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.



Richard Hamburg

Executive Director

Safe States Alliance




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.


Every baby deserves to sleep safely. Visit NICHQ' 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:
  • 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 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. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Celebrate Black History Month:

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 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.   

Explore the works and voices of Black artists online at the Denver Art Museum, including the art of Colorado Springs-based visual artist Senga Nengudi.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Application Deadline Extended: Botvin LifeSkills Training for Youth


The Botvin LifeSkills Training High School program is an evidence-based, 10-session program for social-emotional learning and substance abuse and violence prevention. The program also has evidence showing it improves driving behavior and road safety among young people. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is offering a grant to Colorado schools to implement this program to students in grade 9. Selected schools will implement the program in either Fall 2021 or Fall 2023.

The application deadline has been extended to March 10, 2021. Click here for more information about this funding opportunity and to access the online application. You may contact Diane Ballard, the grant manager, with additional questions at or (303) 735-4164.  

With the surge in youth vaping rates, and COVID-19 slashing budgets and requiring creative coping strategies, this opportunity can provide much needed support during these stressful times. The grant will cover instructor training workshops, stipends or substitute-teacher reimbursement for trainings, teacher manuals, and consumable student guides. Optional online instructional resources are also available.

Monday, February 8, 2021

FREE Virtual Car Seat Checks - Feb 13


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: 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

Home Visiting Survey


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 

Spanish survey link

English survey link 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

WEBINAR: Impact of Child Sexual Abuse

 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.