Friday, December 30, 2016

Colorado School of Public Health is Hiring

University of Colorado – Colorado School of Public Health
Professional Research Assistant - Job Number 07457

The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH), Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus, seeks a part time (.50 FTE) Professional Research Assistant to serve as a Researcher/Technical Advisor for the monitoring contract issued by the Indian Health Service Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreements Program (TIPCAP). The TIPCAP monitoring contractor provides professional oversight and technical expertise in the best practices in community-based injury prevention program planning, development, implementation, evaluation, training, and resource development to two types of grantees – Part I, Injury Prevention Programs and Part II, Injury Prevention Program Effective Strategy Projects.

This half-time position will work closely with the Project Director to support the overall efforts of the project. More specifically, the Researcher/Technical Advisor will be responsible for assessing the needs of the grantees under TIPCAP and working closely with identified injury prevention consultants to determine appropriate resources and training opportunities that provide technical assistance to fulfill those needs. This position will assist in ensuring that the deliverables of the contract are completed.

Find more information and apply online here: 

Enter the job number (07457) into the advanced search to access the job posting

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

WEBINAR: Safe Sleep: Using Home Visiting and Welcome Family Visits to Improve Safe Sleep

Our national Infant Mortality CoIIN partners are presenting the following webinar:

"Safe Sleep: Using Home Visiting and Welcome Family Visits to Improve Safe Sleep"

January 3rd, 12:00 - 1:00pm MT (2-3:00 pm ET)

Presenters: Massachusetts Welcome Family Home Visiting

Join us to learn from the Massachusetts State team about their successes and lessons learned in integrating safe sleep practices into home visiting through the Welcome Family Home Visiting pilot.


Funding Opportunity for Local Initiatives Working on Social Determinants of Health

Health is influenced by more than an individual's health behaviors and their access to health care services. Nonclinical factors such as housing, transportation, food access, educational attainment, and income greatly impact health outcomes.  These factors are often referred to as social determinants of health or upstream factors, and they are the focus of the BUILD Health Challenge. The initiative is looking to add 17+ community collaboratives in their newest round of funding and support.

BUILD is a national funding collaborative focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals and families through BOLD, UPSTREAM, INTEGRATED, LOCAL, and DATA-DRIVEN community-driven projects.  Its diverse founders, including the Colorado Health Foundation, understand the need to build cross-sectional collaboration across disciplines as well as focusing on upstream factors to effectively and sustainably improve community health. The hospital-community-public health partnership make this program both unique and sustainable.  

Three of the grants BUILD intends to award in this next funding round will be dedicated to the state of Colorado.  Please visit the BUILD Health Challenge application website to view more details about the award and eligibility.  There will be a webinar on January 31 to go over the details of the award--interested parties must register on the BUILD Health Challenge website.  Applications for the BUILD Health Challenge will be accepted between January 10-February 21 2017 (deadline 5pm EST).

Thursday, December 22, 2016

WEBINAR: Building Effective Partnerships for Fatality Review

Our partners at the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Death are hosting an upcoming webinar:

"Building Effective Partnerships for Fatality Review"

Presented on January 11, 2017 at 12 pm MST/2pm EST

Dr. Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler will be presenting on different aspects of partnerships as strong and diverse partnerships are the foundation of a successful mortality review team. Partnerships are vital for all aspects of mortality review work, including reviewing deaths, abstracting and collecting data and identifying and implementing prevention recommendations. This webinar will focus on identifying and engaging new partners, identifying methods for improving collaboration with existing partners, and best practices in partnership building.


If you are not able to watch the webinar live, you can find the recorded webinar posted with the slides on the NCFRP website:

Resources on the Social Determinants of Health

If you're looking for resources that explain the social determinants of health, please check out the American Public Health Association's (APHA) The Nation's Health series on the social determinants of health including data write-ups, infographics, and more (

Instead of addressing poor health outcomes one patient at a time, by addressing the social determinants of health (housing, income, education, etc.), we can bolster important protective factors and therefore decrease and prevent violence and injury in our communities.

