Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Recruiting Colorado 9 to 25 Community Connectors

✓ Do you have connections in your community to youth-serving organizations, youth councils, local public agencies, and committees / coalitions / collaborative groups?

✓ Do you want to help ensure all young people ages 9-25 in your community and in Colorado are safe, healthy, educated, connected and contributing?

Colorado9to25 (CO9to25) is recruiting individuals throughout Colorado with strong connections
to collaborative efforts to join the first Community Connector cohort launching in September. Community Connectors build stronger communities by growing relationships across local and state systems so that ALL youth and young adults in Colorado are able to reach their full potential. 

For more information on the role of a CO9to25 Community Connector and the associated expectations and opportunities, please see this one-pager . To preview the questions on the online application, see these Community Connector Questions.

To apply, please complete this brief questionnaire by August 17th.  The application helps the recruiting team get to know you a little better and to support a shared understanding of the purpose and expectations of Community Connectors. 

For questions, contact Meghan Chaney at meghan@civiccanopy.org

Interested in learning about alcohol policy? New Resource Released by the CDC: Guide to Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density

A new resource was just released by the CDC called the "Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density."  The Regulation of Alcohol Outlet Density is an evidence-based strategy through The Community Guide to decrease excessive alcohol consumption.  If local data shows that excessive drinking is a problem in your community, you may want to consider measuring alcohol outlet density.  For more CDC alcohol resources on research in action, visit this website.

Have questions about this evidence-based strategy or need measurement support? Contact Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Alcohol Epidemiologist, Kacy Crawford at kacy.crawford@state.co.us.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Children's Safety Network Releases Resource Guide for Young Drivers and Parents

Young drivers contribute to, and suffer from, the consequences of motor vehicle collisions at a disproportionate rate. Adolescent driver crashes often involve: driver error, lack of safety belt use, excessive speed, reckless driving, single vehicle crashes, nighttime fatal crashes, increased risk with every additional passenger, distractions, and alcohol and drugs.

The Children's Safety Network 2017 Resource Guide provides links to organizations, programs, publications, and resources focused on teen driving safety. It is divided into 14 sections: (1) organizations; (2) campaigns, programs, and toolkits; (3) data; (4) general publications; (5) Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL); (6) driver education and training; (7) parent supervision; (8) distracted driving; (9) passenger distraction; (10) technology distraction; (11) impaired driving; (12) drowsy driving; (13) drunk driving; and (14) drugged driving.

Access the PDF here: 2017 Teen Driving Safety Resource Guide

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Community Input Requested for the Denver Vision Zero Action Plan

Denver Vision Zero is pleased to announce that the final draft of the DVZ Action Plan is ready for stakeholder and public feedback.

The city of Denver began laying the groundwork for its Vision Zero initiative in 2015, and during his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor Hancock announced the city’s commitment to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries on Denver’s roadways by 2030. The Action Plan is a five-year approach that sets the City and its partners on a clear path to achieving this goal.

Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan seeks to reduce fatal crashes consistently year-over-year through infrastructure projects, policies and programs, increased coordination among partners and improvements to data and transparency. Someone loses their life every six days while travelling in our City. We don’t have to accept this as inevitable.

Denver developed the Plan in coordination with dozens of City agencies and partners, including the Denver Vision Zero Coalition, Colorado DOT, Denver Health & Hospital Authority, DRCOG, RTD, Denver Public Schools, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, AAA Colorado and the Mayor’s pedestrian and bicycle advisory committees.

Please join the effort, review the Denver's Vision Zero Action Plan, and provide feedback via the  Vision Zero web page by August 11, 2017.

Transportation Research Board Webinar: Changes in Youth Mobility

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM that features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. This webinar will discuss the changing mobility patterns of teens and young adults and the linkages to economic, social, and health effects. The presenters will highlight current best practices in transportation planning that addresses youth mobility and will identify potential strategies to better align planned and existing transportation systems with the needs of this demographic.

