Wednesday, September 26, 2018

JOB OPPORTUNITY Communities that Care

Communities that Care (CTC) Coordinator description image
Boulder County Public Health is hiring a Communities that Care Facilitator. Communities That Care (CTC) emphasizes a strengths-based approach to increase protective factors for children, youth, and young adults by promoting principles of healthy youth development, improving youth outcomes, reducing problem behaviors, and supporting communities and youth-serving agencies through coordination of a community-based CTC process. The ultimate goal is to select and implement evidence-based public health strategies, including policy, communications, and system change.

This position recruits and supports a community board and workgroups to understand the CTC process and complete "CTC Milestones & Benchmarks" (i.e. supports the work, but the responsibility rests with the board for completing the CTC process). The position guides community CTC efforts and the CTC project, which is supported by a grant from the State of Colorado. Funding is provided on an annual basis, although the current grant cycle is expected to continue through June 30, 2021. The CTC project focuses on the Lafayette community, and the position works closely with an East Boulder community organization and contracted health planner to implement CTC processes to support and guide the community in generating local responses and solutions to reduce substance abuse.
The position is backed by extensive training and technical assistance from the Center for CTC and BCPH. CTC is housed in BCPH's Community Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Program, which is part of the Community Health Division.

This is a full-time, benefited term position with Boulder County, with an anticipated end date of June 30, 2021. The Communities that Care Facilitator will work Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm out of the Public Health office in Boulder, CO. Applicants must be available and willing to work evenings and weekends, as well as travel locally and occasionally out of state. Under FLSA guidelines, this position is exempt from overtime. 

Hiring salary range: $3,881 to $4,736 per month
For more information and to apply, please click here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Child Passenger Safety Week!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your online source for credible health information. 
Child Passenger Safety Week 2018
In the United States, motor vehicle–related injuries are a leading cause of death among children. Always buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries by up to 80%.

This year’s Child Passenger Safety Week is the perfect time to raise awareness about the importance of always properly buckling children. CDC’s Injury Center has recently updated our resources and website to reflect the new child passenger safety guidelines from AAP and best practices. Make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age.

Know the stages:
  • Rear-facing car seat: Birth until age 2-4.
For the best possible protection, infants and toddlers should be buckled in a rear-facing car seat, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limits of their seat. Check the seat’s owner’s manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.
  • Forward-facing car seat: After outgrowing rear-facing seat until at least age 5.
When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should be buckled in a forward-facing car seat, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of their seat. Check the seat’s owner’s manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.
  • Booster seat: After outgrowing forward-facing seat and until seat belts fit properly.
Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should be buckled in a belt positioning booster seat until seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Proper seat belt fit usually occurs when children are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and age 9-12 years.
  • Seat Belt: Once seat belts fit properly without a booster seat.
Children no longer need to use a booster seat once seat belts fit them properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Proper seat belt fit usually occurs when children are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and age 9-12 years. For the best possible protection, keep children properly buckled in the back seat.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

EVENT Zero Weeks Screening & Paid Family Leave Discussion

Join us for a screening of Zero Weeks, a documentary on the challenges posed by the absence of a paid family leave policy in our nation. At the event, we'll hear from Colorado advocates who are working to establish a paid family leave program in our state and families who have been impacted. Learn how you can take action to promote paid family leave in Colorado and nation-wide and network with others who believe that caregivers shouldn't have to choose between job and family when serious illness strikes or welcoming babies and children.
The screening and discussion are hosted by the Metro Public Health Early Childhood Partnership in collaboration with Colorado 9to5, the Colorado Children's Campaign, Clayton Early Learning, Good Business Colorado, Small Business Majority, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Early Childhood Colorado Partnership, Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition, the Prenatal, Infant Toddler Coalition and ZERO TO THREE.
"Weaving powerful stories together with insightful interviews with leading policymakers, economists, researchers, and activists, Zero Weeks lays out a compelling argument for guaranteed paid leave for every American worker. The film looks at paid leave from an emotional, medical, financial and global perspective." The first months of a child's life serve as the first blocks in building a strong foundation for them to reach their full potential. Parents and caregivers play a critical role during this time, and ensuring they have the time and resources to build strong connections with their baby is critical.
Registration for this free event includes complimentary refreshments, including heavy appetizers, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Please register by September 30th.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Preventing Suicide in Schools

As summer winds down, we are preparing for a return to school. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers numerous resources to help ensure grade schools, high schools and colleges are safe for students, and prepared to handle anything that comes up regarding mental health and suicide. Whether you’re a parent, student or an educator, we have many resources, some of which are free of charge.

For instance, It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health is a 17-minute documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country who successfully learned to manage their mental health. Intended as a group presentation, the film is accompanied by facilitator’s tools and resources for students. It’s Real encourages students to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to seek help. If you are interested in hosting this program, click here to acquire the DVD and accompanying materials or click here to acquire online program access at a discounted rate through September 7. Learn more about It's Real and contact your local chapter to bring the program to a campus near you. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Report: Excessive Alcohol Use and Suicide in CO

New Report Released on Excessive Alcohol Use and Suicide in Colorado

Excessive alcohol use is a risk factor for many harmful health conditions in our communities, such as injuries, violence, including suicide, and mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a new data report detailing how excessive alcohol use connects with suicide in Colorado. It is important to note that many factors contribute to suicide, such as substance use, depression, and intimate partner problems. Suicide prevention requires a comprehensive approach to adequately address multiple risk factors. However, it is clear that reducing excessive drinking could also reduce suicide deaths in Colorado.

