Friday, August 17, 2018

2018 Colorado Motor Vehicle Problem Identification Report and Dashboard

New Report Release: 2018 Colorado Problem Identification Report

This report gives an overview of fatalities and injuries from motor vehicle crashes over time in the state of Colorado. It was created in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation and includes known crash characteristics including crashes involving bicyclists, pedestrians, impaired driving, seat belts, etc. 

These crash characteristics are used to help policy makers, community organizations, and individuals identify where and how to focus prevention efforts. The report below provides an overview of the latest results and changes over time and progress on key state performance measures for motor vehicle safety.  The 2018 Problem Identification Dashboard provides motor vehicle crash data by the county and Regional Emergency Trauma Advisory Council region (RETAC) where crashes occur in the state of Colorado. 

Both the report and dashboard can be accessed here. Be sure to check it out!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

RESOURCE Overview on Child Neglect

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Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect

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Over 75 percent of child maltreatment cases in the United States are the result of neglect—far more than physical or sexual abuse.
So why does it receive less attention from practitioners, researchers, and the media?
One reason may be that child neglect is difficult to identify, making it hard to effectively prevent and treat. Neglect can also be challenging to understand.
For example, the difference between neglect and poverty isn’t always considered, which can lead to unnecessary family separations and stigma. This newly updated guide on child neglect can benefit professionals and the public alike.
For Caseworkers
Read about lessons learned from projects such as Families Actively Improving Relationships and the Trauma Adapted Family Connections intervention, and how several states are using differential response along with family-centered and partnership-based approaches.
The guide also provides additional resources, including links to assessment tools, training toolkits, and more.
Your feedback is important. Be sure to let us know how we're doing by taking our survey! For more information, visit our website, email us, or call us toll-free at 1.800.394.3366. 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

FUNDING Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program.  The purpose of this program is to support community-based services aimed at improving the health status of children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to health services. This program supports HRSA's goals to improve access to quality health care and services, build healthy communities, and improve health equity.

Deadline to apply: October 1, 2018

Community-based programs and evidence-based models of care that build on existing community resources will be implemented and evaluated to demonstrate program impact. This program supports collaboration between local pediatric providers and community leaders in an effort to provide quality health care and preventive health services to children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities.

HTPCP funding supports projects that provide clinical or public health services, and does not support research projects. HTPCP applications MUST represent either a new initiative (i.e., project that was not previously in existence) within the community or an innovative new component that builds upon an existing community-based program or initiative.

Of particular interest are clinical and public health interventions in community-based settings in the following topical areas:
  • Early child development/school readiness
  • Medical home (including enhanced family and adolescents engagement)
  • Care coordination and case management
  • Oral health
  • Substance use services (including the integration of substance use services for children and adolescents at-risk for or have substance use disorders (SUD), or assessing for substance use and SUD during pre-natal and well-child visits)
  • Mental health
  • School-based health
  • Healthy weight promotion and physical activity 

To access the full Notice of Funding Opportunity, click here 

Monday, August 13, 2018


If you want more information, click here, or contact Jessie Shay with questions!
Please share with any youth and your contacts that work with youth!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

FUNDING Community Based Child Abuse Prevention

The Colorado Department of Human Services has posted RFP 2019000012 Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP), in Colorado's Vendor Self Service (ColoradoVSS) web application.  You can access ColoradoVSS at and use the RFP to locate all documents and information related to this RFP by inputting the RFP number 2018000012.

Deadline to apply: August 23, 2018 2pm

The purpose of the CBCAP program is to develop, operate, expand, enhance and coordinate initiatives, programs, and activities to prevent child abuse and neglect and to support the coordination of resources and activities to better strengthen and support families to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect, to foster understanding, appreciation and knowledge of diverse populations in order to effectively prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.  Click here for more information

RFA Application, Information and Timeline can be found here 

Monday, August 6, 2018

OPPORTUNITY: Youth Suicide Prevention Symposium Registration and call for proposals!

CALL FOR PROPOSALS! The review committee is looking for workshops that would be appropriate for one or more of the following tracks: 
  • Prevention – this might include programs and strategies schools can use with students, staff or parents in elementary, middle and/or high school to prevent suicide. Evidence based programs are preferred. 
  • Intervention/Assessment – this might include protocols and procedures used in your school to assess possible suicidal ideation and intervention procedures once a student has been found to have suicidal thoughts. 
  • Postvention – this might include how a school responds after a student has made an attempt and/or after a student or staff member has died by suicide. Schools are particularly interested in procedures that lessen the chance of contagion. 
Typically our audience for suicide workshops have included school mental health professionals but we would like workshops to appeal to administrators, teachers, community mental health providers and emergency responders that work with our schools. For more information about submitting proposals, click here

Friday, August 3, 2018

High-quality connections to school, parents, and neighborhood can protect youth from delinquent behaviors

A new report examines how protective factors at the family, peer, school, and community levels influence the relationship between self-reported experiences of child maltreatment and later delinquent or criminal behaviors among adolescents and young adults. The authors find that certain protective factors (especially high-quality connections to school, parents, and their neighborhood) can impact the likelihood that youth will engage in delinquent behavior. A connection to school is particularly protective for youth who have experienced maltreatment.

