Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Kempe Summer Research Institute

We wanted to share this opportunity from The Kempe Center:

Interactive Virtual Learning Experience
August 3 - 7, 2020
Spearheaded by Drs. Desmond Runyan, John Fluke and Carol Runyan, The Kempe Center has developed a series of courses in child abuse research and evaluation in order to expand the researchers and evidence-supported programs in this field. Our aims are to better prepare researchers to apply for NIH and other support for their work and to ensure that practitioners are using the best evidence available to structure interventions and are contributing the evidence base through well-designed evaluations. Instructors include faculty from Kempe and a number of other leading research organizations and universities. The courses include lectures, discussion groups and mentoring by instructors and other visiting professionals.

We are excited to announce that for the August 2020 session we are converting all three courses to a new online format to accommodate the health and safety of our participants.

  • Course 1: Fundamentals of Clinical and Epidemiological Research

  • Course 2: Challenges & Opportunities in Child Maltreatment Research

  • Course 3 [MODIFIED DATES]: Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Research and Evaluation through a Public Health Lens. Exploring Issues of Design, Implementation, and Evaluation 

Modified Self Paced Format
July 27th - August 14th

Course 3 has been modified to a 3 week format to better accommodate working professionals and practice-oriented graduate students. Within each week there will be specific online lectures, readings, and activities required. At the end of each week, there will a live mentoring session to address questions and assist participants in the development of their evaluation plans. Participants will learn basic approaches of public health planning and evaluation by working on creating an evaluation plan for a project of their choosing, ideally one to be carried out in their own work environment. Registered participants will have access to materials from other Kempe Courses. Visit the Kempe Summer Research Institute Website for more information.

Course 1 & Course 2 will still take place from August 3 - 7. To adapt the course to meet our students online learning needs we will limit the length of each day to begin at 9:00 AM (MST) and finish by 3 PM (MST). Many of the core lectures will be converted to pre-recorded, self-paced material that the students will need to complete before class. All pre-recorded material will be during July. During the week-long online virtual learning series each course will meet live via zoom for discussions about readings, pre-recorded presentations and additional short lectures. This will be followed by daily research seminars followed by breakout mentoring groups where students will develop their research or evaluation ideas with Kempe faculty.


  • Heather Keenan, MD, PHD, MPH
  • Joanne Klevens, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Mary Clyde Pierce, MD
  • Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD
  • Brett Drake, PhD

Registration is available for academic credit through the Colorado School of Public Health. For those not seeking academic credit registration is a $150 fee, plus optional $25 for CEUs. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Don't miss the Kempe Cafe's session this Wednesday on being an ally to LGBTQ+ youth!

Demonstrating allyship to LGBTQ+ youth and why it matters
Thursday, June 25th  10 - 11 AM (MST)  Zoom
Colleen Gibley-Reed (She / Her / Hers)

June is Pride Month when LGBTQ+ communities come together across the world and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. This Kempe Café will introduce attendees to effective approaches to support LGBTQ+ youth who are particularly vulnerable. Join us as we learn about the history behind Pride month, key terms and concepts, and strategies to demonstrate allyship in both your personal and professional life.

Coming together during Pride month, a month intended to promote the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of LGBTQ+ people as a social group, you will learn the importance of understanding, embracing and supporting this historically marginalized group. Participants will leave with greater empathy for this population, feeling empowered to show up as a true ally.

  • Familiarize yourself with the history of Pride month
  • Acquire a knowledge of the key terms and concepts specific to SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression)
  • Learn about the outcomes of LGBTQ+ youth, why it’s important to be data-informed about this population and how it impacts those you serve
  • Grasp what it means to have heterosexual and cisgender privilege
  • Gain an understanding of actionable steps you can immediately take to demonstrate allyship
“Don’t tolerate me as different. Accept me as part of the spectrum of normalcy”

Ann Northrop

Friday, June 19, 2020

Juneteenth Statement from Office of Health Equity

On honor of Juneteenth and the ongoing struggle for racial justice and against white supremacy, we'd like to share today's blog post from Web Brown, the Director of the Office of Health Equity:

Reflections on Juneteenth

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 and intended to free all slaves. The proclamation only applied to places under Confederate control and not to slave-holding border states or rebel areas already under Union control. In Texas, slavery had continued as the state experienced no large-scale fighting or significant presence of Union troops. In fact, many slave owners from outside of Texas viewed it as a safe haven and moved there with their slaves. In Texas, approximately 250,000 people were still being held in slavery when, on June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston to announce that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free.