Increasing connectedness as an important protective factor for adolescent men

Research and personal experience tell us about the importance of friendships for adolescents. Still, we know that many adolescent boys struggle to make and keep close friends. A new video called “The Crisis of Connection for Adolescent Boys” underscores that adolescent boys want and need close, supportive friendships and provides guidance to professionals and family members on how to foster those relationships.

The video features NYU Professor Niobe Way, who has studied adolescents’ social development for over 30 years. She shares what young men say about increasing isolation as they move from childhood to adolescence and how social connections affect health and well-being. In this video Way encourages adults to rethink assumptions and provides strategies to encourage the friendships that help adolescent boys thrive.

This is the first in a new TAG Talks video series created as part of the Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) call to action from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. Find the videos and supplemental materials on the OAH site.

NEW CoVDRS reports on violent deaths in Colorado

The Colorado Violent Death Reporting System (CoVDRS) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a series of reports, profiling violent deaths in Colorado’s 21 health statistics regions.

The reports contain detailed information on the burden, characteristics and overall profile of suicides, homicides and unintentional firearm deaths among residents of Colorado’s health statistics regions. These 21 regions are made up of counties and aggregations of counties developed by the Health Statistics Section in partnership with state and local public health professionals using statistical and demographic criteria. The goal of these reports is to inform injury and violence prevention efforts at the local and regional level.

The data in these reports comes directly from the enhanced public health surveillance system CoVDRS which is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The NVDRS is funded and maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aims to collect detailed, multi-source data on violent deaths throughout the United States.

The reports can be found at the below link:

Once on the page scroll down to the “Colorado Violent Death Reporting System” drop down, and then click on the “Regional Reports” tab. This contains a map of Colorado, click on the region of interest and the appropriate violent death report will download/open.

Please feel free to pass these reports on to any and all community stakeholders, violence and injury prevention specialists, local public health agencies, or any other interested parties.

Infographic: Youth Substance Use from the 2016 Monitoring the Future Survey

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the results from the 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The MTF survey is administered to 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students and focuses on drug use. The results from the 2016 MTF survey are promising, showing a long-term decline in youth use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and many other illicit substances. Prescription drug misuse has also declined.

Visit the NIH to see the full infographic and to access more survey results.

WEBINAR: Health Equity for Transgender Youth

Recorded Webinar: "Health Equity for Transgender Youth"
Presented December 6, 2016

The first webinar in the Colorado Public Health Webinar Series focused on health equity issues related to transgender youth in Colorado. Our presenter was Leo Kattari, an inspiring advocate for health equity and social justice. He currently oversees the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Leo's background is in social work, policy/advocacy, community mobilization, and health education. He has worked with organizations, universities, and health care institutions across the country to advance the health and well-being of all people with an emphasis in LGBT health, leadership development, and community engagement.

Webinar materials: 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Andy's Data Blog: Random musing from a data nerd

