Friday, September 18, 2020

Job Announcements

 Please share the following job announcements with any people or partners who may be interested!

Data and Quality Assurance Specialist

About Families Forward Resource Center:

Our mission is to enrich entire families through partnerships and services that create a safe,

healthy, and connected community. Families Forward Resource Center (FFRC) is a full service

community service center providing supportive services and programs to northeast Denver and

north Aurora metro areas. 

General Position Description:

The Data and Quality Assurance Specialist position supports FFRC’s leadership team, program

staff, and evaluator in maintaining and managing the data systems at FFRC, and is responsible

for identifying efficient ways to organize, store, and analyze data with attention to quality

improvement efforts, meeting program performance goals, and addressing program staff

concerns. Also, the Data and Quality Assurance Specialist is responsible for supporting the

success of programs within FFRC to measure and evaluate success of program deliverables, and

make recommendations about the methods and ways in which data is obtained from various

sources, and interpret patterns and trends for quality improvement and efficiency of data


Essentials for Childhood Initiative Coordinator

The Position

The primary purpose of this position is to participate in the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the Essentials for Childhood (EfC) programmatic goals, objectives, and activities to support local and state partners engaged in child abuse and neglect prevention work. This position will actively participate in statewide work groups and task forces and/or coalitions related to food insecurity, housing, transportation, early childhood, and violence prevention. In addition, the position will lead meetings and subcommittees and give presentations to diverse partners to ensure coordination and the best use of resources.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Protecting Children & Families from Eviction

Spread the word about the CDC eviction moratorium & help keep people in their homes!

We know that quality, affordable, and stable housing is essential for the health and well-being of children, youth, and families. When children have stable housing, it can protect them from injury and violence, including child abuse and neglect. Additionally, housing stability is known to be protective against suicide. (For more information about the importance of housing to child health and death prevention, see the CFPS 2020 Legislative Report).

The importance of housing cannot be underestimated. However, economic stress exacerbated by the COVID pandemic has put many children and families at risk for losing their housing due to eviction and foreclosure. 

To address this crisis the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent. Many renters, however, may not be aware of the CDC moratorium or may not know that, in order to prevent being evicted, they must submit a signed declaration to their landlords. Corporate landlords may be taking advantage of this lack of awareness to rush evictions before tenants learn their rights. 

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has an eviction moratorium page with more information and resources, including sample declaration letters in multiple languages. If you or the folks you work with are facing eviction, CDC's moratorium may offer some relief. Please spread the word! 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Oversight Entity Members Needed - Comprehensive Sex Ed Program

The Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education (CHSE) Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is looking for new Oversight Entity Members!

The purpose of the CHSE program is to provide funding and guidance to public schools to implement comprehensive human sexuality education that is medically accurate, culturally sensitive, and represents positive youth development principles. The Oversight Entity plays an important role in partnering with and advising the program in this effort.  You can read more about specific Membership Responsibilities and Roles here.   

The Oversight Entity includes diverse membership across the following roles: State Agencies (CDE, HCPF, CDHS, CDPHE); Parents; Youth; K-12 educator; School-Based Health Center Staff or School Nurse; Statewide Coalition for Survivors of Sexual Assault; Organization Serving the Needs of Youth of Color; Organization Serving the Needs of Immigrants; Organization Serving the Needs of LGBT Youth; Interfaith Organization; and Organization Serving the Needs of Intersex Individuals; Organization Serving the Needs of Disabled Youth; Foundation.

Currently, the following roles are open for new applicants:

             School-Based Health Centers or a School Nurse Representative

             K-12 Educator Representative

             Organization Serving the Needs of Disabled Youth

             Youth Representative

             Parent Representative

Applications are due September 18th, 2020 by 5pm. The link to apply is HERE.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Webinar Series: Preventing ACEs and Child Maltreatment


2020 Research-In-Progress Webinar Series

Each month this fall, the Child Maltreatment National Peer Learning Team will be hosting a webinar highlighting current research on preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and child maltreatment. All webinars are one hour, free and open to prevention professionals and researchers in child maltreatment prevention. Presenters will describe research in progress and take questions from attendees. 

