Friday, October 30, 2020

Supporting the Mental Health of Young Parents

Prior to COVID-19, researchers found that mothers age 21 and under experience mental health challenges up to four times as often as their peers and mothers older than 21. The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation has a new infographic focusing on the mental health challenges and additional stressors experienced by many young parents, and solutions to support these parents and their children. Many of their identified solutions align with our CFPS legislative recommendations to reduce child deaths, such as home visitation programs and addressing basic needs such as housing. Please visit the NIHCM site to learn more and access resources for supporting young parents.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Please see the following requests to submit new questions to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey and Smart Source and to weigh in on proposed new questions for HKCS 2021.  You can sign up for the School and Youth Survey Newsletter here!



Now accepting applications for NEW Questions and Modifications to HKCS & Smart Source!

Please complete this application to propose a new question or modify an existing question on the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey or Smart Source for the 2021 Fall survey administrations.

  • Completed applications will undergo a peer-review process to inform decisions on cuts, additions, and modifications made by the School and Youth Survey Steering Committee.
  • Competitive applications will provide detailed responses to all questions. 
  • Please submit one proposed new question or modification per application.
Please help us share the application widely!  

Deadline: November 16, 2020

We’d love your feedback on
New Questions under consideration for 2021 HKCS!

Please take this brief survey to endorse new HKCS questions under consideration for 2021. 
Consider how your program or community could utilize the results!  

The CDC and our youth survey experts on the Colorado School of Public Health Survey Team validated these questions. The questions primarily come from the CDC’s 2021 YRBS optional questions list or have been added to HCKS by schools in the past. Most are featured on the 2020 HKCS Supplement: COVID-19 instrument.

Not satisfied? Fill out our application to propose a new question!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Request for Applications: Substance Misuse Prevention



The purpose of this Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications from local organizations and agencies to implement an evidence-based shared risk and protective factor approach to preventing substance misuse in Colorado

There are two options for funding: 

  • Option A allows you to organize your community to be prepared to address any upstream prevention needs. Awardees develop the community coalition’s skills so they are prepared to review data and address solutions over time, no matter what the solution may be. 
  • Option B allows you to organize your community for one specific solution you have already identified. You are ready to act on this one strategy, and the funding may end sooner than Option A since your community already knows the solution you will seek. 
Both options will continue to emphasize our commitments to community mobilization, data-informed and evidence-informed decision-making, and a focus on racial and social equity.

Find more information at

Monday, October 12, 2020

Indigenous Peoples' Day: Actions and Resources


Artwork by Adriana Arriaga courtesy of Amplifier

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! Indigenous Peoples' Day is a day to support and celebrate the history, culture, resistance, and resilience of Indigenous people in the Americas and around the world. We'd like to share ideas for actions you can take to commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day and resources to continue supporting and learning about and from Indigenous communities every day.

Cultural Survival

This organization, whose goal is to advance Indigenous peoples' rights and cultures worldwide, has 11 things you can do on Indigenous Peoples' Day. Their suggestions include learning about the Native peoples whose land we live on, attending a local or virtual Indigenous Peoples' Day event, and donating to Indigenous-led organizations. 


IllumiNative's resources include an Indigenous Peoples' Day Toolkit, 25 Native American comedians to follow, and K-5 lesson plans created by Native youth to support teachers.

NDN Collective's LANDBACK Campaign

Today is the official launch of the NDN Collective's LANDBACK Campaign, an effort to achieve Indigenous justice, dismantle white supremacy, and return Indigenous lands to Indigenous hands. You can watch the October 10 webinar announcing the campaign with members of the NDN Collective, Movement for Black Lives, About Face: Veterans Against the War, and United We Dream on NDN's Facebook Page.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Funding Opportunity: Addressing Childhood Trauma

Request for Applications: Comprehensive Community Approaches that Address Childhood Trauma to Prevent Substance Misuse

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) or other community entities through a Request for Application (RFA) process. This opportunity is for the implementation of evidence-based approaches through comprehensive community efforts to prevent and mitigate the harms of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the subsequent increased risk for substance use disorder.

NACCHO will select and fund up to five awards through this Request for Applications (RFA). Eligible applicants may request up to $450,000 to support project activities.

Application requirements and full details of the project are available in the RFA. Applications must be submitted to NACCHO’s Injury and Violence Prevention Team at by Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 5:00pm ET. Submissions after this deadline will not be considered.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Online Conversation: Building Solidarity Among Black & Latinx Kids & Families


We're happy to share information about this upcoming conversation, hosted by EmbraceRace!

Building Solidarity among Black & Latinx Kids & Families

October 8, 2020 @ 8:30 pm ET

In the United States, we tend to think of race relations as something that happens between “White people” and “people of color.” But racialized dynamics happen among and between Black and Indigenous people, and People of Color as well - and the templates for those relationships often are established when our children are young. 

We're excited for this conversation with Ronda Bullock and Fabiola Salas Villalobos from we are (working to extend anti-racist education), based in Durham NC, about their multifaceted efforts to build solidarity among Black and Latinx children and families. Ronda and Fabiola will offer insights about how, in the course of delivering its antiracist educational programming, we are is striving to move beyond a thin kind of “inclusivity” to build strong relationships and genuine solidarity among its Black and Brown children and families. As always, your questions, insights, and experiences will be welcome!

Register to join the latest Talking Race & Kids conversation. As always we welcome your questions and comments!

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Andrew & Melissa
Co-founders of EmbraceRace

P.S. Find past Talking Race & Kids conversations, including last week's Same Family, Different Colors conversation about colorism with Lori L. Tharps in our webinar archives

Special Guests

Dr. Taylor Bullock is the co-founder and Lead Curator at we are.  As a non-profit, we are works to equip children, families, and educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the complexity of racism.

Prior to earning her doctorate at UNC Chapel Hill in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement Program, and prior to starting we are, Dr. Taylor Bullock taught English for almost ten years at Hillside High School in Durham, NC, where she now resides. She is the wife of Dr. Daniel Kelvin Bullock and mother of son Zion and daughter Zaire.

Dr. Fabiola Salas Villalobos is a geographer, seasoned educator, published author, program coordinator, and program evaluator. She also serves as a board member at we are.

Fabiola has worked 20 years teaching K-16 and is an active member of the Triangle Latinx community since 2002. She is a first-generation brown Latinx immigrant living in NC.

Fabiola has studied the parental involvement practices of first-generation immigrant Latinx mothers whose children are in elementary and middle-grade public schools to understand how they are participating in their children's education in the context of the New Latinx Diaspora.