Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Safe Kids Denver Metro is Hiring a Youth Intern!

Safe Kids Denver Metro (led by Children's Hospital Colorado) is hiring a youth intern to support the Denver Metro Teen Drivers (DMTD) program. This position will conduct outreach to Denver-metro area high schools, provide general support to the program manager, engage target schools and organizations, assist with the coordination of community-based events, work to establish and coordinate a DMTD Youth Advisory Board, participate in social media, and contribute to program reports. This position is currently grant-funded through 9/30/18.

Position Details:
  • Part-time with flexible hours (can work around class schedules) with some evenings and weekends, up to 20 hours per week.
  • Pay will be between $10-15/hour based on qualifications.
  • Minimum 1 year commitment.
  • Ideal candidate is a current or incoming college student (minimum of 18 years), with coursework and/or interest in public health, community health, marketing, or other related field.
  • Experience in community organizing and public speaking a plus.
To apply, please visit: https://www.childrenscolorado.org/about/careers/how-to-apply/ and search for job ID 56444. Interested candidates are welcome to reach out with questions directly to:

Susan Goldenstein, Prevention Education & Outreach Manager
Safe Kids Denver Metro / Child Health Advocacy Institute / Strategy & External Affairs
Phone: (720) 777-4807 
Email: Susan.Goldenstein@childrenscolorado.org

Friday, April 14, 2017

CDOT Releases Their 2017 Problem ID

The Colorado Department of Transportation has released their 2017 Problem Identification Report, providing data on Colorado's motor vehicle crash characteristics at the state, regional, and county level. The Problem ID is used by CDOT, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, public health agencies, and prevention professionals to identify traffic safety problems and target areas for education, prevention, and enforcement programming. Since 2011 Colorado’s fatalities from motor vehicle crashes have continually increased, reaching 546 fatalities in 2015. The following were primary factors in the majority of motor vehicle fatalities in 2015:

  • Speeding fatalities (39.6% of all fatalities)
  • Unrestrained fatalities  (34.4 % of all fatalities)
  • Alcohol-impaired driver fatalities (27.7 % of all fatalities)
  • Motorcyclist fatalities (19.4 % of all fatalities)

The full report can be accessed on CDOT's website at: CDOT 2017 Problem ID Report

For more information and motor vehicle crash and injury data requests, contact:
Christine Demont, Injury Epidemiologist
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Phone: 303-692-3057
Email: christine.demont@state.co.us

Monday, April 10, 2017

Aetna Releases 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities RFP

Are you interested in increasing safety through built environment strategies that encourage biking, walking, reduced speeds, and inviting public spaces? You may be eligible for the Aetna Foundation's 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program. 

As the Foundation's only open RFP this year, they are looking to award up to $2 million in grants to organizations that increase opportunities for low-income, minority communities to make healthy choices in the places they live, work, learn, and play. Grant requests can range between $50,000 and $100,000 for projects that span 18 to 24 months. They seek partners whose work addresses pressing issues in the following domains: Built Environment, Community Safety, Environmental Exposures, Healthy Behaviors, and Social/Economic Factors.

This will be a highly competitive funding opportunity structured in two stages. Stage 1 involves a short application. All eligible organizations are invited to submit an online Stage 1 application by April 14, 2017 at 3PM ET. Upon reviewing all Stage 1 applications, they will invite a smaller group of applicants to submit a full application for Stage 2.

Please visit their website and read the RFP, which includes a detailed FAQ section, for more information and other materials to assist you in applying.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Free Downtown Colorado Streets Workshops

Come to a free, half-day workshop this April to help communities learn how to strike a balance among the many demands facing their downtown streets. Workshop attendees will learn how to communicate and work with state and local agencies, identify problems, consider solutions, and get projects built to improve your downtown.
This workshop is designed for community residents, engineers, planners, advocates, and anyone else interested in making their downtowns better. Workshop attendance is limited so those that are interested are encouraged to sign up now. Workshop attendance is limited so sign up now! Registration deadline is April 14.
Workshop attendees will receive a free copy of Colorado Downtown Streets: A Tool for Communities, Planners, and Engineers.

WHEN: TuesdayApril 18 / 9:15am-2:00pm
WHERE: Cortez City Hall, 123 Roger Smith Avenue, Cortez, CO

For Additional Venue Information: Philip Johnson • pjohnson@cityofcortez.com • (970) 565-7320

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19 / 9:30am-2:00pm 
WHERE: Mountain Valley Bank - Meeting Room, 400 Main Street, Meeker, CO

For Additional Venue Information: Stephanie Kobald stephanie@meekerchamber.com • (970) 878-5510

Monday, April 3, 2017

National Push to Tackle Distracted Driving Begins

CDOT Wants Real Stories About Distracted Driving Impacts

When you drive on any road or highway, there’s one thing you’re almost certain to see — distracted drivers. According to a recent survey of Colorado drivers, cell phone use behind the wheel is an ongoing threat in our state, with 22 percent admitting to reading a message while driving. Beyond messaging, 64 percent had selected entertainment on a mobile device and 33 percent had talked on a hand-held phone. To encourage all drivers to be aware of their digital addiction and drop the distraction, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol are joining in a national effort to recognize April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, bringing attention to the threat distracted drivers pose.

