Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Suicide Postvention Resources Now Available

Department logo with the words Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

An important aspect of suicide prevention is recognizing the resilience of survivors of suicidal distress who do not die by suicide. The research is clear that the vast majority of people who experience thoughts of suicide or survive suicide attempts do not go on to die by suicide. On this page you will find resources for supporting yourself, your loved one, or your community after someone has experienced a suicide attempt, behaviors, or thoughts.

A suicide loss is often devastating, confusing, and traumatic for those loved ones and community members. Postvention following a suicide death can include short-term and long term support as well as individual, family, and organization/community support. 

New: On this page you will find resources for loss survivors, for families, for communities, and for organizations. There are also resources to support the media as they report on suicide deaths in our communities.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Webinar: A Public Health Approach to the Opioid Crisis

Northwest Center for Public Health
                              Practice, University of Washington
School of Public Health

Hot Topics in Practice
A Public Health Approach to the Opioid Crisis
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Noon to 1 p.m. PT
Public health agencies play a key role in preventing opioid misuse and addiction. In the February session of Hot Topics in Practice, Mike Fraser, CEO of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, will review how public health professionals can take a lead in addressing the root causes of this crisis.
This one-hour webinar is the second session in a two-part series exploring how leaders can use systems thinking to understand and find new solutions to complex problems. The presentation will highlight opportunities for public health agencies to bring epidemiological expertise and a systems perspective to addiction prevention efforts in their communities. Fraser will also share a comprehensive, cross-sector approach to substance misuse and addiction for adaptation at state and local levels.
Register today to learn upstream strategies for preventing opioid misuse. For more information, watch part one of the series.
Speaker slides are posted on our website the morning of the webinar. Each session is recorded and made available by the next day. Audio is available through computer or by phone. Due to differences in internet quality at viewers’ locations, we cannot guarantee that computer audio will be smooth and continuous. If the audio cuts out and is distracting, please call in on the provided phone line instead.
Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar hosted by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Guest speakers from local, state, tribal, and national organizations present on current issues affecting public health practice.

Just Released: New Gentrification Report from Shift Research Lab

As gentrification becomes an increasing concern in Colorado, Shift released A Recent History of Gentrification in Metro Denver, a new report that examines gentrification trends in the Denver metro region.

This research, which was recently featured in the Undesign the Redline exhibit, takes a deeper dive into how gentrification has evolved from an urban issue into a regional phenomena and considers the question, "How is gentrification impacting communities today?"

If you have any questions about the report or would like additional information about gentrification in the region, reach out to Jennifer Newcomer, our principal of research. 
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Monday, February 18, 2019

Opportunity: Injury Prevention Coordinators Course

Throughout Colorado, unintentional injury continues to be a leading cause of death and disability for all age groups. Thousands of individuals are affected by injury or injury-related deaths each year. Evidence shows that effective prevention programs and strategies work to reduce these statistics. With this in mind the Injury Prevention Program at Children's Hospital Colorado will be hosting the American Trauma Society Injury Prevention Coordinator’s Course (IPCC) June 6 - 7, 2019 at the Anschutz Campus in Aurora, CO. This 2-day course is geared towards establishing and developing a formal hospital-based, multi-faceted injury prevention program, and was developed by seasoned injury prevention professionals across the country. It is designed to cover 14 chapters on injury and data analysis, education, program development, advocacy, promotion, and more! For more information, including course registration, please visit

Friday, February 15, 2019

Webinar: Traumatic Brain Injury among Children and Youth

CSN Webinar
February 21, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Traumatic Brain Injury among Children and Youth: Understanding TBI and One Model State Program
Thursday, February 21, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Reports of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among adults, particularly in professional sports, are often in the news. But what about TBIs among children and youth? In 2012, an estimated 329,290 children (age 19 or younger) were treated in emergency departments (EDs) for sports and recreation-related injuries that included a diagnosis of concussion or TBI. From 2001 to 2012, the rate of ED visits for sports and recreation-related injuries with a diagnosis of concussion or TBI, alone or in combination with other injuries, more than doubled among children (age 19 or younger). (1) In addition to sports-related injuries, TBIs are also caused by falls, motor vehicle and traffic accidents, and assaults. Traumatic brain injuries not only affect individuals but can also have long-lasting effects on families and communities. (2)

