Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Honoring Black Breastfeeding Week

On her blog The Mommy in Shani, Shani James shares her perspective on breastfeeding in celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week (August 25 - 31, 2017). Breastfeeding is a known protective factor for sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), also known as sleep-related infant death, and is associated with a variety of positive health outcomes. Shani is a member of Colorado's Infant Safe Sleep Partnership and the Community Action Network collective impact initiative to prevent black infant mortality in Colorado, coordinated out of Families Forward Resource Center.  

Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students in Colorado

Looking to learn more about how Colorado creates safe school environments for LGBTQ students? Check out One Colorado's report: Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students: A Look Back at Colorado’s Anti-Bullying Efforts

Learn more at the One Colorado Safe Schools webpage: http://www.one-colorado.org/issues/safe-schools/.

New Positive Youth Development Trainings- Fall 2017

Adolescence is a time of change and opportunity. The physical, social and psychological changes young people undergo impacts their behavior, how they interact with the world and how the adults around them respond to this transformation. This Positive Youth Development (PYD) training will help you understand and learn the skills needed to integrate the evidence-based PYD approach into your current youth programming efforts. Positive Youth Development Trainings are available in Estes Park, Winter Park, Commerce City, Fort Collins, and Canon City.

Registration: http://bit.ly/PYD_17-18 

When & Where:

  • Sept 19th: Estes Park 
  • Sept 29th, Winter Park
  • Oct 20th, Commerce City
  • Nov 8th, Fort Collins
  • March 16th, Canon City

Who: Youth-serving professionals and anyone else interested in youth health and well-being.

What will you get: 

  • Training on Positive Youth Development 
  • An introduction to Adolescent Development
  • Tools to support your program, organization, or personal practice
  • Networking opportunities

Contact Rebecca Medina at rebeccam.medina@state.co.us with any questions.

FUNDING: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for Communities Grants

The Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pleased to announce a request for applications (RFA) to provide financial and technical assistance to 8-10 agencies throughout Colorado looking to educate health care providers across selected counties.

This funding opportunity will support opioid prescriber education activities to improve local opioid prescriber knowledge and uptake of CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids as well as increase local capacity for multidisciplinary coalitions looking to address prescription drug overdose.

RFA release date (8/31/17)
Question period (8/31/17-9/14/17)
Answers posted (9/15/17)
RFA due date (10/2/17 by 5:00 pm MST)
Estimated funding start date (11/1/17)

For more information and the full application packet, please visit https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/pdo-funding.

"The Epidemiology of Firearm Injuries in Denver, Colorado" Report

On August 29, 2017, Denver Public Health released a new report entitled: The Epidemiology of Firearm Injuries in Denver, Colorado which presents information about firearm-related injuries and deaths in the City and County of Denver, focusing primarily on the period between 2011 and 2015.

While similar analyses have occurred at the state and national level, this is the first report of its kind describing fatal and non-fatal firearm injury data for Denver.

Key Findings

  • The rate of firearm deaths in Denver remained relatively flat through 2015.
  • The rate of non-fatal firearm related injuries has increased since then. It is too early to tell whether fatal injuries have followed the same trend.
  • More firearm deaths in Denver were suicides than homicides.

Suicide Awareness Week, Event in Pueblo on 9/14

Presentations by Dr. Scott Walmer and Donna Gonzales will occur Thursday, September 14 in the Ryals Room at the Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Avenue from 5:30-7:30p.m. about how to screen a loved one for suicide. Local resource booths and giveaways for suicide prevention, bullying prevention, and mental health will be available. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Pueblo City-County Health Department at 719-583-4330.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Precious Loss" Screening and Discussion in Colorado Springs

Infant mortality is considered one of the most important indicators of the health of a community. The infant mortality rate in Colorado is the 5th lowest in the United States, so why is the rate of infant death for black babies triple that of white babies in our state?

The 30-minute documentary will be followed by a discussion with community members and professionals who have experienced or are involved in addressing the disparity. Light refreshments provided.

Friday, September 15 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM MDT
Penrose Library Carnegie Room
20 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80901

Please find details for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/227061764486472/

Denver Public Health is looking for Youth Leaders

Denver Public Health is looking to hire 10-12 youth in Denver to help inform our youth substance abuse prevention work. These are part-time positions that will work a few hours a month between October 2017and June 2018. We are specifically looking for youth who live in/are from Southwest Denver neighborhoods OR identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Access the application here: https://tinyurl.com/ctcyouthleader

If you have questions about the work, duties, the time commitment or your eligibility please contact Kristen Ross, Communities That Care Facilitator, at 303-602-5749 or Kristen.Ross@dhha.org.

Let’s Talk Colorado/Hablemos Colorado

Metro Public Health Behavioral Health Collaboration (MPHBHC) has launched a new campaign in English and Spanish to help eliminate the stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental illness. “Let’s Talk Colorado/Hablemos Colorado” is funded by a State Innovation Model grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

The purpose of the funding is to improve the health of Coloradans by providing access to physical and behavioral health care. The goal of the “Let’s Talk Colorado/Hablemos Colorado” media campaign is to reduce the stigma around mental illness so people who need treatment are more likely to seek it.

The campaign will be featured on billboards, bus shelters, in local community newspapers, and on Pandora from August through October. For more information about “Let’s Talk Colorado/Hablemos Colorado,” including a downloadable toolkit and other resources, visit www.letstalkco.org.  MPHBHC is grateful to our Project Partners, who all contributed greatly to the development of the campaign, and to our hospital partners for their financial contribution.

  • Tri-County Health Department
  • Douglas County Government
  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health
  • Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Community Reach Center
  • Aurora Mental Health Centers
  • Metro Community Provider Network
  • West Pines Behavioral Health
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Kaiser Permanente Colorado
  • Parker Adventist Hospital
  • Castle Rock Adventist Hospital
  • Littleton Adventist Hospital
  • Porter Hospital
  • St. Anthony North Medical Campus

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Families Forward Resource Center's 2017 Fundraiser


Enjoy a night of live auctioning,  gaming, dancing, drinking and a selection of awesome food truck catering from Stanley Marketplace Vendors that will benefit Families Forward Resource Center and provide program support through 2018.

Without your help, FFRC would not be able to provide program support and work efficiently toward our mission to enrich families.


There are various Sponsorship Packages. Please click on this link to receive detailed information about Sponsorship opportunities. All sponsorship deadlines October 16, 2017


New CDC Resource for Violence Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Using Essential Elements to Select, Adapt, and Evaluate Violence Prevention Approaches to help state and local partners with the implementation of evidence-based prevention approaches.

Because each setting for violence prevention strategies is unique, practitioners must make decisions about how to balance delivering prevention approaches as intended with the reality of their local context. The Division of Violence Prevention developed this guidance document to support a step of the implementation process.

How can the document be used?
This guidance will help anyone implementing violence prevention programs to:

  • Identify essential elements of approaches
  • Better understand what evidence-based approaches are and
  • Apply this knowledge to effectively select, deliver, adapt and evaluate approaches.

Although this guidance was designed with evidence-based approaches in mind, it may also be useful for approaches supported by promising or emerging evidence.

To learn more, join CDC and PreventConnect for a web conference Monday, August 28 at 12pm MST. For more information and to register, click here.

Free Screening of Milky Way breastfeeding documentary at Denver Health

Happy National Breastfeeding Month!

Denver WIC and Denver Health Inpatient Lactation are providing a free screening of the Milky Way breastfeeding documentary on Thursday August 31 from 6-9 pm at Denver Health in the Sabin Classroom (basement). 

Space is limited - click here to reserve your ticket! 

Colorado's Healthiest Places to Work - TODAY, August 17th

New Infographic on Opioid Medication Poisoning

This infographic created by the Children's Safety Network (CSN) covers poison control center calls about children and teens exposed to opioid medications.

How often are children and teens exposed to opioid medication?
Each year, opioid medication poisoning causes more than 300 deaths in children and teens. Every 45 minutes, poison control centers get a call about children and teens exposed to opioid medication. About 1 in 10 of these cases are admitted to health care facilities.

What ages of children and teens are most at risk?
Young children (ages 5 and younger) account for 60% of these calls. Most of these cases (86%) are unintentional, like when a child finds pills that are within reach. Teenagers (ages 13 through 19) account for 30% of the calls. Most of these cases (72%) are intentional, like when a teen takes their parents' medication.

View the full infographic and download a printable version here: https://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/infographics/opioid-medication

Breastival at Cheesman Park in Denver on Sunday, August, 20

Bring the whole family for a day of FREE fun and activities at the Breastival on Sunday, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cheesman Park in Denver!

The Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition hosts the Breastival each year as a free event to connect families to community goods and services and help support, normalize and celebrate breastfeeding.

This year's event features over 30 vendors, food trucks, face painting, bounce house, balloon animals and numerous activities, including music classes, yoga, story time, infant sign language, baby wearing dance class, chair massage, etc.

For prizes, register before the event here.

Mothers’ Milk Bank is kicking off the day’s events with a Stroller Push. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated stroller - sign up here.

Plan to bring your families and please invite friends, coworkers, patients, clients, neighbors and others. Feel free to share the event Facebook page.

Upcoming Marijuana and Public Health Regional Workshops in Fountain, Colorado

Upcoming Marijuana and Public Health Regional Workshops in Fountain, Colorado hosted by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and El Paso County Public Health Department.

Workshops cover the latest literature findings on health effects, state data on marijuana use and health effects, efforts to prevent youth marijuana use, plus resources and tools for you to educate your community about safe, legal and responsible marijuana use.

