Monday, November 23, 2020

Mini Grant Opportunity!

Coroner and Medical Examiner Mini Grants for Suicide Prevention

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) and Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) are pleased to announce the availability of funding specifically for Colorado Coroners and Medical Examiners to help better understand and prevent suicide deaths.

The goals of this new mini grant funding include 1) increasing utilization of the Suicide Death Investigation Form, 2) bringing staff from coroner agencies and medical examiner offices into local or regional suicide prevention coalitions and working groups, 3) supporting suicide loss survivors, and 4) improving the Suicide Death Investigation Form. 

Coroner agencies and medical examiners offices can apply for up to $5,000.00 to be used towards costs incurred in the completion of activities associated with this mini grant between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021. If interested, please complete this brief application by December 4th, 2020.  Applications will be reviewed in December, and your notice of award will be received by December 31, 2020.

If you have any questions about this application or funding opportunity, please contact Sasha Mintz, CFPS Epidemiologist (

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Trans Awareness Week


Transgender Awareness Week is a week where transgender people and their allies bring attention to the accomplishments and struggles of the trans community. As professionals dedicated to preventing child deaths, it is essential that we create safe, welcoming communities for trans children and youth and eliminate the stigma and discrimination that harms the mental and physical health of these young people.

Did you know that 59% of transgender youth surveyed in Colorado had seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 16% of cisgender youth? Or that 38% of transgender youth reported drinking and driving in the past month, compared to 5% of cisgender youth? Trans people, particularly Black and Latinx trans women, also suffer high rates of bias-driven assaults and murders. Stigma, discrimination, and gendered violence are killing trans children and youth - but we can all take action to address these issues.

Check out the new toolkit from Advocates for Youth, Creating Safer Space for LGBTQ Youth: A toolkit for education, healthcare, and community-based organizations.

Advocates for Youth is also highlighting trans youth activists on social media and you can help share their stories: Miles from Bradford, PA (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and Jaden from Clarksville, TN (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)  

You can also share this "My Friend is Transgender" video on Facebook.

Watch Disclosure, a new Netflix documentary about trans representation in the media. And, since many folks in public health love some Brené Brown, you can listen to Brené interview Disclosure executive producer Laverne Cox on the Unlocking Us podcast.   

Monday, November 16, 2020

WEBINAR: Trauma Informed Practices and Fatality Review

If you are involved with child fatality reviews, you may be interested in this webinar hosted by the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention (NCFRP):

Who:  Fatality Review Coordinators and Team Members

What:  Incorporating Trauma Informed Systems and Practices into Fatality Review

Description:  Join us in exploring the basic elements of trauma-informed child and family service systems and strategies for fatality review teams on how to use their case review findings to create and implement recommendations that are trauma-informed.

When:  THIS Wednesday, 11/18/20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

How:  Register here! 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Nurturing Resilience & Joy in Young BIPOC Children


EmbraceRace is hosting a two-part "Talking Race & Kids" webinar series...check it out!  

Nurturing Resilience & Joy in/among Young BIPOC Children, Part 1

This Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 8:30 pm ET

Ahora con traducción en vivo y en español (lea más abajo)

U.S. society is too often unkind to Black and Indigenous children and children of color (BIPOC children), raising the risk that these children learn to be unkind to themselves and each other. If we are to raise a generation of BIPOC children who fully recognize their own humanity, and that of their peers within and across lines of race and ethnicity, we need the entire village involved: aunts, uncles, and grandparents; mentors and coaches; children's book authors and publishers; toy manufacturers; television and film, and video producers. And more.

The roles and responsibilities of parents, caregivers and educators are especially crucial for our youngest children. Join us Monday for the first of a two-part conversation organized around two questions:

  • What are the big challenges parents and caregivers, and educators must meet if we are to nurture young children who are resilient, joyful and recognize each other's full humanity?
  • What tools, resources, and community do we need to help meet those challenges?
Part 1 on November 16th @8:30-9:30 pm ET: The Role of Parents and Caregivers

On Monday, for Part 1 of this series, we will focus on the role of parents and caregivers in nurturing joy and resilience in and among BIPOC children. We're joined by special guests Dolores Green Sosa and Brigitte Vittrup (more about them follows). 

Register for Part 1
Part 2 on November 19th @8:30-9:30 pm ET: The Role of Educators

On Thursday, for Part 2 of this series, we will focus on the role of educators in nurturing joy and resilience in and among BIPOC children. Our special guests will be Lisa Gordon and Debbie LeeKeenan. 
Register for Part 2

Register to join this latest Talking Race & Kids conversation. As always we welcome your questions and comments!

