Monday, September 29, 2014

The Medical Center of Aurora 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 The Medical Center of Aurora 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.

The Medical Center of Aurora has two physical therapist along with an injury prevention coordinator who have been trained in the Stepping On program. They have been able to provide the classes to Senior Living communities in Aurora and Denver.

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.

The preliminary data, combining Stepping On classes taught by HealthONE facilities, as well as other licensed organizations, showed that the older adults improved significantly in their reported health status, satisfaction with physical activity levels, confidence in not falling, improvements in walking one block and getting out of a chair. The participants also improved in the physical assessment test with 80 percent showing a significant improvement. Course evaluations that are collected at the end of the program reflect an increased level of confidence among participants.

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 VIPrevention website.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.

Thank you and congratulations to The Medical Center of Aurora!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Domestic Violence: Ending the violence before it starts

From: The Sentinel

Societal views on gender roles have to change for domestic violence to be stopped before it happens, according to members of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

“It’s all about breaking down those rigid gender stereotypes,” said Zoe Flowers, director of prevention for the coalition. “How do you respond to certain situations? How do you act in a way that is respectful? A lot of the work that we do is helping people focus on things like anti-oppression and how do you use your privilege and breaking down ‘isms.’ There is a lot of social change work that goes into prevention.”

One of the norms that the coalition tries to change is the role of men and women. Flowers said society tends to view women as subservient to men, creating an atmosphere of ownership.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

States with the highest and lowest rates of gun deaths

From:  CBS News
Hawaii has the lowest rate of gun deaths in the United States, while the District of Columbia has the highest, according to new research.
Over the past decade, deaths from gun-related violence -- including murders, suicides and unintentional shootings -- varied widely across the United States, the study revealed. Hawaii's rate was roughly three per 100,000 citizens. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the District of Columbia had the highest rate of gun deaths, with about 22 per 100,000 citizens.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vicky Cassabaum recognized as a Violence and Injury Prevention Advocate

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing Vicky Cassabaum for her work in preventing injury and violence in Colorado and working to improve her skills to implement effective evidence-based programs and systems changes for older adult fall prevention. 

Vicky works to reduce falls in older adults through Stepping On, an evidence based fall prevention program. As a Certified Stepping On Master trainer, Vicky trains Stepping On Leaders and also leads Stepping On classes. Vicky also works to prevention motor vehicle injuries as a child passenger safety technician and instructor.  Child passenger safety technicians teach caregivers how to correctly install and use car seats.

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 VIPrevention website.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.  Visit the Colorado Teen Driving Alliance webpage for more information on motor vehicle safety.

Thank you and congratulations to Vicky Cassabaum!

Monday, September 22, 2014

To curb sexual assault, 'It's on us'

Colorado State University has joined the White House — and universities around the country — in a major campaign to better address sexual assault on college campuses: the "It's On Us" campaign.

As a parent and as a university president, I celebrate this move to heighten awareness and send a powerful, unified message that sexual assault has no place in a learning community — or any community. This has long been a priority for Colorado State University. We've spent the last several years reframing the way the university — students, faculty and staff — think about and talk about and respond to sexual assault, recognizing that all of us hold the power to prevent sexual assault.

Feeling safe is fundamental to the life and integrity of our campus. CSU's work to prevent sexual assaults is guided by that, and a few other, core truths: One in four women, as well as one in six men and one in two transgender individuals, experience sexual violence in their lifetime. People of all genders can be perpetrators or survivors. The only person who can prevent a sexual assault is the person who commits the assault. Everyone has a role in prevention. Virtually all sexual assaults in our campus community - up to 97 percent — are committed by people the survivor knows and trusts.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence

Violence takes many forms, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child maltreatment, bullying, suicidal behavior, and elder abuse and neglect. These forms of violence are interconnected and often share the same root causes. They can also all take place under one roof, or in a given community or neighborhood and can happen at the same time or at different stages of life.

Understanding the overlapping causes of violence and the things that can protect people and communities is important, and can help us better address violence in all its forms.

"Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence" from the CDC shares research on the connections between different forms of violence and describe how these connections affect communities. It is our hope that this information, combined with your own practical experience, will help practitioners like you to think strategically and creatively about how you can:

1. Prevent all types of violence from occurring in the first place.
2. Coordinate and integrate responses to violence in a way that recognizes these connections and considers the individual in the context of their home environment, neighborhood, and larger community.

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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