September 15, 11 am MT

Gun violence as an adverse childhood experience: Reflections from research and practice perspectives 

Sonali Rajan, EdD, Virginia Rauh, ScD, and Danielle Kassow, PhD, Columbia University and Trauma-Free NYC

October 15, 11 am MT

Jared Parrish, PhD, Alaska Division of Public Health

November 23, 11 am MT

Ali Rowhani Rahbar, MD, PhD and Nicole Kovski, MS, University of Washington

December 8, 11 am MT

Community-level interventions to address ACEs: Successes and lessons learned

Jenn Leiferman, PhD, Colorado School of Public Health and Don Hanna, PALS, La Puente


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Maternal Mortality in Colorado: New Report & Webinar


Our colleagues at CDPHE's Maternal Mortality Review Committee have worked tirelessly over the past few years to review all 94 cases of maternal deaths from 2014-2016 and to determine prioritized recommendations to prevent maternal deaths and improve maternal health in Colorado.

Read the Maternal Mortality in Colorado 2014-2016 report here.

Join the webinar presenting the report on Monday, September 14, from 4-5:30 pm MT. Register here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Webinar: Youth Safety and Graduated Driver Licensing







What are the effects of teens delaying learning how to drive – or the phenomenon of “delay in driving licensure” (DDL)? How does it relate to Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) approaches for teen safety? In this webinar, two national experts will discuss factors that contribute to DDL in teens (Dr. Vaca) and the benefits, status, and needed refinements in GDL (Dr. Weast), followed by audience questions.


Federico Vaca, MD, MPH

Professor, Emergency Medicine and in the Child Study Center

Director, Yale Developmental Neurocognitive Driving Simulation Research Center

Dr. Vaca is a practicing and board-certified emergency medicine physician. He previously served as a Medical Fellow for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, D.C. Over the last 20 years, his research has focused on occupant safety, adolescent development and behaviors that influence the risk of motor vehicle crash morbidity and mortality as well as health disparities in injury and alcohol use disorders. His research has been funded federally by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Science (OBSSR), and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Dr. Vaca serves on two standing committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board; one focused on road user measurement and evaluation and the other on vehicle user education, training, and licensing.


Rebecca Weast, PhD

Research Scientist, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Dr. Weast received a master’s degree and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Virginia and a bachelor's degree from Franklin and Marshall College. She joined the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2016 and conducts research primarily on issues related to teen drivers and drowsy driving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Webinar: Plan for SIDS Awareness Month

October is SIDS Awareness Month. To support your infant safe sleep education and outreach efforts, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) will be hosting a 1-hour webinar to share detailed guidance on how to use the 2020 SIDS Awareness Month #SafeSleepSnap digital toolkit.

When: Tuesday, September 8 at 11am - 12pm MT

During this webinar, you’ll also get updates about the upcoming Safe Infant Sleep Social Media Block Party, which will feature a series of four 8- to 15-minute Facebook Live events that will address different safe infant sleep topics during the week of October 26. Tune in to learn about safe infant sleep from Charlie’s Kids Foundation, Cribs for Kids®, First Candle, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)-led Safe to Sleep® campaign.

Register here

Positive Youth Development 101 2-Part Training

If you're interested in learning the basics of Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches, CDPHE is offering a two-part PYD 101 Training on September 30 and October 2 from 10:30-12:45.

PYD is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth, focuses on strengths, and promotes positive outcomes by providing opportunities, supporting positive relationships, and fostering leadership. For an overview, check out Kristin Anderson Moore's article in Child Trends

Register here for the upcoming PYD 101 training!

This training is open to youth serving professionals or anyone interested in youth well being.  

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Youth Awareness Week: Sept 6-12

We're happy to share this announcement from our friends at the CO4Kids campaign:

Colorado Youth Leadership Network is sponsoring Youth Awareness Week, September 6-12, to emphasize positive youth voice and to celebrate the influence youth have in our state and local communities. The week also recognizes the various organizations and advocates that involve Colorado's youth and help guide them toward positive life choices and stability.

