Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tobacco Free Schools Laws have been updated

School Districts, School Resource Officers, Local Public Health Agencies, and Educators:

Did you know that the Tobacco Free Schools Laws has been updated and now includes retail marijuana in the prohibition language?

The new law amended the Tobacco Free Schools statute to require school districts to prohibit retail marijuana use on school property.

To help school districts and local public health agencies with the updated requirements, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Retail Marijuana Education Program has contracted with RMC Health to review and analyze current Colorado school districts policies for compliance and identify model policy language.

RMC Health is available to work with you to provide training, education, and technical assistance to review and revise current policies to comply with the updated Tobacco Free School Laws.

For technical assistance please contact Natalie Boyer at, RMC Health, Project lead or call her at 303-867-9107.

For more information: Please read this letter to learn more about the types of resources available, details on the legislation, and where to find tools and communication templates.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Presbyterian/St Luke's Medical Center is a Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center for preventing injury and violence in Colorado and working to implement effective evidence-based programs and systems changes for older adult fall prevention.

Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center supports the Stepping On program addressing older adult fall prevention as a system-wide initiative. One staff member, Kiva Thompson, has been trained as an instructor to lead Stepping On classes. Additionally, each HealthOne facility has a trained Stepping On leader as part of their Injury Prevention initiatives. Working together, between the HealthONE hospital system, much of the Denver Metro area has access to this evidence-based fall prevention program.

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 Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.

Thank you and congratulations to Presbyterian/St. Luke's!

Monday, December 15, 2014

9th Annual Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit

"Honoring the Lived Experience through Support, Advocacy and Research"

"Not about us, without us." This emerging mantra is shaping a new movement in the work of suicide prevention and bereavement support as people with first hand experiences are coming forward and sharing their insights. This year at the 9th annual Bridging the Divide Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit, suicide attempt survivors and people with lived experience with suicidal intensity will join people bereaved by suicide, suicide prevention advocates, mental health service providers, and suicide prevention researchers to pool the many forms of knowledge that shape our efforts to stem the high rates of suicide in the Rocky Mountain states. An estimated 300 people will gather at Regis University Lowell Campus off I-70 and Federal Blvd. on May 14-15, 2015. The regional conference, hosted by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado will explore ways to prevent suicide by incorporating the expertise of people who have been there.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

16 Days Of Activism: Inside 3 State Programs Confronting Rape Culture

Be sure to read the entire article to see how the work being done in Colorado was highlighted:

From: Ravishly

The sheer prevalence of rape and sexual assault can engender feelings of helplessness, if not outright apathy. Why even bother with fighting back, when it all feels so deeply entrenched and systemic?

This reaction is, considering the numbers and harrowing stories behind them, understandable. According to the CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives, and nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced other forms of sexual violence victimization in their lifetime (including being made to penetrate someone, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact and nonconsensual sexual experiences lacking physical contact).

But for many, fortunately, this societal epidemic doesn't manifest as hopelessness—but as an opportunity to fight for a solution.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CDC Updates Sexual Violence Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements for Improved Data Collection

CDC’s Injury Center has released Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 2.0. This publication is designed to promote consistency in the use of terminology and data collection across organizations that work to prevent sexual violence.

Sexual violence is a profound social and public health problem in the U.S., with broad affects for males and females across the lifespan.

Changes that impact data collection and sexual violence prevention have occurred since the original document was published 12 years ago. The updated document addresses those changes by providing more detail on the various definitions of “sexual violence” and by addressing how technology is used to perpetrate unwanted sexual experiences. Additional recommended data elements are also presented.

Learn More

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

If Guns Threaten Health Like Smoking Or HIV, What Should Doctors Do?

From: Boston NPR

The idea that guns are dangerous to your health is not new. But it is arguably as explosive as it was in 1985, when the Institute of Medicine first made the link between guns and health.

Pediatricians have established guidelines for asking parents: Do you have guns in the home, and if so, are they locked and out of reach of children?

Some physicians and gun rights groups that oppose such questions have pushed back and say they have momentum. In July, an appeals court ruled in favor of a 2011 Florida law, nicknamed Docs v. Glocks. It bans doctors from asking their patients questions about gun ownership unless the question is deemed medically necessary. Montana and Missouri have passed similar laws.

Against this backdrop, a new Massachusetts-based group, the National Medical Council on Gun Violence, says it’s time to go beyond asking patients if they have access to a gun.

Ray Duggan, 32, a former Young Bloods gang member from Providence, told physicians at the conference about the 2004 shooting that left him paralyzed, and his work now to break up gang feuds and street violence. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings

The Douglas County ASIST team is honored to once again offer 5 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshops in 2015.

See the ASIST flyer for dates and locations.

These workshops are truly a collaborative effort between the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County School District, Douglas Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance, Douglas County Government Philip S. Miller Grant and Leadership Douglas County Class of 2013. In 2014 168 participants were trained, this is 80 more than 2013 thanks to the invaluable partnerships.

Please note the February workshop is full but we will build a wait list. The April workshop is open for folks to sign up.

Thank you for your continued help in our efforts of creating a community safe from suicide!

Completed via the Douglas County School District.
Click on the "C'" (for Center for Professional Development-CPD). Click on CPD.
Click on course catalog. If you do not have an account created, you will be prompted
to do so. Select ASIST and the available courses will be listed.
Questions contact: Roxanne Derks, or 303-387-9508
Limited space available!