Monday, February 17, 2020

Funding Opportunity: Harm Reduction Grant RFA released

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RFA for Harm Reduction Grant Funding Opportunity
The CDPHE Overdose Prevention Unit is excited to announce the release of a Request for Applications for the Harm Reduction Grant funding opportunity. Eligible entities that can apply for funding under this opportunity include local law enforcement agencies, local public health agencies, and nonprofit community-based organizations. The purpose of this funding is to reduce health risks associated with drug use by improving communication, coordination, and collaboration among law enforcement agencies, local public health agencies, and community-based organizations. Grantees must be willing to provide services to people across the full spectrum of substance use including those who are not yet ready to seek addiction treatment services or those who are in recovery. Applications are due March 20, 2020. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Opportunity: CHN Youth Program Collaboration

 Perhaps of interest:  
Greetings Community for HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment,
Are you interested in youth program collaboration, a key stakeholder in providing services/space for youth and young adults in the greater Denver area, or a member of the youth community (ages 15-24)? Colorado Health Network is currently in the process of developing a brand new youth night and drop-in space at our off-site location HeyDenver (which provides free HIV/STI testing and prevention services) that will combine sexual health services with other educational and social programming expanding beyond HIV prevention (for young people ages 15-24). As part of our planning process, we are holding a community engagement session for programs/organizations/businesses that serve youth in Denver with a few goals. Through a lunchtime engagement session including small group discussion and facilitation, we hope to: 1.) Discover gaps in current services/spaces/programs and how to best situate our program within the community
2.) Develop relationships with you all for collaboration (for this program as well as future endeavors)
3.) Build trust with you all and awareness of our services for referrals for the youth you serve, as well as be able to provide referrals to our youth for your services/spaces/programs
4.) Cultivate a shared and equitable learning experience for a wide range of youth-serving programs/orgs/businesses to gather ideas and suggestions from each other We are inviting you to our adult provider/program community engagement session on: 

  • February 13, 2020 at Colorado Health Network from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
  • Lunch will be provided. Please see the attached poster for more information. RSVP by February 10.
 In return for your time and knowledge, we want to make this process an equitable feedback loop where you all hopefully take something away from the session that could help your program. To fulfill this objective, we will compile all the data from this session and provide you with a copy of the common findings, tips, suggestions, etc. Additionally, with lunch being provided, that’s one less meal you have to pack in February! J We are inviting all youth (ages 15-24) to our youth community engagement session on:
February 18, 2020 HeyDenver from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM 
Dinner will be provided. Please see the attached poster for more information. RSVP by February 13. We will also be hosting an additional session the following week specifically for youth/young adults (ages 15-24) to provide their insight on what they’re looking for in a program. If you are able to share that poster/invitation to youth that you think would be interested or place it on a community board at your physical space, we would greatly appreciate that! Lastly, if you feel like another individual in your organization would be a better fit or if you know of other programs that should be invited, please forward this on to them! Thank you for your time and for the services/spaces you provide for young people in Denver! We hope to see you on February 13th, and please feel free to reach out to Spencer Spotts with any questions, at:  

Gilbert IrizarryClinical Service Navigator  Colorado Health Network6260 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80220Phone: (303) 962-4495 Fax: (720) 
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Youth Opportunity: Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Partnership for Health (YPH) is a statewide youth advisory council that allows young people ages 13-19 to voice their ideas and opinions with state, local and community leaders. Youth members have the opportunity to build connections with other youth, develop leadership skills and increase knowledge on youth health topics. YPH meetings are held in Denver one Saturday per month from September to May. All members are given a stipend of $15/hour and receive reimbursement for travel to meetings. 

Applications are now open to join YPH!