Download the calendar for youth engagement opportunities.

Download the calendar for professional development opportunities.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Scholarship Opportunity: Certified Lactation Educator Training

The Center for African American Health and Families Forward Resource Center is pleased to provide scholarships for staff or community members to attend a 4-day Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) training Wednesday, September 16, 5 pm to 8 pm, Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19 from 9 am to 3 pm via Zoom

The CLE training will improve your skill base, knowledge, and perspective on breastfeeding. As a lactation educator, you will fill an important role in educating, counseling, and supporting families in your community by providing evidence-based information about lactation and breastfeeding. For more information visit

This scholarship is prioritized for people of color. Individuals may apply for scholarship funds as long as they identify as an individual of color and are affiliated with a group or organization through which their expertise will be used to serve communities of color in Colorado. This scholarship opportunity is for Colorado residents only.

The scholarship will cover the cost of the training registration, the textbook for selected applicants, membership fee for one year, the test, and a booklet.

The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Applicants will be notified by Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Apply here for this opportunity!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Free QPR - More Training Dates

Due to high demand, Partners for Children's Mental Health is offering two additional Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) trainings.  

About the training: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a gatekeeper training focused on reducing suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This training is appropriate for anyone over 18 years of age who is wanting to learn more about how to support someone who is suicidal, risk and warning signs for suicide, and suicide prevention strategies; these training sessions will have a youth focus.


Tuesday, 8/25, 3:30 - 5pm MT

Friday, 8/28, 2:00 - 3:30pm MT


Location: Via Zoom

Cost: Free!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WEBINAR: Preventing Suicide & Self-Harm Among Black Youth


Thursday, September 10, 2 - 3 pm
Presented by the Children's Safety Network 

This webinar will focus on the epidemiology of suicide and self-harm among Black youth, identify evidence-based and informed strategies for prevention, risk and protective factors, barriers to prevention and resources available to providers. 

Dr. Crystal Barksdale of the National Institute of Mental Health will discuss the most recent data on suicide and suicidal behaviors among Black youth. She will describe risk and protective factors for suicide and deleterious mental health outcomes. 

Dr. Rhonda Boyd of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine will present barriers to intervention engagement among Black youth and current evidence for suicide prevention, including screening and treatment. She will share information regarding organizations and websites that are important resources for practitioners. 

Amy Loudermilk of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at Education Development Center will moderate the webinar.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Survey: COVID's Impact on Child Care and Education


The State of Colorado wants to hear from families of children ages 0-12 to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 crises. The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood partnered with Early Milestones Colorado, other state agencies, and community partners to develop a brief, online survey to address:

  • Whether you used the Colorado Emergency Child Care Program during stay-at home orders

  • What child care and early education options you want and need now

  • Where you have received support for your family's basic needs

  • How you are getting information about child care options

  • How the pandemic has impacted your family and child/children

If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child age 12 or younger, we want to hear from you! The survey will close on August 30. Participants will be eligible to win a $100 gift card.


The 15-minute survey in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Karen, Nepali or Burmese.


Please share this survey with families in your professional and personal networks. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Upcoming QPR Suicide Prevention Training Opportunities

Free Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training - 3 Dates to Choose From!

Partners for Children’s Mental Health is hosting a few upcoming online community trainings for individuals interested in learning more about suicide prevention.

Please forward this on to anyone who you think may be interested in participating. Following are event details and links to register.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a gatekeeper training focused on reducing suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This training is appropriate for anyone over 18 years of age who is wanting to learn more about how to support someone who is suicidal, risk and warning signs for suicide, and suicide prevention strategies.

Dates / Times:

August 18th; 9-10:30 am

August 19th; 2-3:30 pm

August 26th; 3-4:30 pm

Registration page:

Location: Via Zoom

Cost: Free!


