Wednesday, June 20, 2018

FREE EVENT Educating Colorado Youth to be Responsible Drivers

Educating Colorado Youth to be Responsible Drivers:
A Class for Parents and Their New Drivers

It’s time for your teen to get their restricted license.
But wait, what’s that?
Grab your teen and attend our FREE class to find out!
Learn the laws of your teen’s restricted license before you hand over the keys.

You will learn about:
  • The risks of young adult driving
  • What Graduated Driver Licensing is and how it impacts you and your teen
  • Adding a youth to your insurance policy
  • Tips on how to teach your young driver to be safe

All sessions run 6:30pm to 7:30pm

2018 class schedule:
July 18, 2018
September 19, 2018
November 7, 2018

2019 class schedule:
Classes will be held on the 3rd Wednesday every other month throughout the year.  Beginning with January 23, 2019

Class Location
Swedish Medical Center
501 E. Hampden Ave.
2nd Floor Conference Room Pine B
Englewood, CO 80113

Prize drawing for (1) $200 voucher towards Drivers’ Education provided by:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Colorado Public Health Association Board Nominations Now Open!

2018 Board Nominations Now Open

Ready to step up and help lead Colorado’s largest and oldest public health association?
We are a dynamic, hardworking, ambitious and creative Board, backed by a solid budget, professional association management services and a highly skilled lobbying firm. Serving on the CPHA Board is a highly rewarding experience, with opportunities for people at any stage of their public health career.
Open Positions:
  • President Elect (3-year Term Commitment)
  • Treasurer (2-year Term Commitment)
  • Professional Education - Junior Director (2-year Term Commitment)
  • Communications Director * (2-year Term Commitment)
  • Student Director (2-year Term Commitment)
  • At-Large Member (1-year Term Commitment)
  • Public Policy Director (1-year Interim Role)
  • Membership Director (1-year Interim Role)
The Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC) and Secretary positions may be opening up as well. If you're interested in either of these positions, please contact Suzuho Shimasaki at
We encourage you to nominate yourself or another candidate! The deadline for  board nominations is 5 p.m. on June 29, 2018.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

June is Pride Month!

During the month of June, LGBTQ+ communities celebrate Pride and there are many opportunities to engage as a positive community, helping build relationships and develop nurturing relationships. When caregivers experience strong mental well-being, it can have positive impacts on their children. Every parent and caregiver needs to be supported by services and policies that help strengthen families, prevent abuse and neglect, aid caregivers struggling with adversity, and promote positive parenting so kids can develop their potential. A positive community that supports each and every caregiver, and child, can play a vital role in supporting parents whether it’s developing parenting skills or affirming identities. 
  • The GLBT Center of Colorado has many young child and family oriented resources and events available this month (and year round!). The Center'sFamily Program provides a safe, welcoming way for LGBTQ+ families to meet and have fun together. Learn about the program by watching this video, and checking out their page with resources for families and children under 12. 
  • Denver Family Friendly Pride Festival - SmartyPants Vitamins Family Area and other events will provide a fun (and shady!) experience for families during the festival, including story time, face painting, and activities from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. 
  • PFLAG provides support and education for families who have LGBTQ+ family members and are learning how to be supportive allies in their lives. 
  • Learn how the Human Rights Campaign works to promote LGBTQ inclusive policies and affirming practices among child welfare agencies and formally recognizes those agencies that are leading the field with innovative approaches to inclusion, including resources and promising practice examples.
  • LGBTQ+ people experience higher rates of poor mental and physical health than heterosexual people. For some LGBTQ+ young children and youth, family and friends aren’t a part of their support system at all because of things like rejection, discrimination, or a lack of understanding. Yet, parents, family and friends can have a positive impact on LGBTQ+ families and young children. The Trevor Project provides resources around mental health and suicide, click to learn identity affirming ways to support as a family member or friend.

Help Spread Awareness with the Latest Edition of “Talking About Suicide and LGBT Populations

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Suicide in Prevention in Colorado: The Role of Public Health Toolkit

The Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention supports local public health by providing data, tools, resources and expertise to further suicide prevention efforts in Colorado. This toolkit can help to provide resources and information to support local public health departments in their efforts to address the issue of suicide within their communities.

Monday, June 11, 2018

WEBINAR Diversity in Perinatal Mental Health Series

Join us for a FREE webinar series deepening our conversations about diversity, determinants and disparities in perinatal mental health! 
The virtual trainings will take place on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 12-1pm (PST). The series is free to all but prior registration is required. Login information for each session will be provided upon registration. Below you will find the full schedule and bios for the faculty.
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June 14, 2018 - Perinatal Mental Health Care for Military Veterans, Deborah J. Hayes, PsyD, LCSW, MPH & Kathleem M. West, MPH, DrPH
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IMPORTANT: You must attend live in order to view these webinars. Archives will be immediately available, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Friday, June 8, 2018

EVENT Public Health in the Rockies - Early Bird Rates Extended to June 15th!