But more than 150 years after the final slaves were freed, too many still don't know why celebrating June 19 is important. Juneteenth has added significance this year, amid global unrest and protests against systemic racism. In many ways, Juneteenth represents how justice in the US has always been delayed for African-Americans. In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, there were waves of lynchings, imprisonment, and the implementation of Jim Crow laws. What followed was the disproportionate impact of mass incarceration, discriminatory housing policies, and a lack of economic investment. Juneteenth should serve as a reminder of the need for us to commit to structural changes that the country has not yet addressed.

Today, it's important for all of us to acknowledge Juneteenth in our own way, whether that be posting something on your social media page, having a discussion with our kids, or having a physically distanced celebration with neighbors. Show your community that the historical experiences of African-Americans and the struggles that they have had to endure is one worth acknowledging. Use this as an opportunity to educate yourself and others about a reality that may be far removed from many of us, the reality of systemic racism and pervasive injustice in our country. Let’s use today as a critical moment of observation and reflection about the impact of our nation’s past, how it impacts the present lived experience of African-Americans, and what we have to do to create a better future.  

Web Brown
Director, Office of Health Equity

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Supporting LGBTQ+ Children & Youth During Pride Month & Always

The COVID pandemic, ongoing racist violence against black and brown communities, and an overall sense of unease are taking their toll on many people's mental and physical health.  LGBTQ+ children and youth may be having an especially difficult time right now and it's important that we have the resources to support them as they deal with heightened stress and anxiety.

We'd like to share the following resources from the Trevor Project to support LGBTQ+ children and youth:

Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

Implications of COVID-19 for LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Trevor Lifeline 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678

Suicide crisis line for LGBTQ+ children and youth

Friday, June 12, 2020

Resources for Talking to Kids About Race & Racism

The organization Embrace Race has been conducting a series of webinars on talking to kids about race and racism, and supporting the leadership and activism of young people organizing for racial justice.  The following webinars are available to watch and may be helpful in talking to the children and youth in our lives about equity and anti-racism:

How NOT to raise kids who are quick to call police on people of color

In our social media age, the figure of the "entitled White woman" who calls the police on people of color, especially Black people, simply for living their lives has become so common that she has become a meme. In a week also marked by the 100,000th official COVID-19 death in the United States and the death of a Black man, George Floyd, at the hands (and knee) of a White Minneapolis police officer, Amy Cooper took her place in that long, infamous line of White women. We believe that relatively few people would have behaved as Amy Cooper did that morning in her Central Park encounter with Christian Cooper (no relation) on the morning of May 25th. But it is self-serving for the rest of us to believe that we have nothing in common with her. The truth is that the attitudes and impulses made manifest in her behavior are pervasive, and she wasn't born with them; she learned them.

Andrew and Melissa of talk to Jennifer Harvey about what the parents of White children, in particular, can do to ensure they're not raising white children who are quick to call the police on Black and Indigenous people and people of color.

"I [still] can't breath": Supporting kids of color amidst racialized violence

Black, Brown, Native peoples, poor people – we talk with our children about how to interact with police. We file formal complaints against abusive officers. (Derek Chauvin had at least SEVENTEEN complaints on his record before his encounter with George Floyd.) We take cell phone videos that go viral. We share our stories with media outlets. We file lawsuits. We protest, allies at our side. If it were altogether up to us to stop the racialized violence directed against us, we’d be having a completely different conversation.

With COVID-19 as backdrop, some predict a “long, hot summer.” Others see a promising new determination by many Whites to become a vigorous part of the solution. In this complicated context, what conversations about policing, violence, safety, justice, and race should we be having with our children of color? Join us for that conversation and Q & A with child psychologist Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith.

"Rays of Hope": Supporting the leadership & activism of our young people

A Talking Race & Kids conversation about how parents, teachers, and other adults in the lives of children can support their activism and advocacy while keeping them safe and managing our own fears for their emotional and physical safety.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Resources to Understand Racism in Child Welfare Work

We'd like to share this newly published resource from the Colorado Office of Children, Youth, & Families:

Resources to understand and confront racism in our work

As the nation grapples with the death of George Floyd and countless other people of color who have lost their lives, we're sharing resources about the intersection of racism and our work together. This list is not all-inclusive. Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks.

Webinars this week:

Thursday, June 4, 11am - 12pm
Network for Public Health Law

This webinar will provide you with:

An overview of how child nutrition programs, specifically the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, can be used to support students during the pandemic.

A summary of how SNAP and WIC have been modified in response to the pandemic to better address the needs of Americans. 

An explanation of how government is working to reduce food waste on farms and support the operations of the Nation’s food banks.

