Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Join the World Mental Health Day 2015 Movement #IAmStigmaFree

Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 people live with a mental illness worldwide? And that simply by learning and talking more about mental health you could help millions of people around the world? This is the message behind this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW, October 5th-11th), which also encompasses this Saturday’s World Mental Health Day (WMHD, October 10th).

Each year, MHAW presents the World Federation for Mental Health’s theme of the year, this year its ‘Dignity in Mental Health.’ To help make dignity in mental health a reality, together we can ensure that mental health problems are better understood, and importantly, are absolutely nothing to be ashamed of!

So how can you get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Funding Available for 2016 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Projects

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced their 2016 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Projects Grant Applications for project funding.  The guidelines and application is posted on the CDOT website at https://www.codot.gov/programs/bikeped/safe-routes/funding-evaluation.

The CDOT Transportation Commission recently approved the continuation of the Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program by committing to fund the grant program with $2 million for infrastructure projects and $0.5 million for non-infrastructure projects, beginning in FY 2016 (July-June).

The goal of SRTS is to help schools, school districts and local communities enable and encourage more children in Kindergarten through 8th grade to safely bicycle and walk to and from school.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Planning, design, and construction of safe school routes for children to walk and bike to and from school
  • Planning, design, and construction of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel to and from school
  • Educating children, parents, and communities about safe walking and bicycling practices and the health benefits that result from walking and bicycling to and from school
To provide guidance on completing the application and understanding the requirements of a CDOT grant, the Colorado SRTS program manager will be hosting grantee training sessions at various locations throughout the state in mid-November. Please email me if you are interested in applying for a grant or would like to attend a training.

Funds are awarded through a statewide competitive process and chosen by an appointed advisory committee. Funding is available for one or two year projects.

Applications are due to CDOT-SRTS by COB Friday, January 8, 2016. A Word version of the application is available upon request.

For more information, contact Leslie Feuerborn, Colorado SRTS Program Manager at 303.757.9088 or dot_srts@state.co.us.

Agencies implementing Stepping On recognized as Colorado Violence and Injury Prevention 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 Stepping On program, addressing older adult fall prevention:

Gilpin Ambulance Authority
Lincoln Community Hospital
Parkview Medical Center
San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center
Sky Ridge Medical Center

Stepping On is an evidence-based 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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CDPHE is hiring a Child Fatality Prevention System Epidemiologist and Data Analyst

The Child Fatality Prevention System at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking an outstanding epidemiologist/data analyst to: 

  • Manage the data collection and analysis components of the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System
  • Provide technical assistance to state and local partners regarding how to interpret and use child fatality data to inform injury and violence prevention programming
  • Oversee local review team input into the National Center Data Collection Website and assure data quality 
  • Analyze Colorado child fatality data to identify populations and geographic locations with increased risk of child death due to traffic crashes, unintentional injury, violence, sudden unexpected infant death, suicide, child abuse and neglect, and undetermined causes

The position is open until Friday, October 9, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Healthcare professionals meet in Colorado Springs to discuss prescription drug abuse epidemic

From: KOAA.com

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling prescription overdose deaths one of the most serious and fastest growing epidemics in America.

Friday, the North Colorado Health Alliance met with physicians and doctors in Colorado Springs to discuss ways to stop drug abuse.

“We are essentially a nation addicted to painkillers,” Mark Wallace, the CEO of North Colorado Health Alliance said.

The stories of addiction are similar in nature. Most start with patients getting legitimate prescriptions for pain from a doctor.

"If you have acute pain, let's treat it well,” Wallace said. “ However, we don’t want you to end up taking these prescriptions when you don't need them. What we find is that the longer someone is on these medications, the more likely they are to become addicted."

Dawn Fosket knows the devastation prescription drug abuse leaves behind. Her son Michael died in 2012 after overdosing on pain pills.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Pressure to be ‘manly’ may lead to violence

Reuters Health - Men who perceive themselves to be less masculine according to the traditional gender norms of society, and are feeling stressed about it, may be more prone to violent behavior, according to a U.S. study.

These men are more likely to commit violent assaults compared to men who are more comfortable in their own skin, researchers say.

But this doesn't mean all men who feel "less manly" will become violent, said Dr. Dennis Reidy, the study's senior author from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

"The key word here is ‘stress’," he told Reuters Health. "It's important to understand that it’s a combination of the two things."

In other words, violent behavior may result when a man believes that others perceive him to be less masculine and then feels stressed about that. The researchers call this "masculine discrepancy stress."

In general, men tend to be at a higher risk of poor health and injury, in part because they are more likely to engage in risky behaviors. Compared to women, men have higher rates of substance use, binge drinking, reckless and aggressive driving, weapon carrying and violence.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Suicide Intervention Workshop Dates

Limited space available! ASIST is a 2-day workshop designed to teach skills to confidently intervene with someone at risk of suicide. ASIST is a standardized suicide intervention program developed by LivingWorks Education, Inc.

Who should attend? 
Any community member wanting to learn intervention skills, Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, School Resource Officers, Administrators, Nurses, Psychologists, Classified Personnel, Social Workers, Counselors, Church Staff, Doctors, First Responders: Police, Emergency, and Fire Department staff

2015 workshop dates:
September 29-30
November 17-18
2016 workshop dates: 
February 25-26
April 26-27
June 9-10
September 29-30
November 15-16

TIME: 8:30— 4:30pm. Attendance is mandatory for both full days.
Please arrive on time to complete registration process.

LOCATION: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — Highlands Ranch Substation 9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 (Highlands Ranch Pkwy/Ridgeline)

REGISTRATION: Completed via the Douglas County School District. www.dcsdk12.org
Click on the "C'" (for Center for Professional Development-CPD). Click on CPD. Click on course catalog. If you do not have an account created, you will be prompted to do so. Select ASIST and the available courses will be listed.

Questions contact: Roxanne Derks, Roxanne.Derks@dcsdk12.org or 303-387-9508