Both workshops are free to attend and allow opportunities to network with partners in your area.

The marijuana education workshop is split into two, half-day (4 hour) workshops:

#1: Youth, Young Adults, & Young Children Workshop
Thursday, August 24th
12pm - 4pm
Fountain, CO
Intended audience: youth-serving organizations, school health professionals, public health professionals, substance use/abuse professionals, prevention professionals

#2: Adult & Pregnant Women Focused Workshop
Friday, August 25th
8am - 12pm
Fountain, CO
Intended audience: clinical professionals, public health professionals, substance use/abuse professionals, prevention professionals, health care providers, those who serve pregnant and breastfeeding women

Register today, space is limited! Register here: http://bit.ly/MJPH_17-18

Monday, August 14, 2017

WEBINAR: Maximizing Impact: Implementing Medicaid-Reimbursed EBPs in Child Welfare

Our partners at the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse are hosting the following webinar:

"Maximizing Impact: Implementing Medicaid-Reimbursed EBPs in Child Welfare"

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 MT

In a climate of increasing need and tightened budgets, child welfare agencies are constantly looking for ways to ensure not only access to services for children and families, but also their effectiveness and sustainability. This webinar will discuss how Medicaid-reimbursed Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) offer some solutions for the child welfare population, and explore how public child welfare agencies, advocates, and providers can collaborate with their Medicaid agencies to explore adding EBPs to their service arrays. Morgan Cole from the Annie E. Casey’s Child Welfare Strategy Group will provide insights into the process and considerations child welfare agencies should expect in pursuing Medicaid reimbursement for new evidence-based services, while Shannon Fagan and Ebonnie Simmons-Vazquez from Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services will walk through their successes in doing so in Pennsylvania.

By the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the benefits of Medicaid reimbursement for child welfare services
  • Establish familiarity with the process and considerations of collaborating with a state Medicaid agency to implement new services
  • Illustrate an example of successfully implemented Medicaid-reimbursed EBPs, including the approval process and financing structures

 Morgan Cole is a consultant for the Child Welfare Strategy Group at Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Shannon Fagon is the Director of the Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services under the Department of Human Services of Pennsylvania.

Ebonnie Simmons-Vazquez is a Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Interested in learning more about alcohol policy? New Resource Released by the CDC: Guide to Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density

A new resource was just released by the CDC called the "Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density."  The Regulation of Alcohol Outlet Density is an evidence-based strategy through The Community Guide to decrease excessive alcohol consumption.  If local data shows that excessive drinking is a problem in your community, you may want to consider measuring alcohol outlet density.  For more CDC alcohol resources on research in action, visit this website.

Have questions about this evidence-based strategy or need measurement support? Contact Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Alcohol Epidemiologist, Kacy Crawford at kacy.crawford@state.co.us.

Health Equity and Community Engagement Specialist

The Children, Youth and Families Branch of the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking someone dynamic, team-oriented and passionate about equity!  The Branch is looking for someone who can challenge our existing processes while generating motivation and excitement for change through the use of strong emotional intelligence, training and consultation skills, and lived experiences in being a part of and representing communities most impacted by our policies, practices and programs.

For more information and to apply, visit: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/1820478/health-equity-and-community-engagement-specialist-342

Please share this exciting opportunity widely!

WEBINAR: Successful Strategies for Preventing Fire and Burn-Related Injuries among Children

Our partners at the Children's Safety Network are hosting the following webinar: 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM MDT

Due largely to an increase in public fire education and prevention efforts, including the use of smoke alarms and sprinkler systems, fewer children die in fires today compared to 10 years ago. (1,2) Among children and youth ages 0 – 24, those ages 1 – 4 are at highest risk of fire and burn- related injury and death. (2,3) With National Fire Prevention Week coming up on October 8 – 14, 2017, this webinar provides information about strategies to further reduce fire and burn-related injuries among children.

Marty Ahrens of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will review the fire injury problem among children and progress made in this area. Regional NFPA specialist, Meredith Hawes, will provide an overview of materials and resources that are offered through NFPA to target these particular risks. Ernest Grant of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill will discuss prevention campaigns, fact sheets, tools and resources that will be beneficial for teachers, parents, and others interested in fire and life safety.

1. https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/fire-prevention/index.html
2. https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/fire_death_rates.html
3. CDC WISQARS, 2017

Find more information and register here.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Resource on Improving Social Emotional Skills in Childhood

Improving Social Emotional Skills in Childhood Enhances Long-Term Well-Being and Economic Outcomes, an issue brief created by The Pennsylvania State University with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is one of a series of briefs that addresses the need for research, practice and policy on social and emotional learning (SEL). SEL is defined as the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Learn more at www.rwjf.org/socialemotionallearning.

Colorado Safe Routes to School - Funding Opportunity

Is your community and/or school district working to get more students walking and bicycling to and from school?