Book learnin’, trivia, and practical information: what’s your preference?
By CFPS Epi, Andy Woster
The Gestalt Psychologist, Kurt Lewin, described field theory in the context of psychology and behavior in the 1940s. Prior to Lewin field theory had been used by physicists to model and describe the interaction of multiple forces. (I know what you’re thinking, but hang in there.) When I learned about field theory in my “Environmental Psychology” course during my second year in college, our discussion of Lewin’s “life space” was sophomoric. In fact, I remember only one thing about “life space,” that there were things that existed beyond our awareness that impacted our behavior. At that time, I wondered what those things might be. “I already knew about a pizza delivery deal each night of the week! What more could there be to know?” Well, except maybe how to properly dispose of all those pizza boxes!
Today, I realize more often than comfort dictates that I am unaware of just about everything. For instance, did you know the calculator on your iPhone will display scientific functions if you turn it sideways? How about that little gas tank and arrow on your gas gauge? On a number of cars this symbol can let you know that which side of the car to fuel up on. (This isn’t true for all cars, of course. That would be too easy!) Maybe you just didn’t know that you needed an ID to purchase compressed air to clean your keyboard (One person’s trash is another person’s party?).
It’s not possible to know everything and arguably no one should strive to. I am here, however, to provide you with a morsel (or two) that may make your CFPS life easier. If you’ve not already discovered this, you can login and test it. Once I share with you this little tidbit, you will call me a godsend. (That was intentionally imperative, 303-692-2477.) When you are completing case reviews and entering data into the case reporting system there is a small question mark behind the majority of the questions. Allowing your mouse to hover over those little question marks will trigger a dialogue box which often provides the criteria to objectively answer the question in question (☺). Did you also know that selecting the help section from the left-hand menu of the case reporting system provides you with access to webinars and supporting documentation from the national center? From here you can access the data dictionary and see the definitions for nearly all of the case reporting system questions and the criteria necessary for answering those questions. This is a really useful tool for those moments when you’re just not sure if a question is to be answered based on the documentation or the subjective opinion of the team.
So, there it is. In one brief paragraph I just completely revised your entire CFPS data entry experience. In all seriousness though, I hope you will be able to access some resources you were previously unaware of and this will make your life ever-so-slightly easier. Our partners at the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention work diligently on these definitions and neglecting them makes concrete interpretation of our data more difficult by creating a space where people use varying criteria to answer the same questions. This variation limits our understanding of the data and slows our progress toward effective prevention.
Did you know you know the take-out box from your recent order of Chinese also doubles as a fold-out plate?

Results from the Smart Source Pilot

The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) released an Executive Summary of the 2015-2016 Smart Source Pilot. The pilot includes data from 451 schools throughout Colorado (25% of the K-12 schools in the state) to better understand the health-related policies and practices in place in Colorado's schools. School staff complete a comprehensive school-level assessment on a variety of topics:
  • General Health Policies and Practices  
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Education/Physical Activity
  • Health Education
  • Health Services
  • Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services
  • Healthy and Safe School Environment
  • Family, Community, and Student Involvement
  • Staff Health Promotion
Access the Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source Executive Summary here:

School-Based Health Center Funding Opportunity

The School-Based Heath Center (SBHC) Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment  is releasing a four-year Planning-to-Operations Request for Applications (RFA) to establish new school-based health centers in Colorado.

The funding goal of this RFA is to expand the SBHC network in Colorado by investing with schools and medical sponsors who will evaluate available resources, assess need and feasibility of a SBHC in a community and plan to develop a new SBHC. Then, once the SBHC is operational, they will provide accessible, high quality care, in the most patient-centered, efficient and sustainable way possible, and utilized by the greatest number of high-need children/youth possible to improve health outcomes.

Below a timeline for this RFA:
    - RFA release date                                                               Dec. 19, 2016
    - Question and answer period                                               Dec. 19, 2016 to Feb. 6, 2017
    - Posting of RFA webinar recording (application overview)     Jan. 4, 2017
    - RFA due date (electronic submissions only)                         Feb. 8, 2017 (by 4:00 p.m.)
    - Funding start date                                                            July 1, 2017

Find more information and apply here:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Looking for more information on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?

Funding for travel and lodging accommodations may be available for qualifying districts traveling 100 miles or more. Email Holly Haynes ( with questions or call 720-502-4717. You may also submit a reimbursement form.

Register for free here. The registration deadline is 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017. 

New Surgeon General report on substance use in the US

The newly released U.S. Surgeon General's Report addresses a health and public health crisis affecting every community across our state. Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health is a comprehensive review of the science of substance use, misuse, and disorders. Notably, the report includes a section on prevention strategies across the lifespan, from infancy to adolescence and into adulthood, and considers prevention strategies that impact the whole social ecology from individual-level interventions to social policy changes. The report also considers key risk and protective factors to prevent substance misuse from an evidence-based, public health perspective. The report is available online at

Free safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training in Douglas County

In partnership Douglas County Government – Phillip S Miller grant, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, the Rotary of Castle Pines, the Douglas Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Youth Education and Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) are providing a *FREE* safeTALK (suicide alertness for everyone) Training.