2018 Public Health in the Rockies
Better Together: Past, Present, Future

August 29 - 31, 2018
Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado

Early bird rates extended to June 15!

Are you ready to register for the biggest public health conference in the region? The purpose of the 2018 Public Health in the Rockies Conference is to provide an opportunity for education, networking and skill development of professionals in Colorado and neighboring regions. The Conference is designed to build a more competent public health workforce.
Click here for more information
Register Now!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

AFSP Virtual Advocacy Forum Monday, June 11th

Anyone can join us online via Facebook Live from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 11 for the Virtual Advocacy Forum. So, find those fuzzy slippers, a warm cup of coffee, and a big comfy couch as we bring you the 9th Annual AFSP Advocacy Forum.

Virtual Forum participants will have the opportunity to engage with the event’s featured speakers and experts in the field of suicide prevention and mental health. Speakers include representatives from the Department of Veteran Affairs, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the National Institute of Mental Health.

They can then urge their two U.S. Senators and their U.S. Representative to make suicide prevention a national priority by emailing them through AFSP’s online Action Center.

Virtual Forum registration will be open through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 10. Registering early gives you exclusive access to Forum handouts and presentations, as well as a chance to win an in-person spot at our 2019 Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.
Register Today!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

FREE ROUNDTABLE June 18: The Intersection of Art and Health

IdeasXLab are coming to Denver on Monday, June 18th to bring together artists and health folks from around the state for what they call a HOPEBOX Health Roundtable. 
Culture is integral to the definition, creation, and measurement of health and wellbeing across diverse communities. IDEAS xLab brings together the creative industries with health sector and government leaders to develop community-centered, culturally-responsive, design approaches to health improvement. We frame generative discussions and prototypes with a bias towards collective action and equity.
As cultural producers, organizers, and innovators, we build strategies that focus on health improvement as a co-creation effort between communities and public/private health sector organizations. In this effort, language and trust are often barriers that must be overcome first, in order for progress to be made.
Co-creating work, analyzing language, building trust -- these are standard tools of many poets, theatre companies, musicians, and other artists. IDEAS xLab combines these creative tools with science and transforms them into powerful strategies for population health and resiliency.
Visit for more about HOPEBOX HEALTH, IDEAS xLab's cultural innovation model.

Details and registration for the ​FREE roundtable can be found here.

Monday, June 4, 2018

EVENT Region VIII Adolescent Health Summit July 24-25, Denver CO

This 2-day summit will provide tools and skills development to a diverse group of partners to support the development of comprehensive, coordinated systems that support healthy adolescents and young adults. The content of the Summit is geared towards state partners involved with healthy adolescent programming for states and tribes (Title V, Title X, Primary Care Associations, State Offices of Rural Health, and other State partners involved with/interested in this work).

This meeting is a collaborative effort of the Region VIII Adolescent Health Task Force. The Summit will provide tools and skills to assist state partners in developing comprehensive, coordinated systems that support healthy adolescents and young adults in their communities.

Friday, June 1, 2018

OPPORTUNITY CityLeaders Cohort 12: Call for Applications DEADLINE June 8th

CityLeaders Cohort 12: Call for Applications

Leadership training for emerging and mid-level
urban, maternal child health (MCH) leaders

Submitting an application?
  • Complete all sections of the 2018 CityLeaders Application Packet, and email your application to Stephani Tyrance
  • Application Deadline: All applications must be received by June 8, 2018.
  • CityMatCH will notify applicants of status by June 29, 2018.

What is the CityLeaders training program?
  • CityLeaders participants engage in nine months of training based on the MCH Leadership Competencies including one onsite meeting and a series of distance-based skills-building opportunities. 
  • They are also matched with a senior urban MCH leader in the field for a mentor/mentee relationship.

 CityMatCH | 402-552-9592 | E-mail | Website

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration

Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) is one approach that can improve access to mental health services for children and their families. Partnerships between primary medical care practices and mental health care specialists can make mental health services more accessible for some families.

Learn more by reading:

Friday, May 25, 2018

WEBINAR Responsibility Grows Here

We invite you to join us at the LPHA webinar scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, at 1 p.m. to learn more about the new brand and subsequent campaigns.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched Responsibility Grows Here, new public education campaigns that encourage young Coloradans to stay away from marijuana and educate adults who choose to use marijuana to do so legally and responsibly. These campaigns build on the health department’s successful Good to Know and Protect What’s Next campaigns and represent next steps in the state’s comprehensive public education strategy. 

