Tuesday, October 30, 2018

EVENTS: FREE QPR Community Trainings in Evergreen and Blackhawk

The Jefferson Center is offering two FREE QPR trainings.

QPR is a 90 minute gatekeeper training that can be customized to fit your audience. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Those who attend will learn to:

    • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
    • Know how to offer hope              
    • Know how to get help and save a life
This training is open to any community members working with youth ages 10-24.

Monday, October 29, 2018

COACT Colorado Needs Your Help!

COACT Colorado aims to better support children, youth, and families who are experiencing a serious behavioral health challenge. They are partnering with the University of Colorado to conduct a statewide assessment of the current strengths, barriers and needs for child, adolescent, and transition age youth services in Colorado. Your input is needed to help us better understand the behavioral health needs of child, adolescent, and transition age youth. 

How you can help:
1. Participate in the service provider survey!
2. Pass this information on to recruit fellow service providers, family support partners and navigators (forward this email, hang flyers on bulletin boards, visit our website to learn more, show off your gift card etc.).
3. Help us recruit transition age youth (ages 16-25) and Caregivers (of youth ages 0-18) for the Family Survey!

Visit https://sites.google.com/state.co.us/coact-engagement for links to this survey and other engagement opportunities for providers, family, and youth.

Join our community engaged and participatory action research.  These surveys were designed with and for service providers and family members.  Participate early while gift card are available! 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

WEBINAR Reducing Risk: Adolescent-focused Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Research shows Motivational Interviewing (MI) is one of the most effective techniques for communicating with youth and young adults around behavior change. 

In fact, using MI strategies with youth has been shown to decrease substance use, reduce stress and risky sexual behaviors, improve eating habits, increase exercise – and even to reduce injuries and hospitalizations!

Dr. Jennifer Salerno is a nationally-renowned expert in adolescent-focused MI strategies, with years of experience working with providers and professionals to improve their skills and comfort in using this more effective approach for risk reduction coaching. 

For the first time ever, Dr. Salerno is offering an introduction to adolescent-focused MI in a complimentary webinar.

We hope that you will join us for this interactive introductory session designed specifically for the professionals and providers who are dedicated to identifying and reducing risk behaviors among their youth populations. More information will be provided at the end of the webinar on taking these introductory skills to the next level.

Adolescent-focused Motivational Interviewing:
An interactive and educational introduction to more effective youth communication.

3-4 PM EST
Register Now!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

WEBINAR Long-Term Outcomes of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome


Long-Term Outcomes of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome:
Implications for Providers and Caregivers
October 29, 2018 – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP 
Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

Mary-Margaret A. Fill, MD
Mary-Margaret A. Fill, MD Medical Epidemiologist, Tennessee Department of Health

Coleen Boyle, PhD, MS hyg
Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lisa F. Wadell, MD
SVP, Maternal and Child Health Impact/NICU Innovation, Interim Chief Medical Officer, March of Dimes

This webcast is approved for up to 1.0 Continuing Medical Education credits prescribed by The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). All continuing education credits are provided free of charge.

Learn about the epidemiology, clinical presentation, treatment and long-term outcomes of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the U.S. Opportunities for prevention and early intervention will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1.    Discuss CDC’s role in protecting mothers and babies in the context of the opioid epidemic.
2.    Review the clinical presentation and treatment options for infants with NAS.
3.    Discuss possible long-term outcomes of NAS.
4.    Outline opportunities for prevention or early intervention in children and families at risk for NAS.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

EVENT Parent & Young Driver GDL Classes - New Dates Released!


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

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
RSVP via phone 1-866-779-3347

2018 class schedule:
November 7, 2018

2019 class schedule:
January 16, 2019
March 20, 2019
May 15, 2019
July 17, 2019
September 18, 2019

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

Prize drawing discounts towards Drivers’ Education provided by:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Top Tips to Keep Kids Safe


Masks can obstruct a child's vision while walkingEveryone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. 

Hard Facts

On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

Top Tips

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  2. Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  3. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  4. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  5. When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Learn More

Here are a few more tips on how to keep your kids happy and safe on Halloween.


Monday, October 22, 2018

FUNDING Community Change Grants

America Walks wants to give you $1,500 to kickstart change in your community. Apply today for one of the 2018 Community Change Grants and take a step in making your community health, active, and engaged. 

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​.
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.***
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

Division of Reproductive Health Global Activity eUpdate

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

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