Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Release of Office of Suicide Prevention Community Grants RFA

The Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention is happy to announce that the Community Grants RFA is now live on the below link:

Feel free to share the funding opportunity announcement with anyone you think might be interested!  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bullying and Academic Achievement

Children who are chronically bullied have lower academic achievement, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. The study followed nearly 400 children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Researchers found that the children who were bullied throughout their school years were more likely to dislike school and doubt their own academic ability, and less likely to be engaged in school.

The study also found that bullying was more frequent and severe for elementary school children, and that bullying decreased as they grew older. Nearly one in four children experienced chronic bullying throughout their schooling.

Read the news story from Science Daily

Friday, February 10, 2017

10th Annual Colorado Culture of Health Conference

April 12, 2017
Colorado Convention Center, Downtown Denver

Register Now!

This premier conference is designed for employers, wellness managers and other health professionals
who work to improve all facets of employee health. Learn about behavioral health integration,
evidence-based wellness programs, economics of wellness, and the building blocks needed for a
successful work culture that promotes total worker health.

Keynote Speakers
L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Director, Office for Total Worker Health
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jandel Allen-Davis, MD
Vice President, Government, External Relations and Research
Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Donna Lynne, PhD
Lieutenant Governor
State of Colorado

Friday, February 3, 2017

Have a question for CDC on concussion safety among kids and teens?

New "Ask the Expert" activity on the CDC HEADS UP Facebook Page

Have you ever wanted to ask CDC’s experts a question about concussion and brain injury among kids and teens? Well, now you can! CDC’s new HEADS UP Facebook "Ask the Expert" activity allows CDC’s top subject matter experts to connect with fans by encouraging them to be active on the Facebook page by posing their questions to CDC experts.
How Does It Work?

The #AskTheExpert activity will occur at 1pm ET on the second Tuesday of each month and will feature responses from CDC experts. Fans should post questions about concussion and brain injury safety among kids and teens by commenting on the CDC "Ask the Expert" post each month. CDC’s experts look forward to answering your questions about concussion and brain injury safety. It’s up to you to ask!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Free Positive Youth Development (PYD) Training

Adolescence is a time of change and opportunity. The physical, social and psychological changes young people undergo impacts their behavior, how they interact with the world, and how the adults around them respond to this transformation.

What: This 6 hour training will help you understand and learn the skills and knowledge needed to integrate the evidence-based PYD approach into your current youth programming efforts.

Who: Youth-serving professionals and anyone interested in youth health and well-being.

Where & When: Multiple locations in CO

Golden, March 14
Cortez, April 28
Salida, June 2
Trinidad/La Junta region TBD

Training events are FREE


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Public Health: 2017 & Beyond – Open Discussion of Issues & Potential Changes


Feb. 2 | 3:30 – 5 pm | CU Anschutz Campus
Nighthorse Campbell Bldg., Shore Family Forum

Discussion Leader: Larry Cohen, MSW

Founder and Executive Director, Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA

With a new administration, there are numerous proposed changes that may have significant implications for public health in America and globally. These include policies that will be created within the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Education, Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others. This session is intended as an open dialogue among our public health community of faculty, staff, students and community partners to begin a discussion about the current context of public health, potential transformations, and how potential, proposed changes may affect our strategic priorities as a school and broader public health community.

Mr. Cohen is a distinguished national leader in public health practice, having worked in local public health as well as founding and leading the Prevention Institute since 1997. Larry's founding vision has inspired a comprehensive, integrated approach that applies prevention principles to solving complex health and social issues across disciplines, promotes health in all policies, and views equity as a core component of all health decisions. These overarching principles unify Prevention Institute's endeavors in its primary focal areas-health equity, health reform, nutrition and physical activity, and preventing injury and violence. Today, the Prevention Institute synthesizes research and practice; develops prevention tools and frameworks; designs and guides inter-sectoral partnerships; and provides training, technical assistance, and strategy development to promote innovative community-oriented solutions, better government and business practices, and policy change. He is author of a text used in our “Foundations of Public Health” course, Prevention is Primary, and now, Prevention Diaries, just released, reveals the critical importance of community strategies for students, professionals and the general public.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Re-think Suicide Prevention: The Challenge of Increasing Rates of Self-Injury Mortality


Eric D. Caine, MD, Director, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center

The rates of self-injury mortality (SIM; suicides and deaths due to self-intoxication) have been increasing — seemingly inexorably — during the 21st century. SIM ranks, at least, as the 8th leading cause of death in the US. It is timely to ask whether our current individually-oriented prevention efforts can lead to a downward inflection in this trend, such that we can reach a national goal of reducing suicide rates by 20% by 2025. This talk will consider comprehensive prevention initiatives that integrate public health, community, and health system approaches that may offer new leverage to confront our vexing and tragic national epidemic.

Dr. Caine is the director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. He is also Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center and co-director of the Center for the Study and Prevention and Suicide. He has conducted extensive research on public health and health systems approaches to preventing suicide.