Monday, July 11, 2016

Free Positive Youth Development Training

When: Friday August 19
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada, CO 80003
Cost: Free 
Questions: email

Friday, July 8, 2016

Just Drive: Train-The-Trainer Workshop

Wednesday, August 10th 10:00am—12:00pm 
Swedish Medical Center 501 E. Hampden Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Area, Spruce C 
Englewood, CO 80113

What is ‘Just Drive’?
A free one hour class delivered by safety experts about the risks and consequences of distracted driving, practical strategies for reducing distracted driving habits, and Colorado’s laws.

What will attendees Learn?
Why it’s important to spread the message of the dangers of distracted driving.
How to present the Just Drive: Take Action Against Distraction presentation.

What is the problem? 
Distracted driving now joins alcohol and speeding as a leading cause of motor vehicle injury collisions.
Research has shown that talking on the phone while driving increases the risk of collision four times, while texting increases crash risk by 8 to 23 times. Swedish Medical Center 501 E. Hampden Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Area, Spruce C Englewood, CO 80113

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tracey Holmberg at 303-788-5358 or

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Positive Youth Development in ACTION!

The PYD in Action Website is live!

We are excited to introduce a new web based  tool to help guide organizations in operationalizing the Positive Youth Development approach!

The “PYD in Action” tool was developed by Colorado community partners including young people. The tool is meant to foster reflection, discussion, and continuous improvement for youth serving entities.

We hope to continue to grow this website and encourage you to engage in the content and add some of your own! Please share wide and far with those in your networks and organizations.

Feel free to visit and explore at:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email

Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report

Based on 2010-2014 child fatality data, the CFPS team members recommend the following strategies be implemented to reduce child fatalities in Colorado:
  1. Establish a statutory requirement that allows for primary enforcement of Colorado’s adult seat belt law, making it possible to stop a driver and issue a citation if anyone (the driver and all passengers, regardless of seating position) in the vehicle is not properly restrained. 
  2. Enhance the Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) law to increase the minimum age for a learner’s permit to 16 years and expand restricted driving hours to 10:00pm-5:00am. 
  3. Mandate that all healthcare settings develop and implement policies to provide education and information about infant safe sleep promotion. 
  4. Mandate all schools in Colorado implement a full spectrum of suicide prevention programming, including programs that promote resilience and positive youth development as protective factors for suicide. 
  5. Support policies that ensure the long-term financial stability of free full-day preschool and free full-day kindergarten. 
  6. Support policies that ensure paid parental leave for families. 
In addition, the following recommendations were made to strengthen child fatality data quality inclusive of ideas to improve how child fatalities are examined by investigative agencies, as well as ideas to improve systems to track and analyze data: 
  • Mandate law enforcement agencies and coroner offices use the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF) during infant death scene investigations.
  • Mandate the use of a suicide investigation form for law enforcement and coroners when investigating suicide deaths. 
  • Improve Colorado’s Traffic Accident Report to include more specific information about motor vehicle crashes. 
  • Strengthen practices related to sharing child maltreatment data across local agencies in Colorado.
More information about each of these recommendations, as well as a summary of 2010-2014 child fatality data, is available in the 2016 Child Fatality Prevention System Annual Legislative Report.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

University of Denver unique, inspiring alumni - Sarah Brummett

Sarah Brummet is being recognized by the Denver University Graduate School of Professional Psychology as a unique and inspiring alumni as they lead up to their 40th anniversary.

After GSPP, Sarah obtained her law degree at DU and practiced family law for 5 years before transitioning back to psychology to work in suicide prevention.

She serves as the Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator within the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Making the transition to work in the suicide prevention arena was as much personal and professional.

The Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention is the lead agency for coordinating suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts statewide. As one of the unspoken and taboo topics that continues to touch Coloradans in profound and devastating ways, suicide prevention is aimed at not only keeping individuals safe, but also in supporting and enriching communities.

Learn more about Sarah's accomplishments and experiences on the University of Denver webpage.

Congratulations Sarah!

Monday, June 13, 2016

CDPHE lauched educational campaign for marijuana use while pregnant and breastfeeding

A 2014 health department report concludes there is no safe level of marijuana use for pregnant and breastfeeding women or their babies.

“Women have a lot of choices to make when they become pregnant,” said Dr. Tista Ghosh, deputy chief medical officer. “We encourage them to talk to their health care providers and use our new resources to make the healthiest choices for themselves and their babies.”

The campaign for pregnant and breastfeeding women is part of the state’s Good To Know Colorado campaign, which was launched in 2014 to educate Coloradans about the safe and responsible use of retail marijuana. The campaign continues the Good to Know approach of using direct messages and images to engage Coloradans in the state’s ongoing conversation about marijuana. The new campaign uses social media, online resources, health care providers and community groups to reach pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Campaign information is based on “Monitoring the Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2014,” a report developed by Colorado’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee. According to the report:

There is no known safe amount of marijuana use while pregnant or breastfeeding.