Friday, October 19, 2018

Call for Abstracts! Shared Risk and Protective Factor Conference 2019

The 3rd Annual Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference will be held at Keystone Conference Center in Frisco, CO, May 29-31st, 2019.

As prevention professionals, you have likely seen issues that are common​ among the youth, families and communities you work with - issues like poverty, families dealing with substance abuse, and youth who are not connected to or do not feel safe at school. We often refer to these issues as "shared risk and protective factors". This conference focuses on learning and implementing ​strategies that take ​a shared risk and protective factor approach to prevent multiple forms of violence, injury and substance abuse​, helping ​multiple programs and agencies​ achieve their desired outcomes​.
THE 2019 CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS IS NOW OPEN!!!
Do you have stories of successful collaboration to share? Do you have examples of using a shared risk and protective factor approach to create connected communities? Or maybe expertise around using a positive youth development approach, or changing systems to support youth development, or identifying and addressing the root causes of violence, injury, and substance abuse?
This conference draws young people and adults who are engaged in creating connected communities and safe, healthy, and successful youth. Attendees include adults and young people working with nonprofits and government agencies from across Colorado including stakeholders of the following: CDPHE Violence & Injury Prevention Program, Collaborative Management Program, Communities that Care, Department of Education, Office of Behavioral Health, Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program, Youth Partners, and many more.
Read the Proposal Submission Questions HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P1rc8X9KSKRy2SYhhhtbmdB3W8Lia-7hIGcACBUYJ8k/edit?usp=sharing 
Create a Presenter Account and Submit your session proposal HERE: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/SRPFC2019
Instructions: At the Login page, click "Create Account", once confirmed and logged in select "+ Create New Submission". You can add co-presenters to your session by providing their email address on the form.
*The submission site is best viewed on a desktop.
***Once you click “Submit,” your session will be automatically recorded and you will be taken to a “Submission Summary” page. You can log-in to your account and edit or delete your submission before the Call for Proposals Close date, November 15th.***
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To be notified when registration opens, please complete this form HERE
Have questions about the conference? Email us at info.rmphtc@ucdenver.edu

Thursday, October 18, 2018

OPPORTUNITY Youth Program Specialist



Boulder County Public Health is hiring a part-time Healthy Futures Coalition Youth Program Specialist! This position is responsible for coordinating the Healthy Futures Youth Leadership Team. It works closely with the Healthy Futures Coalition coordinator, two part-time youth staff, and community agencies and coalitions to plan, implement, and evaluate a range of prevention strategies to increase healthy behaviors within Boulder County, with a focus on youth.

The Community Health Division at Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) works on the social factors that research has shown to improve health and well-being. The division's Community Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Program works to engage people in Boulder County by building a thriving community where people do not abuse substances and where all community members have a positive role to play in this effort. In particular, the program works from a Positive Youth Development framework, in which young people actively participate.

The person in this position must be interested in supporting young people to learn and develop skills to thrive. The position provides a context in which to develop skills in project management, working with young people and adults in various settings, and communicating about challenging issues in a practical and effective way. It also provides an opportunity to practice implementing public health theory, including Positive Youth Development, health equity, population-based approaches, prevention theory and practice, strengths-based perspective, and harm reduction. 

Please apply by 10/19/18: Youth Program Specialist

Monday, October 15, 2018

October is SUID/SIDS Awareness Month! CDC: Helping Babies Sleep Safely

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Helping Babies Sleep Safely


Safe sleep for baby
For Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, we’re sharing tips parents and caregivers can use to help reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS. Start by placing baby on his or her back for all sleep times—for naps and at night. And share your room with your baby, but not your bed. Learn more about these and other steps you can take to create a safe sleep area for baby in a feature from CDC: Helping Babies Sleep Safely

#SafeSleepSnap
Post Your #SafeSleepSnap
For SIDS Awareness Month, CDC and NICHD are teaming up to encourage people to share photos of babies (up to 12 months of age) in a safe sleep environment to help educate others about safe infant sleep. Encourage your friends and followers to participate during the month of October by sharing the following social media post:
Do you know what a safe infant sleep environment looks like? Share this example, or take a pic of your baby, grandbaby, niece, or nephew sleeping safely and share it with your followers. Be sure to use #SafeSleepSnap in your post!  Remember: safe sleep environments are firm, flat, & free of soft and loose items. Babies sleep safest on their backs! #SafeToSleep 
Public Health Grand Rounds
Join us for the next CDC Grand Rounds on “Safe Sleep for Infants,” on Tuesday, October 23, from 1–2 p.m. ET. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

WEBINAR Exploring Evidence-Based Legal and Policy Strategies to Prevent Fatal Injuries and Violence


Join us on Wednesday, October 31 at 1:00 p.m. ET to learn about evidence-based legal and policy strategies that can be leveraged to address Healthy People 2020 objectives, including the Leading Health Indicators (LHI). This webinar will focus on the 2 Injury and Violence LHIs — reducing injury deaths and reducing homicides. Presenters will highlight legal research and other policy-related resources that can provide decision-makers and public health professionals with the necessary tools and information to identify and implement laws, policies, and programs to improve population health in their own communities. You’ll also hear about how communities can address these issues by leveraging evidence-based law and policy solutions to address injury and violence prevention goals.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Americans Believe Suicide Can Be Prevented: Results of the New Harris Poll

As part of National Suicide Prevention Week, and in partnership with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, we’ve sponsored a new national survey conducted online by The Harris Poll to discover the general public’s latest perceptions on mental health and suicide, updating a similar survey from 2015.