The Colorado Department of Transportation announces a call for projects for Fiscal Year 2017-18 Safe Routes to School (CSRTS) Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Projects.  The guidelines and applications are posted on the CDOT website.

The goal of CSRTS is to help schools, school districts and local communities enable and encourage more children Kindergarten through 8th grade to safely bicycle and walk to and from school.

Safe Routes to School programs are sustained efforts by parents; school staff and administrators; representatives from law enforcement, public health and advocacy; community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.

SRTS programs examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities that work to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. As a result, these programs help make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing transportation choices thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Infrastructure - Planning, design, and construction of safe school routes and facilities for children to walk and bicycle to and from school
  • Non-Infrastructure - Educating children, parents, and communities about safe walking and bicycling practices and the health and academic 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 applicant training sessions at various locations throughout the state in August and September. Currently sessions are scheduled for Friday, August 25 from 1-3 pm and Wednesday, September 6 from 1-3 pm. Attendance is via webinar with some in-person space available. For more information or to register, email leslie.feuerborn@state.co.us. Additional sessions will be scheduled and information will be posted on the website.

Funds are awarded through a statewide competitive process and chosen by an appointed advisory committee. Up to $2M is available for infrastructure projects and $0.5M for non-infrastructure (education and encouragement) projects. Funding details are included in the application guidelines. Minimum funding level for Infrastructure projects is $50,000 and $350,000 will be the highest amount awarded to a single project. An education component is required with infrastructure projects.

Non-infrastructure projects have a $5,000 minimum but no maximum limit.

These reimbursement grants will be awarded statewide. Project selection will give consideration to schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free- or reduced-lunch.

Applications are due to CDOT-SRTS by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017.   Both Word and PDF versions of the application are available on the website. NEW THIS YEAR – applications can be submitted electronically.

For more information, contact Leslie Feuerborn, Colorado SRTS Program Manager at 303.757.9088 or leslie.feuerborn@state.co.us.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2017

World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration of breastfeeding. The awareness campaign encourages families and community partners to support breastfeeding to improve the health of mothers and babies. Breastfeeding is an evidence-based approach to reduce chronic disease and prevent childhood obesity, and is a protective factor against sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) also known as sleep-related infant death.

The Colorado WIC Program’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week, traditionally held Aug. 1 through 7, and throughout the month of August is Find Your Village. The theme focuses on the important role each of us plays in creating a village of support around mothers, caregivers and families to ensure every family can meet their breastfeeding goals. This theme is an alternative to the 2017 World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action’s (WABA) theme of Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.

Breastfeeding support can, or should be found in seven focus areas within each community:

Click here for the 2017 Action Packet that contains ideas, graphics and handouts to use and share throughout your community. Visit www.breastfeedcolorado.com for more resources and information.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

PRAPARE Tool for Social Determinants of Health

The Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks, and Experiences (PRAPARE) is a national effort to help health centers and other providers collect the data needed to better understand and act on their patients’ social determinants of health. As providers are increasingly held accountable for reaching population health goals while reducing costs, it is important that they have tools and strategies to identify the upstream socioeconomic drivers of poor outcomes and higher costs. With data on the social determinants of health, health centers and other providers can define and document the increased complexity of their patients, transform care with integrated services and community partnerships to meet the needs of their patients, advocate for change in their communities, and demonstrate the value they bring to patients, communities, and payers.

The National Association of Community Health Centers provides free information about PRAPARE including the assessment tool, an implementation toolkit, applications for the upcoming PRAPARE Train-the-Trainer Academy, recorded webinars on PRAPARE and an FAQ. Visit the PRAPARE website for more information.

Save the Date: Mile High Data Day

September 14, 2017 | Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

In today's open data culture, we have the ability to use data to tell stories, collaborate across organizations and make data-informed decisions that have the power to improve the lives of others. The Piton Foundation’s Shift Research Lab, formerly known as the Data Initiative, invites you to learn how to combine these elements and use open data to drive social change at the second annual Mile High Data Day, which is being held on Thursday, September 14 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Join the Denver metro region's data community as we share best practices and strengthen our region's data culture. 2017 Mile High Data Day will feature keynote speaker, Erica Raleigh, owner and Executive Director of Data Driven Detroit, idea showcases and interactive breakout sessions. Visit our website for more information, and registration will open in mid-August.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WEBCAST SERIES: The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See

SAMHSA's four-part educational webcast series, The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See, focuses on substance use disorders (SUD) and how language and portrayals affect perceptions. Developed in partnership with the Entertainment Industries Council, the webcasts are designed to help journalists and entertainment creators use the best possible language in portrayals of people with SUD. Each webcast features panel discussions with behavioral health professionals, entertainment creators, and individuals in recovery.

