Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Opportunity: Comedy Defensive Driving's Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship

At Comedy Defensive Driving, we believe that quality education is too expensive for many students and should be obtainable for everyone. So, if you are up for trying something meaningful to help achieve your goal of a quality college education, continue reading.

Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship: Design an advertisement that will educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving, and convince them with a clear call to action not to text and drive, drink and drive, eat and drive, or any other distraction you choose to focus on. You may focus on distracted driving as a whole, or pick a specific kind of distracted driving, but the message/focus of your advertisement must be clear. You will be judged based on the quality of the content, it’s usability as an ad (billboard, commercial, PSA, poster, radio ad, etc.) and how it effectively convinces drivers to stay focused on the road. We are looking for creative, and helpful ads with maybe a bit of humor or irony.

One Scholarship Offered Twice Annually:

Spring Semester Scholarship:
  • Submission Deadline: May 31
  • Winner Announced: June 30

Fall Semester Scholarship:
  • Submission Deadline: December 31
  • Winner Announced: January 31

  • Open to students planning on or currently attending an accredited college, university or continuing education program
  • No GPA Requirement, financial requirement, or any other kind of requirement – Just knowing you are making the effort to get out of bed and do something positive before noon qualifies
  • Take the pledge to not use your phone while driving, and definitely not to drive while you’re buzzed.. And definitely don’t use your phone if driving
  • All forms of ads accepted including: PSA, commercial, music, billboards, media, graphics, etc. MUST BE AN ADVERTISEMENT WITH CLEAR CALL-TO-ACTION
  • No time restraints, however, keep in mind that you are making an advertisement, not a Ridley Scott movie
  • No overt profanity
  • Nudity will not be allowed
  • Plagiarism automatically disqualified

How to apply:
  • Submit advertisement to: In the body of your email, include the following:
    • Your name
    • Best way to contact you 
    • Name of University/College you currently or plan to attend
    • Major or intended major
    • What kind of advertisement you created (billboard, magazine ad, commercial/PSA, radio ad, etc.)

NOTHING ELSE IS NEEDED. We will not be judging based on anything other than the advertisement, so don’t sweat over an introductory email. Winners will be contacted directly; submissions through phone calls, physical mail, fax, etc. will NOT be accepted. Scholarship will be awarded to the student who provides the most compelling ad against distracted driving. Quality, creativity, your choice of medium, the message both visually and verbally, and whether we can see this ad actually being used as part of a campaign against distracted driving, will all be taken into consideration.

Who is Comedy Defensive Driving? Only the most widely known name in driving safety and education, since 1989. We utilize professional comedians to maximize student attention using humor as our method of content delivery. 
Visit our website here!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Webinar: Changing Internal Practices to Advance Health Equity

LIVE WEBINAR TUESDAY, August 28, 2019 FROM 12:00-1:15 PM EST.
Sign in opens a few minutes before start time. A link will be available at that time.

Changing organizational practices to advance health equity is a difficult task. 
But through using the Human Impact Partners' definition of health equity and 
theory of change, we can begin to minimize the barriers of change management. 
This webinar will feature Megan Gaydos, Project Director at Human Impact 
Partners, and will focus on methods that health departments can use to address 
power imbalances and other factors in order to advance health equity.

Local health department staff, community organization leaders, and other public 
health professionals

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the role of health departments in addressing power imbalances, racism
    and other forms of oppression at the root of health inequities.
  • Name three barriers and three antidotes to changing organizational culture.
  • Identify five internal actions that health departments can implement to advance
    health equity.

Continuing Education Credit
CE is not available for this training.

The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources 
and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers 
($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author 
and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any 
endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Contact us at with questions.

Sign up for this course today!


Monday, August 19, 2019

Training Announcement: Social Justice Approach to Youth Engagement

Social Justice Approach to Youth Engagement

September 5, 2019 - October 24, 2019

Are you ready to be challenged to move your youth engagement work forward? Are you looking for actionable ways to advance equity in your community? Register today for the FREE, online Social Justice Approach to Youth Engagement training course. 

About the course: 

Social justice youth development combines intentional anti-oppressive practice with and for young people, with knowledge and skill building from youth development to support youth as they negotiate and disrupt the misuses of power in their lives. During this seven-week course, participants will be expected to critically analyze how power, privilege, and oppression operate in their own lives and participate in conversations regarding how they can disrupt systems of power that oppress young people. This course will offer a mix of critical reflection, skill-building, applied practice, and tools and resources that will enable participants to be an advocate for and with youth.

