Thursday, July 22, 2021

Funding to Support POC-Led Organizations


Funding Opportunity for People of Color-Led Organizations from the Colorado Health Foundation

Historically, community-based organizations led by people of color and that are deeply rooted in health equity and racial justice have not been afforded the same access to resources to sustain their work and build power. The Colorado Health Foundation’s Equity Collective Initiative will provide one-time investment awards to selected organizations that are led by people of color to develop their own approaches and long-term direction to drive health equity and racial justice work forward. 

Applications are due by 5 PM on Aug. 10.

Learn More and Apply

Monday, June 28, 2021

National Child Passenger Safety Board Membership


The National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Board is seeking a new board member to represent a public health or research perspective. 

If you work in public health or related research and your agency or organization provides programming in the community or non-healthcare setting, you can apply to serve on the National CPS Board here: https://www.cpsboard.org/board-membership/ 

The application deadline is July 30, 2021.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

One Colorado is Hiring!



Our friends at One Colorado are hiring a Youth and Community Engagement Manager. The application deadline is this Sunday, June 27, at 5PM. If you know someone who would be great in this position, please pass the word!

Job Announcement: https://one-colorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/YC-Job-Description.pdf

One Colorado is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to securing and protecting equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. The Youth and Community Engagement Manager will support and expand gender and sexuality alliances (GSAs) in schools, engage and train LGBTQ youth leaders, and advocate for policies that empower and protect LGBTQ youth.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Prevent Child Sexual Abuse


Tip Colorado is an initiative to train as many Colorado adults as possible in how to prevent child sexual abuse. The free, two-hour training provides information about normal, problematic, and abusive sexual behaviors, and provides tools to help support healing for victims and their families. Trainings are offered by Illuminate Colorado. Please take advantage of this free and important training - and share the resource with anyone who might benefit - so we can all work to keep Colorado’s children safe.

Find a training that fits your schedule here: https://tipcolorado.org/take-the-training/  

Monday, May 24, 2021

Webinar: Protecting Children from Heatstroke in Vehicles

As the weather heats up, heatstroke in vehicles becomes a greater concern.  Please see this archived webinar from the Children's Safety Network on the topic.

Webinar Archive
Protecting Children from Heatstroke in Vehicles 
It can happen to anyone, even the most loving parents and caregivers, but it is entirely preventable. Every 10 days a child dies from Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH) while unattended in a car. The total number of PVH deaths in the US, from 1998 through 2020 is 882; an average of 38 fatalities a year.i It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up and become deadly to a child inside. While the majority of these deaths happen when a child is unintentionally left inside of a vehicle, about 25% occur when a child gains access to a car and becomes trapped inside.ii In this webinar, Jan Null, Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at San Jose State University and founder of NoHeatstroke.org, discussed the scope of the problem and related trends. He also explained the dynamics of vehicle heating and the impact they have upon a child’s heath. Amy Artuso of the National Safety Council shared resources that can help you learn more about this important topic, as well as tools that will enable you to share information with others, in preparation for National Heatstroke Prevention Day, observed May 1, 2021. One child is too many and we can all take action to help eliminate this preventable cause of death. Kristin Kingsley of KKingsley Consulting moderated this webinar. 


Friday, May 14, 2021

COVID as an Adverse Childhood Experience

The following discussion is hosted by Safe States Alliance and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors:



Is the COVID-19 Pandemic

an Adverse Childhood Experience?

May 24, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Join us for this special webinar with the
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Safe States and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors have teamed up to explore whether and in what ways the COVID-19 pandemic has been an adverse childhood experience. And if is, what can chronic disease and injury prevention professionals do now to address the potential long-term chronic disease and well-being consequences of the pandemic.

Panelists

 

Richard Hamburg

Executive Director

Safe States Alliance

moderator

 

 

Dr. Wendy Ellis

Assistant Professor, Global Health Director

Center for Community Resilience

George Washington University

 

 

Dr. Susan McDaniel

Director of the Institute for the Family

Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester

 

 

Dr. Doreen Marshall

Vice President of Policy

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

 

 

Register Now!