Examples of innovative policies implemented by states to address the food security of their vulnerable citizens.

Thursday, June 4, 2 - 3pm
Poligon, American Muslim Health Professionals, Emgage

Are you interested in advocating for policies that benefit the children and families in your community, but aren't sure where to start? This training includes an introduction to how Congress works, advocacy tips for healthcare issues, and advice on how to engage with your representatives and amplify your voice in the policymaking process.

Friday, June 5, 10 - 11am
Public Impact Partners

Join Human Impact Partners for an emergency conversation with public health researchers and advocates on why policing — and police violence — is a public health issue, and what we can do to address it. 

On a related note, in 2018 the American Public Health Association released a policy statement on Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Don't Sideline Your Own Mental Health

For those of us working to prevent injury and violence, we often learn detailed information about the tragic and horrible circumstances of a person's death.  For our local Child Fatality Prevention System teams, reviewing the details of a child's death can be overwhelming and lead to secondary trauma.  As Mental Health Awareness month comes to an end, let's not forget to take care of our own mental health and practice self-care. 

The Safe States Alliance has released a new resource for data abstractors who work with the National Violent Death Reporting System.  The resources and advice listed are applicable to others, including child fatality review team members.

A resource for NVDRS data abstractors and others

One of the resources is a free, online Intro to Compassion Fatigue class.

Make sure to take care of yourself while you work hard to care for your community.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Webinars for Your Consideration

There are a number of webinars happening next week that you might find helpful.  And in case you have COVID response fatigue, most of them aren't even COVID-specific!

Building community resilience: Addressing the 'Pair of ACEs' and preventing child maltreatment through a cross-sector approach

Monday, May 18, 11am
National Peer Learning Team on Child Maltreatment Prevention

The Child Maltreatment National Peer Learning Team aims to help public health departments engage with the topic of child maltreatment prevention by learning about successful strategies, exchanging expertise on how to elevate the priority of this work within the realm of public health, and leveraging necessary resources to advance prevention.

Reviewing drowning fatalities: Key questions & prevention resources

Tuesday, May 19, 12 - 1:30pm
The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention

If you are on a local fatality review team, please consider attending this webinar, either on May 19 or once the recording is released.  You may also be interested in this related webinar from the Safe States Alliance:

Wednesday, May 27, 12 - 1:15pm

Recent data from Florida shows that childhood drownings have significantly increased over the same time last year, all involving children 3 and under—consistent with CDC reporting that the number one cause of death of children age 4 and under is drowning. The Florida data indicates a direct tie to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and parental distraction. Hear from national experts on the new data, the urgent need for federal resources to respond to this crisis, and what states and national organizations are doing and could do with more resources.

Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect: What's Race Got to Do With It?

Thursday, May 21, 10 - 11am
Transform Research Center

Dr. Natalie A. Cort, an Assistant Professor at William James College, will offer ideas about how to think and talk about race within the child abuse and neglect field, as well as solutions to grow diverse clinical training pipelines from which child-serving agencies can recruit and retain professionals. 

COVID-19: Legal and policy strategies to promote mental health

Thursday, May 21, 11am - 12:30pm
The Network for Public Health Law

What programs, policies, and laws are available to help those seeking to promote skills in self-care, stress management, coping, and resilience in their own workplaces and the broader community? Join this webinar for an overview of the mental health implications of COVID-19 and the role of laws and policies in the initial stages of the mental health response.

Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention Symposium: Science in Service to Safety

Thursday, May 21, 8am - 2pm
Columbia University 
Center for Injury Science and Prevention

Columbia University is offering their Annual Injury and Violence Prevention Conference online and at no cost.  There will be breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and a keynote address by Louis Klarevas, author of Rampage Nation, on preventing mass shootings.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Today, we're shining a light on the importance of supporting fathers' mental health. 

Circle of Fathers

Fathers can get left out of parenting conversations.  A new Circle of Parents group specifically for fathers and male caregivers is a place for men to talk about the challenges and triumphs of parenting in a supportive peer environment.  Every Thursday at 5:30pm fathers across Colorado can join this group Zoom meeting

Promoting Fathers' Mental Health During Children's Early Childhood

Healthy dads support healthy moms and kids.  This short article from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) highlights four strategies to support fathers.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Action Alert from Illuminate Colorado

As Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to an end, our friends at Illuminate Colorado and Prevent Child Abuse America are encouraging us all to take action.  Although the official advocacy day was yesterday, don't let that stop you!  Their call to action is shared below: 

