Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Apply to present at the Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference

Illuminate Colorado is now accepting workshop applications for the 2018 Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference! The application deadline is February 16th. 

The conference will be held September 26th-28th, 2018 at the Vail Marriott in Vail, Colorado. The 2018 conference theme is "Elevating H.O.P.E. and Building Leadership".

In preparation for submitting your application, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the Strengthening Families Protective FactorsThe Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action and the Two-Generation Approach.

Visit www.illuminatecolorado.org/sfconf2018 to submit a workshop application!

Seminar: "Using the Public Health Approach to Address Suicidal Behavior"

Suicidal behavior is a major public health problem in the United States and the rest of the world. This session will describe the public health approach and how it can be applied to preventing suicidal behavior. The public health approach involves the following: defining and describing the nature of the problem; studying the factors that increase or lower risk; developing and evaluating ways to prevent the problem; and implementing interventions and disseminating information. A summary of CDC’s efforts in assessment, research and prevention will be discussed.
  • Date/Time: February 5th from 12 to 1 PM, 
  • Presenter: Alex Crosby, MD, MPH from the CDC 
  • Location: Anschutz Medical Campus in Education 2 North, room 1202. x

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Trusted Adults & Youth Health Education Program RFA

The Retail Marijuana Education Program released RFA #9254 Trusted Adults & Youth Health Education Program.  Approximately $440,000 annually is available.

Deadline to apply is February 16, 2018.

The purpose of RFA #9254 for the Trusted Adults & Youth Health Education Program is to fund local outreach and education to youth-serving professionals and parents, Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers, and adults in the lives of LGBTQ young people to prevent youth marijuana use.

RFA Application, Information and Timeline can be found here: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/retail-marijuana-funding 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Webinar on Social Justice Youth Development

December 14, 12:00-1:00pm Mountain Time
Positive youth development (PYD) is the preeminent theory and practice model for working with youth. In positive youth development, adults and communities seek to strengthen known protective factors among young people so that young people can thrive and become productive adults.

Social Justice Youth Development (SJYD) goes a step further to address the social and economic forces (racism, classism, sexism, adultism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism) that oppress young people and complicate “normative” developmental patterns. Social justice youth development incorporates many aspects of positive youth development (knowledge and skill building), and also acknowledges and leverages youth’s experiences with discrimination, inequality, and negative stereotypes. A goal of SJYD is to understand power, privilege, and oppression in order to disrupt existing power structures and advocate for transformative change.

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to describe two theories (PYD and SJYD) and consider their similarities, and differences.

Given the diversification of youth and communities, a SJYD framework is an important consideration to achieving health equity and justice for and with young people.

Monday, November 13, 2017

New video on common risk and protective factors

The Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion Branch recently was highlighted in a video produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Connecting the dots” highlights the department’s efforts to determine what common risk factors and successful preventative measures exist when working to reduce youth violence, child abuse and neglect, bullying, and teen violence. In the past, prevention efforts were separated by the various violence issues, but now the branch’s programs work together, based on common risks and prevention methods. Reducing teen dating violence, for instance, naturally also reduces bullying. As a result, the branch can better leverage funding by using it to address multiple forms of violence and increase collaboration with community partners. The novel approach is now being used as a model across the country.

Read more in the strategic plan pinned to the side of this blogsite!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report

The Office of Suicide Prevention's latest annual report for 2016-2017 was published this week.  Please find it here.

Suicide prevention in Colorado would not be possible without partnership with our local counterparts.  We thank you for your continued collaboration.