In this webinar, Diane Sartanowicz, Director of the Massachusetts Concussion Management Coalition, will describe the extent of the problem of TBIs among children and youth, identify major causes of TBI, and explain the signs and symptoms of sports-related concussions as well as the clinical assessments used in diagnosing a concussion. Terrence (Terry) Love, Injury Prevention Manager for the Tennessee Department of Health, will describe his organization’s Safe Stars initiative, the goal of which is to provide resources and opportunities for all youth sports organizations to enhance their safety standards. Kristin Teipel, Director of the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the Children’s Safety Now Alliance (CSN-A), will moderate this webinar. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

New Tool: Discover Connections Between Types of Violence

CDC: Discover Connections Between Types of Violence
New Tool Enables Exploration of Risk and Protective Factors

You’re invited to use Connecting the Dots Selector, a new tool from CDC that makes it easier to see links between different types of violence.

A clear understanding of these connections can help you plan strategies to prevent multiple forms of violence at once.

This tool enables you to connect the overlapping causes and what can protect people at individual, relationship, community, and societal levels.

How Do I Use It?
  • Select an option to see how results interrelate, including:
    • Social-Ecological Model (SEM): Select the Individual, Relationship, Community, or Society level of the SEM to see the risk and protective factors at that level and the violence types associated with each.
    • Risk and Protective Factors: Within any level of the SEM, click on a risk or protective factor to see the violence types associated with it.
    • Violence Types: Click on any violence type to explore the risk and protective factors associated with it at each level of the SEM.
  • Check out the connections and how their insights can help stop violence before it starts.

Spread the Word

Want to better understand what various types of violence have in common and how to prevent them? CDC has just released Connecting the Dots Selector — a tool that makes it easy to see shared risks and what protects people and communities. Learn more to help stop violence before it starts.

Different types of violence share the same risks. Explore & see these connections w/ @CDCInjury’s Connecting the Dots Selector tool today.

Opportunity: Epidemiology Training Course

Call for Applications: 2019 Training Course in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
Basic to Intermediate Skills in Statistics and Epidemiologic Methods
  Charleston, SC
Hyatt Place Charleston Historic District
June 24-28, 2019
Completed applications must be submitted online for competitive review by 11:59 p.m. PST, March 1, 2019. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and CityMatCH will again offer a Training Course in Statistics and Epidemiological Methods as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. The training course is an intensive program that combines lectures, discussion, hands-on exercises, and opportunities for individualized technical assistance. Two webinars prior to the training will set the stage for the onsite course and several post-course webinars will serve to build upon and extend the in-person training.
Course Content
Content will include background and methods for the following, as they relate to the MCH planning cycle:

  • Needs Assessment and Priority Setting
  • Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR)
  • Multivariable Analysis and Regression Modeling
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement
  • Effective Data Presentation and Translation

Who Should Apply
This national program is aimed primarily at professionals in state and local health agencies who have significant responsibility for collecting, processing, analyzing, and reporting maternal and child health data. This year, the course is geared to individuals with basic to intermediate skills in statistics and epidemiologic methods, preferably in Maternal and Child Health or a related field. Note: Only applicants who work domestically and regularly analyze data rather than manage programs, will be considered.

If you have intermediate to advanced skills and regularly apply regression analysis, we welcome you to apply to next year's course, and to review course materials from the 2018 intermediate to advanced course.

If you are a program manager, please see the training links below for data users.

  • Training will begin mid-day June 24, 2019 and conclude mid-day June 28, 2019 in Charleston, SC.
  • Hotel room lodging at the Hyatt Place Charleston Historic DIstrict is included in the training.
  • A limited number of scholarships for airfare are available.
  • Applications will be competitively reviewed, and acceptance notifications issued in April.