Thursday, September 19, 2019

Funding Opportunities: Opioid Overdose Prevention

Check out this recording of CDPHE's information session webinar if you are interested in learning more about funding opportunities through state and federal grants and programs for substance use/ opioid misuse/ overdose prevention.

Resource: 2018 BRFSS Public Data Set Now Available

Attention, Researchers: 2018 BRFSS Public Data Set Now Available!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
Division of Population Health
Announces the Release of
The 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Data Set
The BRFSS is a unique, state-based surveillance system active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Reaching participants on both landline and cellular telephones, the survey collects information on health risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access (primarily related to chronic disease and injury) from a representative sample of noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 years or older in each state. The BRFSS provides flexible, timely, and ongoing data collection that allows for state-to-state and state-to-nation comparisons. State-specific data—including racial- and ethnic-specific data from the BRFSS—provide a sound basis for developing and evaluating public health programs, including programs targeted to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in addressing health risks.

The BRFSS is the largest ongoing telephone-based health surveillance system in the world, with more than 435,000 interviews conducted in 2018. BRFSS staff are working to make this new data set available soon through its online Prevalence and Trends Tools.  
Learn more about the BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Tools.
Learn more about the BRFSS or send an inquiry to

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Training Announcement: Managing Effective Coalitions 2019-2020

Come chat once a month with colleagues who are managing, leading, or supporting coalitions in their community.  We will explore successes, challenges, ideas, and solutions for building effective coalitions that create and sustain lasting change.
A Community of Practice is a group of professionals who come together to discuss a topic or issue they all have in common. By joining this Community of Practice, you are saying you have something to share from your own work with coalitions - and that you have things that you want to learn, to advance your practice in this area.
The Managing Effective Coalitions Community of Practice will be facilitated and the topic areas listed below will serve as jumping-off points for the conversation each month. There will not be any formal presentation, though, and the conversation will be driven by the participants.
Anyone working with a coalition tackling issues related to public health, behavioral health, or environmental health located in the states of CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, or WY is invited to participate. You do not need to attend every month.

When: Monthly meetings from November 5, 2019 - June 2, 2020 (12:00pm - 1:00pm MT)
Where: Meetings will occur via Zoom
Cost: Free!

Monday, September 16, 2019

It's Child Passenger Safety Week!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your online source for credible health information. 

It's Child Passenger Safety Week!

Graphic showing a baby in a rear facing car seat that reads
Child Passenger Safety Week starts today! Celebrate with 
us and help raise awareness about buckling children in age- and size- appropriate car seats, booster seats, or seat belts. This is a great week to learn how to:
  • buckle kids correctly,
  • identify and understand the car seat stages, and
  • avoid the common mistakes when using car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.

What you need to know:

  • Rear-facing car seat: Birth until age 2–4.
For the best possible protection, infants and toddlers should be properly buckled in a rear-facing car seat, in 
the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limits of their seat. Check the seat owner's manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.
  • Forward-facing car seat: After outgrowing rear-facing seat and until at least age 5.
When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should be properly buckled in a forward-facing car seat, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of their seat. Check the seat owner's manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits. 
  • Booster seat: After outgrowing forward-facing seat and until seat belts fit properly.
Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should be properly buckled in a belt positioning booster seat, in the back seat, until seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Proper seat belt fit usually occurs when children are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and aged 9–12.
  • Seat Belt: Once seat belts fit properly without a booster seat.
Children no longer need to use a booster seat once seat belts fit properly. Seats belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Proper seat belt fit usually occurs when children are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and aged 9–12.

Remember, always properly buckle children age 12 years and younger in the back seat!

To learn more about child passenger safety, please visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd   Atlanta, GA 30333   1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)   TTY: 888-232-6348Questions or Problems  |  Unsubscribe

Call for Proposals: Advance Equitable and Inclusive Policies

To advance equitable and inclusive policies, we need greater diversity in policy and law research. In 2019, Policies for Action is issuing a special call for proposals to advance health equity by actively seeking new and diverse perspectives from the policy research field. This opportunity will support early-career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds to help us understand and find solutions that promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being.

Researchers will receive up to $250,000 over two years to:
  • Investigate existing policies or policy changes that can influence population health, well-being, and equity;
  • Engage in career development activities and mentorship;
  • Produce and translate timely research results; and
  • Collaborate with other researchers to create a healthier, more equitable future for all people in America.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
P4A will provide support and training for up to six investigators. Two of these six will be researchers located in and conducting research within the state of New Jersey. Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree within the past 10 years and will identify two institutional mentors to advise on career development and research skills as part of their application.

We welcome all policy research ideas across a range of possible sectors, political ideologies, and perspectives. By policies, we mean laws and regulations at the federal, state, and local levels as well as private-sector practices. We will prioritize policy research ideas that inform one or more of RWJF’s focus areas: healthy communities, health systems, and healthy children and families.

More details on eligibility requirements, mentor selection, areas of policy focus, and application materials can be found in the full call for proposals.

How to Apply
Proposals for this solicitation must be submitted via the RWJF online system. Visit to get started. You will be required to create a personal registration login prior to beginning the proposal process.

