Friday, August 23, 2019

Job Opening: Learning & Evaluation Officer

Job Opening: Learning & Evaluation Officer

Apply today and join our team!

The Foundation is pleased to announce a job opening for a Learning & Evaluation Officer. The Learning & Evaluation Officer will play an integral role in helping assess the Foundation's progress and impact, while supporting staff in using evaluative thinking, evidence and learning practices to accelerate progress towards the organization's mission. This position is a key member of the Foundation with responsibility for supporting teams around the development and refinement of strategy, designing and managing a portfolio of evaluation projects to assess strategy, and facilitating learning across time.

Ideal candidates will connect with our mission and cornerstones and proactively identify opportunities to advance our mission while remaining grounded in the day-to-day responsibilities. They will have expertise in leading the design and implementation of a broad portfolio of evaluation projects intended to inform strategy, a strong background in engaging with staff who have varying levels of experience with evaluation and learning, put equity at the heart of the work we do as a team, and have the ability to thrive in a rapidly changing work environment. They will be able to integrate concepts around strategy formation, systems thinking, complexity and adaptive/emergent strategy. Creative problem solving, critical thinking and effective communication are also a must.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate exceptional skills in evaluative and strategic thinking. A minimum of five years’ experience leading the design and oversight of a portfolio of evaluation projects is required.

If you or someone you know is a evaluation professional seeking a unique opportunity to engage with learning, evaluation and organizational strategy, please visit our website to learn more and apply. All applications require a resume and cover letter.

The application for this position closes on Sunday, Sept. 8.

The Foundation is committed to and intentional about diversity, equity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we invite qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
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Thursday, August 22, 2019

GRANT School Mental Health Capacity-Building

GRANT APPLICATION

Mental Health Colorado developed the School Mental Health Toolkit to increase support and resources in planning for school mental health. The Toolkit is a comprehensive framework, based on 10 best practices to help community advocates, schools, and local leaders work together to assess, identify, prioritize and fund school-based mental health services. It will show you how to promote school-based mental health and wellness programs that work. Using our Toolkit as a framework, Mental Health Colorado is committed to supporting district leaders and advocates as they implement mental health strategies in schools across the state.
Through grant funding, Mental Health Colorado is offering school mental health capacity-building grants designed to assist school districts with the ongoing implementation of the School Mental Health Toolkit’s 10 best practices. Eligible applicants are school districts, local education agencies (LEA), boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) and community partners. Community partners must be a registered entity with the State of Colorado. Districts must have completed an initial Toolkit review and planning meeting with Mental Health Colorado and must include a completed copy of the Toolkit’s Needs Assessment. 
Please contact Sarah Younggren at syounggren@mentalhealthcolorado.org for questions or to schedule your initial Toolkit introduction and planning meeting.
Please download and email your completed application, attaching your budget and Toolkit Needs Assessment to toolkit@mentalhealthcolorado.org.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Local Foods, Local Places 2019-2020 Application

Background

Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. In 2018, the program was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Northern Border Regional Commission.
Local Foods, Local Places aims to support projects that do all of the following:
  • Create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods.
  • Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses.
  • Improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations.
See the main Local Foods, Local Places page to learn about past projects.
The Local Foods, Local Places program will provide selected communities planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that promotes local food and neighborhood revitalization. Click here to see examples of action plans from community workshops organized through this assistance.  This assistance is not a grant, and the program does not provide money directly to communities.
For more information about the program, eligibility and how to apply, click here

Monday, August 19, 2019

WEBINAR Changing Internal Practices to Advance Health Equity


LIVE WEBINAR WEDNESDAY, August 28, 2019 FROM 12:00-1:15 PM EST.
Sign in opens a few minutes before start time. A link will be available at that time.

Changing organizational practices to advance health equity is a difficult task. 
But through using the Human Impact Partners' definition of health equity and 
theory of change, we can begin to minimize the barriers of change management. 
This webinar will feature Megan Gaydos, Project Director at Human Impact 
Partners, and will focus on methods that health departments can use to address 
power imbalances and other factors in order to advance health equity.

Audience
Local health department staff, community organization leaders, and other public 
health professionals

Learning Objectives
*Describe the role of health departments in addressing power imbalances, racism 
and other forms of oppression at the root of health inequities.
*Name three barriers and three antidotes to changing organizational culture.
*Identify five internal actions that health departments can implement to advance 
health equity.