The webcasts cover the following topics:

  • Trauma and Peer Engagement
  • Treatment and Recovery: Research to Practice
  • Inside Treatment and Recovery: A Look at the Transition
  • Substance Use Disorders and Other Health-related Issues in Primary Care

Access the webcasts here: www.samhsa.gov/power-language-portrayals/webcasts

Monday, July 31, 2017

Denver Public Health Grand Rounds: A Public Health Approach to Stopping the Revolving Door of Violence

Homicides are the third leading cause of death among all people aged 10-34 years in the United States. For survivors, violent injury becomes a major risk factor for subsequent injury with about 35 percent of injured patients suffering a subsequent injury nationally.

Please join us for a presentation and discussion with Rochelle Dicker, M.D., about the successful methods used by the Wraparound Project, a hospital-based violence intervention program to stop the revolving door of violent injuries in San Francisco.

Event Details

  • Friday, September 1, 2017
  • 7:30-8 a.m., continental breakfast and networking
  • 8-9:15 a.m., lecture and discussion
  • Sabin Classroom, Denver Health Pavilion C (790 Delaware St. Denver, CO 80204)

Space is limited. Register online today to reserve your seat. Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues and partners.

Hope to see you there,

Denver Public Health

FUNDING: Amendment 35 Grant Programs

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Prevention Services Division is pleased to announce the release of two new Request for Applications (RFAs):

  • State Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation Grants Program (STEPP) FY 19-21 Innovative Interventions RFA
  • Cancer Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Grants Program FY 19 RFA

New - STEPP FY19-21 Innovative Interventions RFA Release

STEPP announces the release of the FY 19-21 Innovative Interventions Request for Applications (RFA) on July 17, 2017. The purpose of the RFA is to fund innovative approaches to addressing tobacco related inequities, with a focus on interventions that reach the remaining 15 percent of Colorado adults who smoke.

The initiatives funded through this RFA will focus on reaching and engaging priority populations with tailored approaches where they live, work, play, and receive medical and social services. You can find the full RFA announcement here.

Applicant webinar:
July 19, 2017, 2 - 3 p.m.
Login here
Call in: 720-279-0026 locally or 1-877-820-7831 toll-free
Participant passcode: 897463#.

Details of the program’s complete FY 19-21 funding portfolio, including additional future funding announcements, can be found on the STEPP website.

New - CCPD Grants Program FY19 RFA Release

The CCPD Grants Program announces the release of the FY19 Competitive Grants Request for Applications (RFA) on July 17, 2017. The purpose of the RFA is to reduce chronic disease in Colorado by providing a comprehensive approach that focuses on prevention, early detection and treatment for cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic pulmonary disease.

The initiatives funded through this RFA will focus on further improving the health of Coloradans by building capacity and support for the implementation of chronic disease prevention and health promotion. This funding opportunity aims to fund organizations/agencies/collaborations across Colorado that will:

  1. Focus on further reducing chronic disease in Colorado, specifically in populations most burdened by cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease;
  2. Put into practice evidence-based strategies and/or evidence-informed innovative approaches that advance the strategic direction of the CCPD Grants Program.

The deadline for application submission is September 15, 2017. Details of the funding opportunity and application materials may be found here.

Applicant webinar:
July 19, 2017,  3 - 4 p.m.
Login here
Call in: 720-279-0026 locally or 1-877-820-7831 toll-free
Participant passcode: 425524#.

Monday, July 24, 2017

WEBINAR (archived): Steps Toward Achieving Birth Equity & Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality Among Black Women

"Steps Toward Achieving Birth Equity & Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality Among Black Women"

Recorded on July 6, 2017

The Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care is pleased to sponsor and convene the Safety Action Series. The Series is comprised of free teleconferences on various topics relevant to promoting a culture of safety in women’s health care. The series is designed to be interactive and collaborative, with ample time allotted during each session for audience participation. 

Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG
President & Founder, National Birth Equity Collaborative

Chanel L. Porchia-Albert, CD, CLC, CHHC
Founder & Executive Director, Ancient Song Doula Services
Health & Reproductive Justice Advocate

  • Define birth equity and consider it under the lens of patient safety
  • Identify systemic factors that perpetuate health disparities among black women and discuss the importance of addressing them in the efforts to improve health outcomes
  • Share tools and best practices for reducing maternal and infant mortality, including the collaborative care framework

2017 Think Big Conference, Aug 8-10 in Snowmass, CO

Do you work with youth on education and employment including goal setting and transition to adulthood? If so, then the Think Big Conference may be for you! 

The conference is being held in Snowmass, Colorado from August 8 - 10, 2017. 

You can learn more about the conference and register here: http://2017.thinkbigcolorado.com/index.html

El Paso County, Youth Health & Development Planner Position

El Paso County Public Health has an opening for someone who will be responsible for developing and coordinating the El Paso County youth suicide prevention work plan and providing support to the Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT). Establishes and maintains multi-agency youth suicide prevention networks and participates in community groups focused on preventing youth suicides and child fatalities; leads groups as needed. Responsible for creating action plans, evaluating and progress towards objectives, and recommending policies and procedures for youth suicide prevention education efforts.