According to the results, Americans overwhelmingly (94 percent) believe that suicide can be prevented, and most (94 percent) would take action to help someone close to them who was thinking about suicide.
Read more about the survey's findings

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

FUNDING Sexual Violence Prevention RFA

The new Sexual Violence Prevention Program’s RFA (Creating Supportive Environments) has been released!

Background:

The Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Program is pleased to announce the availability of funds to enhance community-level primary prevention across Colorado in an effort to address root causes of sexual violence.

The SVP Program recognizes that there are important shared upstream factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of sexual violence perpetration and multiple other forms of violence such as: weak health, educational, and social policies/laws; diminished economic opportunities/high unemployment rates; community support/connectedness (Connecting the Dots). By funding strategies to impact these upstream factors and modifying characteristics of the community, we can influence healthy social, economic, and environmental conditions that have a sustainable impact for all communities.

This funding opportunity will support this work across two critical focus areas: Creating Protective Environments and Providing Opportunities to Empower and Support Girls and Women.

Due Date: November 16, 2018 at 5pm MT

To Access the RFA Package: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/svp

Thursday, October 4, 2018

EVENT Positive Youth Development Training in Lowry October 30


Positive Youth Development, “PYD” is an approach that incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies, so that young people reach their full potential. This training is open to youth serving professionals or anyone interested in youth well-being or development. This FREE training will link content with expertise! 

Monday, October 1, 2018

WEBINAR Triple P: An Evidence-Based System to Prevent Child Maltreatment


Please join us for an upcoming Virtual Learning Session on the Triple P program hosted by the Child Maltreatment Prevention National Peer Learning Team. Free and open to all but pre-registration is required. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

JOB OPPORTUNITY Communities that Care

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Boulder County Public Health is hiring a Communities that Care Facilitator. Communities That Care (CTC) emphasizes a strengths-based approach to increase protective factors for children, youth, and young adults by promoting principles of healthy youth development, improving youth outcomes, reducing problem behaviors, and supporting communities and youth-serving agencies through coordination of a community-based CTC process. The ultimate goal is to select and implement evidence-based public health strategies, including policy, communications, and system change.

This position recruits and supports a community board and workgroups to understand the CTC process and complete "CTC Milestones & Benchmarks" (i.e. supports the work, but the responsibility rests with the board for completing the CTC process). The position guides community CTC efforts and the CTC project, which is supported by a grant from the State of Colorado. Funding is provided on an annual basis, although the current grant cycle is expected to continue through June 30, 2021. The CTC project focuses on the Lafayette community, and the position works closely with an East Boulder community organization and contracted health planner to implement CTC processes to support and guide the community in generating local responses and solutions to reduce substance abuse.
 
The position is backed by extensive training and technical assistance from the Center for CTC and BCPH. CTC is housed in BCPH's Community Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Program, which is part of the Community Health Division.

This is a full-time, benefited term position with Boulder County, with an anticipated end date of June 30, 2021. The Communities that Care Facilitator will work Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm out of the Public Health office in Boulder, CO. Applicants must be available and willing to work evenings and weekends, as well as travel locally and occasionally out of state. Under FLSA guidelines, this position is exempt from overtime. 

Hiring salary range: $3,881 to $4,736 per month
 
For more information and to apply, please click here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Child Passenger Safety Week!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your online source for credible health information. 
Child Passenger Safety Week 2018
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In the United States, motor vehicle–related injuries are a leading cause of death among children. Always buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries by up to 80%.

This year’s Child Passenger Safety Week is the perfect time to raise awareness about the importance of always properly buckling children. CDC’s Injury Center has recently updated our resources and website to reflect the new child passenger safety guidelines from AAP and best practices. Make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age.

Know the stages:
  • Rear-facing car seat: Birth until age 2-4.
For the best possible protection, infants and toddlers should be buckled in a rear-facing car seat, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limits of their seat. Check the seat’s owner’s manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.
  • Forward-facing car seat: After outgrowing rear-facing seat until at least age 5.
When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should be buckled in a forward-facing car seat, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of their seat. Check the seat’s owner’s manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.
  • Booster seat: After outgrowing forward-facing seat and until seat belts fit properly.
Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should be buckled in a belt positioning booster seat until seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Proper seat belt fit usually occurs when children are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and age 9-12 years.
  • Seat Belt: Once seat belts fit properly without a booster seat.
Children no longer need to use a booster seat once seat belts fit them properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Proper seat belt fit usually occurs when children are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and age 9-12 years. For the best possible protection, keep children properly buckled in the back seat.