Continuing Education Credit
CE is not available for this training.

Sponsors
The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources 
and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers 
($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author 
and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any 
endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Contact us at mphtc@umich.edu with questions.

Sign up for this course today!

ENROLL

Friday, August 16, 2019

Assessment and Mapping of Community Connections in Home Visiting

Assessment and Mapping of Community Connections 

in Home Visiting

Home visiting programs provide information and support to parents of young children to address their individual needs. The families served by home visiting programs often have many needs, and home visitors cannot address all of them. Therefore, referrals to outside community services are vital for the success of the families that home visiting programs serve.
Recognizing the importance of these referrals, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), both of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), contracted with Child Trends and Trilogy Interactive to design a prototype for a tool to enhance home visiting stakeholders’ understanding of community connections in the home visiting context. Stakeholders of interest included federal staff, state administrators, tribal and non-tribal local implementing agencies, state-level early childhood coordinators, technical assistance providers, home visiting model and tool developers, and researchers. Community connections refers to relationships between home visiting programs and other community services providers, such as those offering mental health services, child care, and more. This report provides a summary of the work the project team completed to understand the needs of relevant stakeholders and to propose a tool that would meet their needs.

Methodology

To create a prototype of the tool, the project used a human-centered design approach. The project team relied heavily on input from stakeholders to deeply understand their needs. By engaging a stakeholder group that included potential end users of the tool (i.e., federal staff, state administrators, and local implementing agencies) throughout the project, the team learned that stakeholders were interested in the availability of community service providers, gaps between family needs and availability of services, the accessibility of providers (in terms of location, language, and more), quality of services, and much more. Based on this information from stakeholders, as well as findings from other project activities, the team developed several iterations of the prototype. The result was a final prototype of a tool that would help stakeholders better understand community connections between home visiting programs and other community service providers.

Key findings and highlights

This report shares several reflections on what the team learned through the project activities. The key reflections are:
  • Making referrals from home visiting to other community services is a complex process. Home visitors must understand (1) the availability, accessibility, and relationships between home visiting programs and community resources, (2) the families’ needs, and (3) appropriate ways to connect families to resources that align with their needs within the unique local context. This information informed the development of the prototype by highlighting the key information programs need that a tool could provide.
  • Stakeholders want a great deal of information about community connections in the home visiting context, including the supply of and demand for community services and the accessibility of these services at the LIA, state, and national levels. However, due to data limitations, the prototype of the tool does not address several identified needs.
  • Basic analyses, as opposed to complex analyses, were more appropriate for this project. One of HHS’s original goals for the project was to better understand the strength of connections between home visiting programs and various community resources. The project team considered addressing this goal through complex analytic techniques such as social network analysis. However, stakeholders showed a preference for information that could be derived from basic descriptive analyses.
Suggested citation: Rosinsky, K., Madill, R., Bashara, S., Supplee, L., Shaw, S., Stearns, R., Li, W., Gutowski, T., Cantrell, E.  (2019). Assessment and Mapping of Community Connections in Home Visiting: Final Report. OPRE Report Number 2019-68. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Other Authors: Randy Stearns, Stacey Bashara, Tim Gutowski
An accompanying brief, titled “Promoting Understanding of Community Connections in Home Visiting: State of Available Data and Future Opportunities” will be published soon.
Download Publication

    Thursday, August 15, 2019

    The Colorado Office of Early Childhood wants to hear from families!


    The Colorado Office of Early Childhood (OEC) wants to hear from families of children 0-5 across Colorado to learn about the programs and services they want or need to give their child a strong start! This information will inform the statewide needs assessment and strategic plan under the state's Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5).

    We need your help to reach as many families as possible between now and August 30, 2019. Tools to communicate with families are available below.

    Please share the following link with families in your professional and personal networks: colo.health/parentsurvey

    The families you engage with will provide valuable input to inform the statewide strategic plan to strengthen Colorado's early childhood system. We also want to hear from families that are not connected to formal early childhood programs to learn about their preferences or barriers to participation.

    Please direct any questions to CDHS_PDG@state.co.usClick here for more information on the Colorado Shines Brighter PDG B-5 initiative.

