Thursday, July 2, 2015

Join the Walk Like MADD 5K today to join in the fight against drunk driving!

Every step taken and every dollar raised will help increase awareness and support the work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to make our communities safer and serve the victims of drunk driving crashes. 100% of funds raised stay in Colorado to support MADD’s work in local communities.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 Sloan’s Lake Park, Denver, CO

Saturday, July 18, 2015 Bear Creek Park, Colorado Springs, CO

For more info, please contact MADD Colorado at (303) 425-5902

Monday, June 29, 2015

Denver Public Health is hiring three Peer Youth Advisors!

Denver Public Health is excited to announce staff openings for three part-time Peer Youth Advisors to join our Health Promotion Division Team! We believe that young people have an expertise in the lives of youth and youth culture and by having youth as a part of our team we will improve the programs and policies that affect the lives of ALL of Denver’s youth. The Youth Advisors will work in partnership with Denver Public Health staff, youth-serving organizations and other young people from the Denver community.

One Youth Advisor will be hired to work on each of these three projects: the Metro Healthy Beverage Partnership, Denver Healthy and Active Communities, and the Denver Community Tobacco Initiative.

We are seeking applicants who are comfortable using social media tools, know how to talk to and work with other diverse youth between the ages of 16-22, and who are reflective of or have experience working with Denver’s diverse communities.

Please share these opportunities with your networks, particularly those that reach young people between the ages of 16-22.

The full position descriptions and application instructions, as well as a one-page summary that can be printed and posted, 
are both available now on the DPH Youth Health website:

Applications are due July 17, 2015.

Please direct questions to Maritza Valenzuela, Youth Health Manager at Denver Public Health (

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gov. Hickenlooper is looking for two young people ages 15-25 to serve as appointed TGYS board members

The Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program (TGYS) is excited to announce that Governor Hickenlooper recently signed HB15-1365, adding two youth members, ages 15-25, as representatives on the TGYS Board. Governor Hickenlooper makes the appointments for these positions with input from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). This important addition will bring youth to the table as partners in an advisory capacity to the TGYS Program and CDHS.

The TGYS Board is soliciting applications from youth, ages 15-25, for the two Governor-appointed positions. Click HERE for a printable flyer and share through social media channels.

The TGYS Board has the responsibility to:
  • Develop and make available program guidelines including guidelines for proposal design, local public-to-private funding match requirements, and processes for local review and prioritization of program applications;
  • Develop criteria for awarding grants;
  • Develop result-oriented criteria for measuring the effectiveness of programs that receive grants under the TGYS program;
  • Establish timelines for submission and review of applications for grants through the TGYS program;
  • Adopt timelines for submission to the Governor the list of entities chosen to receive the grants;
  • Review applications received for grants and choose those entities that shall receive grants through the TGYS Program and the amount of each grant; and,
  • Recommend grant choices to the Governor for final approval.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New data show 13.6 percent of Colorado adults use marijuana

New data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment show 13.6 percent of Colorado adults (age 18 and older) surveyed in 2014 reported current use of marijuana. Current use is defined as having used in the past 30 days.

New questions on the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) mark the beginning of data collection about marijuana use following the legalization of retail marijuana in Colorado. This is the first time the department has collected marijuana use data in the survey, so comparisons to past BRFSS data are not possible.

The National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, shows 12.9 percent of Coloradans (age 18 and older) surveyed in 2013 reported current use of marijuana. While the data are from two different surveys, marijuana use by this age group was relatively unchanged, from 12.9 percent in 2013 (NSDUH) to 13.6 percent in 2014

Department Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk said, “This is the beginning of data collection about marijuana use by Coloradans. Tracking this data over time will help us identify trends that will be useful in planning public health awareness campaigns about marijuana use.”

Other Colorado findings from the BRFSS survey show:
  • Younger adults (ages 18 to 24) are more than 10 times more likely to use marijuana than older adults (ages 65 and older).
  • One-third of current users reported using marijuana daily.
  • 18.8 percent of current marijuana users reported driving after using.
  • The highest percentage of current marijuana use among adults was reported in the Denver metropolitan area and resort areas of the state.
  • Gay, lesbian and bisexual adults are much more likely to currently use marijuana.
  • The percentage of adults who have ever used marijuana is much lower among Hispanics, compared with white or black adults.
  • Adults with higher incomes are more likely to have ever used marijuana, but current use is higher among adults with lower household incomes.
The 2013 NSDUH survey estimated 7.4 percent of U.S. adults used marijuana in the past month. Among states that have legal retail marijuana, past-month use ranged from 12.1 percent to Colorado’s 12.9 percent.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pharmacists and Harm Reduction Agencies can now request naloxone standing orders from CDPHE

Senate Bill 15-053 expands access to the life-saving drug naloxone, used to reverse overdoses to narcotic drugs such as certain prescription medications and heroin. As a result of the new law, the chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) may issue standing orders for naloxone to be dispensed by pharmacies and harm reduction organization employees and volunteers.

The law helps expand statewide naloxone access to those who need it most and protects individuals from civil or criminal liability if they provide naloxone in good faith to an individual experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose.

“This legislation will save lives,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, chief medical offer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “While our first aim is prevent the abuse of both illegal and prescription opioids, we now can make a lifesaving antidote more readily available to people who can help someone at risk.”

For more resources on how to safely administer naloxone and to make a request for standing orders visit: