Monday, July 28, 2014

Dating violence common among male, female adolescents

From: Healio Psychiatry 

Male and female adolescents are both at risk of experiencing dating violence, whether as aggressors, victims or both, according to recent study findings published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

“It’s important to think about both genders when trying to identify teen dating violence, especially when there are other conditions we may be trying to assess in the health care setting,” Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS, of the departments of emergency medicine and family medicine at the University of Michigan, said in a press release. “These data remind us that teen relationships are not immune to violence and should encourage providers to ask adolescent patients about this important issue. In addition, this could help us understand whom to target for screening and referral to, or development of, programs that could help.”

Singh and colleagues evaluated 4,089 adolescents aged 14 to 20 years seeking emergency care to determine rates of dating violence, dating victimization and dating aggression among them.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Announcement Extended for a Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator

This announcement has been extended until July 30 or until an adequate pool has been identified.

Employment Opportunity
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Prevention Services Division

Position Title: Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator
Classification: GP III
Job Location: Denver
Close Date: July 30, 2014 OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool, whichever comes first.

TO APPLY: Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator - 01704 - GP III

If you have difficulty with the link, please access the State of Colorado job website at

TESSA of Colorado Springs gets 12K grant for domestic violence prevention

From:  The Gazette

TESSA of Colorado Springs has received a grant for funding a domestic violence prevention program designed for men and boys.

The $12,382 grant, awarded by the Verizon Foundation, will provide funding for TESSA's "Building Healthy Relationships" school outreach program, the organization said Thursday.

"Educating men and boys to be allies in stopping domestic violence is essential to ending intimate partner violence on a cultural scale," TESSA spokeswoman Michelle Schaunaman said in a statement.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guns and Dementia

From: WebMD

A new survey looks at access to guns by people with dementia. It finds that caregivers and family members of people being checked for problems with thinking didn't consistently remove guns from their homes or keep them locked up.

The study underlines the need for doctors to ask caregivers if they have guns in the home and, if so, advise them on safety measures to take, the researchers say.

In the United States, there is "a significant presence of firearms in the homes of patients with dementia, and many of these patients suffer from delusions and hallucinations, some of which can be paranoid, persecutory, or hostile," says Jason Hsieh, a medical student at Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine.

The results were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2014.

Suicide, Homicide

In the U.S., 27% percent of people over the age of 65 own a firearm, Hsieh says. "In general, almost 40% of households in the U.S. contain a firearm, and surprisingly, in households with a firearm, the average number of firearms is 6.6," he says.

The elderly have the highest suicide rate of any part of the population, and firearms are the most common, as well as the most fatal, method of suicide. Data from the National Trauma Databank show that as people get older, the proportion of gun injuries that are self-inflicted rises. Other data show that as they age, people are less likely to survive a gunshot and less likely to return home after recovery.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Official to colleges: Fix sexual assault or lose funding


When it comes to combating sexual assault on college campuses, the federal government already has what it needs to enforce the law and is not afraid to use it, one Obama administration official said Monday.

Speaking at a conference on campus sexual assault held at Dartmouth College, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education Catherine Lhamon said that despite the fact it has never been done before, she is prepared to cut off federal funding to schools that violate Title IX, the 1972 gender equity law.

Calling that one enforcement mechanism part of a set of “very, very effective tools,” Lhamon said, “If a school refuses to comply with Title IX in any respect, I will enforce.”

In her 10-month tenure at the Department of Education, Lhamon has threatened to withdraw federal funding from four schools. “It’s not surprising to me that we haven’t gone to the last step,” she said. “It means that so far the process has been working.”

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Linking infant age and bed-sharing to SIDS

New information on how risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) appear to change with the age of the infant, researchers say.

They found that younger babies are more likely to die when they're sharing beds, while older babies face a higher risk of sudden death when there are objects in the crib with them, such as pillows and toys.

"This study is the first to show that the risks during sleep may be different for infants of different ages," said lead author Dr. Rachel Moon, associate chief of Children's National Medical Center's division of general pediatrics and community health, in Washington, D.C. "Parents of infants under 4 months of age should be aware that bed-sharing is a huge risk factor."

Parents should also be careful to make sure their infants sleep without objects around them, she said.

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Click here for the full study from Pediatrics

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Save the Date: "Your Community, Your Voice"

Every five years the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program is required to conduct a statewide needs assessment of the health and well-being of Colorado’s women, children and youth, including those with special health care needs, and their families. The purpose of the assessment is to identify seven to 10 specific priorities that state and local MCH programs can impact during the next five years. The selected priorities will focus MCH work from 2016-20.

WE NEED YOU?  Community members who care about the health and well-being of women, children, youth and families across the great state of Colorado (including local public health agencies and community partners, community members, family and youth leaders, etc.) are invited to attend. 

WHAT? "Your Community, Your Voice" conversations are designed to hear YOUR ideas on how to improve the health and well-being of women, children and youth, including those with special health care needs, and their families. 

  • August 4 – Frisco 
  • August 5 – Rifle 
  • August 25 – Boulder 
  • September 3 – Colorado Springs
  • September 8 – Denver
  • September 9 – Greeley
  • September 23 - Durango 
  • September 25 – Pueblo
  • October 9 – Alamosa
WHY? It is critical to partner with people from local communities across Colorado, especially those who are most affected by these state-level priorities and decisions. So, please make the time to share your ideas and get your voice heard! 

HOW? In the coming weeks, registration information will be sent via email.  Or, check out for more information. 

You may also contact Gina Febbraro at o(303) 692-6409 with any questions