Wednesday, October 30, 2019

REPORT Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care

New Report:

Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health

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Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health is now available as a free PDF download.

How can services that address social needs be integrated into clinical care? What kind of infrastructure will be needed to facilitate that integration? To begin answering such questions, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine assembled an expert committee to examine the potential for integrating social care services into the delivery of health care with the ultimate goal of achieving better and more equitable health outcomes.

The resulting report, Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health, identifies and assesses current and emerging approaches and recommends ways to expand and optimize social care in the health care setting.
Report highlights  | Report recommendations | Key messages 
Report release slides | Social media toolkit  

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Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health is the fourth in a series of consensus reports from the National Academy of Medicine's Culture of Health Program.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

FUNDING: Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program

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TGYS funds prevention, intervention, and education programs for children, youth, and families designed to reduce youth crime and violence, child abuse and neglect, school dropout, and/or adolescent and youth marijuana use across the state of Colorado. Apply now! 
TGYS RFA Application:  

  • Questions will be taken Monday, Oct. 28 through Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, and must be submitted by Thursday at noon each week to receive a response that week. 
  • Questions can be submitted to TGYS RFA Question Form.
  • Responses will be posted the following Friday on this website in the TGYS forms and helpful documents section. 
  • The application deadline is Monday, December 23, 2019, at 5:00 pm MST.

Monday, October 28, 2019

RESOURCE A Guide to Incorporating a Racial and Ethnic Equity Perspective Throughout the Research Process

A guide to incorporating a racial and ethnic equity perspective throughout the research process

More than 150 years since slavery ended and more than 50 years after the Civil Rights Act became law, racial or ethnic identity still plays a role in defining a person’s life course. In an increasingly diverse society, the persistent issues seen among racial or ethnic minority populations partly reflect the fact that mainstream, majority perspectives shape the research that informs policies, programs, and public opinion around such issues.

Researchers working to address these issues have a responsibility not to perpetuate disparities, inequalities, and stereotypes about populations of color. While disaggregating data is a necessary component of understanding disparities in outcomes by race and ethnicity, it is not sufficient. Researchers must think critically about how they collect, analyze, and present data to avoid masking disproportionalities or disparities that different racial and ethnic groups experience.

We offer five guiding principles to help researchers apply this lens to the stages of the research process detailed in this resource. While there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to incorporating a racial and ethnic equity perspective into research, these guiding principles can help researchers better identify where inequities exist, their structural cause, and the environments and conditions that perpetuate those inequities.

These guiding principles encourage researchers to examine their own biases, make a commitment to dig deeper into their data, recognize how the research process impacts communities, engage with those communities as research partners, and guard against the implicit or explicit assumption that white is the default experience of the world.

This resource provides concrete ways in which researchers can incorporate a racial and ethnic equity perspective at every stage of the research process: landscape assessment, study design and data collection, data analysis, and dissemination.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

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The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced the second year of funding for Strong Systems, Stronger Communities (SSSC) for local health departments (LHDs) - applications due October 25, 2019.

Through the 2019-2020 SSSC TA Cohorts, NACCHO will support LHDs in moving upstream to address social determinants of health and health equity by accelerating progress on the implementation of a community health improvement plan (CHIP) using principles of quality improvement. This training and TA opportunity will support a cohort of up to seven LHDs, providing virtual and an in-person training, individual technical assistance from NACCHO, and peer networking. Each team will hold an Equity Action Lab with their communities, during which they will identify a meaningful goal and design rapid-cycle improvement tests to achieve gains within a short period of time.

Please email NACCHO staff at with any questions.

2016 NVDRS Surveillance Summary Now Available

New Release: 2016 NVDRS Surveillance Summary

Findings Highlight Circumstances of Youth Suicides 

According to the latest data from CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System that includes information on 41,466 deaths from 32 states in 2016, the majority (62.3%) of deaths were suicides, followed by homicides (24.9%), deaths of undetermined intent (10.8%), legal intervention deaths (1.2%) and unintentional firearm injury deaths (<1.0%). The new data are published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Surveillance for Violent Deaths — National Violent Death Reporting System, 32 States, 2016.

In 2016, NVDRS collected data on 3,655 suicides among youth aged 10–24 years. The majority were male, non-Hispanic white, and aged 18–24 years. Most youth aged 10–17 years died by hanging/strangulation/suffocation (49.3%), followed by firearm (40.4%), and youth suicides among this younger age group were most often precipitated by mental health, family relationship, and school problems. Most suicides among youth aged 18–24 years were by firearm (46.2%), followed by hanging/strangulation/suffocation (37.4%), and were precipitated by mental health, substance abuse, intimate partner, and family problems. A recent crisis and/or an argument or conflict were common precipitating circumstances among all youth who died by suicide.

Other Key Findings

Suicide rates were highest among males, non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Natives, non-Hispanic whites, adults aged 45-64, and men 75 years and older.

Suicides were most frequently preceded by a mental health, intimate partner, substance abuse, physical health problem, or a crisis during the previous or upcoming two weeks.