To Apply:
Application open from February 6 - March 6

Lorin Wakefield|303-691-4073

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

NIHCM Webinar: Teen Mental Health

National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
Register Now


Teen Mental Health: Supporting Schools and Expanding Resources

Teen Mental Health WebinarDate and Time

February 24, 2020
3:00 - 4:30 PM ET


John Auerbach
Trust for America's Health
Alexandra Mays
Healthy Schools Campaign
Audrey Harvey
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Elizabeth Koschmann
University of Michigan Medical School
Kathleen Ethier
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Register Now
Rates of mental illness and suicide have risen markedly among teens in recent years, as has substance use. Given the importance of early screening and access to resources, leaders are working with schools and taking new approaches to get teens help when they need it most.
This webinar will explore:
  • Cross-sector strategies to prevent teen substance use and suicide
  • The role of school-based health services in providing behavioral health care
  • A program that brings evidence-based strategies to school professionals to help them address student behavioral health
  • Data showing how school connectedness can serve as a protective factor for students
draft agenda is available on our website.
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Opportunity: 2020 Barclay-Giel Seed Grants

2020 Barclay-Giel Seed Grants
The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation (COF) for the Advancement of Public Health is pleased to announce the 2020 funding cycle of Barclay-Giel Seed Grants is now open. Requests for funding will be accepted online until the deadline of February 21. Grant awards are expected to be announced in June 2020.

Eligible Applicants

Any non-profit entity, including 501(c)(3) or local/state/tribal organization, whose primary mission is addressing one or more public health issues. This includes local/state/tribal governments and health departments.

Grant Amounts
The maximum grant amount is $10,000. The typical grant amount will be about $5,000. COF may elect to provide less than the full amount requested. All the grant-awarded funds must be used by June 30, 2021, and there is no opportunity for additional or continuation grant funds for the same grant.

Eligible Public Health Issues
The grants are open to all areas of public health. However, areas of prime interest for this grant cycle are the Surgeon General's Priorities. These include Opioids and Addiction, Tobacco, Community Health and Economic Prosperity, Health and National Security, Oral Health, and Emerging Public Health Threats.  Funds may be used for any type of public health project and may include such things as community initiatives, strategic public health plans, or "proof of concept" intervention projects. Each proposed project or program must have a strong disease and/or injury prevention component that impacts the health of a community by promoting wellness, early detection, and early interventions.  Funds are not intended for clinical care or patient treatment.  We also encourage applicants to consider how projects may support Healthy People 2020 Topics and Objectives.

Rating Criteria
All applications will be evaluated and ranked competitively based on the following criteria:
  • A clear and concise description of the intended use of the funds
  • Defined public health goal(s) associated with one or more Surgeon General's priorities, and measurable outcomes
  • The likelihood of making an impact and obtaining a successful public health outcome in the community
  • Innovation
  • Ability to leverage grant funds to obtain more funds to address the same public health issue
  • Ability to describe the "next step" to be taken by the applicant organization after the COF grant funds are used to address the public health issue
  • Community support and/or partnerships with other organizations

Apply Online

Additional information and a link to apply are available at

Friday, February 7, 2020

Free Training: Positive Youth Development (PYD) Training - Registration Now Open!

Positive Youth Development, “PYD” is an approach that incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies, so that young people reach their full potential. This training is open to youth serving professionals or anyone interested in youth well-being.
This FREE training will link content with expertise! Lunch will be provided.

Date And Time


Community First Foundation
5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit A
Arvada, CO 80003

Opportunity: Apply to Be a 2020 Walking College Fellow

Apply to Be a 2020 Walking College Fellow
The urgent need for taking action is clear given a surge in pedestrian deaths across the country and the serious environmental, health, and equity implications of the existing transportation landscape. You can be part of that action by applying to be a 2020 Walking College Fellow.

The Walking College is a remote-learning program that imparts fellows with the knowledge and skills they need to become leaders in creating stronger, more equitable, sustainable, and liveable communities. After completing the program, Fellows:

  • Learn the basics of walkable design and develop skills to navigate the public policy process, engage decision-makers, foster a local advocacy movement, and more.
  • Complete a blueprint for short- and longer-term strategies
  • Connect and engage with expert mentors, fellow advocates, and America Walks

Not sure if it's right for you? Join us for a Twitter Chat on February 11th at 1:30pm Eastern, 10:30am Pacific using #WalkingCollege.
Learn More and Apply Today!