Click here to register!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Event: CDOT to Host Breathalyzer Brunch

CDOT's "Breathalyzer Brunch" at Spanky's Roadhouse 
August 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m

Calling all Denver Brunchers! 

As part of CDOT's DUI-prevention campaign, CDOT is hosting a "Breathalyzer Brunch" at Spanky's Roadhouse to raise awareness of personal breathalyzers as a tool to prevent impaired driving.

Attendees will:
  • Be equipped with a breathalyzer to monitor their BACs as they enjoy their brunch meals and drinks
  • Receive a free breathalyzer for their time
  • Receive ride-hailing credit provided by CDOT to make sure they get home safely

Click here to register!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Resource: Toolkit on how to fix an unsafe school zone in your community

Take Action Toolkit: How To Fix An Unsafe School Zone In Your Community 

Find strategies, advocacy tips, model documents, and resources provided by our Public Policy team to help you work in your community to make safety changes to your school zone. Changes covered in our action plans can improve safety for pedestrians, bike riders and all of us near schools.You can learn more about child safety risks in our report, "Alarming Dangers in School Zones," which led to the development of our Take Action Toolkit.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Opportunity: Public Health Fellowship in Government

Public Health Fellowship in Government
Applications for the 2020 Fellowship are due Sept. 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. ET
The Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in government. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials and an interest in serving as a staff person in the U.S. Congress. The fellowship is based in Washington, D.C. One fellow will be chosen each year.
The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health. Much of the work developing public policy happens at the staff level, where these critical issues are not well understood or incorporated into the discussion. The fellow will have the opportunity to make an impact and improve the health of the public. 
The fellowship aims to:
  • Establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and public health professionals;
  • Educate public health professionals about the legislative process and the skills necessary to be successful, including the ability to translate complex public health issues into legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives;
  • Increase the visibility and impact public health professionals in the policy arena;
  • Increase attention to and focus on the social determinants of health and the goal of improving health equity and creating healthy communities;
  • Support the inclusion of sound public health science in policy; and
  • Create a culture of policy engagement for public health professionals.

You can find all the information you need to apply, including eligibility requirements and stipend information, in the Fellowship Flyer (PDF) and the Application Instructions (PDF). Still have questions? Email us.  
This fellowship is sponsored by an unrestricted grant from the Aetna Foundation.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Contest: Do Not Disturb While Driving - A Contest through TrueMotion

The Do Not Disturb While Driving contest you’ve been waiting for is here

August 5, 2019

We’re launching a contest to find the best Do Not Disturb While Driving messages. Starting today, you can comment on our Facebook posts with your Do Not Disturb While Driving messages. Winners get a $100 Amazon gift card!
Enter the contest now!
Our goal is to increase the adoption of Apple’s Do Not Disturb While Driving (DNDWD). Do Not Disturb While Driving is an iPhone feature that blocks all incoming notifications – like texts and calls – while you’re driving. It sends an automatic reply to people contacting you while you’re driving. You can customize this message – which is where this contest comes in. 
By all accounts, DNDWD can save lives. Studies have shown that it reduces distracted driving. The problem is that over 40% of drivers aren’t aware of the feature. Drivers that are aware of this feature don’t always use it: 15% don’t believe that it will make them safer on the road. One in four turns DNDWD off. We’re hoping the contest will inspire more people to activate DNDWD. 

How the contest works

We’re running four contests throughout August, one per week. Each weekly contest starts Monday morning and ends Thursday at 3:00 PM EDT. We’ll announce winners every Friday. You enter the contest by commenting on our daily Do Not Disturb While Driving Facebook posts. You can post as many times as you want. (Why not do it now?)


We have a panel of safe driving advocates to judge the messages. It includes representatives from StopDistractions.orgTextLess Live More, Colorado Drive SafeSafe Roads Alliance, and S.A.D.D. The judges will vote for their favorite messages each week. Messages will be judged on impact, virality, creativity, and clarity.

Use the best messages

We’ll be keeping track of the winners on our contest page, so you can just copy and paste them into your auto-responder. You can also learn how to personalize your Do Not Disturb While Driving message.

Get started!

We can’t wait to see your Do Not Disturb While Driving messages! Head over to our first Facebook post and submit your Do Not Disturb While Driving message now.