR teams, here's what they had to say:

  • Build a strong relationship with the coroner.
  • It's not about blame.
  • Provide food.
  • Have mutual respect among the team members.
  • Acknowledge team members for the tough work they do.
  • It's okay to disagree, but be respectful.
  • Remember that there is a lot of time to review the cases so don't stress about the data collection.
  • Keep the focus on prevention. That is the purpose of child fatality review.
  • Use the state support team. 

If you are interested in reaching out to existing local coordinators with any questions, contact the CFPS support staff and we can connect you with them!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Open Competitive Opportunity for an Essentials for Childhood Program Coordinator

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Injury, Suicide and Violence Prevention Branch (the same Branch where CFPS is housed) is hiring an Essentials for Childhood Program Coordinator.

The purpose of this position is to provide coordination and project management of child maltreatment prevention activities under the Implementation of Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments Grant. Activities include the coordination of collaborative statewide partnerships and strategic processes.

To apply: Essentials for Childhood Program Coordinator

The application will be open until August 29, 2014 or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Position Vacancies on the CFPS State Review Team

Are you interested in serving on the Child Fatality Prevention System State Review Team? Starting this September, there will be several position vacancies on the State Review Team. The team vacancies include:
  • Governor-appointed physician who specializes in traumatic injury or children's health (2 vacancies starting 9/1/14)
  • Governor-appointed nurse who specializes in traumatic injury or children's health (1 vacancy starting 9/1/14)
  • Governor-appointed rural district attorney (currently vacant)
  • Governor-appointed county commissioner (currently vacant)
  • Team-selected Court-appointed Special Advocate Program Director (currently vacant) 

For the governor-appointed positions, interested applicants will need to apply through the Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions using the following link: For the team-selected vacancy, interested applicants can send their resume to

To learn more about the CFPS State Review Team, please read the description below.

CFPS State Review Team Purpose and Duties

The purpose of the Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) is to conduct multi-disciplinary and comprehensive reviews of preventable child fatalities that occur in Colorado in order to better understand how and why children die and to develop prevention recommendations to prevent future deaths. Currently, the CFPS State Review Team conducts case-specific reviews on about 220 preventable child fatalities per year including undetermined causes, unintentional injury (e.g., drowning, falls, fires, poisoning), violence (e.g., homicide, any firearm death), motor vehicle incidents, child abuse or neglect, sudden unexpected infant death (e.g., sleep-related deaths), and suicide. The information from the reviews is entered into a web-based data collection tool so that the data can be analyzed and aggregated to identify risk factors and prevention opportunities. On an annual basis, the CFPS State Review Team reviews the aggregated data to prioritize state-level policy recommendations to submit to the governor and the Colorado General Assembly. To read the 2014 annual report, please click this link: 

Although the CFPS State Review Team will continue to review individual cases for the next year, after the 2013 data year ends, local child fatality review teams will conduct the individual reviews. The State Review Team will continue to make state-level, policy-related recommendations for the state legislature based on the prevention recommendations made by the local teams.

Time Commitment

There are five subcommittees that review cases (accident/injury, motor vehicle, sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID)/sleep-related deaths, child abuse/neglect, and violence). The subcommittees usually meet every other month to review cases (except SUID which meets monthly) for two-hour meetings. Most CFPS State Review Team members sit on at least one subcommittee. 

In addition to the subcommittee meetings, the full CFPS State Review Team meets on a quarterly basis for a two-hour meeting.

All meetings are in Denver, CO, but we always have a call-in option for members that are not in the Denver metro area.  

How to Apply

Please fill out an online application from the Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions. The application can be accessed using the following link: When applying for a position, please select "Child Fatality Prevention Review Team, Colorado State" under the question that asks, "Which Boards and Commissions are you interested in?" 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: Sexual Violence Prevention Webinar

When: 08/13/2014
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join the meeting on August 13, 2014
Conference Number(s): 712-432-0220
Participant Code: 2589#

Poet Allen Ginsberg proclaimed, “Whoever controls the media – the image – controls the culture.” This workshop will utilize multimedia, interactive discussion, and storytelling to empower participants with tools to enhance their media literacy skills and gain insight into the positive and negative ways media represents masculinities.

This is the first of on an ongoing series of Sexual Violence Prevention hosted Technical Assistance Webinars. The goal of the webinars is to provide technical assistance, enhance networking and collaboration among SVP grantees and other community stakeholders and to showcase successful strategies by SVP grantees and collaborative partners within the primary prevention arena.

