Friday, May 14, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
CFPS has published a new brief: Tobacco Use, Secondhand Smoke Exposure, and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) in Colorado, 2009-2018.
The goal of this brief is to better understand the role of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in SUID. The data reveals that at least 3 in 10 mothers who lost their infant to SUID between 2009-2018 in Colorado smoked in the three months prior to pregnancy and/or at any time during pregnancy.
The brief also examines systemic factors that contribute to higher tobacco use for certain groups including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, low income communities, and people in rural areas. For example, low income communities and communities of color are frequently targeted by tobacco advertising, price promotions, and a high tobacco retailer density. Rural areas may lack resources that support prevention and access to tobacco treatment.
To learn more about tobacco's role in SUID in Colorado, read the full data brief here.
Monday, May 3, 2021
Young people working with the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault are leading two upcoming online meetings. Please share with your youth networks. Each meeting will focus on Denver Public Schools in particular, but the discussion will be relevant to other communities.
Rape Culture + Radical Consent
This workshop will be on May 19th from 4:00-4:45pm and will be a safe place to discuss personal experiences with rape culture and hookup culture in our school communities. We will also discuss radical consent and how rape culture is perpetuated by our schools' administration, and how we can create change in our school communities.
Sex In School
This workshop will be on May 22nd from 11:00-11:45am and will be a safe place to discuss our experiences with health education in schools, and how we would like to see change in this area. We will discuss the effect of sex education on our communities and society, as well as give input into the new mandatory comprehensive sex ed class that is being developed for DPS.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth ages 10-17 in Colorado. Young adults ages 19-24 in our state experience a suicide rate that is 1.5 times higher than the national average. Two new reports from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment examine the problem of suicide among youth and young adults and identify steps we can take to prevent further loss of life.
Suicide is a preventable cause of death; if you or someone you know is experiencing a suicidal crisis or emotional distress, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always available: 1-800-273-8255.
Access the reports:
The Office of Suicide Prevention has many resources, including these youth mental health and suicide prevention materials.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
Happy International Women's Day!
- Funding: The total anticipated funding available is approximately $180,000 and is contingent upon fully restored funding for the program for state Fiscal Year 2021-22. The CHSE program anticipates funding approximately 7-10 schools/districts with a maximum award of $25,000.
- Eligibility: Colorado public schools, school districts, board of cooperative services, charter schools, or institute charter schools
- Priority: Priority for funding will be given to
- Rural schools or districts as defined by the Colorado Department of Education.
- Schools or districts not currently implementing any comprehensive human sexuality education.
- Access Application: https://form.jotform.com/210406779325053
- Due Date: Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 2nd 2021 at 5:00 pm
Friday, February 19, 2021
Webinar from the Children's Safety Network
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
The theme of Black History Month 2021 is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity," chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH).
Here are just a few ways that you can learn about Black history, contemporary Black culture and experiences, and continue to commit yourself to antiracist action in your professional and personal life:
Find out what programs your local public library is hosting. For example, Denver Public Library will host Medicines of the Black American Captive with Community Herbalist Monticue Connally on Feb 22 and Jefferson County Public Library will host a conversation about How to Talk to Kids About Race with Janet R. Damon on February 17.
Let families know about EMBRace, a culturally-based therapeutic program that encourages African American youth ages 10-14 and their families to confront and resolve racial stress and trauma together. Participating families will meet online with a trained therapist once a week for 7 weeks with the goals of reducing racial stress, promoting family bonding, and improving psychological well-being. Families who complete the program receive a $100 gift card. Interested families should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
Virtually attend one of ASAALH's events, including their marquee event on February 20, a conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham about popularizing Black history through the heritage of African American families and their search for roots.
Read a book - or read to the children in your life. Start by checking out the Black History Picks! curated by Detroit Book City or Children's Books that Celebrate Diverse Stories curated by Anti-Racism Daily (ARD) Reads.
Get ideas for actions you can take to dismantle white supremacy by signing up for the Anti-Racism Daily newsletter.
Celebrate Black legacy in the U.S. by signing up for the 28 Days of Black History virtual exhibition.
Watch Happy Birthday, Dr. Justina Ford anytime this month to learn more about the first female African American licensed doctor in Colorado. Dr. Ford worked in Denver's Five Points community and provided medical care to everyone, regardless of race, class, or citizenship status. Dr. Ford's home now houses the Black American West Museum.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Monday, February 8, 2021
You would do anything to protect the little loves in your life. Make sure their car seats are used and installed right when you meet virtually with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) during a FREE National event on February 13th! Sign up here: bit.ly/39pbYOH for a virtual car seat assistance appointment.
The event is free, but caregiver registration is required. With many services still suspended due to COVID-19, or perhaps cancelled with the winter months, this is a great option for caregivers. The virtual checks are conducted one-on-one between the caregiver and CPST. Each appointment typically runs about 45-50 minutes and during that time, the CPST will review the seat selection, harnessing, how to adjust for growth, and then review the caregivers installation.
DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) Regional CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Network is sponsoring this national virtual car seat check event.
Friday, January 22, 2021
The Colorado Home Visiting Task force is surveying parents and caregivers as part of an effort to improve and expand home visitation in the state. If you, or people you work with, meet the criteria below, please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The survey is confidential, takes about 10 minutes to complete, and is available in English and Spanish. The deadline is next Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
The Task Force would like to hear from parents or caregivers with children ages 0 to 6 years of age who:
- Received home visiting services
- Have not received home visiting services
- Were offered services, but later declined or were denied
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Learning opportunity presented by the Region IV Public Health Training Center:
Child sexual abuse prevention starts with knowledge and awareness of the problem. This webinar provides professionals who work with children and families an overview of the issue as well as tools and strategies to create safer environments for children in both a professional and personal setting. The webinar will cover practical actions adults can take to reduce instances of child sexual abuse in their organizations, families, and communities, and will give participants information about evidence-informed training programs available to deepen knowledge and enhance skill building to prepare adults to speak up and prevent sex abuse.