For more information visit: El Paso County’s Career’s PageClosing date: 7/30/17

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CFPS 2017 Annual Legislative Report

The Child Fatality Prevention System is pleased to announce the release of the Child Fatality Prevention System 2017 Annual Legislative Report!

A huge thank you to all of our local child fatality prevention review team coordinators and team members, State Review Team members and content experts, the State Support Team at CDPHE, and all of our partners across the state of Colorado.

The report includes an overview of the system, data on violence and injury-related deaths among youth ages 0-17 in Colorado, and six prioritized child fatality prevention recommendations (see below) as well as updates on past system prevention recommendations.

Please feel free to share the report with anyone you think would be interested in learning more about the work of our system and supporting our prevention recommendations. If you would like to participate in the CFPS State Review Team Advocacy and Legislative Subcommittee whose goal is to promote the report and the prevention recommendations across the state, please reach out to Kate (kate.jankovsky@state.co.us).

2017 CFPS prevention recommendations:

You can view the 2017 report, topic-specific data reports, and past reports here.

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

Maintaining Confidentiality in the CRS and Writing Narratives
Breaches of confidentiality make me feel sad. Sometimes they can even make me feel mad. Occasionally, somewhere far away in a cubicle in Glendale they even trigger a release of these feelings.  Why must this be so? Cybersecurity is hard, but these breaches are completely avoidable. Fortunately, yours truly has what you need to reduce their likelihood.
Let’s start at the beginning. When you’re preparing for the marathon that is CFPS records requesting and review, you probably approach the process systematically. In an informal poll not recently completed, I found that nearly 70% of CFPS coordinators completed the narrative first 100% of the time (Woster, A.P. 2017. Intrapersonal Communication.). On the Child Fatality Prevention System blog, we offer tips and tricks for writing these narratives. You don’t have to be Tolstoy to write an effective narrative, just try to include the most pertinent details and tell the complete story as you understand it.
There are also a few other fields, some potentially identifying and some not, throughout the remainder of the case reporting system  that MUST be entered in order for any case to be considered complete, including:
  1. Death certificate # (Case Definition tab)
  2. Date CDRT Notified of Death (either the date I assigned the case to you, or the date you learned about it from the coroner) (Case Definition tab)
  3. Child’s date of death (A3 - Child Information tab)
  4. Child’s Age (A4 - Child Information tab)
  5. Child’s Resident State (only state of residence, not county, address or other identifying information) (A8 - Child Information tab)
If these fields are not entered, they records will not be identified as completed records by the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention as part of the cohort for study.
Yada yada yada. Short and to the point is the theme of this blog post. As I’ve mentioned to a few of you on the phone, beginning in August I’ll be completing quality assurance activities each Monday morning through the remainder of the year in another attempt to ease the January burden of quality assurance on all of us. So, watch for my e-mails on Mondays! If you don’t get one, you escaped…for the week!

WEBINAR (archived): Developing Successful and Positive Suicide Prevention Messaging

Research shows that certain types of messaging about suicide deaths can increase risk among vulnerable individuals. Conversely, positive and safe messages have the potential to help individuals in crisis find the help they need, and educate the public about how they can be involved in preventing suicide. Recognizing this potential, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) and its partners are leading efforts designed to “change the public conversation about suicide and suicide prevention.”

While resources already existed to help journalists cover suicide in news reports, little guidance was available to guide other suicide prevention messengers. The Action Alliance's Framework for Successful Messaging fills that gap. Drawing from research on effective communications and suicide prevention, the Framework is a resource to help those communicating to the public about suicide to create messages that are strategic, safe, positive, and make use of relevant guidelines and best practices.

The Action Alliance held a webinar to explore this type of suicide prevention messaging, including:
1) An overview of the four elements of the Framework and how this resource helps to change the public conversation about suicide.
2) Tips and guidance for using the Framework to create messages that are strategic, safe, and aligned with prevention goals.
3) An understanding about the importance of well-designed messaging during Suicide Prevention Month – and throughout the year.

View the webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMeR10lvPog&t=23s

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

WEBINAR: Collaborative Safety Planning to Reduce Risk in Suicidal Patients

"Collaborative Safety Planning to Reduce Risk in Suicidal Patients: A Key Component of the Zero Suicide Model"

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 1:00 PM - 02:00 PM MDT

The Zero Suicide model builds on the foundational belief that death by suicide for individuals receiving care within the health and behavioral health system is preventable. Collaborative safety planning, a critical component of the model, is an approach that allows clinicians to develop safety plans with any person identified for suicide risk.