Application Timeline 
  1. Letters of intent are due October 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT).
  2. Candidates selected to submit a full proposal will be notified by mid-November. 
  3. Full proposals from selected candidates will be accepted through January 2, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT).
  4. Finalists will be notified mid-February.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Free Webinar: Innovation in Active Transportation

Register Today!
 September 12, 2019
12pm Eastern, 9am Pacific 
From the Partnership for Active Transportation, join us for a webinar "Moving Forward: Innovation in Active Transportation" on September 12, 2019 at 12pm Eastern, 9am Pacific that brings together experts who will discuss building and community design to support walkers, bikers, and all types of movers. On this webinar, you'll hear from the Co-Founder of CylingScore, a building certification program that emphasizes active transportation. You'll also see case studies from communities around the country that are paving the way for greater mobility. Finally, you'll learn about Streetsmart, an innovative tool that helps stakeholders understand the connection between interventions and impact.

The buildings and communities in which we live, learn, and work play an important role in the growing active transportation movement. Spaces and places that foster active transportation contribute to a variety of benefits from individual health to climate impact and economic vitality. Communities around the country are taking steps towards creating people-centric transportation networks that consider mobility for all people. In addition, there is a growing market and need for buildings to support active transportation. Innovative building design and programming complements community-scale interventions by providing necessary end-of-trip facilities and other amenities that support a culture of active commuting. Finally, as the evidence base for active transportation continues to grow, data and tools that help quantify the impact of certain interventions are becoming more accessible. Ultimately, these tools help stakeholders make a strong case for active transportation and tailor people-centered design approaches to the unique needs of the communities they serve. 

Attend this webinar to learn to: 
  • Describe innovative strategies to promote active commuting at the building scale and the role of building design in active transportation. 
  • Discuss different community-scale active transportation interventions using case study examples. 
  • Explain tools and methods used to quantify the impact of active transportation on health and other outcomes. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Public Comment Period for Paid Family and Medical Leave is Open!

The Public Comment Period for paid family and medical leave has officially opened! Between now and September 25, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) will collect comments from workers, business owners, organizations and community members to share with the FAMLI Taskforce to help inform their decision about the best paid leave program for the state of Colorado. (Please see the official CDLE announcement below).

CDLE needs to hear your story about how the lack of access to paid leave, or how having paid leave has impacted your life and/or the lives of those you care about, and what you think should be done to ensure no Coloradan has to choose between taking care of themselves or a loved one in a time of need and keeping their livelihood.
Public Comment request:
1. What feedback/comments would you like to provide to the Task Force for consideration
when making its initial recommendation regarding the establishment, implementation, and administration of a paid family and medical leave program in the state of Colorado?

CDLE has created three avenues to submit comments:
  1. via the FAMLI Task Force website at
  2. emailed directly to Admira Makas at
  3. mailed to 251 E. 12th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203, Attn: Admira Makas

The deadline to submit written comments is Wednesday, September 25, 2019. All written comments will be made publicly available at

Official CDLE announcement:
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Seeks Public Comments on the Administration of a Paid Family and Medical Leave Program in Colorado

As directed by Senate Bill 19-188 , the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is assisting the newly created Family and Medical Leave Task Force (the Task Force) in studying the possible implementation of a paid family and medical leave program in the state. The Task Force is studying a program or policy that allows workers to take a specified amount of time off work for the birth or adoption of a new baby, to treat their own serious mental or physical medical illness, to care for a loved one with a serious mental or physical illness, to address certain needs arising from a family member’s active duty service, or because the worker is unable to work because the worker or a family member is the victim of abuse such as domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault; to receive some compensation while on leave; and return to their job after leave. In studying the parameters of a paid family and medical leave program in the state, the Task
Force shall consider the following factors:
  • Affordability for the lowest wage workers;
  • Equitability across workers of all incomes and classifications;
  • Accessibility to workers least likely to have access to paid leave today;
  • Adequacy of the program;
  • The minimum duration of leave that meets evidence-based standards and wage replacement that is sufficient to allow the lowest wage workers to participate;
  • The purposes of the leave, including serious illness, caring for a loved one with a serious illness, bonding with a new child, and needs arising from military deployment and the effects of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault;
  • Self-employed workers’ access to paid family and medical leave and a mechanism to allow self-employed workers to participate;
  • Eligibility requirements for workers to collect paid family and medical leave insurance;
  • The definition of family or family member for whom an individual may take leave for purposes of providing care;
  • Job protection and other employment protections, including their effect on an individual’s ability to take leave;
  • Duration of leave;
  • Amount of the wage replacement;
  • Maximum weekly wage replacement amount;
  • Program funding structure;
  • The estimated degree to which an option for employers to provide their own paid family and medical leave benefits that meet the minimum statutory requirements of the state plan, may influence overall employer participation in the statewide plan;
  • Program implementation;
  • The role of third-party vendors on program sustainability;
  • The solvency of a paid family and medical leave fund under various models;
  • The portability of paid family and medical leave benefits;
  • The sustainability of a paid family and medical leave program;
  • How a paid family and medical leave program would interact with other benefits;
  • The likelihood and estimated degree to which paid family and medical leave benefits may broadly impact other existing leave benefits provided by employers (ex. vacation leave, sick leave, paid time off, etc.); and,
  • A timeline that presumes a paid family and medical leave program that is established by July 1, 2020; begins education and outreach on January 1, 2022; establishes the funding stream on January 1, 2023; and starts paying benefits on January 1, 2024.
The completed study will include a thorough analysis of paid family and medical leave programs by experts in the field, actuarial and third-party studies on the feasibility of such a program for the state of Colorado, and comments collected from the public about the administration of the program in the state. All information collected through those efforts will shape an initial recommendation by the task force on a family and medical leave program for employees in the state.