These findings suggest that strengthening the connections among youth who have experienced maltreatment to supportive peer, family, and school environments may be an important strategy for helping these youth avoid engagement with the juvenile and adult justice systems. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

EVENT Partnering with Purpose Conference

Early-Bird Registration Ends Friday, Aug. 3
2018 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference

CityMatCH is a collaborative partner in the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention’s four year cooperative agreement with the Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA).  Their annual conference is an excellent opportunity for urban maternal child heath leaders to share experiences, enhance knowledge, and generate new ideas for promoting and improving the health of women, children and families. Participants can expect to discover critical elements of evidence-based public health programs; innovative strategies to enhance the reach and impact of these programs; national recommendations and examples for public health programs and policies at the local and state level; and health impacts of established and proposed federal, state and local policies that affect maternal and child health populations. 

Register by Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 to receive the early-bird rate of $475. Registrations after Aug. 3 are subject to the general rate of $525.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week

The month of August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week.

Both are annual celebrations of breastfeeding that encourages families, communities and the world to support breastfeeding to improve the health of mothers and babies.
Using the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action’s (WABA) 2018 World Breastfeeding Week logo and theme of Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life, the Colorado WIC Program has adapted focus points and developed materials to share with breastfeeding families (click here).
The below focus points reinforce the importance and impact of breastfeeding on mom, baby, family, the community and the environment.
  • Building Health - To receive the most health benefits, breastfeed for at least one year.  
  • Building Well-Being - You are enough.
  • Building a Brighter Future - Benefits that last.
Please review and download the Action Ideas information and use materials provided in the Action Packet. Please share any of the  materials to those in your community.

The foundation and growth of breastfeeding success starts with mom and baby and her immediate breastfeeding support system. Breastfeeding support can, or should be found in several areas within each community:
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare providers
  • WIC
  • Community resources
  • Work and school
  • Child care
  • Family and friends
Consider targeting 1-2 of the support areas in your community during the month of August to increase breastfeeding support for moms and families in your community!
Visit for more materials and information to spread the word!
Join the nation in celebrating and promoting breastfeeding during the month of August and learn what role you can play in helping women find the support and encouragement they need to reach their breastfeeding goals!

Monday, July 30, 2018

2018 LGBTQ Health Survey

We know that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans face greater health disparities than their non-LGBTQ peers, but very little data is collected on it. It’s time to change that.

The 2018 LGBTQ health survey asks about healthcare, insurance coverage, and mental and behavioral health, as well as some more in-depth questions about seeking care as a transgender person. The information from the survey, which will take about 20 minutes to complete, will give us a clearer picture of the barriers that LGBTQ Coloradans experience when accessing care. Participants can be entered to win a $25 gift card, is they elect and give their information to do so.

This survey was initially created in 2011 by One Colorado Education Fund and its partners, and so much has changed since then because of what we learned - including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, and achieving non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and transgender status in Colorado insurance plans. It’s time to update what we know about LGBTQ health here in Colorado, so we can tell lawmakers and healthcare providers what needs to change.

Friday, July 27, 2018

OPPORTUNITY Car Seats Colorado Launches Ambassador Program

Car Seats Colorado Launches Ambassador Program

Using People to Reach People
Car Seats Colorado (CSC) launched a program last month to recruit people statewide to help spread the word about CSC events, resources and news.

These "Child Passenger Safety Ambassadors" will be supported with a suite of marketing and public relations materials—available online and by request. Participants so far include certified child passenger safety technicians, civil servants, health care workers, community leaders, child safety advocates and more. The program hopes ambassadors will spread child passenger safety messaging at the grassroots level through newsletters and social media, and serve as a resource to local media outlets. The goal: Teach parents and caregivers how to best protect children while riding in a car.

It's a Bigger Issue Than You Think
National data reveals that three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly. Colorado continues to see, year after year, serious child injuries and deaths that could have been prevented through proper car seat, booster seat and seat belt use.

Become an Ambassador!
If you have an interest in helping spread the word by working with your local media and community organizations, Car Seats Colorado needs your help. Sign up to be an ambassador, and you'll receive links to the Ambassador Resources Toolkit. You'll also receive regular emails about upcoming safety events, new educational materials and guidance on how to best use the Ambassador Toolkit resources. Help to make a real difference in your community.

Learn more about the program by emailing Trooper Tim Sutherland at, or by visiting

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

OPPORTUNITY The Child Safety Learning Collaborative

The Child Safety Learning Collaborative and How to Apply
Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) is launching the first cohort of a new Child Safety Learning Collaborative to reduce fatal and serious injuries among infants, children, and adolescents through the implementation and spread of evidence-based strategies. The first cohort will begin in November 2018 and continue for 18 months to April 2020. It will focus on five injury topic areas: (1) bullying prevention, (2) motor vehicle safety (includes child passenger safety and teen driver/passenger safety), (3) poisoning prevention (includes the prevention of prescription medication misuse/abuse), (4) sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) prevention, and (5) suicide and self-harm prevention.    

