Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Changing the Story

This blog post was originally written by Jarrod Hindman, MS, for the network crisis centers of the Lifeline on August 23, 2016 and is reposted here from the Network Resource Center. If you're involved with a crisis center and interested in joining the Lifeline, a network of over 160 crisis centers around the country, please email lifelineinfo@mhaofnyc.org

Twenty-five miles and approximately an hour (two or three when it snows) one way every day for 15 years. I’ve never counted, but I make my way through at least 30 traffic lights on one of the busiest roads in Colorado. It’s cool – I’m used to it and it gives me time to unwind or think or totally zone out. But on a particularly snarled morning in October 2014- when I was taxed and stressed at work, grappling with the chaos of three kids back in school, my wife starting a new job, and having lost track of my exercise routine- I was anxious, irritable and not sleeping well and had an unpleasant moment of clarity: “If I weren’t married, didn’t have kids, and weren’t the primary provider for my family, I’d turn my car around right now, call my boss and quit my job this morning.” I know this isn’t an uncommon sentiment for many, and it certainly wasn’t the first time I’d thought it, but the overwhelming sense of dread it came with that morning unsettled me to my core.

Read the full blog here.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Talking to kids about marijuana

Birds and bees, booze and weed. As a parent, you pretty much earn a PhD in awkward conversations. We can help you with the marijuana one. Get tools and tips for having effective conversations with youth atGoodToKnowColorado.com/talk.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fall Prevention Programs Recognized as Colorado Programs of Excellence

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. These programs, including include Stepping On and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, address older adult fall prevention :
  • UC Health Memorial Hospital
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital
  • Rio Grande Hospital
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Littleton Fire Rescue
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.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Overdose Awareness Day

Join us as we gather to pay tribute to those we have lost and raise awareness on what we can do to stop accidental overdoses here in Colorado on August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day.


We will meet at the Harm Reduction Action Center (231 E. Colfax Ave.) at 3:30pm and proceed to Colfax & Broadway where we will raise awareness with passerby's and hold signs to raise awareness to the drivers in that intersection. We have pushed our event to later in the day this year (4:00 - 5:30pm) in an effort to allow more to attend and in hopes to create a bigger impact by raising awareness during rush hour. We need to stop the silence in our community.

Help prevent overdose fatalities - www.stoptheclockColorado.org is a website that Harm Reduction Action Center has put together to help Coloradans find where they can access Naloxone today throughout the state.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Free Positive Youth Development Training

When: Friday August 19
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada, CO 80003
Cost: Free 
Questions: email erin.flynn@state.co.us

Friday, July 8, 2016

Just Drive: Train-The-Trainer Workshop

Wednesday, August 10th 10:00am—12:00pm 
Swedish Medical Center 501 E. Hampden Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Area, Spruce C 
Englewood, CO 80113

What is ‘Just Drive’?
A free one hour class delivered by safety experts about the risks and consequences of distracted driving, practical strategies for reducing distracted driving habits, and Colorado’s laws.

What will attendees Learn?
Why it’s important to spread the message of the dangers of distracted driving.
How to present the Just Drive: Take Action Against Distraction presentation.

What is the problem? 
Distracted driving now joins alcohol and speeding as a leading cause of motor vehicle injury collisions.
Research has shown that talking on the phone while driving increases the risk of collision four times, while texting increases crash risk by 8 to 23 times. Swedish Medical Center 501 E. Hampden Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Area, Spruce C Englewood, CO 80113

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tracey Holmberg at 303-788-5358 or Tracey.Holmberg@healthonecares.com.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Positive Youth Development in ACTION!

The PYD in Action Website is live!

We are excited to introduce a new web based  tool to help guide organizations in operationalizing the Positive Youth Development approach!

The “PYD in Action” tool was developed by Colorado community partners including young people. The tool is meant to foster reflection, discussion, and continuous improvement for youth serving entities.

We hope to continue to grow this website and encourage you to engage in the content and add some of your own! Please share wide and far with those in your networks and organizations.

Feel free to visit and explore at: https://sites.google.com/a/state.co.us/pydtool/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Danielle.tuft@state.co.us