Sleep Environment Risks for Younger and Older Infants

Jeffrey D. Colvin, Vicki Collie-Akers, Christy Schunn, and Rachel Y. Moon


OBJECTIVE: Sudden infant death syndrome and other sleep-related causes of infant mortality have several known risk factors. Less is known about the association of those risk factors at different times during infancy. Our objective was to determine any associations between risk factors for sleep-related deaths at different ages.
METHODS: A cross-sectional study of sleep-related infant deaths from 24 states during 2004–2012 contained in the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths Case Reporting System, a database of death reports from state child death review teams. The main exposure was age, divided into younger (0–3 months) and older (4 months to 364 days) infants. The primary outcomes were bed-sharing, objects in the sleep environment, location (eg, adult bed), and position (eg, prone).
RESULTS: A total of 8207 deaths were analyzed. Younger victims were more likely bed-sharing (73.8% vs 58.9%, P < .001) and sleeping in an adult bed/on a person (51.6% vs 43.8%, P < .001). A higher percentage of older victims had an object in the sleep environment (39.4% vs 33.5%, P < .001) and changed position from side/back to prone (18.4% vs 13.8%, P < .001). Multivariable regression confirmed these associations.
CONCLUSIONS: Risk factors for sleep-related infant deaths may be different for different age groups. The predominant risk factor for younger infants is bed-sharing, whereas rolling into objects in the sleep area is the predominant risk factor for older infants. Parents should be warned about the dangers of these specific risk factors appropriate to their infant’s age.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Save the Date: Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference

Registration is Now Open!
Colorado's Office of Early Childhood and Office of Children, Youth, and Families invite you to attend the inaugural child abuse prevention conference promoting well-being for all of our children. The Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference will be held on September 15th & 16th at the Keystone Conference Center in Keystone, CO.

The conference will feature speakers and sessions targeted to the following audiences and include opportunities for these professionals to help inform the creation of a Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Plan:
  • home visitors, 
  • family support workers, 
  • parent educators, 
  • parent leaders,
  • medical and mental health professionals, 
  • school social workers, 
  • teachers, 
  • kinship and foster parents, 
  • child welfare practitioners,  
  • public health and prevention professionals, 
  • early childhood development specialists, 
  • early interventionists, 
  • human service providers, 
  • public officials, 
  • and community advocates. 
There is no registration fee to attend. The conference will provide lunch on Monday and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. There will be some scholarships available to cover travel and lodging. 

Continue to check back at for information coming on speakers, agenda, scholarships, and how to reserve lodging.

Help us Spread the Word.

CFPS Conference Call for Legal Guidance

As we shift from the State level Child Fatality review process to the local level, many teams have had legal questions regarding confidentiality, Open Meetings law, etc....

To address these questions, we have set up a conference call with Ann Hause, Director of the Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, for August 12, 10:00-11:00 am. During this call, Ann will answer any legal questions from the local teams. The call in number is: 1-877-820-7831 and participant code is 715534# (I will also send a meeting request out for this time). 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fourteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/ Abusive Head Trauma

We are pleased to announce that the program for the Fourteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. For the first time, it is being held in beautiful Mile High City of Denver, Colorado on September 21, 22, 23, 2014. This highly scientific conference will include presentations from medical, legal, and prevention professionals from leading universities, organizations and institutions. This is the only conference of its kind in the world and is sure to again be highly rated for the impressive program and location. 

We encourage you to view the outstanding lineup in the program. Click here for full Conference Program.  Registration is now open. We look forward to seeing you in September. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Save the Date: "Your Community, Your Voice"

Every five years the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program is required to conduct a statewide needs assessment of the health and well-being of Colorado’s women, children and youth, including those with special health care needs, and their families. The purpose of the assessment is to identify seven to 10 specific priorities that state and local MCH programs can impact during the next five years. The selected priorities will focus MCH work from 2016-20.

WE NEED YOU?  Community members who care about the health and well-being of women, children, youth and families across the great state of Colorado (including local public health agencies and community partners, community members, family and youth leaders, etc.) are invited to attend. 

WHAT? "Your Community, Your Voice" conversations are designed to hear YOUR ideas on how to improve the health and well-being of women, children and youth, including those with special health care needs, and their families. 

  • August 4 – Frisco 
  • August 5 – Rifle 
  • August 25 – Boulder 
  • September 3 – Colorado Springs
  • September 8 – Denver
  • September 9 – Greeley
  • September 23 - Durango 
  • September 25 – Pueblo
  • October 9 – Alamosa
WHY? It is critical to partner with people from local communities across Colorado, especially those who are most affected by these state-level priorities and decisions. So, please make the time to share your ideas and get your voice heard! 

HOW? In the coming weeks, registration information will be sent via email.  Or, check out for more information. 

You may also contact Gina Febbraro at o(303) 692-6409 with any questions

Friday, July 11, 2014

Open Competitive Opportunity for a Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator at CDPHE

The Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is accepting applications for the the Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator!

Classification: GP III
Job Location: Denver
Close Date: July 23, 2014 OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool, whichever comes first.