If you have questions about this training, please contact Partners for Children's Mental Health at

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

WEBINAR: Improving the Collaboration of Fatality Reviews with American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Our partners at the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention are hosting a webinar that may be of interest to local CFPS team members - particularly those who work with Native communities.

Improving the Collaboration of Fatality Reviews with American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
Wednesday, August 19th, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT.  

Join the National Center for a discussion focused on improving coordination with Native American communities and highlighting recently-released resources to support fatality review teams in these efforts. 


Speakers will include Teri Covington from the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities , Thomas Cody of the Navajo Nation, and Lisa Rhoades of the Kiowa tribe and the state CDR coordinator for Oklahoma. As always, the webinar will be archived on the NCFRP website, and available within 2 weeks of the live recording.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Free Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

The Office of Children, Youth & Families recently shared this prevention opportunity and we wanted to spread the message far and wide. Through their Tipping Point initiative, Illuminate Colorado is offering this child sexual abuse prevention training free for all Coloradans. Sign up today and encourage others to take the training too.   

Initiative to prevent child sexual abuse aims to reach a tipping point in Colorado

The Tipping Point Initiative encourages all Coloradans to take the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children® training, the only evidence-informed, adult-focused child sexual abuse prevention program in the United States proven to increase knowledge and change behavior. Adults learn how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse and feel empowered to spread their knowledge within the community.
Help reach a tipping point in Colorado

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

VIP-MHP Statement & Action Plan to Dismantle Racism

VIP-MHP Statement & Action Plan to Dismantle Racism

Dear Child Fatality Prevention System Partners,

The Violence and Injury Prevention – Mental Health Promotion (VIP-MHP) Branch, which houses the Child Fatality Prevention System, in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recognizes that racism is a public health crisis. Black and Brown lives matter. Achieving a Colorado that is free from injury and violence is not possible without abolishing systemic racism and white supremacy. We are committed to addressing injustice in Colorado. Our work will continue until all Coloradans have the opportunity to live and have healthy lives, in a way that celebrates intersectional identities including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, education level, age, language, religion, ability, and geographic location. Collectively we all can work to achieve this goal by improving racial justice and other forms of equity through all of our programs and practices.

The VIP-MHP Branch coordinates state and local mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and the prevention of death and injury in Colorado due to unintentional and intentional injuries through health policy, legislation, public awareness and education, training, assessments, data analysis, evaluation, and intervention programs. We are aware that many kinds of injury and violence share the same systemic causes: poverty and economic instability; lack of substance use treatment and mental health services; social norms related to violence; and a lack of social connectedness that affects us all and leaves too many youth unconnected or unsafe at school. As we seek to address these crucial issues, we commit to being responsive to the reality that structural racism intensifies each of them.

As a branch in a government agency, we recognize we hold power and privilege and that our “business as usual” perpetuates white supremacy and anti-Black and Brown racism. We must stop our perpetuation of a white supremacy culture and share our power to dismantle racism. We do not know all of the answers to addressing systemic racism, and yet are responsible to the community for our impact, our actions, and inactions. In order to hold ourselves accountable, we know we must take action to dismantle racism and become anti-racist now.

We've been working over the past month with a new sense of urgency to take concrete and meaningful actions. As a branch, we have some ideas, and we would like to share ownership with you; so, we are asking for your thoughts, questions, and contributions. This initial list of actions is a start that we will revisit and improve over time based on your feedback, and we commit to refine and expand upon this list in partnership with Colorado communities, particularly Black, Indigenous, and other communities of Color. Please see our draft action plan to dismantle racism in our work below:

1. Prioritizing Engagement of Communities

a. Require our work to be led by authentic engagement with communities, actively engaging community representatives, including youth, on issues of racism, and providing or accepting tools to engage actively and authentically with communities of color;
b. Reimburse communities, including individuals or community-based organizations, for their expertise by compensating them for their participation and engagement through financial support whenever possible;
c. Build trust, relationships, and alliances with local organizations that have a legacy and record of confronting racism;
d. Encourage community partners and stakeholders in the education, employment, housing, criminal justice, and safety arenas to recognize racism as a public health crisis and to activate the above items;

