Friday, July 29, 2016

Essentials for Childhood Policy and Advocacy Training

Essentials for Childhood Policy and Advocacy Training

Join us for a half-day training opportunity on August 24th in downtown Denver!

Essentials for Childhood Colorado will be hosting an advocacy workshop for partners interested in:
  • Understanding methods that can influence public policy within a nonprofit or governmental agency,
  • Concrete ways to advance policy approaches to Essentials for Childhood. 

The event will take place on August 24, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Mile High United Way.

Email if you have question about your reservation or for questions about the Essentials for Childhood Colorado program. 

Funding opportunities to support child fatality prevention

Are you looking for funding opportunities to support your 
child fatality prevention work?

Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation is offering a mini-grants program: Special Project and Pilot Study Funds: Year 2016 - 2017. The application deadline is August 17, 2016.

The purpose of the mini-grants program of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS) is to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood (<18 years old) agricultural disease and injury.  Funds are allocated to support projects that: a) test innovative strategies; b) develop new partnerships beyond safety professionals (e.g. insurers, bankers, equipment dealers, media); c) identify and/or incorporate emerging trends and technologies in agriculture; and d) translate research findings into practical applications.

For more information visit the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation Mini-grant site.

Want to influence policy through your work?

Want to influence policy through your work? 

Learn about how you and the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations you work with can engage in advocacy in Colorado. Attend the "Harnessing the Power of Advocacy in Your Nonprofit" webinar hosted by The Colorado Health Foundation on August 11, 2016 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT. Register here.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Regsiter for the 2016 Colorado Safe Schools Summit

CSSRC E-Update February 2016

Registration is now open!!
When: October 12th& 13th
Where: The Conference Center at Adams 12 Five Star Schools – 1500 E. 128th Ave., Thornton, CO 80241
The 2016 Colorado Safe Schools Summit hosted by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center in collaboration with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at CU Boulder and Safe2Tell of the Colorado Office of the Attorney General.
An agenda can be found here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Andy Woster explains how to know if your data is missing or unknown

Whew! What a crazy spring! For me, at least, it involved learning an entirely new job and making a transition from a training focused on communicable disease to a professional role in violence and injury prevention. That was wild! I’m glad it’s over and glad to have done it! 

Now it’s camping season for me and, if you’re a member of one of the CFPS review teams, it’s the start of crunch time for you! Remembering that the deadline for the completion of your reviews for 2015 cases is January 1st, 2017, I thought I’d take a moment to share a message with you regarding data entry. (If you haven’t figured it out, you’ll be doing this a lot in the next few months! We still have about 1/3 of all assigned cases that don’t yet have a case number in the National Center Case Reporting System.)

For this edition of the data corner, I wanted to reflect on a piece of information that piqued my interest from the recent data quality webinar the National Center hosted. Missing and unknown information is a distinction epidemiologists and data nerds alike can spend hours bickering like old friends over and still fail to reach consensus on. During the data quality webinar, Dr. Schnitzer indicated that unknown data is information that teams discussed and for which the correct response to the question was not known or not available. Missing information, on the other hand, is information which occurs because the question was skipped or not discussed during the meeting. A simpler guiding principle is “if you looked for it and can’t find the answer then the response is unknown.” If you didn’t look for it or skipped the question, then the response should be left blank.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Strengthening Colorado Families & Communities Conference

September 27 & 28, 2016 - Winter Park Resort, Colorado 

Interested in building resilience and other protective factors to prevent child maltreatment? Consider attending the Strengthening Colorado Families & Communities Conference by Illuminate Colorado, in partnership with the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership and the Colorado Department of Human Services. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report

On an annual basis, the Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) prioritizes prevention recommendations based on the review of aggregated circumstance data from child deaths as well as multidisciplinary expertise about the best strategies to protect the health and well-being of children.

Based on 2010-2014 child fatality data, the CFPS team members recommend the following strategies be implemented to reduce child fatalities in Colorado:
  1. 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, regardless of seating position) in the vehicle is not properly restrained. 
  2. Enhance the Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) law to increase the minimum age for a learner’s permit to 16 years and expand restricted driving hours to 10:00pm-5:00am. 
  3. Mandate that all healthcare settings develop and implement policies to provide education and information about infant safe sleep promotion. 
  4. Mandate all schools in Colorado implement a full spectrum of suicide prevention programming, including programs that promote resilience and positive youth development as protective factors for suicide. 
  5. Support policies that ensure the long-term financial stability of free full-day preschool and free full-day kindergarten. 
  6. Support policies that ensure paid parental leave for families. 
In addition, the following recommendations were made to strengthen child fatality data quality inclusive of ideas to improve how child fatalities are examined by investigative agencies, as well as ideas to improve systems to track and analyze data: 
  • Mandate law enforcement agencies and coroner offices use the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF) during infant death scene investigations.
  • Mandate the use of a suicide investigation form for law enforcement and coroners when investigating suicide deaths. 
  • Improve Colorado’s Traffic Accident Report to include more specific information about motor vehicle crashes. 
  • Strengthen practices related to sharing child maltreatment data across local agencies in Colorado.
More information about each of these recommendations, as well as a summary of 2010-2014 child fatality data, is available in the 2016 Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report.