Please join supporters of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), Illuminate Colorado, and PCAA affiliate organizations across the nation and take to Twitter, Facebook, and email to make sure lawmakers in Washington, DC, include critical support and resources to children and families in the upcoming economic stimulus package. 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Weekly Webinar Round-Up

I'd like to share several webinars happening this week that may be of interest:

The Coronavirus Pandemic: Health Inequities and Vulnerable Communities

Tuesday, April 28, 10 - 11am

Presented jointly by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The World from PRX & WGBH.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has hit underserved populations and communities of color particularly hard, exacerbating longstanding health disparities in the U.S.  In this Facebook Live Q&A, Dr. Mary Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and Former Commissioner of Health for New York City, will unpack COVID-19 and health inequities based on geography, income, race, and occupation."

Pregnancy and Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 29, 12 - 1pm

Presented by the National Center for Fatality Review & Prevention

"The primary strategy to combat COVID-19, “Stay at Home and Stay Safe” orders may be placing victims and survivors of domestic violence at even greater risk. Research shows that partner violence is associated with multiple adverse physical and mental health outcomes, including conditions that can increase vulnerability to severe COVID-19. Join this webinar to hear strategies for keeping pregnant women and families safe and to gain information on resources available to protect those who are the most vulnerable."

A Colorado Guide to Eviction and COVID-19

Wednesday, April 29, 12 - 1pm

Presented by Colorado Poverty Law Project

"The National Multifamily Housing Council reports that one-third of Americans did not pay any rent for the month of April 2020. Eviction moratoria have kept most housed, they but have not relieved tenants from the burden of past-due obligations. Many tenants are receiving 10-day eviction notices for nonpayment even while the moratoria are in place.

Please join for a one-hour continuing learning education program addressing Colorado residential evictions in the COVID-19 environment. The program will provide an update on tenant rental assistance sources, eviction moratoria, and best practices and strategies for tenants and their service providers in the COVID-19 environment. Speakers are Zach Neumann, Esq., founder, The Community Firm, and Jack Regenbogen, Attorney and Policy Advocate for the Colorado Center on Law and Policy."

Adverse Childhood Experiences During COVID-19

Thursday, April 30, 11am - 12pm

Presented by the Prevention Research Center at Colorado State University

"As children around the country are sheltering-in-place, some are exposed to potentially traumatic events. These events can undermine children’s sense of safety, stability, and bonding with caregivers. 

ACEs are common, linked to a large number of health conditions, and costly to families, communities, and society. When children are exposed to ACEs, they are also at higher risk for developing an overactive stress response.

Dr. Nathaniel Riggs, director of the CSU Prevention Research Center, will moderate a 45-minute discussion on ACEs during the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Sharon A. Hoover, a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine." 

Standing Against Racism in the Time of COVID

Sunday, May 3, 6 - 7:30pm

Presented by Asia Society Southern California

"Join Asia Society Southern California for a special virtual event to raise awareness and combat the escalating violence and intolerance towards those of Asian descent and other communities of color following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Policy makers and advocates, journalists and authors, student leaders and actors will come together for this vitally important conversation. They will discuss and explore the impact of COVID-19 related racism, government and public responses to preventing discrimination, and the significance of remaining engaged and empowered within our own communities."

Friday, April 24, 2020

New Infographic & Mini-Grant Photo Contest Reminder

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention (NCFRP) has released a new "Quick-Looks" infographic summarizing national data on infant abuse and neglect deaths from 2004 - 2017.

The infographic includes links to child abuse and neglect prevention resources from the CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a glossary of key equity terms and concepts.  An excerpt from our Child Fatality Prevention System equity statement is included below to serve as a foundation for reviewing the NCFRP infographic and other data related to child fatalities:

The impact of policies and systems on child deaths

Generations of social, economic, and environmental inequities contribute to some families losing infants, children, and youth. When interpreting the data, it is critical to not lose sight of these systemic, avoidable, and unjust factors. These factors perpetuate the disparities we observe in child deaths in Colorado. Researchers are working toward understanding how geography, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity correlate with health. It is critical that data systems like CFPS identify, understand, and eliminate life-long inequities that persist across groups. By changing policies and systems that create and perpetuate inequities, CFPS can reduce the number of child deaths that occur in Colorado.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Photo Contest

It's not too late to help your favorite Colorado nonprofit serving children and families win a mini-grant!  Submit your photo showing what is giving you strength to make #greatchildhoods happen in your community.  Photos with the most votes on April 30 will win a mini-grant to award to a Colorado nonprofit.  Please see the Pinwheels for Prevention site for contest details and submission instructions.  The photo contest is sponsored by Illuminate Colorado, the CO chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Webinars in the age of COVID

There are several webinars this week that may be of interest to public health professionals, health care workers, and others concerned about the health and safety of Colorado kids and families.

