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.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Your voice impacts your community! Take this 1 min. poll.

Community voices shape better solutions.  We want to hear directly from Coloradans about issues they care about the most and that are affecting minds, bodies and communities. We’ll use this information to make decisions and better address the issues together.  Please take this 1-minute poll to start the conversation!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Attend a seminar on Suicide in the Military

The Program for Injury Prevention, Education & Research (PIPER) is hosting a seminar about military suicide on November 2, 2017 from 12 to 1 PM at the Anschutz Medical Campus in building Education 2 North, room 1304.

The seminar will be led by Dr. Peter Gutierrez, a licensed clinical psychologist at Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) and co-Director of the U.S. Department of Defense Military Suicide Research Consortium.
Dr. Gutierrez is a licensed clinical psychologist at Rocky Mountain MIRECC and a psychiatry professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a cognitive-behavioral therapist with extensive experience providing care for veterans at high risk of suicide. His clinical training was in child and adolescent psychology, with an emphasis on serious psychopathology and suicide. He researches downstream suicide prevention focusing on suicide-specific clinical interventions and assessment approaches. He is also co-Director of the U.S. Department of Defense Military Suicide Research Consortium. Dr. Gutierrez will provide a broad overview of work done to date by the Military Suicide Research Consortium to organize and oversee research on the full spectrum of the suicide problem for the U.S. military. Attendees will learn about the infrastructure, strategy, and approach to targeting cutting edge research at a major public health problem for the Department of Defense.