Friday, June 14, 2019

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

FREE COURSE FROM SPRC: Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention

Course Description
Effectively preventing suicide requires an understanding of who is attempting and dying by suicide, where the problem is most severe, and under what circumstances attempts and suicide deaths occur. But how do you find the data you need to answer these questions and others? Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention presents a variety of data sources that are useful for finding information about suicide deaths, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation. This course also explains key concepts that will help you better understand the data you find.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define and understand the difference between suicide deaths, suicide attempts, suicide ideation, and risk and protective factors for suicide.
  • Explain key terms that are essential to accurately interpreting data and making meaningful comparisons; this includes counts, rates, and trends.
  • Identify some commonly used and readily accessible online national data sources, and the type of data that is available from each source.
  • Identify some alternative data sources that may be available in states and communities, the type of data available from these sources, and considerations when approaching organizations and agencies for these data.
  • Think critically about the strengths and limitations of a given data source.

This course is open to anyone. We highly recommend it for any professional involved in national, state or community suicide prevention.

Course Length
This course can be completed in approximately two hours. You do not have to complete the course in one session. You can exit the course at any time and return later to the place where you left off.

Certificate of Completion
To receive a certificate of completion, you must do the following online:  complete each lesson, pass the posttest (passing score is 80% or higher), and answer the feedback survey questions. 

You can earn a certificate of completion once per year for each course.  We do not offer continuing education credits for any of our courses.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

EVENT Gentrification and Public Health: A Denver Study Tour

CPHA Outside Event!

Gentrification and Public Health: A Denver Study Tour

Join us for this unique and challenging CPHA Outside event, a lightly facilitated walking & talking tour of Denver’s Five Points, Curtis Park, and RiNo neighborhoods.

Date: Saturday, June 22nd 
Time: 9am - 1pm

Please expect to:
  • Walk an approximate 3.5-mile leisurely loop
  • Enjoy topic related-conversation
  • Be asked lots of tough questions and provided no easy answers
  • Bring a bit of cash for breakfast, drinks, and potential pizza/brewery stop at the end
Non-CPHA friends, partners, etc. welcome.
Tentative tour agenda
  1. Start at Crema Coffee
  2. Welton Street Corridor
  3. Whittier Neighborhood
  4. Posner Center for International Development
  5. Former site of Beloved Community tiny-home village
  6. Black Shirt Brewing
  7. Return to Crema Coffee


RSVP here!

Questions or want to help? Contact Burke
Some suggested reading and exploring that should help orient you to the issues.

CDC: Health Effects of Gentrification: Click Here to Read

Evaluating gentrification’s relation to neighborhood and city health: Click Here to Read
White privilege and gentrification in Denver, 'America’s favorite city': Click Here to Read
Denver Leads the Nation in Hispanic Displacement From Gentrification: Click Here to Read

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

FREE Conference National Conference on American Indian/Alaska Native Injury and Violence Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indian Health Service are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the National Conference on American Indian/Alaska Native Injury and Violence Prevention! The conference will bring together tribal, federal, and state injury prevention practitioners, injury researchers, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders with a goal of Bridging Science, Practice, and Culture to reduce the disparity of injuries among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Conference Registration
Visit the conference website to register. Registration is free for all attendees. The website contains links to the abstract submission portal, hotel room block, and an overview of the conference agenda. Registration is open through July 15 and is limited to 250 attendees, so be sure to register soon.

Conference Hotel
The conference will take place at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, and you can visit the website to make reservations for the group rate of $181/night. This rate is available beginning on Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 28. Make reservations early, this group rate is only guaranteed through July 1.

Submitting an Abstract
The abstract submission portal is open through Friday, May 24. Click here to submit an abstract for the conference. Abstracts will be accepted for the following conference tracks:
·        Community and Culture
·        Innovative Strategies and Emerging Issues in AI/AN Injury and Violence Prevention
·        Linking Clinical and Community Injury Prevention
·        Program Development and Implementation
·        Program Success, Evaluation, and Continuation
·        Violence and Intentional Injury Prevention

