Tuesday, August 28, 2018

JOB OPPORTUNITY Youth Advisor Applications Now Open!

Youth Advisors in 2015
We're excited to announce that Denver Public Health is now accepting applications for 3 part-time Youth Advisor positions!

Since 2015 Denver Public Health has employed Youth Advisors to provide expertise on and lead youth engagement efforts within Community Health Promotion programs. Armando Gonzalez, Sedona Allen, and LaPhonso Salas (pictured above) were the first Youth Advisors hired and worked on tobacco prevention, healthy beverage, and active living projects.

We're now seeking youth who are excited to support the Healthy Beverage Project, substance abuse prevention coalitions, and School Based Health Center outreach. The Youth Advisors will also engage with Youth Health Assessment follow-up activities, youth violence prevention, and occasionally consult on other department projects.

The most important qualifications are the abilities to work with diverse groups of young people throughout Denver and apply their own experiences as a young person to public health work (and we’ll help them with both!). Please share the job announcement with your networks and cast a wide net that includes a range of young Denver residents.

Details and application instructions are in the job announcement.
Applications are due September 14.

Please direct any questions to Marissa Vasquez at 303-602-3713 or marissa.vasquez@dhha.org

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Monday, August 27, 2018

2GO Community Innovation Grant Opportunity!

Start planning now for the
2GO community innovation grant!

When programs and policies are designed with the whole family’s future in mind, and families have the resources and social networks available to be successful, opportunity becomes a family tradition.

Knowing this, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) will be seeking innovative proposals to address systemic challenges
and empower families to reach their full potential. 
The 2Generation Opportunities (2GO) Pilot will award up to 10 grants of $100,000 each to regional and community collaborators who propose innovative ways to create a path to the middle class for whole families.

2GO grants must be used to build community readiness and collaboration to better serve families and ensure outcomes for the whole family. Following an initial planning stage, grantees will receive funding to pilot their ideas for proof of concept and effectiveness. CDHS anticipates that up to four years of additional funding may be available for successful projects.

The request for proposal is expected to be released on August 29, 2018. Proposals must be received by CDHS no later than September 28, 2018.

For more information on the 2GO Pilot, visit www.colorado.gov/cdhs/2gen-pilot.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Teach Me How to GDL EVENT and Materials Available NOW!

Green Mountain High School will be hosting the Teach Me How to GDL media launch event and you're welcome to attend! See those details below. 

Event details:
Where: Green Mountain High School | 13175 W Green Mountain Dr, Lakewood, CO 80228
When: Tuesday, August 28 at 10:00 am | Outside the front entrance
What: Press conference with speakers from CSP, Green Mountain High School Students & Faculty, CDOT

The Teach Me How to GDL Materials are here! Please share out with your community partners - the more widely they are spread the more awareness we can raise about GDL during this critical back to school period. Spanish materials are under development and will be added to the DropBox soon If you'd like help with outreach ideas, you're welcome to contact Ginna Jones (ginna.jones@state.co.us) or Sam Cole directly. For printed Teach Me How to GDL contact Sam at Sam.Cole@state.co.us. For questions about the campaign materials or dropbox link specifically, you can contact Kristen Barnhill at kristen@ameliecompany.com.

  • Media Toolkit
    • PDFs and Word Docs of:
      • How To Spread the Word in Your Community
      • Key Campaign Contacts
      • Messaging Platform + FAQ
      • Social Media How To Guide
      • How To Organize a Community or Media Event
      • How To Organize a Community or Media Event_OneSheeter
  • Poster 
    • GDL Poster PDF
  • Social Assets
    • Social Media How To Guide
    • GDL Partner Posts
    • Partner Photos & Videos
      • Facebook
      • Instagram
      • Snapchat
      • Twitter

Thursday, August 23, 2018

EVENT Annual Breastival: Free Family Festival Sunday, August 26

The Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition hosts the Breastival each year as a free event for families with the purpose of connecting families and community goods and services and to help support, normalize and celebrate breastfeeding.

Bring the whole family for a bunch of free fun and activities. This year's event features more than 30 vendors, in addition to food trucks, a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals and family photos. In addition, there will be a music class, yoga, henna art, story time, sign language and more. To be eligible for a host of great prizes, register before the event at cobreastival.com. Help spread the word by visiting and sharing the event on social media.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

FORUM Improving Access to Pediatric Behavioral Health Services

Save the Date:
Colorado Medical Home Community Forum:
Improving Access to Pediatric Behavioral Health Services
Sept.11, 2018

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

4300 Cherry Creek Dr S
Denver, Colorado 80246
DOC Room, Building A


Participants have the option to join in-person or via webinar. Call in: 1-877-820-7831 Passcode: 300218#


Medical Home Community Forum archived Webinars are now Available!

If you were forwarded this email but would like to subscribe to receive updates and information on future Medical Home work, please click here. Be sure to select the "Medical Home" program area at the bottom of the sign-up form. 

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Monday, August 20, 2018

An Introduction to the System!

The Child Fatality Prevention Systems just released an updated version of it's Operations Manual, now called "An Introduction to the System".  For anyone interested in learning more about the system, click the cover to review or click here to access from the website. To all of our state and local team members, please read the new manual and dispose of all old versions at this time.

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 atinfo@childwelfare.gov, 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 www.colorado.gov/vss and use the RFP to locate all documents and information related to this RFP by inputting the RFP number 2018000012.

UPDATED DEADLINE!  The new deadline to apply: August 30, 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 www.breastfeedcolorado.com 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!