Friday, November 15, 2019

Lunch and Learn - A Conversation About Behavioral Health: Multiple Approaches to Support Youth in Schools

Please Note: The deadline to register has been extended to November 18th. Register here!

Resource: America Walks Launches Technical Assistance for Walkable Communities Programs

America Walks Launches Fee-for-Service
“Technical Assistance for Walkable Communities” Program
America Walks has always provided advice, best practices, and connections with other practitioners in response to your walkable community questions.

In addition to this rapid-response service, we are now offering more intensive, Technical Assistance (T.A.) solutions to government, non-profit, and business clients. With more than 20 years of experience in advocacy campaigns and policy development, America Walks’ T.A. program is based on proven strategies for engaging community stakeholders, building local walking movements, and developing the political will that leads to positive change. 

For more information about our range of services, which include Walkability Audit Training, Vision Zero Policy Development, and Neighborhood Pop-Ups, check out the following links:
  • Overview: Technical Assistance (T.A.) Services from America Walks
  • Services and Products: Specific T.A. strategies we can implement in your community
  • Case Studies: Examples of recent T.A. projects from Maryland, Alabama, and New York
  • Contact: Who we are and how you can get started
  • Brochure: Summary of our T.A. services

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Resource: Local tools for Managing Alcohol Outlet Density in Colorado

The Colorado SEOW is excited to announce the release of a new resource created to help partners understand the regulation of alcohol outlet density at the community-level to reduce excessive alcohol use and related harms.

The resource entitled "Licensing & Zoning: Local Tools for Managing Alcohol Outlet Density in Colorado" was created through a partnership with the SEOW Alcohol Policy Work Group and ChangeLab Solutions, an external technical assistance provider for public health legal support. This resource provides an overview of local mechanisms to regulate alcohol outlet density, potential advantages and disadvantages of each approach, and relevant stakeholders to engage in implementation efforts.  

For more information, please contact Kacy Crawford at

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

CDOT: Sharing the 2019 Youth GDL Campaign Materials

Dear Partners,

We are sharing our 2019 CDOT Teen GDL campaign creative assets with you in hopes that you will help us spread the message further by posting them on your social channels.

By clicking here, you can access our Teen GDL campaign creative assets, partner content deck, and toolkit docs. The partner content deck includes post copy to use when posting the videos on your social channels (Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook) and the toolkit includes instructions for how to post, if needed. 

The campaign creative includes a series of videos promoting a fictional sales event known as the GDL Resale. Each video depicts a scenario where a teen's refusal to obey GDL laws has forced the parent to take the extreme of donning a used car salesman's persona and selling their child's car. The aim is to educate Colorado young drivers on the three primary GDL issues, including passenger limits, cell phone distractions and seat belt usage.

Reach out to Sam Cole, Traffic Safety Communications Manager, with any questions: 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Webinar: Improving Injury Outcomes: Understanding Health Equity from a Systems Perspective

CSN Webinar
November 12, 2019
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Improving Injury Outcomes: Understanding Health Equity from a Systems Perspective 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
In efforts to prevent child and adolescent injuries and deaths, there is increased focus on environmental and social factors that influence injuries and health outcomes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of Minority Health, 2018) defines health equity as the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. To promote health equity, it is important to understand historical context, institutional practices, social norms, and implicit biases related to health inequity experienced by disadvantaged populations. 

In this webinar, offered by CSN and the Children’s Safety Now Alliance, participants will be challenged to think differently, ask deeper questions, and consider how to approach their work through a health equity lens. Jessica Ehule, MS, MSPH, a Senior Public Health Project Coordinator at CityMatCH, will provide background information on health equity, with an emphasis on the importance of understanding social determinants of health. In addition, Ms. Ehule will discuss implicit bias and internal equity and CityMatCH’s approach to integrating health equity in their work. Sasha Mintz, MPH, is an Epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ms. Mintz will share information on how her department applied a health equity lens in their child fatality work, including the use of an equity framework in their prevention recommendations to internal and external partners. Abby Collier, MS, Director of the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention, will moderate this webinar.
  1. Office of Minority Health. (2018). The National Stakeholder Strategy. Available at

This webinar will be archived.

