Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Scholarship Available for Injury Prevention Professionals

The Colorado Kids 1st Grant Program at the Rocky Mountain Research and Prevention Institute provides scholarships specifically for child safety and injury prevention advocates and professionals to participate as fellows in the Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP) of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL).

Colorado Kids 1st is offering $1000 scholarships to offset the $2900 tuition costs for the year long-program. Applications are due April 30th, but there is still time to get in an application. If you are interested in applying, but are worried about the deadline coming up so soon, please contact Leanne Jeffers (leanne.jeffers@du.edu or 303-871-3550) to work something out. 



Now accepting applications for the class of 2014.
"The ALTP has truly been life-changing! With the scholarship support of Colorado Kids First, the focus of my project was on suicide prevention among children. (Yes, there is a project!) While I probably could have taken the easier path and developed another suicide awareness-raising event, I decided to accept the leadership challenge and push myself to step outside my comfort zone. Using a partnership approach between Children's Hospital Colorado and the Colorado Department of Public Health, I inspired a shared vision to prevent youth suicides. Through a collaborative effort, we are now working to train hospital staff on how to counsel parents of adolescents at-risk for suicide about the dangers of firearms and drugs in their house and how to store them safely. Prior to ALTP, I was not the kind of person that would have asked one of the largest hospitals in the state to do work related to firearms and suicide. But what I learned in ALTP empowered me to lead an effort that I feel very passionate about."
                                                                -Taylor (ALTP Class of 2013)

Who do you know who is ready for this kind of innovation? Is it you?
Applications are due April 30th.