Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Colorado has a new home visiting program and you can help ensure that eligible families know about and are referred to this service.
Child First is a program that seeks to support young children and their caregivers who are most impacted by systemic and structural inequities. Child First launched in Colorado in July of this year and they are currently looking to boost referrals in the following counties:
- Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Conejos, Costilla, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache
You can help families access the Child First program by spreading the word in your personal and professional circles:
- Referrals are currently happening in the 13 counties listed above. For more information about referring families to Child First, please contact Amanda Fixsen, Director of Implementation, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If an agency in your county is interested in adopting Child First, please contact the following staff at Invest in Kids: Marisa Gullicksrud, Child First Program Director, email@example.com or Amanda Fixsen, Director of Implementation, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find an overview of the priorities and requirements to be an official Child First affiliate agency here (scroll to "Cohort 2" box at bottom of page).
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Check out the new video ads for the Forward Together campaign, they are great!
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
The Student Leaders in Public Health (SLPH) program at the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center is currently accepting applications. SLPH recipients receive $3,500 in financial support to assist with public health field placements and faculty-student collaborative projects.
The goal of the Student Leaders in Public Health program is to enhance the public health workforce in the Rocky Mountain region, specifically in rural and under served communities and populations, by supporting students conducting applied health projects and providing opportunities for mentoring and professional development.
The first SLPH application deadline is September 15, 2021, but there is a second deadline of December 15, 2021.
Please spread the word of this opportunity to any public health students you know!
Click here for more information and the online application.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention is hiring a third data analyst to join their team! This individual will work closely with the two existing senior data analysts. The primary job responsibilities are to provide data analysis support, training, and technical assistance to the National Fatality Review - Case Reporting System users. Additionally, this individual will help produce data infographics, written materials, and peer-reviewed publications.
This position can be full remote and is open to applicants throughout the US.
Application deadline: September 19, 2021
View the job description and application here.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Today, Aug 31, is International Overdose Awareness Day, a day to remember the people who have died, acknowledge the grief of their friends and family, and to continue advocating for an end to these preventable deaths.
Our nation is in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis and Colorado has not been spared. Many of these deaths are due to an increase in the drug supply of the synthetic opioid, fentanyl. Statewide, overdose deaths increased by 38% from 2019 to 2020, with Denver experiencing a 64% increase in fatal overdoses during this same time period. As many of our child fatality review team members and coordinators know too well, this health crisis is also taking the lives of so many Colorado children.
You can listen to an interview with Lisa Raville, the executive director of Denver's Harm Reduction Action Center, on today's episode of the City Cast Denver podcast (16 minutes). Lisa discusses the driving factors of the overdose crisis, the toll it's taking on people who use drugs and the people who love them, the deadly impact of stigma, and prevention measures that we can take to end these deaths. As Lisa says, "everyone is somebody's someone."
One piece of the prevention puzzle is education that is fact-based, non-stigmatizing, and informed by and co-created with young people. The Drug Policy Alliance has a free, harm reduction-based drug education curriculum for high school teachers called Safety First: Real Drug Education for Teens.
The Laced and Lethal campaign out of King County, WA is an example of a campaign to educate youth about the dangers of fentanyl and the importance of carrying naloxone to reverse overdoses and save lives.