Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Webinar: Infant Mental Health


What Fatality Review Teams Need to Know About Infant Mental Health

Presented by the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 12:30-1:30 MTN

Infant Mental Health (IMH) is the study of mental health as it applies to infants, toddlers, and their families. The field investigates optimal social and emotional development of infants and their families in the first three years of life. This webinar will assist fatality review personnel to explore when a referral to an IMH provider is needed and what services an IMH provider can offer a family. CDR and FIMR personnel will be equipped to find solutions and resources for families following the death of a child, including the surviving children's emotional and social growth and development.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Teen Driver Safety Week Oct 17-23

From 2015-2019, 159 infants, children, and youth died in Colorado as a result of passenger vehicle crashes. Youth ages 15-17 had a significantly higher death rate than other age groups. Nationally, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-18 years old. Learn more about motor vehicle deaths in Colorado in this data brief

Parents and caregivers provide crucial influence over the choices young drivers make. School staff, medical providers, and others in the community also play an important role in young driver safety. 

The Colorado Young Driver's Alliance (CYDA) is seeking injury prevention partners to help raise awareness about young driver safety and Colorado's Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) laws. Examples of GDL awareness activities could include hosting a table at a school event or sharing GDL and driver safety messages in a school newsletter or community-wide platform.

The Colorado GDL Toolkit is one important resource, created by the CYDA, and has resources for young drivers, families, and networks.  

Please contact CDPHE's Motor Vehicle Program Coordinator, Ashley Nicks, ashley.nicks@state.co.us, if you'd like to learn more about partnering with CYDA or to find out what's already planned in your community.

Additionally, the Children's Safety Network recently shared the following resources on young driver safety and crash prevention:

Teen Driving Safety: Recent Research and Implications for Prevention - Children's Safety Network Webinar

A New GDL Framework: Evidence Base to Integrate Novice Driver Strategies - National Safety Council

A New GDL Framework: Planning for the Future - National Safety Council

Keep Teen Drivers Safe - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Child First - New Home Visiting Program in CO


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
Additionally, Invest in Kids, one of the agencies implementing Child First, is seeking four additional counties to support launching Child First programs. 

You can help families access the Child First program by spreading the word in your personal and professional circles:

  1. 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, afixsen@iik.org.  
  2. 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, mgullicksrud@iik.org or Amanda Fixsen, Director of Implementation, afixsen@iik.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

New Forward Together Ads: Stories of Connection

Check out the new video ads for the Forward Together campaign, they are great! 

The Forward Together campaign launched in September 2020 and is positively impacting the lives of youth, parents, and trusted adults across Colorado. 

Everything is focused on one goal: to help young people feel more connected – to peers, parents, and other trusted adults. Research shows that youth who are connected are less likely to smoke, drink, vape, use marijuana, and have feelings of depression.

See the New Ads: Stories of Connection
Starting this month, new Forward Together ads roll out statewide! 

The new spots feature stories of real Colorado teens and parents that represent a diverse array of voices. These stories explain how they have built stronger connections.

Ads will reach less-connected audiences through streaming TV (like Hulu), Snapchat, Pandora, and out-of-home placements, like bus shelters and laundromat posters.

The campaign goals for FY22 are to deepen relationships by focusing on how, and using tactical tips and real stories.

Watch the new video ads here — and look for ads in your community this fall as well! 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Student Leaders in Public Health - Financial Support

(Syd Stagg, 2020-21 SLPH Awardee)

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 is Hiring!


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

Overdose Awareness Day

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.