In this webinar, Adam Swanson of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center will provide an overview of the Zero Suicide model and how safety planning contributes to the model. Dr. Barbara Stanley of Columbia University will describe the role safety planning has in preventing suicide, the six components of the Safety Planning Intervention (Stanley & Brown, 2012), and the research and evidence that supports safety planning. Dr. Stanley will detail how, in order to be effective, safety planning must be treated as a collaborative clinical intervention rather than a form to be completed. She will briefly summarize the theoretical underpinnings of safety planning, its intended use, and the training necessary to embed the intervention in health care settings. Mr. Michael Cain of Southwest Behavioral Health Center in Utah will discuss why the Center chose to incorporate collaborative safety planning as part of clinical workflows, how it is being implemented, and the challenges and successes encountered.

WEBINAR: Emerging Research on Urban Child Health

DataSpeak Webinar Series
"Data-driven Change at the Community Level: Emerging Research on Urban Child Health

Monday, July 24, 2017 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming DataSpeak program on urban child health. This webinar will focus on socioemotional and environmental health and how three different programs are using data to drive community action and change for children in urban neighborhoods.

Presentations will include:
Renee D. Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine and founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network, will showcase the development and community-focused uses of the Vital Village data dashboard.
Claudia J. Coulton, PhD, Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University and founder and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, will present on how the Child Longitudinal Data System was developed and how it has been used to explore the links between housing quality, the foreclosure crisis, and elevated blood lead levels.
Lisa M. Sontag-Padilla, PhD, behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation, will discuss the development of a databook on child socio-emotional health using data from the CANDLE (Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early childhood) study and other data sets on families in Memphis and Shelby counties.

DataSpeak is a series of online conferences that feature special topics related to MCH data. Each event features speakers who are considered experts in their field. The MCH Epidemiology and Statistics Program, who coordinates these DataSpeak conferences, is dedicated to the goal of helping MCH practitioners on the Federal, State, and local levels to improve their capacity to gather, analyze, and use data for planning and policymaking.

FUNDING: Colorado Project LAUNCH Health Equity RFPs

Colorado Project LAUNCH is a partnership between state departments of Human Services/Office of Early Childhood and Public Health & Environment, Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County, JFK Partners, and LAUNCH Together/Early Milestones. The following Requests for Proposals (RFPs) seek qualified consultants to carry out time-limited projects related to communications, sustainability and equity coaching. Proposals should be submitted to Lisa Jansen Thompson (lisa@ecpac.org) by deadlines listed.

Communications Consultant –Market research to inform Spanish-language public awareness campaign on pregnancy-related depression. Due date: July 17, 2017.​

Sustainability Planning Consultant/Facilitator – Convene stakeholders and develop a comprehensive sustainability plan for Colorado Project LAUNCH. Due date: July 27, 2017.​

Cultural and Linguistic Consultant – Support the Equity Action Team (Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County) and its partners in implementing the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) into services, programs and policies to increase equitable access, utilization and outcomes for children and families in Adams County. Due date: July 30, 2017.

WEBINAR: Healthy People 2020: Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Social Determinants

"Healthy People 2020: Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Social Determinants" 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 10:00am - 12:00pm MT

Learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants Leading Health Indicator. You’ll also hear how Diplomas Now is working to increase high school graduation rates by focusing on chronic absenteeism, behavior, and course performance in school.

About Social Determinants 
Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Our health is determined, in part, by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. Social determinants are often a strong predictor of health disparities—so it’s important to recognize the impact that social determinants have on health outcomes of specific populations.

About Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators 
The Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) represent a smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions to help address them. LHIs are used to assess the health of the Nation, facilitate collaboration across sectors, and motivate action to improve the health of the U.S. population.

Friday, June 30, 2017

FUNDING: Qualistar Capital Improvement Grants

Qualistar offers the following capital improvement grants for early childhood education

Early childhood education programs often operate on tight profit margins and many lack the budgetary flexibility required for costly improvements to the building, classroom, or playground. Qualistar’s capital improvement grants are competitive opportunities for early childhood education programs and offer important capital improvement funding.

Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Grant
This grant improves the quality of outdoor places where children play and learn to support early childhood development across all domains.
Application Deadline: July 7, 2017. This opportunity is available through a partnership with Qualistar, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Natural Learning Initiative.
About ECHO: Eligibility & Grant Information

Healthy Beginnings, Active Futures Grant
This grant is for Colorado-based nonprofit and for profit early childhood education programs, including family child care, that serve children younger than age five and are in need of outdoor facility improvements.
Application Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017. Qualistar awards this grant four times a year.
Learn how to apply, download the application, and register for an upcoming technical assistance webinar.

Qualistar Capital Improvement Grant
This grant is for Colorado-based 501(c)(3) organizations that serve children younger than age five and are in need of permanent facility improvements.
Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017. Qualistar awards this grant twice a year—in the spring and fall.
Learn how to apply, download the application, and register for an upcoming technical assistance webinar.