“Since legalization, we have worked with Coloradans every step of the way to address concerns and navigate changes,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “These campaigns connect more directly with those using marijuana and will hopefully drive home the message of what is safe and legal use.”

The health department will launch four educational campaigns under the new Responsibility Grows Here brand. The campaigns launching today are designed to reach marijuana users and youth. In mid-June, the campaigns will focus on trusted adults and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Each campaign will use media meaningful to the targeted audience, including television, radio and online ads; social media; and a user-friendly website.

The marijuana user campaign targets adult residents and tourists who use marijuana. Because research shows marijuana users often rely on salespeople in marijuana dispensaries for information, the campaign is introducing Meg the Budtender, a fictional spokesperson who will begin talking to Colorado adults about safe storage, appropriate places to use and not use marijuana, and the difference between smoking marijuana and consuming edibles. Unsafe storage can lead to accidental use by children, overconsumption of edibles can result in health risks, and smoking in public is illegal and can risk the health of those exposed to secondhand smoke.

Find Your Moment, the youth campaign also launching today, focuses on providing Coloradans ages 12 to 20 with prevention messages before they ever try marijuana. Marijuana use impairs developing brains and academic success. Research shows youth respond best to messages that demonstrate how marijuana use can keep them from achieving their dreams, whether those dreams include excelling in athletics, getting a good education or building a successful career.  

Campaigns reaching out to parents, trusted adults and new moms will launch mid-June. The trusted adults campaign will focus on how important their voices can be in young people’s decisions to not use marijuana. The campaign targeting new moms will promote educational messages on the negative health effects of using marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding and encourage women to talk with their health care providers.

“We’ve worked hard over the past four years to educate Coloradans on the basic laws, responsibilities and health effects of marijuana use,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, health department executive director and chief medical officer. “With these new campaigns, we’re focusing on those most affected by marijuana use to make sure they obey the laws, stay safe and become positive role models for Colorado youth.”

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fellowship Opportunity! Safe States Injury and Violence Prevention Policy Fellowship Program

Now Accepting Applications

for the 2019 Safe States

IVP Policy Fellowship Program

Safe States is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Injury and Violence Prevention Policy Fellowship Program, a one-year virtual program designed to strengthen and expand injury and violence prevention policy leadership at the local, state, and federal levels. The purpose of the Policy Fellowship Program is to support the implementation of Safe States Alliance’s strategic map by engaging members and supporting advocacy and policy making. Program participants will receive extensive training, technical assistance, and peer-based support aimed to increase skills and self-confidence to educate policymakers at the local, state, and national levels in support injury and violence prevention.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Intensive policy training and technical assistance
  • New connections and broadened networks within the Safe States membership and with local, state, and federal policymakers
  • National recognition as a Safe States Alliance Policy Fellow
  • Opportunities for professional development through new experiences, skills, and networking
  • Travel support to attend the Safe States Alliance Annual Meeting and annual Hill Day

Fellowship Requirements

  • Attend the Safe States Annual Meeting (travel support provided)
  • Participate in Safe States’ Policy Committee calls and meetings
  • Attend bimonthly Policy Fellow conference calls and educational webinars
  • Meet with elected officials in-state during legislative recesses and during the Safe States annual Hill Day in Washington, DC (travel support provided)
  • Disseminate legislative alerts to in-state partners and stakeholders
  • Send communications to elected officials during select intervals of the legislative process
  • Actively participate in the Safe States Grassroots Action Inspiration Network Facebook Group

Key Dates

Applications OpenMay 22
Applications DueJune 29
Notification of Application StatusJuly 13
IVP Public Policy 101 Workshop/Kickoff Meeting: September 5, 2018 (Charleston, South Carolina)

Policy fellows will be recognized at the Safe States Alliance Annual Meeting in September 2018. In addition, all fellows will be eligible to join the Safe States Policy Fellows Alumni Association at the completion of the fellowship.

We encourage all interested members to apply. Approximately six fellows will be chosen each year. If you have questions, please contact Paul Bonta, Safe States Director of Government Relations.

What value have current Policy Fellows found in the program?
According to Ann Fondario, "participating in the Safe States Policy Fellowship Program demonstrated the significant impact policy has on public health efforts. It provided me the opportunity to critically think about our legislative priority areas and how to effectively educate and communicate with legislators, both at the state and national level, to recognize our program as a resource and key stakeholder in the policy development process."                                                                              
Safe States 2018 Policy Fellows and staff attending 
Safe States annual Hill Day.