Thursday, September 18, 2014

ASIST and free safeTALK trainings

There is hope, there is help! Suicide is a public health issue and is preventable! Learn how to talk about it! Learn how to help create a suicide safer community,

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CDC Report on Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence in the U.S. Explores Victimization and Impact

From:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On September 5, CDC released “Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization — National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States,” using 2011 data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).

The CDC findings include:
• Nearly 1 in 5 women (19%) and 1 in 59 men (nearly 2%) in the U.S. have been raped at some time in their lives.
• One in 5 women (22%) and 1 in 7 men (14%) reported experiencing severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
• One in 7 women (15%) and 1 in 18 men (6%) have experienced stalking victimization during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed. Much of stalking victimization was facilitated by technology (i.e., unwanted phone calls and text messages).

These findings emphasize that sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are major public health problems in the U.S. Results suggest these forms of violence are frequently experienced at an early age, with a majority reporting victimization before age 25. Consistent with previous studies, results suggest women, in particular, are heavily impacted over their lifetime and certain racial/ethnic groups experience a comparatively higher burden.

To view “Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization — National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States,” click here.

For more about The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), click here.

For the NISVS infographic from the CDC, click here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Swedish Medical Center is a Violence and Injury Prevention Program 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 Swedish Medical Center as a VIP Program of Excellence for their outstanding work implementing the Stepping On program, addressing older adult fall prevention as a system-wide initiative.

Stepping On is a program that empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls through a community-based workshop offered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. In a small-group setting, older adults learn balance exercises and develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls.  Two staff members, Phyllis Uribe and Tracey Holmberg, are Master trainers and have trained all of the injury prevention coordinators at the HealthONE facilities and also collaborated to expand the program into the Centura system. Between the two hospital systems, over half of the State of Colorado has access to this evidence-based fall prevention program.

Friday, September 12, 2014

As Colorado Makes Headway On Suicide Awareness, More Data Could Help

From:  KUNC

Suicide was the number one injury-related cause of death in Colorado in 2013 according to state health officials.

Gov. John Hickenlooper declared Sept. 7 through Sept. 14 suicide prevention week. It's one of the strategies Colorado legislators are using, but crafting a local suicide prevention campaign can be very difficult because of Colorado's closed records laws.

A flurry of suicide and mental health related initiatives have been introduced statewide in an effort to curb Colorado's high suicide rate. The state annually ranks within the top 10 nationwide.

During the 2014 legislative session a 26 member suicide prevention commission was created to "represent the public and private sectors that have experience with or have been affected by suicide and suicide prevention," according to the state's website.

Members have not yet been named, as the state is recruiting people for the commission and accepting applications through the end of August.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The state-level results from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey are now available!

The 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey collected self-reported health information from Colorado middle and high school students. The HKCS was administered in Fall 2013 to approximately 40,000 randomly-selected students from over 220 middle and high schools. The survey is administered to students in odd-numbered years, with the next full administration in Fall 2015.

HKCS is supported by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Colorado Department of Education (CDE), and Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). The University of Colorado Denver is the official contractor for state HKCS. Starting in 2013, Colorado will have data at both the state and regional level, based on the state’s health statistics regions.

The primary use of the data is to identify health priorities in order to better implement school- and community-based strategies to improve and maintain the health of youth.

Access the new state-level data tables at:
Request additional state-level analysis, please submit a request at:

An executive summary, regional data and other topic reports will be available later this fall.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DEA Releases New Rules That Create Convenient But Safe and Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options

From: DEA

Today the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was made available online for preview by the Federal Register at The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse epidemic, authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal. The Act also permits long-term-care facilities to do the same on behalf of residents or former residents of their facilities. The Final Rule will be officially published tomorrow and will take effect on October 9.

“These new regulations will expand the public’s options to safely and responsibly dispose of unused or unwanted medications,” said DEA Administrator Leonhart. “The new rules will allow for around-the-clock, simple solutions to this ongoing problem. Now everyone can easily play a part in reducing the availability of these potentially dangerous drugs.”

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Light a candle of hope...

The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) and Colorado State Employee Wellness Program, along with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's (CDPHE) Office of Suicide Prevention, the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Carson J Spencer Foundation, have joined together to call attention to the State's suicide prevention efforts.

"We're asking people to wear yellow and gray not only to raise awareness about suicide, but to convey a message of hope," said C-SEAP Director Randi Wood. "We want to visibly demonstrate to those suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts that we support them on their journey from darkness to light."

State employees can pick up a free yellow and gray ribbon sticker and access other important informational resources between 8 and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at C-SEAP's offices, 1525 Sherman St. Stickers will also be handed out to visitors at the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday morning.