The new CDPHE Health Watch report summarizes Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC) among suicide decedents between 2011-2015. Key findings include that almost 1 in 3 suicide decendents (29.3%) had a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL at the time of death. Among those who had a a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL, almost 2 in 3 (61.4%) had a problem with alcohol, and more than half were depressed (56.8%), used a firearm as a method of suicide (53.1%), and were having intimate partner problems (50.6%). When compared to suicide decedents with a a BAC < 0.08 g/dL, suicide decedents with a BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dL were more likely to be male, working age adults (ages 21-54) and Hispanic or American Indian/Alaskan Native. 

To view the report, please visit this link:

For more information on how to prevent excessive alcohol use, please visit:

Monday, September 17, 2018

Family Leadership Training Institute Recruiting New Members!

Stand Up. Speak Out. Create Change.

Excitement is building as the Family Leadership Training Institute of Boulder County, Aurora, and Montbello are actively recruiting for their 2019 classes! In late September, these three communities will begin the 20-week process that is equal parts self-exploration, skill development, community building, and motivational coaching. 

Develop new leadership skills and learn more about the civic process to create positive change for children and families. Apply Today! 

More information about Fall classes is listed below. Additional FLTI sites will be starting in January, 2019.
FLTI of Aurora
Sponsored by: Aurora Community Connection
Classes located at: 9801 E. Colfax Ave, Ste. 200
Aurora, CO 80010
Offered in: Monolingual Spanish
Contact: Aliria Bello or Teresa Torres

FLTI of Boulder County
Sponsored by: Sister Carmen Community Center
Classes located at: 655 Aspen Ridge Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
Offered in: English
Contact: Julie Piller or Zoya Elhassan

FLTI of Montbello
Sponsored by: Families Forward Resource Center
Classes located at: Moorhead Recreational Center
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012
Offered in: English
Contact: Veronica Armas

Friday, September 14, 2018

WEBINAR Multigenerational Approaches to Framing Mental Health 9.18.18

Multigenerational Approaches to Framing Mental Health
The Shared Message Bank Action Team invites network members to participate in a 90-minute Lunch & Learn leveraging FrameWorks Institute research to shift conversations around mental health across the lifespan. Grab your lunch and log on!

Tuesday, September 18 from 12:00-1:30 PM

Patty Boyd, Tri-County Health Department
Hanna Nichols, The Civic Canopy
Register for the Lunch & Learn
This Lunch & Learn will support you to:
and reduce stigma with more productive values and narratives.
and include cast a wide net on who plays a role in offering help.
on your stories and communications about mental health.
to help reframe mental health for children, families, and communities.
Learn more about the ECCP and the Shared Message Bank

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

FREE QPR Trainings!

Question. Persuade. Refer.
Learn How to Help Save the Life of a...
Child ● Student ● Friend ● Co-worker ● Family Member
If someone you know was considering suicide, would you recognize the warning signs and know how to help? Colorado is consistently ranked as one of the top ten states for suicide rates. Learn what you can do to help when someone is in suicide crisis, and gain the confidence to take action and save a life.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month- a time to join together to promote suicide prevention awareness.  As a part of our suicide prevention efforts, during September, we will be offering FREE QPR community trainings.

Please find the attached flyer for upcoming FREE QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainings held at Jefferson Center, 4851 Independence Street in Wheat Ridge, CO on the following dates:
  • Friday, September 14th from 8:30-10am; Clear Creek Conference Room
  • Tuesday, September 25th from 9-10:30am; Coal Creek Conference Room

These trainings are coordinated by Jefferson Center and supported  by a Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support suicide prevention work.

QPR is a 90 minute gatekeeper training that can be customized to fit your audience. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Those who attend will learn to:
  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope              
  • Know how to get help and save a life

This training is open to any community members working with youth, ages 10-24, in Jefferson County. Please feel free to share this informational flyer with anyone who might benefit from this training or be interested in attending.  Seating is limited. 

           September 25th

Questions? Contact Heather Trish at or 303-432-5265.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

FUNDING Comprehensive Suicide Prevention for Public Schools and Districts

The Office of Suicide Prevention's Comprehensive Suicide Prevention for Public Schools and Districts RFA has posted! The funding covers suicide prevention trainings, policy development, and school climate initiatives. Please share with your networks.

Background: The OSP is pleased to announce the availability of funds, through Senate Bill 18-272, to enhance comprehensive suicide prevention and crisis response for public schools and school districts. The purpose of this legislation is to provide funding for public schools and school districts to implement comprehensive crisis and suicide prevention strategies, with priority given to public
schools or school districts who have not received suicide prevention training previously. In order
to ensure a comprehensive suicide prevention approach, this funding announcement allows
public school or school district applicants to identify training, school climate, and policy
strategies to implement over a three year period.

Grant Request Amount per Year: $5,000-$20,000 for individual schools,
$5,000-$35,000 for school districts.

DEADLINE: October 19, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

It's National Suicide Prevention Week!

It’s National Suicide Prevention Week, and our theme is The Power of Connection. Although there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another. We can all play a role through the power of connection by having real conversations about mental health with people in everyday moments – whether it’s with those closest to us, or the coffee barista, parking lot attendant, or the grocery store clerk.

It’s also about the connection we each have to the cause, whether you’re a teacher, a physician, a mother, a neighbor, a veteran, or a suicide loss survivor or attempt survivor. We don’t always know who is struggling, but we do know that one conversation could save a life.

Visit 2018 National Suicide Prevention Week to find ways to get involved in the cause and other planned activities for the month of September.

We’ve also just launched a Sharing Your Story webpage. Here you’ll find guidance on safely sharing your own personal stories of connection. On this page, you will also learn more about how to share your stories through our partnership with our friends at The Mighty! You can connect to our community by sharing your stories and reading others using the new hashtag #Stories2Connect.

Thank you for joining us in our mission to save lives and bring hope to those connected to the cause.
It's Time to Connect!
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