Thursday, October 18, 2018

Shared Risk and Protective Factor Conf. Call for Abstracts!

The 3rd Annual Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference will be held at Keystone Conference Center in Frisco, CO, May 29-31st, 2019.

As prevention professionals, you have likely seen issues that are common​ among the youth, families and communities you work with - issues like poverty, families dealing with substance abuse, and youth who are not connected to or do not feel safe at school. We often refer to these issues as "shared risk and protective factors". This conference focuses on learning and implementing ​strategies that take ​a shared risk and protective factor approach to prevent multiple forms of violence, injury and substance abuse​, helping ​multiple programs and agencies​ achieve their desired outcomes​.
Do you have stories of successful collaboration to share? Do you have examples of using a shared risk and protective factor approach to create connected communities? Or maybe expertise around using a positive youth development approach, or changing systems to support youth development, or identifying and addressing the root causes of violence, injury, and substance abuse?
This conference draws young people and adults who are engaged in creating connected communities and safe, healthy, and successful youth. Attendees include adults and young people working with nonprofits and government agencies from across Colorado including stakeholders of the following: CDPHE Violence & Injury Prevention Program, Collaborative Management Program, Communities that Care, Department of Education, Office of Behavioral Health, Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program, Youth Partners, and many more.
Read the Proposal Submission Questions HERE: 
Create a Presenter Account and Submit your session proposal HERE:
Instructions: At the Login page, click "Create Account", once confirmed and logged in select "+ Create New Submission". You can add co-presenters to your session by providing their email address on the form.
*The submission site is best viewed on a desktop.
***Once you click “Submit,” your session will be automatically recorded and you will be taken to a “Submission Summary” page. You can log-in to your account and edit or delete your submission before the Call for Proposals Close date, November 15th.***
To be notified when registration opens, please complete this form HERE
Have questions about the conference? Email us at

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New Dates Released: Parent & Young Driver GDL Class

Educating Youth to be Responsible Drivers:
A Class for Parents and Their New Drivers

Learn the laws of your teen’s restricted license before you hand over the keys.
You will learn about:
  • The risks of young adult driving
  • What Graduated Driver Licensing is and how it impacts you and your teen
  • Adding a youth to your insurance policy
  • Tips on how to teach your young driver to be safe

All sessions run 6:30pm to 7:30pm
RSVP via phone 1-866-779-3347

or online at

2018 class schedule:
November 7, 2018

2019 class schedule:
January 16, 2019
March 20, 2019
May 15, 2019
July 17, 2019
September 18, 2019

Class Location
Swedish Medical Center
501 E. Hampden Ave.
2nd Floor Conference Room Pine B
Englewood, CO 80113

Prize drawing discounts towards Drivers’ Education provided by:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Job Opportunity: Youth Program Specialist

Boulder County Public Health is hiring a part-time Healthy Futures Coalition Youth Program Specialist! This position is responsible for coordinating the Healthy Futures Youth Leadership Team. It works closely with the Healthy Futures Coalition coordinator, two part-time youth staff, and community agencies and coalitions to plan, implement, and evaluate a range of prevention strategies to increase healthy behaviors within Boulder County, with a focus on youth.

The Community Health Division at Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) works on the social factors that research has shown to improve health and well-being. The division's Community Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Program works to engage people in Boulder County by building a thriving community where people do not abuse substances and where all community members have a positive role to play in this effort. In particular, the program works from a Positive Youth Development framework, in which young people actively participate.

The person in this position must be interested in supporting young people to learn and develop skills to thrive. The position provides a context in which to develop skills in project management, working with young people and adults in various settings, and communicating about challenging issues in a practical and effective way. It also provides an opportunity to practice implementing public health theory, including Positive Youth Development, health equity, population-based approaches, prevention theory and practice, strengths-based perspective, and harm reduction. 

Please apply by 10/19/18: Youth Program Specialist

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Funding: Sexual Violence Prevention -Shared Strategies with Impaired Driving Prevention

Did you know that motor vehicle safety and sexual violence share some risk and protective factors? Environmental strategies that reduce binge drinking have the power to reduce interpersonal and community violence, impaired driving, and more! 

Check out the funding announcement below to learn how to fund upstream strategies that improve safety and health across your community. 


The Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Program is pleased to announce the availability of funds to enhance community-level primary prevention across Colorado in an effort to address root causes of sexual violence.