Date and time: January 31, 2017 / Dinner is provided by the Rotary from 5-5:30pm / Training runs from 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Castle Rock Adventist Hospital (2350 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock, CO 80109—Gateway Mesa Conference Room)

To register, email Phyllis Harvey at

If you have questions, please feel free to call: 303-814-7033

Reserve your spot now and for those who have already attended, the organizers are asking that you share this flyer with your friends, coworkers, networks so that others can gain the same great skills you learned at the training.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Free Resource for Professionals Working with Youth

Are you looking for resources on how to have difficult conversations about substance use with youth that you work with and care about? Kognito's interactive online training allows you to "practice conversations about challenging topics with virtual patients." A variety of professionals can use these free trainings to practice screening and brief interventions to address substance use with youth.

Access the trainings here:

Please use and share widely! 

Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver is hiring

The Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver is hiring! Please see the brief descriptions and links to further application information below:

Youth Technical Assistance Program Manager
This full-time, University staff position within the Center on Domestic Violence will oversee and carry out the daily operations of the Center’s Fostering Safe Futures (FSF) project. FSF provides training and technical assistance to domestic and sexual violence organizations specifically around youth led prevention initiatives and services to youth victims of gender-based violence. The project is funded by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to serve their Rural, Tribal, and Consolidated Youth grantees and STOP (Services, Training, Officers & Prosecutors) sub-grantees. For details on this opportunity and to apply, go to:

Research to Practice (R2P) Coordinator
The Center on Domestic Violence has been funded by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Office for Victims Programs to carry out a statewide initiative to assist the victim services field in becoming more educated consumers of—and contributors to—program evaluation and evidence based practice with a goal of producing more effective and cost-efficient services for victims of crime. This half time (benefits eligible) Research to Practice (R2P) Coordinator position will facilitate and assist in carrying out the activities of this project. For details and to apply, go to:

DPH Hiring Youth for YHA Youth Leadership Team

Denver’s health departments are looking to young people in Denver to help us better understand what health issues really matter to youth. If you know any young people who live in Denver and are between 15 and 25, please encourage them to apply for this paid opportunity to be a part of the Youth Leadership Team for the 2017 Youth Health Assessment (YHA).  

The YHA Youth Leadership Team will be made up of 6-10 Denver youth who are committed to helping the public health agencies in Denver better understand the key issues in youth health from the youth perspective. This work will be coordinated by Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health and will use a youth-led research approach to determine what matters most in youth health!

Please share this opportunity with your networks, particularly those that reach young people between the ages of 15-25.  Learn more about this opportunity. Interested youth can apply online.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 10th, 2017.

Please direct questions to Abbie Steiner, Youth Health Assessment Project Manager (

CDPHE is hiring a Prevention and Technical Assistance Coordinator

The Prevention and Technical Assistance Coordinator will focus on providing technical assistance and training to local partners engaged in motor vehicle safety work, collaborate with other state agencies to improve motor vehicle safety in Colorado and coordinate state-level task forces and work groups. This position will actively participate in statewide work groups and task forces and/or coalitions related to impaired driving, motorcycle safety, teen driving, traffic records, and injury prevention.

Please apply or share with anyone who may be interested.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Children's Safety Network: Toy Safety

Children's Safety Network (CSN) created a mini-infographic about toy safety that is especially important for the upcoming holiday season. You can read the inforgraphic and find more information on toy safety, including product recalls and guidance for buying age-appropriate toys here:

WEBINAR: AAP Safe to Sleep Guidelines: What’s new in 2016?

In case you missed it, on November 29, 2016 Dr. Rachel Moon presented on the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations, providing in-depth explanation and some historical context of the new recommendations and answering questions from the audience.

You can access a recording of the hour-long webinar here: