Monday, May 24, 2021

Webinar: Protecting Children from Heatstroke in Vehicles

As the weather heats up, heatstroke in vehicles becomes a greater concern.  Please see this archived webinar from the Children's Safety Network on the topic.

Webinar Archive
Protecting Children from Heatstroke in Vehicles 
It can happen to anyone, even the most loving parents and caregivers, but it is entirely preventable. Every 10 days a child dies from Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH) while unattended in a car. The total number of PVH deaths in the US, from 1998 through 2020 is 882; an average of 38 fatalities a year.i It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up and become deadly to a child inside. While the majority of these deaths happen when a child is unintentionally left inside of a vehicle, about 25% occur when a child gains access to a car and becomes trapped inside.ii In this webinar, Jan Null, Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at San Jose State University and founder of, discussed the scope of the problem and related trends. He also explained the dynamics of vehicle heating and the impact they have upon a child’s heath. Amy Artuso of the National Safety Council shared resources that can help you learn more about this important topic, as well as tools that will enable you to share information with others, in preparation for National Heatstroke Prevention Day, observed May 1, 2021. One child is too many and we can all take action to help eliminate this preventable cause of death. Kristin Kingsley of KKingsley Consulting moderated this webinar. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

COVID as an Adverse Childhood Experience

The following discussion is hosted by Safe States Alliance and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors:

Is the COVID-19 Pandemic

an Adverse Childhood Experience?

May 24, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Join us for this special webinar with the
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Safe States and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors have teamed up to explore whether and in what ways the COVID-19 pandemic has been an adverse childhood experience. And if is, what can chronic disease and injury prevention professionals do now to address the potential long-term chronic disease and well-being consequences of the pandemic.



Richard Hamburg

Executive Director

Safe States Alliance




Dr. Wendy Ellis

Assistant Professor, Global Health Director

Center for Community Resilience

George Washington University



Dr. Susan McDaniel

Director of the Institute for the Family

Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester



Dr. Doreen Marshall

Vice President of Policy

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention



Register Now!


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Tobacco, Smoke Exposure, and SUID

CFPS has published a new brief: Tobacco Use, Secondhand Smoke Exposure, and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) in Colorado, 2009-2018.

The goal of this brief is to better understand the role of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in SUID. The data reveals that at least 3 in 10 mothers who lost their infant to SUID between 2009-2018 in Colorado smoked in the three months prior to pregnancy and/or at any time during pregnancy.

The brief also examines systemic factors that contribute to higher tobacco use for certain groups including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, low income communities, and people in rural areas. For example, low income communities and communities of color are frequently targeted by tobacco advertising, price promotions, and a high tobacco retailer density. Rural areas may lack resources that support prevention and access to tobacco treatment.

To learn more about tobacco's role in SUID in Colorado, read the full data brief here.  

Monday, May 3, 2021

Youth Engagement: Comp Sex Ed & Radical Consent

Young people working with the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault are leading two upcoming online meetings.  Please share with your youth networks.  Each meeting will focus on Denver Public Schools in particular, but the discussion will be relevant to other communities.

Register here for both meetings.

Rape Culture + Radical Consent

This workshop will be on May 19th from 4:00-4:45pm and will be a safe place to discuss personal experiences with rape culture and hookup culture in our school communities. We will also discuss radical consent and how rape culture is perpetuated by our schools' administration, and how we can create change in our school communities.

Sex In School

This workshop will be on May 22nd from 11:00-11:45am and will be a safe place to discuss our experiences with health education in schools, and how we would like to see change in this area. We will discuss the effect of sex education on our communities and society, as well as give input into the new mandatory comprehensive sex ed class that is being developed for DPS.