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.