Wednesday, April 22, 5-6:30pm

Structural Competency: New Medicine for Inequalities that are Making Us Sick

This webinar series explores the concept of structural competency, which aims to understand the relationships among race, class, and symptom expression.  Read more about structural competency here.  Wednesday's webinar will focus on racial inequalities in COVID testing, treatment, and deaths; immigrant rights; disability justice; and jail/prison rights.  The Structural Competency & COVID-19 Webinar Part 1: Basic Needs and First Response is archived and available to view online.

Thursday, April 23, 11am-12pm

This webinar is sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law with the goals of providing public health professionals with:
  • A legal and ethical framework for executive decision-making, covering mandatory and discretionary actions and the exercise of professional judgement in responding to COVID-19
  • Strategies to avoid second-guessing and reduce exposure to liability based on hindsight
  • A tool for effective and ethical executive decision-making and real-time documentation of the factual basis for a decision, reflecting information available at the time the decision was made.

Thursday, April 23, 12-1pm

Sponsored by Physicians for Human Rights, this webinar will feature medical, human rights, and correctional facility experts discussing U.S. and international responses to the danger of COVID-19 in prisons and detention centers.  

Thursday, April 23, 5-6pm

In response to a rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, the organizations Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice have partnered to offer free bystander intervention training.  The intervention strategies taught in this training can be used to support a variety of communities.  This training will be offered once a week throughout April and May, so there are plenty of options if you can't make the training this Thursday.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Public Health in the Rockies and Sharing COVID Stories

The Colorado Public Health Association is moving forward with this year's Public Health in the Rockies (PHiR) conference.  PHiR is scheduled to happen August 25-28 at the Keystone Conference Center.  Please see the following message from CPHA President Kim Boyd announcing PHiR:

Share Your Story of the COVID Crisis

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Primary Care Progress are collecting stories of how the pandemic is impacting people and they want to hear from you!  Please consider sharing your story and passing along this request to your networks.


They are inviting clinicians, staff, health professions students, patients, and family members to share their stories from the pandemic.  They aim to collect stories from around the world to help the public understand the current situation and to amplify urgent calls to action.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Mini-Grants and Black Maternal Health Webinar

This is Black Maternal Health Week and you still have time to join a webinar tomorrow hosted by Black Mamas Matter Alliance.

Thursday April 16th @ 2:00-3:30pm ET

This webinar will feature black-led community-based organizations working to advance Black Maternal Health, Rights, and Justice at the local level.  Panelists will share strategies and lessons learned from designing and implementing programs centering the needs of Black Mamas.

Think Babies Colorado Mini-Grant Opportunities

With generous funding from the Think Babies campaign of ZERO TO THREE, the Raise Colorado coalition is proud to offer mini-grants of up to $5,000 to support community-based efforts across Colorado that promote the health and wellbeing of pregnant people, infants, toddlers, and their families.  

Organizations, coalitions, and individuals eligible for Think Babies Colorado Mini-Grants should submit an application at by April 24 for the first round of support and by May 15 for the second round of funding. (If completing an online application is a barrier to applying, or if you have any questions, please contact Jacy Montoya Price at or 303-638-5921 for additional guidance.)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Resources for Colorado Families

We know you are doing all you can to keep the families you serve safe, healthy, and connected to vital resources during the COVID crisis.  Here are a few resources that you may find helpful:

  • Now that we are being encouraged by the CDC to wear cloth face coverings to offer protection against COVID-19, it is important to make sure that parents and caregivers know that children under age 2 SHOULD NOT wear a face mask due to the risk of suffocation.
  • Essential baby supplies of formula, diapers, and wipes are being delivered to Colorado by FEMA.  Families in need of these supplies can find their nearest distribution center on the Colorado Office of Early Childhood website.
  • The Colorado chapter of Circle of Parents is hosting online and phone meetings twice a week for parents to connect with one another and share resources and support.  In addition to the state-wide meetings, smaller Circle of Parents groups across the state are offering digital meetings during this time of social distancing.
  • For immigrant families, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy has a COVID-specific list of resources, both in English and Spanish. Importantly, people are not asked about immigration status at testing sites.
  • The amazing team at Raise Colorado has compiled an extensive resource list for Colorado families with everything from food and housing to technology resources in a collaborative Google document.
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued safety checklists to keep our kids safe from hidden home hazards.