“The recent CDOT survey results highlight that while the distracted driving behaviors vary by gender or age, the distracted driving issue is not region specific and is truly a problem statewide,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety. “Coloradans are not paying attention to how dangerous distracted driving really is. CDOT plans to address this disconnect and our collective addiction to our phones this summer through our Drop the Distraction campaign.”

In 2016, CDOT introduced the Killer Habit distracted driving PSA as part of the Drop The Distraction campaign. The video equates distracted driving and our dependency on our phones as a digital addiction, often with deadly consequences. View the Killer Habit video here: https://youtu.be/cODh6uDjXP4

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CDOT Launches Seat Belt Safety Campaign with Giant Grenade

To stem the rise of passenger vehicle fatalities and increase seat belt use across the state, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) unveiled a 9-foot-tall traveling grenade exhibit. The mock grenade represents the dangers that unbuckled passengers pose in a crash.

The giant grenade isn’t a traditional “buckle up” message, but is designed to turn heads and spark conversation. Written in spray paint across the grenade’s seat-belt-material surface is: “An unbuckled passenger can be just as deadly.”

CDOT says the state is facing a traffic safety crisis, and while the grenade imagery may shock some people, it’s a necessary tactic to gain attention on the dangers of not buckling up. In a crash, unsecured passengers don’t literally explode, but they do turn into heavy, blunt projectiles that can smash into others in the car, causing serious injury and even death.

“This sculpture is bigger than life, and so is the issue,” said Sam Cole, Safety Communications Manager for CDOT. “A grenade may imply danger and violence, but so does every person who rides unsecured in a car. We need to change the way people think about beltless passengers.”

Newly released data shows passenger vehicle fatalities rose in 2016. Unbelted passenger deaths topped 180, and passenger vehicle fatalities overall climbed to 362. For a decade, rates were on the decline, but for the second year in a row, the numbers have moved in the wrong direction. And while deaths are up, seat belt use rates are falling. Only 84 percent of people in Colorado buckle up. That’s far below the national average of 90.1 percent.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Course on Road Safety Fundamentals - Now Accepting Applications!

Join transportation professionals from across the country for an in-depth study of the fundamentals of road safety. Presented by the Road Safety Academy of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Road Safety 101 is a free online course designed for individuals new to transportation-related fields. It is based on the NCHRP 17-40 Model Curriculum for Highway Safety Core Competencies.

After completing this course, students will understand the basics of developing and implementing successful, collaborative road safety programs. Students will gain a better understanding of road safety data collection, analysis, and evaluation.

Who: Transportation, public health, planning, engineering, and law enforcement professionals interested in building core knowledge in road safety
When: May 11 - June 29, 2017 (weekly online sessions on Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time)
Application deadline: March 30 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (see "Applications" below for more)
More Information: Contact Dan Gelinne (gelinne@hsrc.unc.edu919-962-8703)

Road Safety 101 is ideally suited for professionals who are new to road safety and are just starting out in transportation-related jobs. This includes transportation planners, engineers, public health professionals, policy makers, and educators.

To apply, please complete the brief course application (rsa.unc.edu/documents/RoadSafety101_Application.docx) and submit it as an email attachment to Dan Gelinne (gelinne@hsrc.unc.edu919-962-8703) by Thursday, March 30. Students will be notified by April 7 if they are selected to participate.

Course Structure and Schedule
The course will primarily consist of weekly two-hour interactive online sessions, along with roughly one hour of independent work and reading to be completed outside of class per week. Weekly sessions will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday afternoons. Course instructors include researchers based at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, as well as experts from outside organizations and guest speakers representing a variety of perspectives on road safety. In addition to lectures and guest speakers, classes will feature interactive discussions and student-led instruction based on work performed outside of class.

Schedule Overview:
· May 11     Course Orientation
· May 18     Lesson 1: Foundations of Road Safety
· May 25     Lesson 2: Measuring Safety
· June 1      Lesson 3: Solving Safety Problems (Part I)
· June 8      Lesson 4: Solving Safety Problems (Part II)
· June 15    Lesson 5: Human Behavior and Road Safety
· June 22    Lesson 6: Implementing Road Safety Programs
· June 29    Final Discussion

Be sure to share the information with new colleagues, community partners, and grantees!