Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Study: Enhancing Patient-Provider Communication: Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders

Healthcare providers (HCPs) play an integral role in promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as reducing perinatal mood disorders during pregnancy. This study aims to learn more about the effects of educational webbased modules on patient-provider communication relating to managing perinatal mood disorders among a sample of HCPs.

HCPs will be asked to complete a web-based training that is designed to:

  • Improve ability to build rapport and convey empathy while delivering patient-centered care
  • Identify national guidelines pertaining to perinatal mood disorders (i.e. how to identify and screen for perinatal mood disorders) 
  • Develop knowledge and skills to increase intent to talk about perinatal mood disorders with patients 
  • Improve familiarity with challenges and concerns of pregnant women and adherence to recommended treatment 
  • Increase level of confidence and comfort in discussing topics related to perinatal mood disorders 
  • Improve ability to locate local and national resources to promote management of perinatal mood disorders. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SIM LPHA funding opportunity

Local public health agencies in Colorado that have prioritized mental health, substance abuse and/or obesity in the community needs assessment or the community health improvement plan are eligible to apply for a new funding opportunity.Those LPHAs who have not are strongly encouraged to partner as a regional applicant with an LPHA that identified one or all of these as a priority. CDPHE’s Prevention Services Division is soliciting responses for the State Innovation Model Local Public Health Behavioral Health Promotion and Prevention of Behavioral Health Disorders Funding Opportunity (SIM LPHA).

Download the application packet - Applications due Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 by 5:00 pm

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.

SIDS Blocks
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