Webinar Outline

  • Overview of NCHRP
  • Changes in youth mobility
  • Decline in vehicle miles traveled
  • Millennial beliefs about trip making and related factors
  • Question and answer session

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to understand the specific preferences and needs of this age group in order to make changes in the products and services offered in the transportation system.

Registration questions? Contact Reggie Gillum at RGillum@nas.edu.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Funding Opportunity
Is your community and/or school district working to get more students walking and bicycling to and from school?
The Colorado Department of Transportation announces a call for projects for Fiscal Year 2017-18 Safe Routes to School (CSRTS) Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Projects.  The guidelines and applications are posted on the CDOT website.

The goal of CSRTS is to help schools, school districts and local communities enable and encourage more children Kindergarten through 8th grade to safely bicycle and walk to and from school. 

Safe Routes to School programs are sustained efforts by parents; school staff and administrators; representatives from law enforcement, public health and advocacy; community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.

SRTS programs examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities that work to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. As a result, these programs help make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing transportation choices thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Infrastructure - Planning, design, and construction of safe school routes and facilities for children to walk and bicycle to and from school
  • Non-Infrastructure - Educating children, parents, and communities about safe walking and bicycling practices and the health and academic benefits that result from walking and bicycling to and from school
To provide guidance on completing the application and understanding the requirements of a CDOT grant, the Colorado SRTS program manager will be hosting applicant training sessions at various locations throughout the state in August and September. Currently sessions are scheduled for Friday, August 25 from 1-3 pm and Wednesday, September 6 from 1-3 pm. Attendance is via webinar with some in-person space available. For more information or to register, email leslie.feuerborn@state.co.us. Additional sessions will be scheduled and information will be posted on the website.

Funds are awarded through a statewide competitive process and chosen by an appointed advisory committee. Up to $2M is available for infrastructure projects and $0.5M for non-infrastructure (education and encouragement) projects. Funding details are included in the application guidelines. Minimum funding level for Infrastructure projects is $50,000 and $350,000 will be the highest amount awarded to a single project. An education component is required with infrastructure projects.

Non-infrastructure projects have a $5,000 minimum but no maximum limit.
These reimbursement grants will be awarded statewide. Project selection will give consideration to schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free- or reduced-lunch. 

Applications are due to CDOT-SRTS by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017.   Both Word and PDF versions of the application are available on the websiteNEW THIS YEAR – applications can be submitted electronically.

For more information, contact Leslie Feuerborn, Colorado SRTS Program Manager at 303.757.9088 or leslie.feuerborn@state.co.us.      

Friday, June 16, 2017

Safe States Webinar: Pedestrian Injury Prevention

Safety Takes Synergy: Lessons & Successes from the
Pedestrian Injury Prevention Action Team Program


Decreasing pedestrian injuries and fatalities requires strong partnerships between a variety of state and local agencies. Developed by the Safe States Alliance and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Pedestrian Injury Prevention Action Team Program was designed to enhance statewide pedestrian safety efforts by helping practitioners strengthen partnerships and align efforts between those working in a variety of fields, including public health, transportation, planning, education, law enforcement, and advocacy.

During this webinar, you'll:
Learn about lessons and successes from the Pedestrian Injury Prevention Action Team Program, which are documented in a new impact evaluation reportdeveloped by the Safe States Alliance; and
Hear from Action Team members in Kentucky and Rhode Island regarding how they’ve used multidisciplinary collaborations created through the program to successfully advance pedestrian safety initiatives.
Join the webinar on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST to learn how you can engage partners across a variety of disciplines to achieve shared goals and ensure that pedestrian safety efforts are meaningful and impactful.

Webinar panelists include:

Jamila Porter, DrPH, MPH
Director, Programs and Evaluation
Safe States Alliance

Officer Robert H. McCool, MS, MT, EMT-B
Program Manager
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center

Lloyd Jordison, RN
Health Education Director
Madison County Health Department

Mia Patriarca, MA
Healthy Communities Specialist
Physical Activity and Nutrition Program
Rhode Island Department of Health

Bari Freeman
Executive Director
Bike Newport

 Register for the webinar today!