Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Colorado Violent Death Reporting System releases report on Homicide in Colorado

The Colorado Violent Death Reporting System (CoVDRS) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, has just released a report on homicide death in Colorado. 

The report; Health Watch No.101: Homicide in Colorado, 2004-2014: A Summary from the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System, contains detailed information on the burden, characteristics, and overall profile of homicide deaths amongst Colorado residents. The goal of this report is to inform injury and violence prevention efforts, as well as raise awareness about the impact of homicide deaths in Colorado.

The data in the report comes directly from the enhanced public health surveillance system CoVDRS, which is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The NVDRS is funded and maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aims to collect detailed, multi source data on violent deaths throughout the United States.

The report can be found at here.

If you have questions or want more information about CoVDRS contact Ethan Jamison at: ethan.jamison@state.co.us or 303-692-2093

Friday, November 25, 2016

Bridging the Divide Save the Date

SPCC is excited to announce that the 2017 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit will be held May 11-12, 2017, at the Regis University Lowell Campus.

This year's theme is “Join the Movement: Aspiring Toward Zero Suicide in Colorado,” and the BtD Planning Committee has been hard at work to make sure you have an educational and thought provoking experience.

The BtD Planning Committee is seeking presentations to round out the educational offerings at the Summit. We are eager to learn how you are working in your profession to aspire toward zero suicide in Colorado. We know it takes everyone to stop suicide. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your expertise so that everyone may benefit from your experience. The Call for Presentations will be open on December 1. Submissions are due on February 1, and speakers will be notified by February 17.

Registration for the 2017 BtD Summit will also open on February 17th.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

CDPHE is hiring a Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator

CDPHE is hiring a Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator to serve as the motor vehicle safety coordinator for the VIP-MHP Branch, with a focus on providing technical assistance and training to local partners engaged in motor vehicle safety work, collaborating with other state agencies to improve motor vehicle safety in Colorado, and coordinating state-level task forces and work groups.

Position Title: Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator - 1983

Classification: Public Health and Community Outreach Professional III
Job Location: Denver
Close Date: November 27, 2016 OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool.

TO APPLY: Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator - 1983

If you have difficulty with the link, please access the State of Colorado job website at

Jim Davidson
Office of Human Resources

*As technology continues to expand and more tools become available to us and to better serve you, we encourage you to sign up for JOB INTEREST CARDS, if you are seeking employment. This will enable you to receive emails from the State Jobs website (CO-Jobs) for the positions you selected as an interest.

Click on this link and follow the instructions:
Job Interest Card site

2017 Speaker Proposals for The Fire & Life Safety Educators of Colorado Conference

The Fire & Life Safety Educators of Colorado (FLSEC) is presenting the 24th Annual Fire and Life Safety Educators Conference of the Rockies, April 25-27, 2017 and we are excited to announce the new location - Ameristar Hotel in Black Hawk, CO. More details to come on registration and hotel accommodations.

This well-attended conference is known to feature speakers from across the US with a wide range of knowledge and information. Bringing topics designed to empower life safety professionals, similarly-minded emergency responders and private industry leaders to become better risk reduction resources in our field.

We'd like to invite you and your colleagues to propose programs for this conference. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. (MST) Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Submit Proposals Here

Monday, November 21, 2016

Free safeTALK training

DATE/TIME: Dec 2, 2016—1:00pm—4:30pm Please arrive a few minutes early to complete registration process. 

LOCATION: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Highlands Ranch Substation 9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 

REGISTRATION: Email Phyllis Harvey at pharvey@dcsheriff.net

Limited space available in each workshop! safeTALK is NOT designed for those that have experienced a recent suicide loss. If you are grieving the recent loss of a loved one to suicide, we recommend you join a support group or visit http://www.afsp.org/coping-with-suicide to find useful information related to coping with suicide loss. Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference.

Attend the half-day safeTALK program and learn to:

  • identify people who may have thoughts of suicide, 
  • ask them directly about the possibility of suicide, then 
  • connect them to live-saving resources. 

safeTALK is open to anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience. Both professionals and members of the general public can benefit from safeTALK.

Why take safeTALK?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Opioid Poisonings Rise Sharply Among Toddlers and Teenagers

From: NY Times

The number of children being hospitalized because of prescription opioid poisoning has risen sharply since 1997, especially among toddlers and older teenagers, researchers from the Yale School of Medicine reported.

The study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, analyzed data from the Kids’ Inpatient Database, a national database of pediatric hospitalizations. Looking at data gathered every three years from 1997 through 2012, they identified 13,052 instances in which children and teenagers ages 1 to 19 had been hospitalized for prescription opioid poisonings; 176 of them had died.

Among children ages 1 to 4, hospitalizations for opioid poisoning increased by 205 percent. For 15- to 19-year-olds, hospitalizations rose by 161 percent.

Children ages 1 to 4 were hospitalized primarily for accidentally ingesting opioids, while the majority of teenagers over 15 took the drugs with the intent to commit suicide, said Julie R. Gaither, the study’s lead author and an epidemiologist and postdoctoral fellow at Yale. She said other teenagers had probably overdosed when taking the drugs for recreational purposes. She attributed the increase in poisonings among toddlers to parents or other adults in the household leaving pills within easy reach.