Monday, June 10, 2019

WEBINARS Positive Youth Development and Equity in Public Policy

Join the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) on June 12 as it hosts the second webinar in its Culture of Health Program Webinar Series.
Date/Time: June 12, 2019, 3:00-4:30pm ET
This webinar will begin on June 12 at 3:00pm ET. To join the webinar at this time, please click here
The National Academies report Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity concluded that health equity is crucial and health inequity is costly. Communities across the country are deploying action strategies to reduce health inequities. However, it can be challenging to effectively communicate and message the value of health equity and ongoing efforts to diverse stakeholders.
Voices for Healthy Kidsa joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association, developed a messaging guide that provides custom-built messages and insights for policy advocates to further the advancement of health equity. This guide provides an overview of shared values and the need to harness these values in mobilizing decision makers to take action.
Join the NAM for a webinar where experts provide research-based tips and techniques for advancing health equity in public policy. A case study will illustrate how value-based messaging has proven effective in creating common ground while unifying communities and decision makers to create needed change. A community representative from WE ACT for Environmental Justice in Harlem, NY will provide reactions to the webinar presentations. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Job Opportunity: Early Childhood Systems Program Coordinator

Tri-County Health Department- (Full-time) - (Englewood/TBD)
What we do:
Promote, protect and improve the lifelong health of individuals and communities in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties through the effective use of data, evidence-based prevention strategies, leadership, advocacy, partnerships and the pursuit of health equity. In short we strive to provide optimal health across the lifespan for the populations we serve.
What You’ll Do:
The Early Childhood Systems Program Coordinator will be responsible for daily planning, development, implementation and management of a portion of the Title V Maternal Child Health Block Grant focused on early childhood development. Through partnerships with internal and external partners, this position will ensure that developmental monitoring, screening and referral best practices are implemented across the three counties through meeting facilitation, outreach, training and technical assistance. This includes participation and leadership on local, state and community boards and committees, and other community outreach activities related to Early Childhood program activities and responsibilities. Key activities of this position will include:
  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with key early childhood system partners and ensure continued family and community engagement across the work.
  • Convene and facilitate two early childhood work groups in an effort to improve the coordination of early childhood systems in the respective counties. Work collaboratively to ensure the work is aligned across partners and communities.
  • Coordinate and provide early childhood development monitoring, screening, and referral best practice training and technical assistance to early childhood system partners.
Requirements You’ll Need:
Requires the minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health, child development, nursing, public administration, human services or a related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Requires a minimum of three years related work experience working with a diverse group of partners toward a shared goal.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Knowledge of early childhood development, early childhood systems, Life Course Model, trauma-informed care and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Familiarity and experience with the principles and practices of coalition building and developing community partnerships.
  • Experience with implementation of educational and presentation methods for diverse population groups
  • Knowledge of the principles of program planning and an understanding of program evaluation.
  • Knowledge of the social determinants of health, social-ecological model and health equity.
  • Basic computer, Internet and spreadsheet functions and resources
Hiring Process:
  • Step 2: We will review your application and if you match our needs we will call you for a phone interview. If not, you will get an email.
  • Step 3: If you pass the phone interview, we will schedule an onsite interview. If not, you will get an email.
  • Step 4: Onsite interview. This may happen more than once and with multiple people.
  • Step 5: If you pass the onsite interview, a position may be offered.  If not, you will get an email.
  • Step 6: Welcome to the Tri-County Family!

Apply for this Position

FUNDING Supporting Healthy Minds and Youth Resiliency

Colorado Health Foundation: Supporting Healthy Minds and Youth Resiliency. Eligible applicants include Colorado-based community-based organizations or public agencies that engage youth in safe, supportive and culturally responsive environments that work to enhance social-emotional skills.

Overview Anxiety, depression, suicide and substance use are widely understood to be the most pressing behavioral health issues facing Colorado youth and young adults. Challenges young people experience can lead to substance use, the onset of mental health concerns and an increased need for support. While behavioral health (inclusive of mental health and substance use) needs are felt statewide, and by people of all socio-economic standing, inequities exist across groups and geographies. Such inequities result from a variety of underlying issues including discrimination, harassment, various forms of violence, stressors related to poverty or immigration status, cultural stigma and access to culturally responsive resources. Behavioral health inequities in Colorado call for prevention and early intervention with young people facing the greatest risks, as well as changes within their environment to support resiliency. The Supporting Healthy Minds and Youth Resiliency funding opportunity aims to build social-emotional skills and create supportive environments to improve resiliency for young people facing barriers to mental well-being. Through this funding opportunity, the Foundation seeks to enhance young people’s social-emotional skills and positive relationships, so they have greater ability to cope and thrive despite adversity.
Deadline is June 15. Learn more

