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

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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.