Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SURVEY: Communicating with our Community Partners



The Violence and Injury - Mental Health Promotion Branch at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment facilitates the Violence and Injury Prevention Blog, the Young Drivers Alliance Blog, and the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System Blog. We’re currently working on making improvements to the sites. We want to hear from you about how we’re doing! In particular, we want to know what forms of communication work best and provide the most useful information for you. 

Please answer the questions in our survey with that in mind to help us get a better sense of your communication needs, and how we can improve the way we update you.

We’d also love to be able to reach back out to you to follow-up on your response! If you feel comfortable, please fill in your name and email!

Check out the survey here

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center is Hiring

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center is hiring for an Operations Manager. This position will work collaboratively with the RM-PHTC team and external partners to coordinate the development and implementation of (primarily distance-based) trainings for public health professionals. The RM-PHTC serves the states of Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. It will work closely with the instructional design, training implementation, and evaluation teams with the RM-PHTC to accomplish training deliverables. The Operations Manager will serve as a liaison between the RM-PHTC team and external subject matter experts and development partners. The Operations Manager will also take the lead on communication to partners and learners about our training opportunities. As the RM-PHTC coordinates the delivery of approximately 100 trainings of varying types and complexities per year, the Operations Manager must be comfortable working on multiple concurrent projects.

More info is available here: Operations Manager Position Description


Friday, June 22, 2018

Students Turn Colfax Into a Traffic Safety Art Exhibit


East High School students used their creativity to bring awareness to pedestrians, bikers, and drivers about the costs of reckless driving. Painted utility boxes highlight the dangers in Denver's High Intensity Network, the 5% of the city's streets on which 50% of traffic fatalities occur. Learn more about the art project  and check out Vision Zero here.






Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Adolescent Health Summit



This 2-day summit will provide tools and skills development to a diverse group of partners to support the development of comprehensive, coordinated systems that support healthy adolescents and young adults. The content of the Summit is geared towards state partners involved with healthy adolescent programming for states and tribes (Title V, Title X, Primary Care Associations, State Offices of Rural Health, and other State partners involved with/interested in this work).

This meeting is a collaborative effort of the Region VIII Adolescent Health Task Force. The Summit will provide tools and skills to assist state partners in developing comprehensive, coordinated systems that support healthy adolescents and young adults in their communities.

REGISTER HERE


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Webinar: Responsibility Grows Here 5/29



We invite you to join us at the LPHA webinar scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, at 1 p.m. to learn more about the new brand and subsequent campaigns.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched Responsibility Grows Here, new public education campaigns that encourage young Coloradans to stay away from marijuana and educate adults who choose to use marijuana to do so legally and responsibly. These campaigns build on the health department’s successful Good to Know and Protect What’s Next campaigns and represent next steps in the state’s comprehensive public education strategy. 


“Since legalization, we have worked with Coloradans every step of the way to address concerns and navigate changes,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “These campaigns connect more directly with those using marijuana and will hopefully drive home the message of what is safe and legal use.”

The health department will launch four educational campaigns under the new Responsibility Grows Here brand. The campaigns launching today are designed to reach marijuana users and youth. In mid-June, the campaigns will focus on trusted adults and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Each campaign will use media meaningful to the targeted audience, including television, radio and online ads; social media; and a user-friendly website.

The marijuana user campaign targets adult residents and tourists who use marijuana. Because research shows marijuana users often rely on salespeople in marijuana dispensaries for information, the campaign is introducing Meg the Budtender, a fictional spokesperson who will begin talking to Colorado adults about safe storage, appropriate places to use and not use marijuana, and the difference between smoking marijuana and consuming edibles. Unsafe storage can lead to accidental use by children, overconsumption of edibles can result in health risks, and smoking in public is illegal and can risk the health of those exposed to secondhand smoke.

Find Your Moment, the youth campaign also launching today, focuses on providing Coloradans ages 12 to 20 with prevention messages before they ever try marijuana. Marijuana use impairs developing brains and academic success. Research shows youth respond best to messages that demonstrate how marijuana use can keep them from achieving their dreams, whether those dreams include excelling in athletics, getting a good education or building a successful career.  

Campaigns reaching out to parents, trusted adults and new moms will launch mid-June. The trusted adults campaign will focus on how important their voices can be in young people’s decisions to not use marijuana. The campaign targeting new moms will promote educational messages on the negative health effects of using marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding and encourage women to talk with their health care providers.

“We’ve worked hard over the past four years to educate Coloradans on the basic laws, responsibilities and health effects of marijuana use,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, health department executive director and chief medical officer. “With these new campaigns, we’re focusing on those most affected by marijuana use to make sure they obey the laws, stay safe and become positive role models for Colorado youth.”



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Youth Leader Digital Story Screening



Come learn about and celebrate youth leadership in Denver! This interactive event will be catered and open to everyone for free! RSVP here or here

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Are You Interested in Increasing Your Agency's Capacity to Address Mental Health?

Check out this new funding opportunity from SAMHSA for Mental Health Awareness Training.

"The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Mental Health Awareness Training grants (Short Title: MHAT). The purpose of this program is to: (1) train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED); (2) establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services; (3) train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques; and (4) educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder. It is expected that this program will prepare and train others on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with SMI and/or SED.Eligibility

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private not-for-profit entities. For example:

State governments and territories (the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).
Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town (e.g., local education agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire department agencies, emergency medical units).
Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
Community- and faith-based organizations, including those that serve veterans, armed services personnel, and their families.
Public or private universities and colleges....
Anticipated Total Available Funding:  $15,801,221

Anticipated Number of Awards:  Up to 126

Anticipated Award Amount:  Up to $125,000 per year

Length of Project:  Up to 3 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?:  No



Proposed budgets cannot exceed $125,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.