Thursday, June 6, 2019

WEBINAR Overcoming Opioids: Paths to Progress

opioids 2019 webinar graphic
Overdose deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl have skyrocketed since 2013 in addition to a growing number of overdose deaths from prescription opioids and heroin. Despite significant efforts to address the opioid crisis, our country continues to struggle with this epidemic due to the highly addictive nature of these drugs and barriers to treatment, including stigma and lack of access. Leaders in the public and private sector are working to overcome these challenges to advance progress in their communities.
The final part in our four-part Defying Despair series, this webinar will discuss ongoing efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment and guide people on a path to recovery, including:
  • An overview of the federal government's opioid response in light of current trends in substance use and overdose rates
  • A health plan's whole-person approach to treating the underlying causes of opioid use disorder as well as overdose
  • Steps taken by governors and state agencies to reduce the flow of opioids and to transform pain management

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

CDC Feature: Anxiety and Depression in Children: Get the facts

Anxiety and depression affect many children. The rates of diagnosed anxiety and depression appear to have increased over time. In a recent article published in The Journal of Pediatrics, parent/caregiver reported data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), showed that 7.1% of children aged 3 – 17 years (approximately 4.4 million) had diagnosed anxiety and 3.2% of children aged 3 – 17 years (approximately 1.9 million) had diagnosed depression. In addition, an article published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics using parent-reported data found that the percent of children aged 6 – 17 years ever having been diagnosed with either anxiety or depression increased from 5.4% in 2003 to 8.4% in 2011 – 2012. Read more about anxiety and depression in children.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

OPPORTUNITY Train the Trainer - Positive Youth Development

What are the benefits for you? 
  1. Able to train your grantees in PYD
  2. Better equipped to provide support for your grantees to operationalize PYD
  3. "Lead up" to Executive Leadership Teams, branch/work team/division leadership
  4. Join a network of committed state agency employees leading systems-change work to support healthy, educated, and thriving youth
  5. Be the "PYD go-to" resource in your division or department. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

EVENT Ford Driving Skills for Life Hands-On Clinic for Teens

Registration for the Ford Driving Skills for Life Denver event is now open! 

Join the Ford Driving Skills for Life program at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, July 13-14 for advanced driver training for teens. This half-day training will help teens improve their skills in hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed and space management, braking and stopping distances, reaction time, and how to avoid the dangers of distracted and impaired driving. This is a free program provided by Ford Motor Company. 

Participants can register here

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Seize the Awkward

Our Seize the Awkward campaign, in partnership with the Ad Council and The Jed Foundation (JED), has already reached millions of young people across the country, inspiring them to reach out to their friends about mental health and giving them the guidance to do so.

Now, in further support of the campaign, music artists Billie Eilish and Ava Max have created their very own videos, in which they speak authentically about their own experiences with mental health. In these two videos, they encourage their many fans to reach out, #SeizetheAwkward, and have a #RealConvo.
We hope you enjoy them, and share them with all your friends and followers on social media.
Watch Billie
Watch Ava
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Friday, May 24, 2019

FREE Positive Youth Development Training June 11

FREE Positive Youth Development Training in Denver on June 11th!

Register and learn more here

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 the well-being of youth.

This FREE training will link content with expertise! Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

CONFERENCE Colorado Health Symposium

Colorado Health Symposium

The 2019 Colorado Health Symposium is July 24-26 at the Keystone Conference Center in Keystone, Colorado. The Symposium, a national health conference, offers a unique chance to interact with cross-sector experts and dedicated professionals who are leading the way in addressing health equity.
There is no doubt that Colorado—like many states throughout the U.S.—is in the midst of a housing crisis. Having a place to call home is essential in life and centers us for good health. Home is out of reach for many Coloradans, which means health is, too. Racism, lack of opportunity and discriminatory policies make safe and affordable housing unattainable. This year’s Colorado Health Symposium, The Intersection of Housing, Health and Inequity, is designed to elevate bold solutions for putting a roof over the head of every Coloradan—and paving the path towards health equity.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Opioid Epidemic Leads to Dramatic Increase in Overdose Death Rate among Teens and Young Adults

CSN eNewsletter
May 14, 2019
Opioid Epidemic Leads to Dramatic Increase in Overdose Death Rate among Teens and Young Adults
Dr. Bina Ali of the Children’s Safety Network Economics and Data Analysis Resource Center is the lead author in a new study published in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. “Trends in Drug Poisoning Deaths Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States, 2006–2015” found that the nationwide opioid epidemic has led to an increase in the death rate for young people from overdoses.