4th of July Pool Safety Tips

Pool Safety and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission present the following tips to keep youth safe in and near water over this holiday weekend. Learn more here

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WEBINAR SERIES on Addressing Infant Mortality

"The Residual Impact of Historical Structural Inequities: Connecting Residential Segregation and Mortgage Discrimination to Current Infant Mortality and Breastfeeding Rates"

Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 12-1:30 pm MT

Join national partners for a six-part webinar series on addressing infant mortality cosponsored by the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) and the Association of Maternal Child Health Programs (AMCHP). The first webinar defines health equity; explains the various levels of structural inequity; describes the practices of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) and associated policies; relates how past housing policies and mortgage discrimination inform current health equity improvement work; and identifies ways Healthy Start can serve to address historical structural inequities and improve disparities in infant mortality and breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.

REGISTER HERE: http://nichq.org/childrens-health/infant-health/coiin-to-reduce-infant-mortality/expert_series_infant_mortality 

2017-2018 Douglas County ASIST

Monday, June 19, 2017

FREE SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Training for Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties

WEBINAR (archived): Using Social Determinants of Health to Inform Fatality Review

"Using Social Determinants of Health to Inform Fatality Review"

Presented June 7, 2017

Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Child Death Review (CDR) and Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) programs work to understand health care systems and social problems that contribute to fetal, infant, and child deaths and to identify and implement systems improvement and interventions to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable women, infants, children, and families. Keeping a Social Determinants of Health lens while conducting fatality review is a step toward reducing inequities in these vital health outcomes.

Webinar materials:
Archive of Webinar passcode “sdoh”
Questions and Answers

WEBINAR: Why Drownings Are a Leading Cause of Death among Children?

"Why Drownings Are a Leading Cause of Death among Children?"

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM Mountain Time

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14 (1), and children account for 1 in 4 drowning deaths. There are significant racial/ethnic disparities in drowning rates. For example, African American children and youth ages 5-19 are 5.5 times more likely to drown in a swimming pool than their white peers, and at ages 11-12, African American children drowned in swimming pools at 10 times the rate of whites. Overall among those ages 29 and younger, American Indians/Alaska Natives were twice as likely, and African Americans 1.4 times as likely, to drown as whites. Swimming skills, use of personal flotation devices, supervision by adults, and proper fencing are among the proven interventions to prevent drownings among children and youth.

Adam Katchmarchi, Ph.D. will address the scope of the drowning problem in the U.S., including the stages of children's development and drowning risks. Dr. Katchmarchi will also share what is known about drowning risks among children with developmental disabilities. Alan Korn, J.D. will focus his remarks on known effective interventions to prevent drowning that can be employed by communities and parents. Both speakers will also address risk and protective factors and why drownings remain a leading cause of injury death among U.S. children.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Let's Talk Colorado

A new Colorado social marketing campaign is designed to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health treatment so that people who need this care will get it. The grassroots campaign, called Let’s Talk Colorado or Hablemos Colorado is sponsored by a coalition of public and private health agencies. This work is funded by a grant through CDPHE from the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) grant to better integrate physical and behavioral health.

The Let’s Talk Colorado/Hablemos Colorado campaign stresses there is no right or wrong words to use when talking to someone struggling with mental illness. Instead, the campaign emphasizes to be “present” when talking with someone with mental illness and to consider offering tangible, specific help. For example, instead of asking, “What can I do to help?” say, “I’d like to bring you dinner tonight. I will drop it off at 5 pm. Will you be home then?” Please join our our grassroots effort to engage in a conversation around mental health through Let’s Talk Colorado or Hablemos Colorado (coming soon). We have created tools to help spread the word. Please use your communication channels and select what works for your audience.

Questions​?​ letstalkco@tchd.org

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development Community Training

Date: June 30th, 2017
Time: 9 AM – 12 PM
Location: Community First Foundation (5585 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada 80003)

The Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development (NHSD) training helps participants better understand the sexual development of children, and how to respond to children’s sexual behaviors and question in ways that promote healthy development. The training also recognizes that a crucial component of nurturing healthy sexual development is protecting children from sexual abuse. Participants will gain an understanding of the relationship between healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention.

RSVP Required: http://www.illuminatecolorado.org/nhsd-630

Contact Emily White with any questions ewhite@illuminatecolorado.org

El Paso County is hiring a Youth Health & Development Planner

Image result for el paso county public healthEl Paso County Public Health has an opening for someone who will be responsible for developing and coordinating the El Paso County youth suicide prevention work plan and providing support to the Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT). Establishes and maintains multi-agency youth suicide prevention networks and participates in community groups focused on preventing youth suicides and child fatalities; leads groups as needed. Responsible for creating action plans, evaluating and progress towards objectives, and recommending policies and procedures for youth suicide prevention education efforts.

For more information visit: El Paso County’s Careers Page    
Closing date: 6/18/17