2. Educating Ourselves and Stakeholders

a. Identify the ways in which our program decisions and government systems perpetuate racism, and recognize and take action to address the impact that racism has on individual and population health;
b. Embed efforts to address and dismantle racism into all program efforts;
c. Educate internal and external partners about the public health impacts of racism and strategies to address these impacts;
d. Establish a shared language through creation of a glossary of terms and definitions concerning racism and health equity;
e. Own the responsibility of challenging all elected officials, leadership, staff, funders and grantees on white supremacy, racism, discrimination, and workplace biases and how to mitigate them;
f. Constantly challenge ourselves and others that dismantling racism is life-saving work that requires not just our commitment but our urgent action;

3. Informing and Changing Policies and Practices

a. Review, challenge, and/or establish written and unwritten rules, practices, policies, and/or ordinances with a racial equity lens;
b. Promote and encourage all policies that prioritize the health of people of color, and support local, state, regional, and federal initiatives that advance efforts to dismantle systematic racism and mitigate exposure to adverse childhood experiences and trauma;
c. Conduct human resources, vendor selection, and grant management decisions within our branch using a racial equity lens, including reviewing all internal policies and practices such as hiring, promotions, leadership appointments, and funding;
d. Prioritize racial equity in addressing risk and protective factors and implementation of strategies in all programs;

4. Resourcing

a. Secure and allocate adequate resources to successfully accomplish the above activities;
b. Remove barriers for communities to obtain and retain VIP-MHP branch funding.

We commit to these actions as public servants while sharing decisions and power with communities along the way. Recognizing this shared ownership to dismantle racism, we ask that we may join you in this work. We know we may encounter challenges within the broader state and government system, and we commit to working with you to disrupt and address those challenges as they arise. We humbly ask for your partnership, thoughts, input, and expertise. Next, we will be reaching out with opportunities for you to get involved to shape the branch strategic plan and move to apply these activities. We plan on compensating community members as a part of this process. 

If you are interested in getting involved earlier than that, please reach out to your CDPHE contact. You can also give us direct, anonymous, and uncompensated feedback through this Google Form.

Thank you for joining us in this work,

Kate Jankovsky and all CFPS Staff Members

Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion Branch
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Monday, July 6, 2020

Support Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

Happy Monday!  Today we're sharing funding and learning opportunities to support pedestrian and cyclist safety, revitalize main streets, and encourage teleworking.

Funding Opportunity

The Colorado Department of Transportation is launching two small grant programs:

Revitalizing Main Streets - This program was developed to support infrastructure projects that provide open spaces for mobility, community activities and economic development in the wake of the COVID-19 emergency. These quick-win activities will improve safety and create new community spaces to encourage healthy activity and mobility in Colorado’s towns and cities.

CDOT’s streetscape challenge will offer small-scale grants that support creative uses of public infrastructure in both cities and small towns across the state.

CanDo Community Telework Program - This program was developed to support communities in the creation of innovative Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs and tools that draw from the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and past TDM work. Leveraging these lessons, the program intends to promote innovative tools that encourage practices - such as social distancing and teleworking - that can be further integrated into basic work practices and standards on a statewide level.

Pedestrian Safety Summit

USDOT Summit on Pedestrian Safety - This three-part webinar series starts Wednesday, July 8. Please see the USDOT site for full descriptions of each webinar.
  • Wed, July 8, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MST - Taking Action on Pedestrian Safety - Part 1: Introduction & Safe System Approach
  • Wed, July 15, 11-12:30 MST - Taking Action on Pedestrian Safety - Part 2: Consider Risk: When, Where, Who, How?
  • Tues, July 28, 11-12 MST - Taking Action on Pedestrian Safety - Part 3: Next Steps

Anti-Racist Walking Movement Resources

America Walks, a nonprofit organization, recently shared the following articles to prompt reflection on ways in which pedestrian and cycling efforts often center white people and how we can incorporate anti-racism into urban planning and transportation decisions:

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.