Friday, August 16, 2019

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Summit: Bridging the Divide

Bridging the Divide 2019

Enhancing Community Impact and Engagement in Suicide Prevention

Resource: Toolkit on how to fix an unsafe school zone in your community

Take Action Toolkit: How To Fix An Unsafe School Zone In Your Community 

Find strategies, advocacy tips, model documents, and resources provided by our Public Policy team to help you work in your community to make safety changes to your school zone. Changes covered in our action plans can improve safety for pedestrians, bike riders and all of us near schools.You can learn more about child safety risks in our report, "Alarming Dangers in School Zones," which led to the development of our Take Action Toolkit.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Colorado Office of Early Childhood wants to hear from families!

The Colorado Office of Early Childhood (OEC) wants to hear from families of children 0-5 across Colorado to learn about the programs and services they want or need to give their child a strong start! This information will inform the statewide needs assessment and strategic plan under the state's Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5).

We need your help to reach as many families as possible between now and August 30, 2019. Tools to communicate with families are available below.

Please share the following link with families in your professional and personal networks:

The families you engage with will provide valuable input to inform the statewide strategic plan to strengthen Colorado's early childhood system. We also want to hear from families that are not connected to formal early childhood programs to learn about their preferences or barriers to participation.

Please direct any questions to here for more information on the Colorado Shines Brighter PDG B-5 initiative.

Thank you for your support!
Colorado Shines Brighter Team
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Communications Tools

The following tools were created to help you share the survey with families.
The project described above is made possible by Grant Number 90TP0009-01-00 from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

CDOT: Traffic Fatalities Involving Teens & Anniversary of GDL Law

Traffic Fatalities Involving Teens Spike Since 2017
CDOT’s teen driving campaign features parents selling their teens’ cars

STATEWIDE– Though the overall number of young drivers involved in fatal crashes has fallen by almost 50% in the last 20 years, the past two years have seen higher numbers: from 2005 – 2016, Colorado averaged 64 young drivers involved in fatal crashes per year.  In 2017 and 2018 the average was 86 young drivers per year, an increase of 34 percent.

Because teen drivers’ inexperience makes them among the most dangerous drivers on the road, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is launching a safety campaign to encourage them to drive more safely and grow their awareness of Colorado’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law. This year is the 20th anniversary of the passage of the GDL law.

Funny and informative videos called, ‘GDL Resale,’ depict scenarios with parents offering their teen’s car for sale in the manner of an auctioneer or used car salesperson, as consequences for not abiding the GDL laws. The videos will run on social media until September 6 and can be viewed at:

On Thursday (August 8, 2019) in front of the Carla Madison Recreation Center in Denver, CDOT kicked off the teen safety campaign flanked by victims, safety advocates and law enforcement. The campaign targets teens, ages 15 – 18, where they spend a lot of their time—on social media—including Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. The aim is to educate Colorado young drivers on the GDL restrictions.

The GDL law:

· Forbids passengers under 21 years old for the first six months of licensure – with only one passenger allowed after six months until the end of the first year
· Bans use of cell phones until the driver is 18; and
· Makes not buckling up a primary traffic offense and requires occupants in back seat to buckle up too

“When teens receive their driver’s licenses, the first year of driving is the most dangerous,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “But our GDL law has contributed to a near 50% reduction in traffic fatalities involving young drivers over the last 20 years, which is very good news. We must continue to educate teens about GDL and enforce the law if we want to continue to see such positive results.”

Colorado first adopted a Graduated Driver Licensing law two decades ago, in 1999, after a horrific crash in Greeley that killed four teenagers. A 16-year-old driver had just received his license and he had little experience driving when his friends jumped in his car, and he ran a stop sign. 

GDL laws help teens gain important driving skills gradually while putting restrictions on the number of passengers permitted, banning cell phone use, and encouraging seatbelt use, among other rules.

“Motor vehicle crashes are not caused by involuntary or inevitable mistakes. Teens are as powerful as they are vulnerable, because most teen crashes involve voluntary choices. By partnering with CDOT and promoting the GDL awareness campaign, we hope to save lives by decreasing teen driver deaths,” said Drive Smart of the Rockies Executive Director Amy Nichols.  “When teens pay attention to the road, buckle up, and reduce the number of passengers in their cars, they drive smarter.”

For more teen driving tips and resources, visit

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.
CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Upcoming child maltreatment prevention virtual learning session: register today!

Putting Power Behind Your Messages: Colorado’s Shared Message Bank

Tuesday August 20, 2019

10 am-11:15 am Pacific/11 am-12:15 pm Mountain/
12 pm-1:15 pm Central/1 pm-2:15 pm Eastern

Free and open to all, but pre-registration is required:
During this session, we will learn more about an effective state-wide approach to develop and align messaging for child maltreatment prevention that focuses on toxic stress, building resilience, and strengthening families. 
Hanna Nichols, Big Picture Impact, LLC - Hanna brings experience in authentic community engagement and data-driven processes with specific expertise in strategic communication around narrative shifting. Hanna has incorporated these skills across a variety of efforts, especially those focusing on systemic approaches to child, family, and community strengthening. Hanna spent five years supporting community and network engagement at The Civic Canopy, and prior to this worked at the Colorado Children’s Campaign where she developed a passion for policy development and collaborative efforts to ensure every child and family can access what they need to thrive.
Katie Facchinello, Director of Communications, Illuminate Colorado - Illuminate Colorado focuses on building brighter childhoods through education, advocacy, and family support. With a research-based approach that emphasizes building protective factors in families, Illuminate Colorado works to address systemic and multi-sector issues affecting the well-being of children, collaborating with partners at the state and national level to develop powerful programs, policies, and initiatives that prevent child maltreatment. Collaborating closely with prevention and messaging experts and hundreds of cross-sector partners, Katie has promoted effective child abuse prevention messaging and delivered measurable increases in engagement among Coloradans to protect children and strengthen families in Colorado for more than ten years.


Hosted by the Child Maltreatment National Peer Learning Team, a collaborative effort based at the Colorado School of Public Health and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Opportunity: Public Health Fellowship in Government

Public Health Fellowship in Government
Applications for the 2020 Fellowship are due Sept. 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. ET
The Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in government. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials and an interest in serving as a staff person in the U.S. Congress. The fellowship is based in Washington, D.C. One fellow will be chosen each year.
The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health. Much of the work developing public policy happens at the staff level, where these critical issues are not well understood or incorporated into the discussion. The fellow will have the opportunity to make an impact and improve the health of the public. 
The fellowship aims to:
  • Establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and public health professionals;
  • Educate public health professionals about the legislative process and the skills necessary to be successful, including the ability to translate complex public health issues into legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives;
  • Increase the visibility and impact public health professionals in the policy arena;
  • Increase attention to and focus on the social determinants of health and the goal of improving health equity and creating healthy communities;
  • Support the inclusion of sound public health science in policy; and
  • Create a culture of policy engagement for public health professionals.

You can find all the information you need to apply, including eligibility requirements and stipend information, in the Fellowship Flyer (PDF) and the Application Instructions (PDF). Still have questions? Email us.  
This fellowship is sponsored by an unrestricted grant from the Aetna Foundation.