Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tony Grampsas Youth Services Position Available!

The Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program is hiring a program administrator to supervise the community grants program that support youth violence prevention activities across the state! The position closes this Friday, so spread the word!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Suicide and the Media

A Panel Discussion on How to Engage Journalists in Covering Stories that Elevate the Suicide Prevention Conversation

Denver, Colorado. December 9, 2015

Please join the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado in a discussion with a panel of media experts who will share insights on best practices on getting positive coverage in suicide prevention. Facilitator Scott LoMurray of Sources of Strength, a youth suicide prevention project, will encourage representatives from print, radio and television news media to educate suicide prevention and mental health promotion advocates on how best to collaborate with reporters. Attendees from mental health and suicide prevention organizations from across the state are invited to attend and ask these experts questions.

The presentation will be held December 9th at 9:30am-10:30am on the third floor of the Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network in the Kiowa boardroom (155 Inverness Drive West), Englewood, Colorado 80112. Call in information: 712-775-7031, meeting #335026.

Goals of the presentation include:

1) How best to tell stories about suicide and suicide prevention – what is newsworthy? How do we tell our stories in safe and effective ways?

2) How do we best engage the media in these stories? – tips on how to put together press releases/media kits and follow up

3) Top tips for great interviews – how to prepare, verbal and nonverbal best practices, supporting material

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ManTherapy now expanded to offer veteran and military resources

Dr Rich Mahogany is helping you find the resources
you need to bare it all at
It is estimated that the suicide rate among veterans is double that of civilians. This startling fact, combined with numerous other examples of mental health related-issues that are extremely prevalent in military roles such as substance abuse, homelessness, and post-traumatic stress, indicate the desperate need for resources. Man Therapy is a free, always accessible, and confidential resource for military personnel and veterans.

Offering an interactive approach and available 24/7, www.mantherapy.org is where men have a virtual appointment with fictional therapist, Dr. Rich Mahogany. By using humor and a no-bullshit approach, Man Therapy meets veterans and military personnel where they are and helps them tackle the mental health issues they face when transitioning to civilian life.

Examples of the new content and resources available now at www.mantherapy.org include:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Considering applying for a Safe Routes to School grant but have questions about the application process or requirements?

Safe Routes to School grant applications for Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure projects are available online at www.codot.gov/programs/bikeped/safe-routes/funding-evaluation.

Training sessions for application completion, requirements, and Q&A on project ideas are scheduled at various locations across the state. Each session will be led by the Colorado SRTS Program Manager and a CDOT Region Engineer. Please RSVP to me if you would like to attend one and indicate which location you will be attending. Video-conferencing option is also available for each training. The link to connect via Zoom video-conferencing is included with each location. No password is required.
  • Monday, Nov 16th, 2-4 pm – CDOT Region 2 Office, Pueblo, 902 Erie Ave., Basement Conference Room.
  • Wednesday, Nov 18th, 1:30-3:30 pm – CDOT Headquarters – Shumate Building, Denver, 4201 East Arkansas Ave., Pikes Peak B Conference Room.
  • Friday, Nov 20th, 9-11 am – CDOT Region 3, Grand Junction, 2328 G Rd, Bookcliff Conference Room.
  • Wednesday, Dec 2nd, 10-noon – CDOT Region 4 (new) Office, Greeley, 10601 W. 10th Street, Big Thompson A Conference Room.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Violence and Injury Prevention Programs of Excellence Recognized for Fall Prevention

The Violence and Injury Prevention (VIP) Programs of Excellence highlights sustainable and evidence-based programs that are being implemented around the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing the following agencies as VIP Programs of Excellence for their outstanding work implementing the evidence-based exercise and education classes and programs, addressing older adult fall prevention:

  • The Seasons Club/McKee Medical Center - host/teach/market two evidence-based programs for fall prevention (Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, A Matter of Balance: A Fall Prevention Program) on a regular basis. In addition to these efforts, they offer balance screenings, and medication review at McKee.
  • Southwest Regional Emergency Medicine & Trauma Advisory Council - SWRETAC has been involved in introducing Older Adult Fall prevention efforts in the region since 2011. SWRETAC hosted several Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall prevention instructor trainer courses, graduating 22 instructors for the region. Continued support and ongoing investment in exercise courses is one of the priorities. SWRETAC Fall prevention coalition has also implemented distribution and education of the CDC STEADI Tool kits in the region. With a partnership with the local ADRC, regional referral may be given to ADRC to assist with resources for the Fall risk individual/ family. ADRC will then create a case number to follow up with the individual to make sure they found the resources/ referrals recommended by the provider.  SWRETAC also provided an in home safety check list for EMS providers to use with community outreach visits in the home. Most recently, the SWRETAC Fall Prevention coalition produced a Fall Prevention PSA video for use and distribution. 
  • St. Mary's Medical Center - Pilot program implementation of the Stepping On program that utilizes healthcare professionals to lead the various course modules and offers the most flexibility for participants to ask questions related to not just the exercises but a variety of medical issues. As a group activity that is based on stories and group examples, it also offers a social interaction for the seniors we target with the program. It offers an opportunity for additional community supporters of fall prevention to interact with this at risk population by volunteering as guest speakers.

For more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence or to nominate a person or agency doing evidenced-based work in this field go to the Violence and Injury Prevention Recognition page.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Webinar: Transportation and Health Tool

Transportation and Health Tool: A New Tool for Integrating Health Into Transportation Planning

Register for the webinar: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BYV77S8

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015, 2:00-3:30 pm (EST)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are offering a webinar to provide an overview of the new Transportation and Health Tool http://www.transportation.gov/transportation-health-tool  and demonstrate how to use it.
This online tool provides a single site for transportation decision-makers and public health officials to understand how their transportation assets and performance affect health outcomes. For the first time, this site will have data on how all states and communities are performing on a range of health-related transportation indicators.

Transportation and Health Tool: http://www.transportation.gov/transportation-health-tool

Thursday, November 5, 2015

10th Annual Bridging the Divide: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit

May 5-6, 2016 - Save the Date for this influential statewide suicide prevention and advocacy conference. 

SPCC is excited to announce that the 2016 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit will be held May 5-6, 2016, at the Regis University Lowell Campus.

This year's theme is "Pathways to Resiliency, Strength and Recovery," 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 professional practice to build pathways toward resiliency and recovery in suicide prevention. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your expertise so that everyone may benefit from your experience.
The Call for Presentations will open on December 1. Submissions are due on February 1, and speakers will be notified by February 16. Registration for the 2016 BtD Summit also opens on February 16.

In addition to the Call for Presentations, we are also seeking sponsors for the Summit. Please visit the sponsorship page for more information on the new sponsorship benefits. Sponsorship funds help support conference speakers and scholarships and provide your organization with outreach/networking opportunities to an engaged audience.

Please continue to check the Summit web site for updated information as it becomes available. We hope to see you May 5-6 at Regis University. You don't want to miss the educational and networking opportunities provided by attending this meeting!