Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fiscal Year 2015: Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report

The Fiscal Year 2015: Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report is now available. The report includes a summary of child fatality review findings and data, updates about CFPS prevention activities, highlights of the CFPS program, and the prevention recommendations prioritized by the CFPS State Review Team. 

The following recommendations were prioritized:
  1. Mandate the use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF) for law enforcement agencies and coroner offices during infant death scene investigations.
  2. Mandate that hospitals develop and implement policies to provide education and information about infant safe sleep promotion and to require the practice and modeling of safe sleep behaviors in labor/delivery and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) hospital settings. 
  3. Modify Colorado Department of Human Services’ rules regulating family foster care homes to better align with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) infant safe sleep recommendations, including training for foster families regarding infant safe sleep.
  4. 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 in all seating positions) in the vehicle is not properly restrained.
  5. Increase funding for the Office of Suicide Prevention to implement the following activities: 1) expand the Gun Shop Project to more counties in Colorado; 2) expand the implementation and evaluation of Emergency Department-Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (ED-CALM)training statewide; and 3) expand implementation and evaluation of school-based suicide prevention programs statewide that promote resilience and positive youth development as protective factors from suicide.
  6. Support policies that impact the priorities of the Colorado Essentials for Childhood project: 1) increase family-friendly business practices across Colorado; 2) increase access to child care and after school care; 3) increase access to preschool and full-day kindergarten; and 4) improve social and emotional health of mothers, fathers, caregivers and children.
  7. Provide funding for the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to promote uptake of the Quad-Regulator Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids through increased training and education of prescribers.
  8. Increase funding to Child Fatality Prevention System to support the implementation and evaluation of youth programs that promote pro-social activities, resilience and positive youth development as protective factors from child fatalities statewide.
Feel free to disseminate this report to your partners.

[Webinar] Engaging Youth: Applying the Positive Youth Development (PYD) Approach in all Aspects of your Work (July 30)

Essentials for Childhood: Calling all Partners Invested in Children and Families (August 20-21)

Calling all partners invested in children and families!

You are invited to our very special 2015 Bi-Annual Collective Impact Team two-day event.

Who: Essentials for Childhood

What: a two-day learning and engagement opportunity

Featuring: experts in communicating Return on Investment, the unveiling of Colorado, Connecting the Dots, an opportunity to learn and communicate with employers and policy makers and to contribute to Collective Action for Colorado's families.Where: the Lowry Conference Center, Room 200A, 1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO 80230

When: August 20, 9:00am - 5pm & August 21, 9:00am - 12:30pm
(We are serving snacks and lunch!)
Why: WHY?!?! Because you care about kids and families, that's why!

Please feel free to share this registration link with anyone who is interested!

New Marijuana Resources for Health Care Providers

Only 40% of health care providers surveyed reported feeling knowledgeable about the risks of marijuana use during adolescence. In order to help increase their comfort and knowledge of the marijuana laws and research on the health risks, CDPHE recently developed the Marijuana Pediatric Exposure Prevention Guidance for Health Care Providers.  The two new pediatric guidance documents are titled Marijuana Pediatric Exposure Prevention Guidance for Health Care Providers:

These documents provide evidenced-based guidance for Colorado health care providers to talk with patients and their parents about marijuana. Topics within the guidance documents include screening questions, health effects, secondhand smoke, parenting and safety (including safe sleep), and safe storage.  

The guidance was developed using the information from the systematic literature review conducted by the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee.  A committee of experts developed guidance document content with additional feedback from health care provider focus groups.  

CDPHE also developed factsheets for patients to accompany the guidelines, written at a middle school reading level and translated into multiple languages:

These factsheets provide information for youth and parents about the risk of marijuana use including health effects, legal issues, safety, and available resources. The factsheets have space on the back for local agencies to place their logo and contact information, if desired.

For more information on the resources for health care providers and patients, go to http://bit.ly/CDPHE_MJ_HealthCareGuidance.