As with all Talking Race & Kids webinars, registration is free. If you register, you’ll receive a link to the recording, the transcript, and relevant resources in the days following the live event. Spread the word! Forward this email or share our post about this series on FacebookTwitter or Instagram


Andrew & Melissa
Co-founders of EmbraceRace

Escuche la traducción en español en vivo
Listen live to access the simultaneous Spanish translation

Ahora ofrecemos traducción en vivo y en Español, que estára disponible para todos los que se conecten en Zoom Live. Si desea más información sobre nuestros traductores de Bancha Lenguas, y / o escuchar cómo acceder a la traducción, acompáñenos a las 8:30 pm ET. ¡Registrate para participar! 

We now offer live translation in Spanish, which is available to all who join the Zoom live. If you want to learn more about our translators, Bancha Lenguas, and/or hear how to access the translation, join us at 8:30 pm ET. 

Special Guests

Dolores Sosa Green serves as the Chief Program Officer of the Center for Transforming Lives. She oversees comprehensive homeless services, early childhood education, clinical services, and economic mobility services, programs that work side-by-side with women and their children to disrupt the cycle of poverty in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As the first in her family to earn a high school diploma, a bachelor’s degree, and a graduate degree, Dolores believes in and advocates for equity in education. She is happily married to her husband Anthony and is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Lauren and Maya.

Brigitte Vittrup is an associate professor of child development at Texas Women's University where she teaches courses in child development, research methods, and statistics. She holds a PhD in children's developmental psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and her research focuses on children's racial attitudes, parents’ racial socialization practices, and media influences on children.

Lisa Gordon has worked in early childhood education for the past 25 years designing and delivering professional development, training, technical assistance, and programs at both the state and federal levels that facilitate the well-being of children and families. She is co-founder of Colorful World, a women-owned diversity educational consulting firm whose mission is to facilitate the creation of inclusive learning environments that empower all children and families to succeed.

Debbie LeeKeenan, is a long time social justice educator, early childhood consultant, lecturer, and author. She has been in the field of early education for over 48 years. She is a former preschool, special education, and elementary school teacher. She has been a member of the early childhood faculty at Tufts University, Lesley University and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her most recent co-authored books include Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change, and From Survive to Thrive: Leading an Early Childhood Program. Debbie is a member of a multi-racial family and an active grandmother.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Supporting the Mental Health of Young Parents

Prior to COVID-19, researchers found that mothers age 21 and under experience mental health challenges up to four times as often as their peers and mothers older than 21. The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation has a new infographic focusing on the mental health challenges and additional stressors experienced by many young parents, and solutions to support these parents and their children. Many of their identified solutions align with our CFPS legislative recommendations to reduce child deaths, such as home visitation programs and addressing basic needs such as housing. Please visit the NIHCM site to learn more and access resources for supporting young parents.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Please see the following requests to submit new questions to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey and Smart Source and to weigh in on proposed new questions for HKCS 2021.  You can sign up for the School and Youth Survey Newsletter here!



Now accepting applications for NEW Questions and Modifications to HKCS & Smart Source!

Please complete this application to propose a new question or modify an existing question on the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey or Smart Source for the 2021 Fall survey administrations.

  • Completed applications will undergo a peer-review process to inform decisions on cuts, additions, and modifications made by the School and Youth Survey Steering Committee.
  • Competitive applications will provide detailed responses to all questions. 
  • Please submit one proposed new question or modification per application.
Please help us share the application widely!  

Deadline: November 16, 2020

We’d love your feedback on
New Questions under consideration for 2021 HKCS!

Please take this brief survey to endorse new HKCS questions under consideration for 2021. 
Consider how your program or community could utilize the results!  

The CDC and our youth survey experts on the Colorado School of Public Health Survey Team validated these questions. The questions primarily come from the CDC’s 2021 YRBS optional questions list or have been added to HCKS by schools in the past. Most are featured on the 2020 HKCS Supplement: COVID-19 instrument.

Not satisfied? Fill out our application to propose a new question!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Request for Applications: Substance Misuse Prevention



The purpose of this Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications from local organizations and agencies to implement an evidence-based shared risk and protective factor approach to preventing substance misuse in Colorado

There are two options for funding: 

  • Option A allows you to organize your community to be prepared to address any upstream prevention needs. Awardees develop the community coalition’s skills so they are prepared to review data and address solutions over time, no matter what the solution may be. 
  • Option B allows you to organize your community for one specific solution you have already identified. You are ready to act on this one strategy, and the funding may end sooner than Option A since your community already knows the solution you will seek. 
Both options will continue to emphasize our commitments to community mobilization, data-informed and evidence-informed decision-making, and a focus on racial and social equity.

Find more information at

Monday, October 12, 2020

Indigenous Peoples' Day: Actions and Resources


Artwork by Adriana Arriaga courtesy of Amplifier

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! Indigenous Peoples' Day is a day to support and celebrate the history, culture, resistance, and resilience of Indigenous people in the Americas and around the world. We'd like to share ideas for actions you can take to commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day and resources to continue supporting and learning about and from Indigenous communities every day.

