Tuesday, August 7, 2018

SADD Hiring for Colorado Coordinator

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is the nation’s premier youth health and safety organization that works to empower teens on the issues of traffic safety, substance abuse, personal health and safety.

SADD has a network of dedicated professionals who serve as State Coordinators. This full-time position, based in Colorado, develops and oversees the vibrant network of SADD chapters across the state.

Key responsibilities include:

● Serve as the project manager for statewide and national grants with support from the national office.

● Develop new SADD chapters by targeting school districts, superintendents, principals and other education and community professionals.

● Support existing SADD chapters by keeping them active, informed, and engaged in national and statewide programs, activities, and initiatives.

● Serve as the state voice of SADD with day and overnight travel to meet with chapters, partners, media, legislators, and other interested parties.

A successful applicant will possess a BA or BS degree with 3-5 years’ experience in the field of education, prevention, youth advocacy, substance abuse, program development, or other relevant field. Strong writing and organizational skills are a must, as well as effective interpersonal communication and presentation skills. Proficiency with software such as Microsoft Office and other tools is expected. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. No phone calls accepted.

Send resume, cover letter (including salary requirements), and relevant writing sample no later than August 24, 2018 to:

SADD Inc., 
Elizabeth Vermette 
Senior Director of Programs 
evermette@sadd.org , Subject: Colorado State Coordinator. 

SADD, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

MADD Colorado is Seeking Volunteers for Walk Like MADD at Sloan's Lake!

Join Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Colorado) on August 4, 2018 as we Walk like MADD to remember victims and survivors of impaired driving in our community! Walk Like MADD is a day-long event at Sloan’s Lake park that includes the 5k Walk, vendors, kids’ zone, doggie den, food, entertainment and more! 

By volunteering at the walk, you will have the opportunity to support families as they walk in memory of those lost or injured in impaired driving crashes. The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of impaired driving crashes, and prevent underage drinking.

VOLUNTEER DUTIES (participate in any of the following tasks during their shift):
•     Set-up event (booths, tables, hanging banners, deliver water to the route)
•     Tear down event and general clean up
•     Assist with Kids’ Zone and Doggie Den activities
•     Registration (handing out t-shirts, registering participants, accepting donations)
•     Route monitors and water station attendants
•     Vendor relations

•     Brief informational session prior to the start of the Walk.

•     Age 13 or older (volunteers aged 13-15 will need to come with an adult)
•     Reliable transportation to/from the Walk
•     Able to help move tables and chairs
•     Able to work in various weather conditions
•     Able to stand for at least 1 hour
•     Willing to wear a MADD volunteer t-shirt
•     Episodic volunteer application required (for new volunteers)
•     If you need community service hours, please indicate that in your note expressing interest. MADD requires        volunteers to have completed all of their sentencing, but there is opportunity to complete community service hours at MADD.

•     August 3, 201810:00am-4:00pm
•     August 4, 20185:30am-10:30am
•     August 4, 20187:00 am-1:00pm

If interested please email Rebecca Green, Program Specialist, at Rebecca.green@madd.org and include which shift you're available to work. 

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.


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.”