TO APPLY: Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator - 01704 - GP III

If you have difficulty with the link, please access the State of Colorado job website at

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System: Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report

The Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report is now available!

The Child Fatality Prevention Act (Article 20.5 of Title 25, Colorado Revised Statutes) established the Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS), a statewide, multidisciplinary, multi-agency effort to prevent child deaths. As mandated in statute, this report identifies specific policy recommendations to reduce child deaths in Colorado and provides an overview of programmatic accomplishments since July 1, 2013. 

On an annual basis, the CFPS State Review Team prioritizes policy recommendations to submit to the governor and the Colorado General Assembly. The State Review Team’s decision to endorse the following prioritized recommendations was based on the review of aggregated child death circumstance data from 2008-2012, as well as multidisciplinary expertise about the best strategies to protect the health and well-being of children.

The Child Fatality Prevention System State Review Team determined that child fatalities can be reduced in Colorado if the following recommendations to policymakers are adopted and implemented.

  • Modify child care licensing requirements and regulations regarding infant safe sleep to better align with the American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep recommendations.
  • Establish a statutory requirement that allows for primary enforcement of Colorado’s adult seat belt law, making it possible for a driver to be stopped and issued a citation if anyone (the driver and all passengers in all seating positions) in the vehicle is not properly restrained.
  • Increase funding for the Office of Suicide Prevention to implement the following activities: 1) expand the Office of Suicide Prevention statewide community grant program to more counties and at higher funding levels; 2) expand the implementation and evaluation of means restriction education training at hospitals statewide; and 3) expand implementation and evaluation of school-based suicide prevention programs that promote resilience and positive youth development as protective factors from suicide statewide.
  • Require newly licensed K-12 educators and special service providers (nurses, school psychologists, school counselors and social workers) to complete suicide prevention trainings.
  • Increase funding for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to expand the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program at pharmacies across the state.
  • Incorporate infant safe sleep education and how to address safety concerns related to infant safe sleep practices as part of the Colorado Department of Human Services Child Welfare Training System for child welfare professionals. (Joint Recommendation with Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Team)
  • Continue to provide dedicated resources for the implementation of Colorado’s Child Welfare Plan, “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0,” to make prevention programs for families with young children available in every county in Colorado. (Joint Recommendation with Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Team)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CDC Releases Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action

Everyone has a role in preventing youth violence

Youth violence is a leading cause of death and injuries — each and every day 13 young people are victims of homicide and more than 1,600 are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries.  Research and experience show that we can prevent youth violence. Advances in our understanding of effective prevention strategies prove that we can do a lot more than simply respond when violence occurs.

CDC’s Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action and its companion guide provide information and action steps to help all community members be a part of the solution.  There are steps that community leaders and members, public health professionals, families, adults who work with youth, and young people can take today that can stop youth violence before it starts.

Everyone has a role in preventing youth violence. Community leaders and members can take steps, such as enhancing the skills of young people and using evidence-based prevention strategies. Public health professionals can strengthen their community’s ability to understand and prevent youth violence through sharing information, using data, and continuing research. Families and other adults who work with youth can be nonviolent role models, closely monitor youth’s activities, and seek out help when needed. Youth can make safe choices and help others be violence free. The new releases explain these and other opportunities for action.

Learn More

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Check before you go: Child safety, vehicles and heat

Current issue of Healthy You: July 2014
Check before you go: 
Child safety, vehicles and heat
It's never safe to leave a child unattended in a car. But it can be especially dangerous on a hot day, when a mistake can cost a life. Learn the steps you can take to remind yourself to check the car before you leave.
Download a PDF of the most recent issue of Healthy You:
• English
• Spanish
Listen to recording or download a podcast based on the interview.
Healthy You FAQs: What is Healthy You? How can I use it? Do I need permission? Read our FAQs

Friday, June 6, 2014

CFPS Evaluation Plan

During the past several months, evaluators from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) facilitated a planning process to engage internal and external stakeholders and develop an evaluation plan of the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS)

There are two goals of the evaluation: 
  1. A process evaluation of how the CFPS is implemented in order to provide data for continuous quality improvement during implementation and maintenance of the system and evidence-based recommendations for implementing and running a state-wide CFPS.
  2. Evaluation of the outcomes of the CFPS with a particular focus on how successful CFPS is at producing actionable prevention recommendations and the actions taken as a result of these recommendations.

Beginning July 1, 2014, this multi-faceted evaluation will be implemented in order to capture the different processes that are occurring during the implementation of the CFPS as well as the outcomes of the 2013 legislation changes. The evaluation is proposed to occur over five years in order to capture short, medium, and long term outcomes. At the end of this five-year plan, it is envisioned that a similar evaluation design process will occur taking into account the findings of the last five years, new goals and any changing stakeholder goals for evaluation.