Homicide rates were highest among males and persons aged less than 1 year and persons aged 15–44 years. Among males, non-Hispanic blacks accounted for the majority of homicides and had the highest rate of any racial/ethnic group.

Homicides were most often precipitated by an argument or conflict, occurred in conjunction with another crime, or for females were related to intimate partner violence. When the relationship between a homicide victim and a suspected perpetrator was known, the suspect was most frequently an acquaintance/friend among males and a current or former intimate partner among females.

NVDRS data are used to monitor the occurrence of violence-related fatal injuries and to assist states and communities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies to reduce violent deaths. CDC released a series of technical packages to assist communities and states in identifying approaches and strategies with the best available evidence to prevent violence. The five technical packages include strategies, approaches, and examples of specific programs, practices and policies for preventing the following forms of violence:

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  • New National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) 2016 data in 32 states show 3,655 youth aged 10–24 years died by suicide. Common circumstances surrounding youth suicide were mental health problems, interpersonal problems and a current life crisis. Knowing more about the circumstances of these deaths can help inform suicide prevention programs. Read more from @CDCMMWR:

  • #DYK? Latest National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) data describe the circumstances of 3,655 youth suicides from 32 states. To prevent future violent deaths, we need to know the facts to guide prevention strategies. More 2016 data available now in @CDCMMWR: #StopSuicide #NVDRS
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

FUNDING: The 2020 Farm to School Grant Request for Applications is Now Live

The Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2020 Farm to School Grant Program is now online and available through This year, FNS seeks to award up to $10 million to schools, school districts, nonprofits, State and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan, and implement farm to school activities. Grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $100,000 will be available for approved proposals in FY 2020. 

The Richard B. Russell NSLA establishes a Farm to School Program in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.

To fulfill the farm to school mandate in the NSLA, $5 million is provided to the USDA on an annual basis to support grants, technical assistance, and the Federal administrative costs related to USDA’s Farm to School Program. The USDA Farm to School Grant Program is housed within the FNS OCFS.

Additional funding for the Farm to School Grant Program was made available through the FY 2018 and FY 2019 Agricultural appropriations and, as a result, up to $10 million will be awarded under this solicitation.

Authorizing language in the NSLA directed the Secretary of Agriculture to award competitive grants, designed to improve access to local foods in eligible schools, for activities such as: Training; Supporting operations, Planning, Purchasing equipment, Developing school gardens, Developing partnerships; and, Implementing farm to school programs.

Link to Additional Information: Farm to School website

Closing date: December 13, 2019

All interested applicants are encouraged to visit the announcement HERE.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Bridging Communities Together
FLTI of Colorado Invites You to Vision With Us!
Dear FLTI Friends,

It was only 7 months ago that FLTI graduates, site teams and other community partners began working groups to take action right away around several different areas related to community-driven change, leadership development, and equity.

We have accomplished a lot!

Next month, we will host a dynamic forum to celebrate what we have done, explore what could be done in 2020, and look at where the energy in the room is to identify long-term, collaborative outcomes for FLTI of Colorado. We invite you to consider joining us!

Space is limited to 30 attendees, so interested people must RSVP as soon as possible at

Whether you have been involved in this year’s working groups or are brand new to getting involved with the larger, state-wide FLTI collaborative, you are invited to join the 2020 working groups. Attending the November meeting is not required to participate.

November 6, 2019 | 10:00AM - 2:00PM
CSU Extension Office, Jefferson County
15200 W. 6th Avenue, Golden

Thank you to everyone for your involvement. We are stronger and communities in Colorado are stronger because of you.


Patti Schmitt
Director, FLTI of Colorado

Apply to Attend FLTI in Your Community TODAY!

Sites across the state are now accepting applications for FLTI Class of 2020 cohorts that will start in January.

Learn To:
  • Dialogue Across Difference
  • Create Local Coalitions
  • Work Effectively with Media
  • Bring Your Expertise to Local Decision Makers
  • Address Pressing Community Needs
And So Much More!

Apply today at:

Announcing: National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26)

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 16-19 years of age. In 2017, more than 2,300 teens (ages 16-19) lost their lives in car crashes. That’s six teens every day.

The leading causes of teen crashes and injuries include the following: 
·         Driver inexperience
·         Driving with teen passengers
·         Nighttime driving
·         Not using seat belts
·         Distracted driving
·         Drowsy driving
·         Reckless driving
·         Impaired driving
To learn more about teen engagement in risky driving behaviors, such as alcohol-impaired driving, drug-impaired driving, and distracted driving, read CDC’s recent publication about alcohol and marijuana use among young injured drivers in Arizona and CDC’s 2018 publication about texting/emailing while driving among high school students.

Discuss your rules of the road with your teen, why they are important to follow, and consequences for breaking them. Create a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement that puts these rules in writing to set clear expectations and limits.

Read the CDC’s Feature about keeping teens safe on the road, or visit CDC’s website on Teen Drivers.