Friday, January 27, 2017

WEBINAR: Fatality Review for Infants, Children & Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs

Our national partners at the Center for Fatality Review and Prevention are hosting an upcoming webinar:

"Fatality Review of Deaths of Infants, Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs"

February 8, 2017 from 12:00 - 1:00pm MST 

Approximately one-fifth of the cases reviewed by CDR teams and entered into the CDR-Case Reporting System are deaths of children with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Infants and children with disabilities/special health care needs have different risks for death than their peers without these conditions. To conduct effective reviews of such deaths, CDR and FIMR teams need knowledge of disability/special health care needs in order to determine what role, if any, the disability/special health care needs played in the death.

For more information, download the invitation.

Positive Youth Development (PYD) Training, Spring & Summer 2017

Interested in learning how to incorporate a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach into your work? Attend a *FREE* PYD training near your community! 

Adolescence is a time of change and opportunity. The physical, social and psychological changes young people undergo impacts their behavior, how they interact with the world, and how the adults around them respond to this transformation.

What: This 6 hour training will help you understand and learn the skills and knowledge needed to integrate the evidence-based PYD approach into your current youth programming efforts.

Who: Youth-serving professionals and anyone interested in youth health and well-being.

Where & When: Multiple locations across CO
  • Golden, March 14
  • Cortez, April 28
  • Salida, June 2
  • La Junta, April 24 
Find more information about PYD and a tool for incorporating the approach in your work here: PYD in Action. Questions? Email Jessica Neuwirth ( or Audra Bishop (

Thursday, January 26, 2017

WEBINAR: Data and Suicide Prevention among Children Ages 10-14

February 8, 2017 from 12:00 - 1:00pm MST

This is the first webinar in the CDC's Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) 2017 webinar series, which will explore Critical Issues in Suicide Prevention Research and Practice.

In this webinar, Sally Curtin, an author of the recently released CDC data report entitled Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999–2014 will describe the trends in injury and violence-related deaths among children and youth and explain the data on suicide deaths in children ages 10-14. Jeffrey Hill, Violence and Injury Prevention Program Manager and Youth Suicide Prevention Project Manager in Rhode Island, will describe elements of Rhode Island’s Suicide Prevention Initiative (SPI) and their use of surveillance data for targeted program efforts. Learn more here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Colorado Office of Health Equity is hiring a trainer!

CDPHE is looking for diverse individuals with a dynamic skill set and thus need to cast a wide net. Please consider forwarding this position announcement to people in your network, including listservs or social media pages you participate in.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WEBINAR: How Can We Engage Families for System Change in Early Childhood?

The webinar will summarize a fresh approach to family engagement along a continuum, from First Teacher to Policy Advocate, highlighting cutting-edge strategies for early childhood agency and program leaders to promote equity-driven, family-led systems change. Finally, the panel will explore policy and practice implications and take questions from participants. 

In this webinar, you will: 
  • Get an exclusive preview of a new family engagement toolkit, Ripples of Transformation: Families Leading Change in Early Childhood Systems; 
  • Hear how parents define family engagement along a continuum, from first teacher to policy advocate in early childhood systems; 
  • Learn how public agency leaders in California, Massachusetts and Florida are supporting families to engage along a pathway to leadership; and 
  • Explore how your agency or program can deepen family engagement opportunities. 

Youth Called Upon to Tackle Opioid Crisis through Video Competition

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are launching the Operation Prevention Video Challenge that gives students the power to send a message to their peers about the dangers of opioid misuse.

The Operation Prevention Video Challenge invites youth across the country to create a unique 30-60 second public service announcement, aimed to reach other youth about this widespread issue. The question: “If your friends were going to watch ONE video that made them think twice about misusing prescription opioids, what would that video be?”

A panel of judges from Discovery Education and the DEA, as well as community leaders, educators, and communications experts, will select the winners for three DEA Educational Foundation scholarships. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, the second place winner will receive $5,000, and the third place winner will receive $1,000.

One People’s Choice winner will also be selected through public vote in April 2017 and will win a trip provided by the DEA for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of DEA agent training at the DEA’s Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Winning PSAs will also be featured on-air and across DEA’s digital and social media platforms.

Students must be at least 13-years-old and enrolled in 9th through 12th grade. Video entries will be evaluated based on their creativity, content, persuasiveness and overall effective communication. No violent, dangerous, or illegal behavior in creating the Entry Video is allowed. Youth can register and submit their entries through March 28, 2017 at