Monday, October 20, 2014

Update on Statewide Retail Marijuana Education Efforts

The Retail Marijuana Education Program (RMEP) Team housed in the Violence Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch at CDPHE has been busy implementing new projects across a spectrum of education and prevention efforts to better inform and support local public health retail marijuana education and prevention initiatives.

See the Update on Statewide Retail Marijuana Education Efforts for more information on the major initiatives and the RMEP timeline.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Looking for citizen groups to provide feedback on the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention campaign

A public awareness campaign is in development as part of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Assistance is needed with citizen feedback/testing on campaign creative concepts and messaging. We are interested in working with a variety of citizen groups around the state, from urban and rural communities. Groups representing different age groups are also desirable from young adults 18-25 to seniors. We would also like to contact Spanish-dominant citizens. If your organization has a citizen group in place that would be interested in participating please contact Sylvia Solis at Webb Strategic Communications,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Infographic for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

NISVS Infographic

From: CDC
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — a time to recognize intimate partner violence as a major public health problem and become part of its solution.
For this year’s observance, CDC has released an infographic on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking. It features the latest findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Family Care Southwest is a Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing Family Care Southwest as a leader in older adult falls prevention efforts in Colorado.  Dr. Helen Story has championed the efforts through the clinical integration of fall prevention.  The program implemented includes falls risk screenings and referrals to evidence-based exercise programs as a part of annual visits with their patients over the age of 65.  By referring senior patients to Fall Prevention Network to help them find exercise classes in their community, Family Care Southwest is contributing to keeping the older adult population in Colorado independent and fall free.

For more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence or to nominate a person or agency doing evidenced-based work in this field go to the VIPrevention website.

For more information on clinical integration of falls prevention programs go to the Clinical Integration of Older Adult Falls Prevention webpage.

Thank you and congratulations to Family Care Southwest!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Grants for Eligible Education Providers for Health Professionals

The Colorado Department of Education has release a new funding opportunity designed to provide matching funds to eligible education providers pursuant to the requirements of the School Health Professional Grant Program (22-96-101 through 22-96-105 C.R.S.). This program will enhance the presence of school health professionals in secondary schools throughout the state to facilitate better screening, education, and referral care coordination for secondary school students with substance abuse and other behavioral health needs. School Health Professionals include school nurses, school psychologists, school social workers and school counselors.

Purpose:This matching grant program exists to help secondary schools:
  1. Increase the presence of school health professionals in secondary schools to facilitate evidence based prevention education on substance abuse for all secondary students;
  2. Provide training and resources for school staff on the implementation of evidence-based programming on substance abuse prevention education for all students who are enrolled in secondary schools; and
  3. Allow school health professionals to 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 or other behavioral health concerns. 
Who is eligible to apply?Education Providers serving secondary students grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply. Eligible Education Providers include:
  • A school district;
  • A Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES);
  • A Charter school authorized by a school district; or 
  • A Charter school authorized by the Charter School Institute. 
Available grant funding will be distributed to school(s) demonstrating high need based on these Priority Criteria:
  • Need for additional school health professionals, demonstrated by data regarding marijuana use by students and the number of marijuana establishments located within the boundaries of a school district;
  • Existence of a successful school health team in Education Provider’s school(s);
  • Amount of the matching funds that the Education Provider is able to commit;
  • Likelihood that the Education Provider will continue to fund the increases in the level of school health professional services following expiration of the grant.
One-page Overview of the Grant Program

Grants for School-based Prevention and Intervention Programs for Substance Use

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the Department) is pleased to release a request for grant applications (RFG) from schools, community-based organizations and health organizations to support school-based prevention and intervention programs to reduce the risk of marijuana and alcohol use and prescription drug misuse by Colorado school-aged children. The Department released the RFG on Friday, September 12, 2014. The School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Program (SAPI) was created with the passage of Senate Bill 14-215 (Colorado Revised Statute 25.5-1.206), which creates and makes appropriations from the Marijuana Tax Cash fund created July 1, 2014. The intentions of SAPI are to increase overall health, behavioral health, and educational outcomes for Colorado’s youth.

Eligible applicants must be a school or school district, a board of cooperative services, a nonprofit or not-for-profit community based organization, or a community-based behavioral health organization. The grants must be used to fund evidence-based programs delivered to at-risk youth ages 12-19 in a school setting. Awardees must also comply with other grant requirements established by the Department. This state fiscal year, the Department has $1,950,000 for grants and expects to make approximately 39 awards of approximately $50,000. Depending on the number of applicants and the needs throughout the state, there may be opportunities to fund some applicants more than $50,000. The grant period cannot begin before January 30, 2015 and must be completed by June 30, 2015 (which is the end of the state fiscal year).

Grant proposals must be submitted by Monday, November 3, 2014, 5:00 PM MDT. Grant award announcements are expected to be made on December 1, 2014. Responses to questions submitted on the RFG will also be made available on the Department’s website.

For more information, please contact Shannon Huska, School Health Services Program Administrator at 303-866-3131 or Please visit the website to find more information on the Request for Grants, updates and all associated documents on the School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Program.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October is SIDS Awareness Month!

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a sleep-related death of an infant younger than one year of age. SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as accidental suffocation, share similar risk factors that can be prevented. Despite awareness campaigns promoting safe sleep practices, sleep-related infant deaths are still the leading cause of death for babies one month to one year of age, claiming more than 40 lives each year in Colorado.

Click the link below to learn lifesaving steps parents and caregivers can take to help protect their baby from SIDS and other sleep-related deaths.

Safe Sleep Saves Lives!