Please note that we are unable to provide CEUs or certificates for our webinars.
Sasha Mintz's work focuses on the epidemiology of child deaths occurring in Colorado that result from one or more of the following causes: undetermined causes, unintentional injury, violence, motor vehicle and other transportation-related, child maltreatment, sudden unexpected infant death and suicide. Using an equity lens, she works to disseminate data about these deaths to partners, stakeholders, and community members, contributing to injury and violence prevention at the state and local levels.
Jessica Ehule leads the work of the Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes, a project focused on reducing the racial disparity in birth outcomes. She is also the lead staff member for CityMatCH’s Equity Action Group, a membership group in which MCH professionals across the nation discuss topics related to equity and develop strategies to make an impact.

Webinar: Proactive Traffic Safety - Communication Tools to Reach Our Shared Vision of Zero Deaths and Serious Injuries

Title: Proactive Traffic Safety - Communication Tools to Reach Our Shared Vision of Zero Deaths and Serious Injuries

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm (MST)

Description: In this webinar, Dr. Kari Finley will introduce a variety of communication tools that can be implemented immediately to build the capacity of critical stakeholders to grow proactive traffic safety. Proactive traffic safety is proactive behaviors demonstrating commitment to a safe roadway transportation system. Examples of proactive behaviors include: supporting existing traffic safety efforts, planning a safe way to get home before driving alcohol, speaking up about other people’s unsafe behaviors like driving distracted, establishing family rules like never texting while driving, and establishing workplace policies like always wearing a seat belt in a company vehicle.

Sue Sillick, Research Programs Manager, Montana Department of Transportation
Dr. Kari Finley, Research Scientist, Center for Health and Safety Culture

Access the webinar here!

Monday, November 11, 2019

CDOT: Halloween DUI Enforcement & Upcoming Thanksgiving Enforcement



Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager
303.757-9484 (desk) | 303-859-1304 (cell)
Nov. 8, 2019

Halloween DUI enforcement cites 228 impaired drivers
Thanksgiving DUI enforcement begins Nov. 22

STATEWIDE — Impaired drivers were met with a frightening reality during Halloween weekend, as the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and statewide law agencies collaborated for the annual Halloween The Heat Is On DUI enforcement. From Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, officers arrested 228 drivers. This is a decrease from the 378 arrests that were made during the same enforcement period last year.

“Increased DUI enforcement is crucial over holiday weekends to ensure all Coloradans get to their destinations safely,” said Shoshana Lew, executive director of CDOT. “If you choose to drink or consume marijuana, don’t drive. Any amount of alcohol or marijuana consumption can hinder one’s ability to drive.”

Throughout the state, 91 agencies participated in the Halloween enforcement period, with Denver Police (25), Colorado Springs Police (23) and El Paso Sheriff (19) recording the highest arrest totals. CSP made 22 arrests.
“There is never an excuse to drive impaired with the many alternative ride options available,” said Col. Matthew Packard, chief of the CSP. “As we move closer to the 2019 holiday season, we will continue to stop impaired drivers to keep everyone on Colorado roadways safe.”
The Heat Is On will return Nov. 22 for a 10-day Thanksgiving holiday DUI enforcement. Last year, 593 drivers were arrested for DUI during that enforcement campaign.
CDOT’s Halloween and Thanksgiving enforcement periods and DUI-prevention campaign support CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. Last year, there were 209 passenger vehicle fatalities on Colorado roads involving impaired drivers, accounting for more than one-third of all traffic fatalities in 2018. A complete list of arrests is at under The Heat Is On Arrest tab.
The CDOT Highway Safety Office provides funding to Colorado law enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, education and awareness campaigns. The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year, with 16 specific high-visibility impaired driving enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. Enforcement periods can include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement. Find more details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips at

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.