Monday, October 30, 2017

WEBINAR: Mental and Emotional Well-Being

2017 Webinar Series
The National Prevention Strategy:
Health Across the Life Span

Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners

Mental and Emotional Well-Being
Thursday, November 16, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)

2:00-2:05  Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics
Speaker: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant

2:05-2:20  What IS the National Prevention Strategy: Setting the Stage
Speaker: Charles Smith, Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Region VIII Regional Administrator

2:20-2:40  Know A New Mom Who's Feeling Down?
Learn about Colorado's efforts to develop and implement a public awareness campaign as a component of their multi-pronged approach to address maternal mental health. The campaign is designed to improve awareness and knowledge of pregnancy-related depression and anxiety, as well as improve perceptions and attitudes toward seeking help.
Speaker: Mandy Bakulski, Maternal Wellness & Early Childhood Section Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment 

2:40-3:00  Expanding the Reach of Wellness Initiatives: A Communities of  Practice Model
New technologies are providing exciting distance learning opportunities to deliver capacity-building training and education for medical and behavioral health providers in rural and frontier communities.  In this presentation, you will learn how these technologies are being used by providers, including the ‘Build a Clinic Program’ case model.
Speaker: Jim Pavlik, MA, Program and Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health & Wellness Program, University of Colorado-Denver

3:00-3:20  SAMHSA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness
Learn more about SAMHSA’s efforts to reduce the mortality gap for individuals with serious mental illness.
Speaker: Carlton Speight, HHS-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

3:20-3:30 Questions & Answers and Additional Resources


 Please contact: RegionVIIIFedPartners@HHS.GOV with any questions, to be added to our direct webinar series distribution list, or to request a written transcript of this event.

CoVDRS updated report on Suicide in Colorado

The Colorado Violent Death Reporting System (CoVDRS), recently released a report on suicide death in Colorado. The report, Health Watch No.102: Suicide in Colorado, 2011-2015: A Summary from the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System, contains detailed information on the burden, characteristics, and overall profile of suicide deaths among Colorado residents. The goal of this report is to inform injury and violence prevention efforts, as well as raise awareness about the impact of suicide deaths in Colorado.

The data in the report comes directly from the enhanced public health surveillance system CoVDRS, which is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The NVDRS is funded and maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aims to collect detailed, multi source data on violent deaths throughout the United States.

Please feel free to pass the report on to any and all community stake holders, violence and injury prevention specialist, or anybody who would be interested in the content of this report.

The report can be found at the new Colorado Violent Death Reporting System website:

If you have questions or want more information about CoVDRS contact Ethan Jamison at: or 303-692-2093

2nd Annual Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference

2nd Annual Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference
Keystone, CO, May 30-June 1, 2018 

We are excited to release the Call for Proposals to all potentially interested groups and individuals.

Apply here! Submission deadline is December 5th

Please put this conference into your schedules and share this information. Conference registration will open after the 1st of the year. 

Conference goals:

Creating Shared Understanding

  • At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:
  • Identify how different outcomes that they work on are linked to one another through shared root causes.
  • Describe the basics of approaching prevention at the root causes of issues, including shared risk and protective factors.
  • Identify effective strategies that impact multiple outcomes by addressing root causes.
  • Identify strategies to use prevention funding streams, resources and infrastructure to create sustainable programs and practices.

Moving Theory to Practice

  • At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:
  • Describe local examples of using the shared risk and protective factor approach across different sectors to promote connected communities and safe, healthy, and successful youth.
  • Identify effective strategies to impact root causes like pooling resources, coordinating efforts, and engaging new partners within their community.
  • Practice skills integral to a shared risk and protective factors approach including collaboration, Positive Youth Development, policy change, and prevention science.

Enhancing Collaboration

  • At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:
  • Identify new partners who share common goals and efforts that align with risk and protective factors that impact their work.
  • Identify ways in which they can collaborate and leverage funding with partners to achieve common goals.
  • Identify ways to broaden their existing efforts to address multiple and connected root causes.

Questions? Contact Garrett Sawyer ( at the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices, a new Resource for Primary Care Practices

The Office of Suicide Prevention, in partnership with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, has revamped the 2009 national toolkit. The updated toolkit is now specific for Colorado providers and highlights the services of the Colorado Crisis System. The goal of the toolkit revision was to provide actionable steps and resources to empower practices to directly address suicide prevention within their practice and focuses on identification, risk assessment, safety planning, lethal means counseling, and follow-up care.

The toolkit can be accessed on the website and will include information on trainings and hard copy orders.

Please share widely with your colleagues.

Call for Abstracts: Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference

We are excited to release the Call for Proposals  for our 2nd Annual Shared Risk and Protective Factor Conference

May 30-June 1st, 2017 |  Keystone Resort

The goal of this conference is to support Colorado organizations, initiatives and partners who share a vision of connected communities and thriving youth.
We hope to bring together Colorado organizations and partners and young people to share knowledge, collaborate, and best practices that promote a shared risk and protective factors approach.

Please apply and share with other potential presenters

Submission deadline is 5pm on Tuesday, December 5th.

Conference registration will be available in January 2018.

WEBINAR: Substance Use and Fatality Review Part I: Improving our understanding of substance exposed infants and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

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

"Substance Use and Fatality Review Part I: Improving our understanding of substance exposed infants and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)"

October 31, 2017 12:00 - 1:00 PM MST (2:00 – 3:00 EST)

Have you wondered what the difference is between an infant born substance exposed and an infant born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)? Join Dr. Nancy K. Young for an interactive webinar that will cover the picture of opioid use disorders; substance use during pregnancy; the difference between NAS and substance exposure; best practices for collaboration and plans of safe care; and suggestions for what fatality review teams can do to address the needs of families affected by substance use disorders.

Webinar will be recorded and posted with the slides on the NCFRP website: