Friday, April 27, 2018

Safe Kids Day

There’s nothing worse for a parent than losing a child. Now imagine that if tragedy could have been prevented.
You may be surprised to learn that preventable injuries (like fires, car crashes, drownings and poisonings) are the number one killer of kids in the United States.
We are on a mission to prevent injuries, to save lives and to help families protect children, so kids can grow up to do whatever they can imagine. Will you join us?
This spring, we are celebrating Safe Kids Day – a time for families around the world to focus on protecting their kids from injuries that are preventable.
But, we can’t do it alone.
Your donation can help us give parents the life-saving information they need to keep their kids safe.
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Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-662-0600 © 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

WEBINAR: Reducing the Risks to Child Pedestrians

CSN Webinar
April 30, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Reducing the Risks to Child Pedestrians
Monday, April 30, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there was a nine percent increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2015 to 2016. (1) A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association states that “Pedestrians now account for a larger proportion of traffic fatalities than they have in the past 33 years.” (2) This webinar will provide an overview of data on pedestrian-related fatalities among children and describe the efforts of two organizations, the National Center for Safe Routes to School and Safe Kids Worldwide, to reduce risks to child pedestrians. Kristin Rosenthal, program manager for Road Safety at Safe Kids Worldwide, will share information on child pedestrian injury and death rates in the U.S. and findings from a study that Safe Kids conducted on pedestrian behavior. Nancy Pullen-Seufert, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, will explain why the Center launched Vision Zero for Youth, an initiative to encourage cities to prioritize safety in places where children walk and bike, and she will describe the increasing commitment to Vision Zero by cities and states around the U.S. She will also discuss ways in which child pedestrian safety and bicyclist safety can be woven together.
Space is limited, so please register now! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Research: Prevent Child Abuse America

Research Review: Social Norms 101

Welcome to the Research Review! Each month join Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Dr. Bart Klika, as he does a quick run-down of emerging research related to child abuse and neglect prevention.
Dr. Bart Klika goes over the topic of social norms 101, including a general overview of norm concepts, definitions used, and the basics of gap theory. This quick video is the first in a two-part series for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Our second Research Review this April will focus on the applications of social norms and how we have used this research in our work.


Friday, April 20, 2018

The Importance of Having Family Leaders on your CFPS Review Team

Christal Garcia, a Family Leader Training Institute graduate, has chosen to share a part of her story to inform prevention efforts and advance health equity within CDPHE and her community.

What is a family leader?  In Christal's own words, it is someone who is "empowered to help others who do not have a voice or the tools to create change in their communities."

"Connecting FLTI Family Leaders to your work can be so beneficial on many levels because of their lived experience and expertise in being change agents in their communities. Since graduating as a family leader, I have become a member of the Child Fatality Prevention System State Team, an active member of the Arapahoe County Local Child Fatality Review Team, Infant Safe Sleep Partnership, and the Essentials for Childhood and Community Norms work group. I am a leader in Health Equity and inform prevention efforts based on my lived experiences. "

"Because of my lived experience I know I can help others who wear the same shoes as I do, and the valuable information I hold can touch many others and encourage families to live a healthy, successful life. Considering the importance of social determinants of health and equity and justice, I am very proud to be a Family Leader."

If you are interested in learning more, Christal is presenting at the Shared Risk and Protective Factors conference on Thursday, May 31! The title of her session is: Utilizing the Family Leadership Training Institute to Advance Prevention Efforts. If you are unable to join us at the conference, you can contact Christal via phone or email: 303-692-2552;

To read Christals' full story: click here
For Guidance on how to include Family Leadership: click here (this document also lives under the resource tab)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Are You Interested in Increasing Your Agency's Capacity to Address Mental Health?

Check out this new funding opportunity from SAMHSA for Mental Health Awareness Training.

"The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Mental Health Awareness Training grants (Short Title: MHAT). The purpose of this program is to: (1) train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED); (2) establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services; (3) train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques; and (4) educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder. It is expected that this program will prepare and train others on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with SMI and/or SED.Eligibility

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private not-for-profit entities. For example:

State governments and territories (the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).
Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town (e.g., local education agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire department agencies, emergency medical units).
Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
Community- and faith-based organizations, including those that serve veterans, armed services personnel, and their families.
Public or private universities and colleges....
Anticipated Total Available Funding:  $15,801,221

Anticipated Number of Awards:  Up to 126

Anticipated Award Amount:  Up to $125,000 per year

Length of Project:  Up to 3 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?:  No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $125,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

Friday, April 13, 2018

We All Play a Role in Strengthening Families

Social connections are a powerful way to ensure strong relationships at home. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, during the past 12 months, 1 in 5 Colorado parents reported there was no one they felt they could turn to for day-to-day emotional support in raising children.

We all play a role in strengthening families, one of the best ways to prevent child abuse and neglect. Learn what you can do at Anyone concerned about the safety and well-being of a child should call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437). Calling to share concerns can mean a family gets the support needed to overcome difficult circumstances.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Black Mamas Matter: Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17

The United States is the only country where maternal mortality rates are on the rise, and black women are 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance stepping up to put forward solutions to this issue that is impacting our communities in a big way. Take a look at their toolkit for advocates and consider joining the cause during the week of April 11-17.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Lieutenant Governor and CDHS Staff Kick Off National Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Capitol

We all play a role in strengthening families to help prevent child abuse and neglect!
1 in 5 Colorado parents say they feel like they have no one they can turn to for day-to-day emotional support in raising children. It's part of the reason advocates, organizations and elected officials join together each year to raise awareness.

DENVER (April 3, 2018) — Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) staff joined community partners, county leaders and advocates today to kick off National Child Abuse Prevention Month at the State Capitol. The occasion reinforced the importance of individuals and communities working together to keep kids safe and families healthy.

The event also featured remarks by community members such as a librarian, a local business owner and the founder of a unique moms’ group to highlight the fact that everyone can play a role in strengthening families, which is one of the most effective ways to prevent child abuse from happening in the first place.

These individuals emphasized how a single person can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of both kids and families. Some examples they highlighted of ways individuals, businesses and communities can support families include:

  • A family member offering to babysit so parents can get a little break
  • A friend or neighbor shoveling snow or raking leaves for a young family to lighten their load
  • Recreation centers hosting playgroups
  • Local libraries offering story times for young children
  • Employers allowing for flexibility with schedules when possible

"We all play a role in strengthening families," said Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer Donna Lynne. "I encourage every adult to get involved to prevent child abuse and neglect, even if you are not raising a child or working with families."

Click here to read full article!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Dashboard!

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New in this version:
Updated 2016 data for most tabs
New tab on opioid prescription indicators
Results for Health Statistics Regions, including the largest counties having county results

This is a soft launch, because a county/regional tab needs to be added, which will make it convenient for local coalitions to get their info, rather than having to select their county from each of the separate tabs. Our working deadline is to have that available by June 1.

In August,  the data and the national definitions for opioid overdoses treated in the emergency department and during hospital stays (based on ICD-10-CM codes) will be available for 2016 and 2017.