Thursday, October 12, 2017

Attend a seminar on Suicide in the Military

The Program for Injury Prevention, Education & Research (PIPER) is hosting a seminar about military suicide on November 2, 2017 from 12 to 1 PM at the Anschutz Medical Campus in building Education 2 North, room 1304.

The seminar will be led by Dr. Peter Gutierrez, a licensed clinical psychologist at Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) and co-Director of the U.S. Department of Defense Military Suicide Research Consortium.
Dr. Gutierrez is a licensed clinical psychologist at Rocky Mountain MIRECC and a psychiatry professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a cognitive-behavioral therapist with extensive experience providing care for veterans at high risk of suicide. His clinical training was in child and adolescent psychology, with an emphasis on serious psychopathology and suicide. He researches downstream suicide prevention focusing on suicide-specific clinical interventions and assessment approaches. He is also co-Director of the U.S. Department of Defense Military Suicide Research Consortium. Dr. Gutierrez will provide a broad overview of work done to date by the Military Suicide Research Consortium to organize and oversee research on the full spectrum of the suicide problem for the U.S. military. Attendees will learn about the infrastructure, strategy, and approach to targeting cutting edge research at a major public health problem for the Department of Defense.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New Positive Youth Development Trainings- Fall 2017

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. This Positive Youth Development (PYD) training will help you understand and learn the skills needed to integrate the evidence-based PYD approach into your current youth programming efforts. Positive Youth Development Trainings are available in Estes Park, Winter Park, Commerce City, Fort Collins, and Canon City.


When & Where:

Sept 19th: Estes Park
Sept 29th, Winter Park
Oct 20th, Commerce City
Nov 8th, Fort Collins
March 16th, Canon City

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

What will you get:

Training on Positive Youth Development
An introduction to Adolescent Development
Tools to support your program, organization, or personal practice
Networking opportunities

Any questions, contact Rebecca Medina at

For more Violence and Injury Prevention trainings visit the VIPrevention Network Training Calendar.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Epidemiology of Firearm Injuries in Denver, Colorado

Denver Public Health today released a new report entitled, “The Epidemiology of Firearm Injuries in Denver, Colorado,” which presents information about firearm-related injuries and deaths in the City and County of Denver, focusing primarily on the period between 2011 and 2015.

While similar analyses have occurred at the state and national level, this is the first report of its kind describing fatal and non-fatal firearm injury data for Denver.

Key Findings
  • The rate of firearm deaths in Denver remained relatively flat through 2015.
  • The rate of non-fatal firearm related injuries has increased since then. It is too early to tell whether fatal injuries have followed the same trend.
  • More firearm deaths in Denver were suicides than homicides.
Download Report

Monday, August 28, 2017

Become a Stepping On instructor!

FREE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN FALL PREVENTION STEPPING ON is an evidence-based fall-prevention program to help older adults improve balance and prevent falls.

Practical, positive and fun, each small-group Stepping On workshop spans seven weeks.

Weekly, two-hour sessions focus on:

  • Identifying fall risks—home hazards, vision and medications 
  • Building self confidence—the fear of falling and community mobility 
  • Improving strength and balance—functional fitness exercises 
  • Adding safety strategies to everyday life—better decision making 


  • Ability to teach as a team. Each organization needs to have at least two trained leaders. These may include: - Nurses - PTs/OTs and/or assistants - Hospital staff from trauma, rehab, wellness, etc. - EMTs or firefighters - Community partners who work with older adults 
  • Willingness to learn the proven Stepping On techniques for reducing fall risk 
  • Enthusiasm to work with older adults and make a difference in their lives. 

TO REGISTER for this FREE training class, or for more information, please contact: Robert Hayes, RN, MATPT Stepping On Master Trainer 720-321-8973

Friday, August 25, 2017

Paid youth leadership opportunity!

Denver Public Health is looking to hire 10-12 youth in Denver to help inform our youth substance abuse prevention work. These are part-time positions that will work a few hours a month between October 2017and June 2018. We are specifically looking for youth who live in/are from Southwest Denver neighborhoods OR identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

If you would like more information about this opportunity please feel free to contact Kristen Ross, Communities That Care Facilitator, at or call, 303-602-5749.

Job Announcement: Communities That Care Youth Leader

Do you want to make a difference for young people in Denver and make money at the same time? Denver Public Health is hiring 10-12 motivated youth to be a part of shaping substance abuse prevention efforts in Denver! We are looking for youth between the ages of 15-25 who care about health issues affecting them and their friends, becoming a leader and making a positive difference in their communities.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance Instructor Training

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1:00pm – 5:00pm 
Downtown Center YMCA, 207 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 

To register, please complete the registration form.

Maureen Hart Certificates provided by Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment LIMITED SPACES ARE AVAILABLE. **REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 11, 2017** This training is grant supported, however, the funds are reserved for Pikes Peak Association YMCA instructors only. BUT…To support instructor candidates who are not associated with the Pikes Peak YMCA, Maureen Hart has kindly reserved six spaces for a reduced cost of $75. This event is open to those receiving training for the first time as well as those choosing to repeat the training. The $75 fee is the same for all candidates. All who register for this event, including those who are repeating their training, are required to be present on both days.We anticipate that this class will go forward as scheduled, but if any extenuating circumstances arise, full refunds will be granted. Should you need to cancel after you have registered, please contact me as soon as possible so your slot may be offered to another candidate. You will receive a full refund if you cancel no later than noon, September 13th. Any cancellations notified after this time will receive a refund, less a $25 service fee. 

Questions may be referred to Anna Pergola,, 303-885-5628. HOPE YOU CAN MAKE THE TRAINING! Thanks for your commitment to falls prevention!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New Resource Released by the CDC: Guide to Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density

A new resource was just released by the CDC called the "Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density". The Regulation of Alcohol Outlet Density is an evidence-based strategy through The Community Guide to decrease excessive alcohol consumption. If local data shows that excessive drinking is a problem in your community, you may want to consider measuring alcohol outlet density. For more CDC alcohol resources on research in action, visit this website.

Have questions about this evidence-based strategy or need measurement support? Contact Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Alcohol Epidemiologist, Kacy Crawford at