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.