Join Child Passenger Safety Week 2018
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Monday, September 24, 2018

EVENT Zero Weeks Screening & Paid Family Leave Discussion

Join us for a screening of Zero Weeks, a documentary on the challenges posed by the absence of a paid family leave policy in our nation. At the event, we'll hear from Colorado advocates who are working to establish a paid family leave program in our state and families who have been impacted. Learn how you can take action to promote paid family leave in Colorado and nation-wide and network with others who believe that caregivers shouldn't have to choose between job and family when serious illness strikes or welcoming babies and children.
The screening and discussion are hosted by the Metro Public Health Early Childhood Partnership in collaboration with Colorado 9to5, the Colorado Children's Campaign, Clayton Early Learning, Good Business Colorado, Small Business Majority, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Early Childhood Colorado Partnership, Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition, the Prenatal, Infant Toddler Coalition and ZERO TO THREE.
"Weaving powerful stories together with insightful interviews with leading policymakers, economists, researchers, and activists, Zero Weeks lays out a compelling argument for guaranteed paid leave for every American worker. The film looks at paid leave from an emotional, medical, financial and global perspective." The first months of a child's life serve as the first blocks in building a strong foundation for them to reach their full potential. Parents and caregivers play a critical role during this time, and ensuring they have the time and resources to build strong connections with their baby is critical.
Registration for this free event includes complimentary refreshments, including heavy appetizers, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Please register by September 30th.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Preventing Suicide in Schools

As summer winds down, we are preparing for a return to school. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers numerous resources to help ensure grade schools, high schools and colleges are safe for students, and prepared to handle anything that comes up regarding mental health and suicide. Whether you’re a parent, student or an educator, we have many resources, some of which are free of charge.

For instance, It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health is a 17-minute documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country who successfully learned to manage their mental health. Intended as a group presentation, the film is accompanied by facilitator’s tools and resources for students. It’s Real encourages students to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to seek help. If you are interested in hosting this program, click here to acquire the DVD and accompanying materials or click here to acquire online program access at a discounted rate through September 7. Learn more about It's Real and contact your local chapter to bring the program to a campus near you. 
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Report: Excessive Alcohol Use and Suicide in CO

New Report Released on Excessive Alcohol Use and Suicide in Colorado

Excessive alcohol use is a risk factor for many harmful health conditions in our communities, such as injuries, violence, including suicide, and mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a new data report detailing how excessive alcohol use connects with suicide in Colorado. It is important to note that many factors contribute to suicide, such as substance use, depression, and intimate partner problems. Suicide prevention requires a comprehensive approach to adequately address multiple risk factors. However, it is clear that reducing excessive drinking could also reduce suicide deaths in Colorado.

The new CDPHE Health Watch report summarizes Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC) among suicide decedents between 2011-2015. Key findings include that almost 1 in 3 suicide decendents (29.3%) had a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL at the time of death. Among those who had a a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL, almost 2 in 3 (61.4%) had a problem with alcohol, and more than half were depressed (56.8%), used a firearm as a method of suicide (53.1%), and were having intimate partner problems (50.6%). When compared to suicide decedents with a a BAC < 0.08 g/dL, suicide decedents with a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL were more likely to be male, working age adults (ages 21-54) and Hispanic or American Indian/Alaskan Native. 

To view the report, please visit this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W9wW49RJ84trGacpGq3Cz2ovLzyoumR-/view

For more information on how to prevent excessive alcohol use, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/alcohol.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Family Leadership Training Institute Recruiting New Members!

Stand Up. Speak Out. Create Change.


Excitement is building as the Family Leadership Training Institute of Boulder County, Aurora, and Montbello are actively recruiting for their 2019 classes! In late September, these three communities will begin the 20-week process that is equal parts self-exploration, skill development, community building, and motivational coaching. 

Develop new leadership skills and learn more about the civic process to create positive change for children and families. Apply Today! 

More information about Fall classes is listed below. Additional FLTI sites will be starting in January, 2019.
FLTI of Aurora
Sponsored by: Aurora Community Connection
Classes located at: 9801 E. Colfax Ave, Ste. 200
Aurora, CO 80010
Offered in: Monolingual Spanish
Contact: Aliria Bello or Teresa Torres

FLTI of Boulder County
Sponsored by: Sister Carmen Community Center
Classes located at: 655 Aspen Ridge Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
Offered in: English
Contact: Julie Piller or Zoya Elhassan

FLTI of Montbello
Sponsored by: Families Forward Resource Center
Classes located at: Moorhead Recreational Center
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012
Offered in: English
Contact: Veronica Armas