Monday, March 27, 2017

Shared Risk and Protective Factor Conference - Save the Date: June 6-8, 2017, Breckenridge

As prevention professionals, you have likely seen issues that are common​ among the youth, families and communities you work with - issues like poverty, families dealing with substance abuse, and youth who are not connected to or do not feel safe at school. We often refer to these issues as "shared risk and protective factors.

Implementing ​strategies that take ​a shared risk and protective factor approach creates opportunities to prevent multiple forms of violence, injury and substance abuse​, helping ​multiple programs and agencies​ achieve their desired outcomes​.

This conference aims to create shared learning opportunities for partners in Colorado and neighboring states to connect their work using a shared risk and protective factor approach, network with community partners and share best practices.
Preliminary Schedule:
June 6th: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
June 7th: 8:30am - 4:30pm
June 8th: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Registration will be open next month which will include more information on tracks for the conference, hotels, etc. There will be no registration fee.

Friday, March 24, 2017

School Health Professional Grant application now available

Applications are now available for the 2017-2018 School Health Professional Grant ( This matching grant program exists to help secondary schools (grades 7-12):

1) Increase the presence of school health professionals (Licensed School Nurses, School Social Workers, School Counselors and School Psychologists) in secondary schools to provide substance abuse and behavioral health care to students who are enrolled in secondary schools and have substance abuse or other behavioral health needs;

2) Provide training and resources for the newly hired school health professionals, other behavioral health school team members, and school staff on the implementation of evidence-based programming (defined as programming that evaluation research has proven to be effective) on substance abuse prevention education and behavioral health education for all students who are enrolled in secondary schools; and

3) Allow school health professionals to provide care coordination and connect students who are enrolled in secondary schools with services that are provided by community-based organizations for treatment and counseling for students who are at risk for substance abuse.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK New Resource from Safe Kids on Safe Medicine Storage

In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, Safe Kids has released a new report and infographic titled Safe Medicine Storage: A Look at the Disconnect Between Parent Behavior and Knowledge.

This report highlights the different between what parents know they should do to prevent unintentional medication poisonings and what they actually do. The survey found that although 9 out of 10 parents know that it is important to store medicine up, away, and out of sight from children, 7 out of 10 parents report that they often store their medicine where children can see and sometimes reach it.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

STUDY: Characteristics of Initial Prescription Episodes and Likelihood of Long-Term Opioid Use — United States, 2006–2015

View the Study:  Characteristics of Initial Prescription Episodes and Likelihood of Long-Term Opioid Use — United States, 2006–2015

Based on the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, literature supporting long-term opioid therapy for pain is limited; research suggests an increased risk for harms with long-term opioid use. Early opioid prescribing patterns for opioid-naïve patients have been found to be associated with the likelihood of long-term use.

The likelihood of chronic opioid use increased with each additional day of medication supplied starting with the third day, with the sharpest increases in chronic opioid use observed after the fifth and thirty-first day on therapy, a second prescription or refill, 700 morphine milligram equivalents cumulative dose, and an initial 10- or 30-day supply. The highest probability of continued opioid use at 1 and 3 years was observed among patients who started on a long-acting opioid followed by patients who started on tramadol.

Awareness among prescribers, pharmacists, and persons managing pharmacy benefits that authorization of a second opioid prescription doubles the risk for opioid use 1 year later might deter overprescribing of opioids. Knowledge that the risks for chronic opioid use increase with each additional day supplied might help clinicians evaluate their initial opioid prescribing decisions and potentially reduce the risk for long-term opioid use. Discussions with patients about the long-term use of opioids to manage pain should occur early in the opioid prescribing process.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Promoting Lethal Means Safety Among Veterans at Risk for Suicide


Joe Simonetti, MD, MPH, Attending Physician, Denver VA Medical Center & Investigator, VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)

Joe Simonetti is an attending physician in the Hospital Medicine Program of the Denver VA Medical Center and an investigator in the VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and the Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care (DiSCOVVR). His focus is on developing evidence-based, patient-centered strategies to promote lethal means safety, particularly firearm safety, among Veterans at risk for suicide.

During his presentation, Dr. Simonetti will provide an overview of the burden of suicide among the Veteran population, discuss current suicide prevention strategies within VHA, and outline some key next steps in developing interventions aimed at promoting lethal means safety among Veterans.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fire and Life Safety Educators Conference Of the Rockies

Registration is OPEN!
Your 3-day registration fee of $375 includes all of the classes, keynote speaker, continental breakfast and lunch.
There is now single-day registration available. Tuesday and Wednesday are $150 each, Thursday is $75.

April 25th-27th, 2017

This well-attended conference is known to feature speakers from
across the US with a wide range of knowledge and information. Bringing topics designed to empower Community Risk Reduction professionals and similarly-minded emergency responders and private industry leaders to become better risk reduction resources in our field.

Ameristar Casino, Resort & Spa Black Hawk
This conference is going to be a true Rocky Mountain experience with panoramic mountain views and lots of activities.
For more information go HERE.

Conference Agenda
We have an amazing selection of speakers from across the nation coming to the Conference this year! Check out our agenda with speaker bios and course descriptions on our website!!