The SVP Program recognizes that there are important shared upstream factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of sexual violence perpetration and multiple other forms of violence such as: weak health, educational, and social policies/laws; diminished economic opportunities/high unemployment rates; community support/connectedness (Connecting the Dots). By funding strategies to impact these upstream factors and modifying characteristics of the community, we can influence healthy social, economic, and environmental conditions that have a sustainable impact for all communities.

This funding opportunity will support this work across two critical focus areas: Creating Protective Environments and Providing Opportunities to Empower and Support Girls and Women.

Due Date: November 16, 2018 at 5pm MT

To Access the RFA Package:

Friday, October 5, 2018

Positive Youth Development Training!

Positive Youth Development, “PYD” is an approach that incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies, so that young people reach their full potential. This training is open to youth serving professionals or anyone interested in youth well-being or development. 

Anyone who works in young driver safety and who has not taken the full training is highly encouraged to participate! 

October 30th 9:00am - 3:30pm in Lowry

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Communities That Care is Hiring!

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Boulder County Public Health is hiring a Communities that Care Facilitator. Communities That Care (CTC) emphasizes a strengths-based approach to increase protective factors for children, youth, and young adults by promoting principles of healthy youth development, improving youth outcomes, reducing problem behaviors, and supporting communities and youth-serving agencies through coordination of a community-based CTC process. The ultimate goal is to select and implement evidence-based public health strategies, including policy, communications, and system change.

This position recruits and supports a community board and workgroups to understand the CTC process and complete "CTC Milestones & Benchmarks" (i.e. supports the work, but the responsibility rests with the board for completing the CTC process). The position guides community CTC efforts and the CTC project, which is supported by a grant from the State of Colorado. Funding is provided on an annual basis, although the current grant cycle is expected to continue through June 30, 2021. The CTC project focuses on the Lafayette community, and the position works closely with an East Boulder community organization and contracted health planner to implement CTC processes to support and guide the community in generating local responses and solutions to reduce substance abuse.

The position is backed by extensive training and technical assistance from the Center for CTC and BCPH. CTC is housed in BCPH's Community Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Program, which is part of the Community Health Division.

This is a full-time, benefited term position with Boulder County, with an anticipated end date of June 30, 2021. The Communities that Care Facilitator will work Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm out of the Public Health office in Boulder, CO. Applicants must be available and willing to work evenings and weekends, as well as travel locally and occasionally out of state. Under FLSA guidelines, this position is exempt from overtime.

Hiring salary range: $3,881 to $4,736 per month
For more information and to apply, please click here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Preparing the Public Health Community for Autonomous Vehicles: A Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Building the Frame: Exploring the Role of Public Health in New Technologies for Motor Vehicle Safety
October 17, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:30pm ET

Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death and injury across the life-span, increasing in 2016 to more than 37,461 deaths. The introduction of autonomous vehicles to the automobile fleet holds the promise of significant reductions in motor vehicle injuries and fatalities, particularly among younger and older drivers, two populations at greater risk of motor vehicle injury and death. During this webinar, the Motor Vehicle National Peer Learning Team Core Team will review a systems approach to address the opportunities and challenges that will influence increased use of vehicle safety technologies to quickly and drastically reduce motor vehicle crash injuries and fatalities. Dr. James Hedlund, Principal of Highway Safety North and author of the Governors Highway SafetyAssociation (GHSA) report Autonomous Vehicles Meet Human Drivers: Traffic Safety Issues for States, will review public health injury issues related to autonomous vehicles and a role for public health practitioners in promoting understanding and uptake of autonomous vehicle technologies to increase motor vehicle safety. Rebekah Thomas of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will provide an overview of what the planning committee has learned about AV in the first phase of this project. This series is geared toward injury prevention professionals, researchers, engineers, policy makers, and state autonomous driving work groups. Participants will be able to ask questions of the presenter.

To register for this webinar, visit: Registrants for this first webinar will be notified of future webinars in this series. For more information, contact Ivy Jones Turner at

About the MV-NPLT
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a group of injury prevention professionals, researchers, engineers, and policy makers formed the Motor Vehicle National Peer Learning Team (MV-NPLT) to promote a public health approach to the acceptance and integration of automated safety features that can rapidly reduce automobile crash injuries and fatalities and decrease crash disparities. The MV-NPLT Core Team believes that public health practitioners can increase the acceptance and use of life-saving motor-vehicle technologies by understanding the systems that facilitate or impede the uptake of new safety technologies.