    Thank you for your support!
    Colorado Shines Brighter Team
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    Communications Tools

    The following tools were created to help you share the survey with families.
    The project described above is made possible by Grant Number 90TP0009-01-00 from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    OPPORTUNITY: Call for Subcommittee Members!




    Join the CFPS Investigative and Data Quality Subcommittee!


    Sasha Mintz, the CFPS Epidemiologist, is looking for folks interested in joining the Investigative and
    Data Quality Subcommittee!

    The overarching purpose of the subcommittee is to improve child fatality data quality through:
    1. Increasing dissemination and utilization of the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Reporting Form (SUIDIRF) and Suicide Death Investigation Form at law enforcement agencies and coroner offices.
    2. Providing technical assistance to local child fatality review teams on best practices for firearm fatality reviews.
    3. Improving substance use data by supplementing CFPS data with other data sources.
    4. Enhancing processes for child fatality data entry, analysis, and dissemination.

    The subcommittee meets quarterly (February, May, August, November) on the first Wednesday of the month from
    3:00-4:30pm MST. Subcommittee members may attend in person at CDPHE’s main campus or participate remotely
    via conference call.

    All who are interested, and from any professional background, are encouraged to join! 

    Our next meeting is November 6th, 2019 from 3:00-4:30pm MST. You are more than welcome to attend and listen-in on this meeting if you’d further like to gauge your interest in joining the group.

    Please reach out to Sasha (sasha.mintz@state.co.us, 303-692-2306) if you would like to become a
    member, attend a future meeting, or have any questions!

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    CDOT: Traffic Fatalities Involving Teens & Anniversary of GDL Law


    Traffic Fatalities Involving Teens Spike Since 2017
    CDOT’s teen driving campaign features parents selling their teens’ cars

    STATEWIDE– Though the overall number of young drivers involved in fatal crashes has fallen by almost 50% in the last 20 years, the past two years have seen higher numbers: from 2005 – 2016, Colorado averaged 64 young drivers involved in fatal crashes per year.  In 2017 and 2018 the average was 86 young drivers per year, an increase of 34 percent.

    Because teen drivers’ inexperience makes them among the most dangerous drivers on the road, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is launching a safety campaign to encourage them to drive more safely and grow their awareness of Colorado’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law. This year is the 20th anniversary of the passage of the GDL law.

    Funny and informative videos called, ‘GDL Resale,’ depict scenarios with parents offering their teen’s car for sale in the manner of an auctioneer or used car salesperson, as consequences for not abiding the GDL laws. The videos will run on social media until September 6 and can be viewed at:


    On Thursday (August 8, 2019) in front of the Carla Madison Recreation Center in Denver, CDOT kicked off the teen safety campaign flanked by victims, safety advocates and law enforcement. The campaign targets teens, ages 15 – 18, where they spend a lot of their time—on social media—including Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. The aim is to educate Colorado young drivers on the GDL restrictions.

    The GDL law:

    · Forbids passengers under 21 years old for the first six months of licensure – with only one passenger allowed after six months until the end of the first year
    · Bans use of cell phones until the driver is 18; and
    · Makes not buckling up a primary traffic offense and requires occupants in back seat to buckle up too

    “When teens receive their driver’s licenses, the first year of driving is the most dangerous,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “But our GDL law has contributed to a near 50% reduction in traffic fatalities involving young drivers over the last 20 years, which is very good news. We must continue to educate teens about GDL and enforce the law if we want to continue to see such positive results.”

    Colorado first adopted a Graduated Driver Licensing law two decades ago, in 1999, after a horrific crash in Greeley that killed four teenagers. A 16-year-old driver had just received his license and he had little experience driving when his friends jumped in his car, and he ran a stop sign. 

    GDL laws help teens gain important driving skills gradually while putting restrictions on the number of passengers permitted, banning cell phone use, and encouraging seatbelt use, among other rules.

    “Motor vehicle crashes are not caused by involuntary or inevitable mistakes. Teens are as powerful as they are vulnerable, because most teen crashes involve voluntary choices. By partnering with CDOT and promoting the GDL awareness campaign, we hope to save lives by decreasing teen driver deaths,” said Drive Smart of the Rockies Executive Director Amy Nichols.  “When teens pay attention to the road, buckle up, and reduce the number of passengers in their cars, they drive smarter.”

    For more teen driving tips and resources, visit COTeenDriver.com.

    WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY. 
    To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.
    ABOUT CDOT
    CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.