Thursday, October 19, 2017

Learn How to Develop Bipartisan Support for Your Motor Vehicle Policies

Webinar Series: Crafting Richer Public Health Messages — Gaining Broad Policy Support in Politically Polarized Times

Designed for public health practitioners, lawyers, researchers and scientists, government and healthcare officials, and business and community leaders, this three-part webinar series, co-sponsored by the Network and the Center for Public Health Law Research, will explore the interdisciplinary messaging teamwork necessary to fashion legal and policy interventions in these politically polarized times. Using concepts and frameworks adapted from both Moral Foundations Theory and the Five Essential Public Health Law Services, the presenters will describe fresh approaches and practical examples for convincing lawmakers and the public to adopt new policies during these challenging times.

Webinar One

Crafting Richer Public Health Messages using Moral Foundations Theory
October 26, 1 - 2:30 EST

• Colleen Healy Boufides, Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law Mid-States Region Office

• Gene Matthews, Southeastern Region Director, Network for Public Health Law Southeastern Region Office
• Scott Burris, Professor of Law & Public Health, Temple University

Effective messaging of public health challenges and interventions is essential to public health practice and especially to implementing public health laws and policies in a polarized political environment. It is easy for public health leaders to become consumed with the ongoing political and resource shifts taking place in public health and health care. However, it is also clear that those in public health, at all levels, want to engage more deeply and meaningfully with communities of all backgrounds who are burdened by poor health. Using Moral Foundations Theory, the speakers will explain how liberals and conservative audiences resonate differently to six intuitive foundational moral values.  This session will explore crafting messages that embrace all six foundational values so that public health practitioners may engage a broader base of support and develop new community partnerships.

2nd Annual Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference: Call for Proposals Now Open

May 30-June 1, 2018
 SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT HERE by 5pm on Friday, November 3, 2017

As prevention and intervention professionals, you have likely seen issues that are common​ among the youth, families and communities with whom you work - 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 create opportunities to prevent multiple forms of violence, juvenile justice involvement, injury and substance abuse​, helping ​multiple programs and agencies​ achieve their desired outcomes​.

We have an ambitious agenda but based on last year's conference we know prevention and intervention professionals are asking that we continue to the dialogue and learning about shared risk and protective factors and how to use them to determine programming needs for youth in their communities.  The goals for this conference include:

Creating Shared Understanding

  • Identify how different outcomes that they work on are linked to one another through shared root causes.

  • Describe the basics of approaching prevention at the root causes of issues, including shared risk and protective factors.

  • Identify effective strategies that impact multiple outcomes by addressing root causes.

  • Identify strategies to use prevention funding streams, resources and infrastructure to create sustainable programs and practices.

Moving Theory to Practice   

  • Describe local examples of using the shared risk and protective factor approach across different sectors to promote connected communities and safe, healthy, and successful youth.

  • Identify effective strategies to impact root causes like pooling resources, coordinating efforts, and engaging new partners within their community.

  • Practice skills integral to a shared risk and protective factors approach including collaboration, Positive Youth Development, policy change, and prevention science

Enhancing Collaboration

  • Identify new partners who share common goals and efforts that align with risk and protective factors that impact their work.

  • Identify ways in which they can collaborate and leverage funding with partners to achieve common goals.

  • Identify ways to broaden their existing efforts to address multiple and connected root causes.

Please also put this conference into your schedules and let others in your communities know about it; conference registration will open after the 1st of the year. 
Last Day to Register for FREE Systems Change for Health Training!

This training recognizes that health problems are heavily influenced by policies and environments that either sustain healthy behaviors and practices or fail to support healthy choices. Learn more during a 2-day, FREE training - but hurry, registration closes Thursday, October 19th!  *Training is free. Your mileage, dinner, and lodging (if applicable) are not covered.

Course 1: October 23-24, 2017

The workshop guides participants in considering how problems are socially constructed, and how economic and other determinants can be identified as root causes of problems that lead to health disparities.

Course 2: October 26-27, 2017

During this two-day, interactive workshop, participants develop skills for analyzing(comparing) and selecting policy/environmental solutions to health problems. The workshop introduces the need for policy analysis and its relationship to socio-political values.

  • Jefferson County Public Health Dept, Mount Bierstadt Room, 645 Parfet St Lakewood, CO 
  • Registration Here

Questions? Contact Garrett Sawyer at

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Video Release! The Impact of Distracted Driving

In honor of National Teen Driving Safety Week, Children's Hospital and Denver Metro Teen Drivers has just released a video highlighting the story of a Colorado college student who made a single mistake that changed her life and the lives of those around her forever.

Please help spread awareness by sharing the video on social media and starting vital conversations about the dangers of distracted driving with your family, friends, and community.

For more information about the video you can contact Eliza Gadziala at 

Child Fatality Prevention State Review Team Recruits New Members

The Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) State Review Team is recruiting for one member who represents an organization specializing in auto safety or driver safety within the state.

If you are interested in serving in this role, please email a CV/resume and a few sentences expressing your interest and how you fulfill the role to the CFPS State Support Team at:

To learn more about the CFPS State Review Team,  please visit the Child Fatality Prevention System Website.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fall 2017 Positive Youth Development Trainings

Adolescence is a time of change and opportunity. The physical, social and psychological changes young people undergo impacts their behavior, how they interact with the world and how the adults around them respond to this transformation. This Positive Youth Development (PYD) training will help you understand and learn the skills needed to integrate the evidence-based PYD approach into your current youth programming efforts. Positive Youth Development Trainings are available in Estes Park, Winter Park, Commerce City, Fort Collins, and Canon City.

Register today! Registration: PYD Training Registration

When & Where:

Sept 19th: Estes Park
Sept 29th, Winter Park
Oct 20th, Commerce City
Nov 8th, Fort Collins
March 16th, Canon City

Who: Youth-serving professionals and anyone else interested in youth health and well-being.

What will you get:

Training on Positive Youth Development
An introduction to Adolescent Development
Tools to support your program, organization, or personal practice
Networking opportunities

Any questions, contact Rebecca Medina at

For more Violence and Injury Prevention trainings visit the VIPrevention Network Training Calendar.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Colorado Motor Vehicle Safety Survey

The Colorado Motor Vehicle Safety Survey measures knowledge of current motor vehicle laws, stakeholder collaboration and engagement, prevention strategy support, and data use. Survey results will help the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Colorado Department of Transportation better support safety efforts across the state.

This survey should only be completed by community partners who are either directly or indirectly involved in motor vehicle safety work, and is not intended for the general public.

Examples of Stakeholders:

  • Law Enforcement
  • First Responders
  • Local Public Health Agencies
  • Local and State Legislators
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Community Organizations Impacting Motor Vehicle Safety
  • Violence and Injury Prevention Professionals
  • Parents of Driving Aged Youth
  • Alcohol and Marijuana Retailers
  • Business Owners With a Stake in Motor Vehicle Safety