CSN invites all interested state and jurisdictional Title V agencies to apply for this new Learning Collaborative. As Title V agencies must be the lead applicant, we encourage non-profits, researchers and other organizations to attend the informational webinar and then reach out to their state/jurisdiction Title V leadership to explore partnering on an application.

To learn more about the Collaborative and how to apply, join us for a short informative presentation either Thursday, August 2nd at 2:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. CT / 12:00 p.m. MT /11:00 a.m. PT or Tuesday, August 7th at 3:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. MT / 12:00 p.m. PT. These sessions will cover the application process, review the team expectations for participation, and provide an opportunity to answer any questions.

To register, select a date below:

Space is limited, so please register now!
This webinar will be archived.
Please note that we are unable to provide CEUs or certificates for our webinars.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement (U49MC28422) for $1,000,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. 
Children's Safety Network | 43 Foundry AvenueWaltham, MA 02453

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

RESOURCE Family Friendly Strategies

"Family-friendly policies can take many different forms - they can be specific to an organization, such as paid parental leave, or pieces of legislation that apply to all residents. Prioritizing family-friendly policies and initiatives are important for improving childhood outcomes, decreasing stress among working parents, and enhancing overall well being within communities. This report highlights just a few of the many local-level family-friendly policies and initiatives throughout Colorado. By focusing on a diverse range of projects, spanning from informal community efforts to specific ordinances, this report is meant to serve as a resource for other communities in Colorado trying to prioritize family-friendly efforts."

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

OPPORTUNITY Communities That Care Work Lead

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This position is a full-time, permanent funded position: 
  • Position Title: Communities That Care Work Lead (#2126)
  • Classification: Public Health and Community Outreach Professional IV
  • Job Location: Denver 
  • Close Date: Announcement will remain open until July 25, 2018, or when an adequate pool is identified (i.e., minimum of 30 qualified candidates), whichever comes first. 
​To Apply:       Communities That Care Work Lead (#2126)

Description of Job
The purpose of this position is to provide strategic oversight, direction and execution of youth substance abuse prevention grants to local communities across Colorado. This position will include responsibility for key prevention program implementation, including: fidelity to the Communities That Care model, effective analysis of and implementation support for community-level primary prevention strategies, professional expertise in addressing substance abuse prevention using a shared risk and protective factor approach, expertise in applying prevention strategies to improve health equity, and integration of program evaluation across funded sites. This position is responsible for contributing to progress and fiscal status reports that will be provided to the department leadership and state legislature. This position provides supervision to two full time, permanent professional positions. This position provides oversight for technical assistance to local programs and the development and implementation of evaluation plans for prevention programming and to monitor fidelity to the Communities That Care model.
This position requires strong strategic and program planning, supervisory, technical writing, and leadership skills. This position will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships internally and statewide with diverse and varied stakeholders. This position requires strong verbal and written communication skills, as it is responsible for authoring local data reports, and building and maintaining relationships in the substance abuse prevention community at the local, state and national levels.

Monday, July 16, 2018

OPPORTUNITY Family Voice Council Seeks Members

Share with your family, friends and professional networks!

Do you or someone you know have ideas about what changes could be made at the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)? CDHS is forming a Family Voice Council to get honest, direct feedback from program recipients on how services can be improved. 

Learn more about this great opportunity and spread the word:
  • The council will be comprised of 15 members who receive (or have received in the past) two or more of the following CDHS services: TANF, SNAP, CCAP,  Early Intervention, Child Support, Child Welfare, Colorado Community Response, Home Visiting, Veterans Services, Mental Health Services, Substance Use Services, Colorado Crisis Services, Youth Services or Aging and Adult Services.
  • The council will meet once a month and members will serve a 12-month term with an option for serving an additional year. 
  • Council members will be reimbursed for transportation, child care or respite care, and for their time. 
  • Food will be provided at the meetings.
  • The monthly meetings will be held at CDHS in downtown Denver. Dates and times will be determined by the selected council members.
  • Interviewing and selecting council members will begin in July and August, and the council will convene the first meeting in September. September and October meetings will be only for council members so they can develop the governance structure. CDHS staff will begin attending the council meetings in November to discuss pressing topics.
IMPORTANT: Fill out the interest form here

Friday, July 13, 2018

RESEARCH Why Do Adolescents Attempt Suicide?

From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Why Do Adolescents Attempt Suicide?

Suicide among teenagers is infrequent. However, teens have a relatively higher rate of suicide attempts than adults.

Much of suicide research is concerned with who attempts suicide rather than why they do so. For both researchers and clinicians to gain a better understanding of what contributes to an individual’s suicide attempt, Dr. David Klonsky of the University of British Columbia developed the Inventory of Motivations for Suicide Attempts (IMSA), based on several widely accepted theories of suicide.

In the present study, Dr. Klonsky utilized the IMSA to assess suicide attempt motivations of 52 adolescents ages 12-17 years (mean age 14.8 years) who were hospitalized at a psychiatric inpatient unit after a suicide attempt.

David Klonsky, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
2014 Pilot Research Grant
Assessing Motivations for Attempted Suicide
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