Cultural Survival

This organization, whose goal is to advance Indigenous peoples' rights and cultures worldwide, has 11 things you can do on Indigenous Peoples' Day. Their suggestions include learning about the Native peoples whose land we live on, attending a local or virtual Indigenous Peoples' Day event, and donating to Indigenous-led organizations. 


IllumiNative's resources include an Indigenous Peoples' Day Toolkit, 25 Native American comedians to follow, and K-5 lesson plans created by Native youth to support teachers.

NDN Collective's LANDBACK Campaign

Today is the official launch of the NDN Collective's LANDBACK Campaign, an effort to achieve Indigenous justice, dismantle white supremacy, and return Indigenous lands to Indigenous hands. You can watch the October 10 webinar announcing the campaign with members of the NDN Collective, Movement for Black Lives, About Face: Veterans Against the War, and United We Dream on NDN's Facebook Page.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Funding Opportunity: Addressing Childhood Trauma

Request for Applications: Comprehensive Community Approaches that Address Childhood Trauma to Prevent Substance Misuse

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) or other community entities through a Request for Application (RFA) process. This opportunity is for the implementation of evidence-based approaches through comprehensive community efforts to prevent and mitigate the harms of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the subsequent increased risk for substance use disorder.

NACCHO will select and fund up to five awards through this Request for Applications (RFA). Eligible applicants may request up to $450,000 to support project activities.

Application requirements and full details of the project are available in the RFA. Applications must be submitted to NACCHO’s Injury and Violence Prevention Team at by Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 5:00pm ET. Submissions after this deadline will not be considered.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Online Conversation: Building Solidarity Among Black & Latinx Kids & Families


We're happy to share information about this upcoming conversation, hosted by EmbraceRace!

Building Solidarity among Black & Latinx Kids & Families

October 8, 2020 @ 8:30 pm ET

In the United States, we tend to think of race relations as something that happens between “White people” and “people of color.” But racialized dynamics happen among and between Black and Indigenous people, and People of Color as well - and the templates for those relationships often are established when our children are young. 

We're excited for this conversation with Ronda Bullock and Fabiola Salas Villalobos from we are (working to extend anti-racist education), based in Durham NC, about their multifaceted efforts to build solidarity among Black and Latinx children and families. Ronda and Fabiola will offer insights about how, in the course of delivering its antiracist educational programming, we are is striving to move beyond a thin kind of “inclusivity” to build strong relationships and genuine solidarity among its Black and Brown children and families. As always, your questions, insights, and experiences will be welcome!

Register to join the latest Talking Race & Kids conversation. As always we welcome your questions and comments!

Register to join
As with all Talking Race & Kids webinars, registration is free. If you register, you’ll receive a link to the recording, the transcript, and relevant resources in the days following the live event. Spread the word! Forward this email or share our post about this series on FacebookTwitter or Instagram


Andrew & Melissa
Co-founders of EmbraceRace

P.S. Find past Talking Race & Kids conversations, including last week's Same Family, Different Colors conversation about colorism with Lori L. Tharps in our webinar archives

Special Guests

Dr. Taylor Bullock is the co-founder and Lead Curator at we are.  As a non-profit, we are works to equip children, families, and educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the complexity of racism.

Prior to earning her doctorate at UNC Chapel Hill in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement Program, and prior to starting we are, Dr. Taylor Bullock taught English for almost ten years at Hillside High School in Durham, NC, where she now resides. She is the wife of Dr. Daniel Kelvin Bullock and mother of son Zion and daughter Zaire.

Dr. Fabiola Salas Villalobos is a geographer, seasoned educator, published author, program coordinator, and program evaluator. She also serves as a board member at we are.

Fabiola has worked 20 years teaching K-16 and is an active member of the Triangle Latinx community since 2002. She is a first-generation brown Latinx immigrant living in NC.

Fabiola has studied the parental involvement practices of first-generation immigrant Latinx mothers whose children are in elementary and middle-grade public schools to understand how they are participating in their children's education in the context of the New Latinx Diaspora. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Child Passenger Safety Week


Buckle Up - Every Age, Every Stage

It's Child Passenger Safety Week and the CDC has new state-based fact sheets on restraint use, which provide an overview of proven strategies to increase the use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. You can find Colorado's fact sheet here.

Motor vehicle and other transportation deaths are the third leading cause of violence and injury-related deaths among Colorado infants, children, and youth. In our state, youth ages 15-17, males, youth living in frontier and rural communities, and Latinx children and youth are disproportionately impacted by motor vehicle injuries. In addition, discrimination and stigma faced by LGBTQ+ youth impacts their health in many ways, including increasing risky driving behaviors. 

The CFPS 2020 Legislative Report includes the following recommendation:

Expand data collection, analysis, & community engagement to:

  1. Better understand disparities in motor vehicle deaths.
  2. Identify specific strategies to reduce high-risk driving and passenger behaviors.
  3. Support a comprehensive statewide young driver safety campaign.

For more Colorado-specific information, please see our fact sheet on the topic and our equity learning series email.