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Tobacco, Smoke Exposure, and SUID


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

Youth Engagement: Comp Sex Ed & Radical Consent

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.

Register here for both meetings.

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

NEW REPORTS: Youth and Young Adult Suicide in Colorado


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:

Suicide Among Youth in Colorado, 2013-2017: Ages 10-18

Suicide Among Young Adults in Colorado, 2014-2019: Ages 19-24 

The Office of Suicide Prevention has many resources, including these youth mental health and suicide prevention materials.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Sleep Awareness Week March 14-20

 Sleep Awareness Week information from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality:

Sleep Awareness Week 2021

Join NICHQ in Promoting Safe Infant Sleep.

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Join NICHQ in celebrating Sleep Awareness Week 2021 by advancing advocacy, protection, and promotion of evidence-based safe-sleep practices to ensure that all babies are sleeping safely. 

 

Approximately 3,500 infants die from sleep-related causes every year. Consistent, evidence-based advice, whether in a hospital or at home, could reduce these numbers, ultimately improving maternal and infant health outcomes, saving babies’ lives, and addressing the significant racial disparities associated with safe sleep and breastfeeding. 

 

Here's how you can participate:

 

 

Promote safe-sleep practices and raise awareness about sleep-related deaths using NICHQ's Safe Sleep Social Media Toolkit — now online!

 

Follow us on social media for daily themes resources throughout the week.

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Every baby deserves to sleep safely. Visit NICHQ's.org for resources and best practices that aim to make safe infant sleep and breastfeeding the norm in states and communities across the country. 

Monday, March 8, 2021

Funding Opportunity: Comprehensive Sex Ed

 

Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

Happy International Women's Day!

International Women's Day is a global day that celebrates the achievements of women and girls and serves as a call to action for the continued struggle for gender equity.

One way to advance health equity for women and girls is to give them the knowledge they need to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive health through comprehensive sexual education programs in their schools.

To this end, the Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education Program is announcing a 1-year (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) funding opportunity for all Colorado public schools, school districts, board of cooperative services, charter schools, or institute charter schools.  Applicants may request up to $25,000.

This funding may be used to build readiness and capacity for comprehensive human sexuality education in alignment with House Bill 19-1032 including, but not limited to, the following activities: community engagement, stakeholder buy-in, professional development and training for staff, selecting curricula, school/district level policy development, readiness assessments, purchasing materials or technology, and piloting instruction.

For more information regarding this funding and how to apply, please see below:

  • 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  
Please pass along to your partners and feel free to reach out to Danielle Tuft at danielle.tuft@state.co.us with any questions.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Webinar: Farm Safety for Children and Youth

 Webinar from the Children's Safety Network

Farm Safety for Children and Youth:
Risks and Rewards
Thursday, March 4, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 pm EST
There are many benefits to living and working on farms and ranches, including developing a good work ethic, learning responsibility, and developing respect for the land. While farms and ranches are wonderful places for children and youth to live, work and play, they are also one of our nation’s most dangerous worksites and the only worksite where children of any age can be present. Eighty-one percent of occupational fatalities among youth 15 – 17 years old were in the agricultural/forestry/fishing and hunting sector, making agriculture the most dangerous industry for young workers in the U.S. While in non-agricultural industries, regulations and work standards indicate appropriate work for children, the standards and regulations in agriculture are different and often do not apply to the family farm. 

Marsha Salzwedel of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety will outline the risks and benefits of farm work, share evidence-based/informed prevention strategies, challenges, and resources. Amy Rademaker of Carle Hospital in Illinois, will share her experiences working with farmers and their families through the Progressive Ag Safety Day ProgramMarla Vanore of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an active member of the Child Safety Now Alliance (CSN-A) will moderate this webinar.