Wednesday, December 27, 2017

WEBINAR: Comprehensive Approaches to Suicide Prevention

Thursday, January 18, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 PM Mountain Time 

Please join us for this inaugural webinar of the ICRC-S 2018 webinar series. In this webinar, In this webinar, Eric Caine, M.D., Director of the ICRC-S and Co-Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will discuss the rationale for a comprehensive and highly coordinated approach to suicide prevention and describe the role that public health can play in the implementation of this approach.  This presentation will also consider what elements are necessary for creating and sustaining the mosaic of efforts that are needed for preventing suicide and its antecedent risks, as well as for preventing other related forms of premature death. Jarrod Hindman, M.S., Deputy Chief of the Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will talk about how the state of Colorado is adapting this approach in the planning and implementation of the Colorado National Collaborative, an initiative to develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive approach to reduce suicide in Colorado 20 percent by 2024. Participants will be able to ask questions of the presenters.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FUNDING: Mini-Grants to Support Child Maltreatment Prevention Trainings

Coming in 2018, Illuminate Colorado in partnership with the Colorado Office of Early Childhood will be awarding mini-grants to support training in three curricula to prevent child maltreatment:

  • Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development
  • Stewards of Children
  • Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work 

Mini-grant funds can be utilized for expenses related to meeting space, child care, food, travel, and trainer fees. More details on the application process, eligibility, reporting requirements, and award amounts will be available in January at​.​

Youth Bullying Prevention Resource from HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released an evidence-informed and evidence-based Bullying Prevention Capacity Assessment and Change Package. According to the report, "approximately 21 percent of youth ages 12 through 18 reported being bullied at school in the United States during the 2014–15 school year, which translates to millions of youth being affected each year. Research shows that the results of bullying have serious, lasting effects, and prevention can improve the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of children and their families."

Learn more about youth bullying prevention and access this resource here:

Quick-Look: Youth Opioid-Related Deaths Since 2004

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention recently released a Quick-Look summary of opiate data from the in Child Death Review Case Reporting System. Since 2004, there have been 635 opioid-related deaths of children and teens, ages 10-17 reviewed by CDR teams. This Quick-Look will provide further detail about our data.

View the Quick-Look at

Monday, December 11, 2017

safeTALK: Suicide Alertness Training in Wheat Ridge

2017 Governor's Award for School Health and Wellness - Manitou Springs School District 14

Learn more about the winner of the 2017 Governor's Award for School Health and Wellness!

Healthy School Champions logoManitou Springs School District 14 is the 2017 recipient of the annual Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness for embedding health as a core component of their mission, vision, policies and instructional model.

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Every year, the Healthy School Champions Recognition program recognizes K12 Colorado public schools for their success at creating a healthy school environment, implementing effective school health efforts and demonstrating how they comprehensively address health and wellness while embedding it in their culture and systems. CEI singles out schools that have excelled at creating health and wellness programs that support student learning.

The program is now in its eighth year and has awarded more than $300,000 in awards to Colorado schools who continue to demonstrate the critical link between student health and academic achievement. With the support of The Colorado Health Foundation, schools have received awards ranging from $300 to $7,500 per school.

Learn more about the Healthy School Champions Recognition program and the upcoming January 19 deadline at the Colorado Education Initiative.