Thursday, January 16, 2020

Webinar: Walkability for All: Putting Equity into Practice

February 12, 2020
2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific
How do we move beyond talking about equity to building equitable communities? Join us for the webinar Walkability for All: Putting Equity into Practice on February 12, 2020 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific where we’ll explore ways individuals and organizations are taking action to create walkable and movable communities for all people. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn about strategies, resources, and data to help implement equity into your own work
  • Hear from those working to develop and implement strategies to improve engagement and participation
  • Explore how we take equity from a buzzword to an action item

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Conference: Culture of Data - Redefining Approaches to Health Equity



How do you define health equity?

Join us at the Culture of Data conference Friday April 10th  and learn from experts how systemic changes can improve health for all.

Theme:  Health in All Data:  Redefining Approaches to Health Equity

Learn:
  • To identify and utilize the collection of health data on racial and ethnic populations that will impact health policy and the delivery of health services.
  • To modify existing data collection and dissemination processes to prioritize telling the story of those communities experiencing health inequities.


REGISTER NOW for best rates

 View our conference page for the most current information

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Opportunity: Supporting the Well-Being of System-Involved LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program - Now Accepting Applications!




Certificate Program is designed to help juvenile justice, child welfare, and other system partners target and improve outcomes for at-risk LGBTQ youth. The program will focus on the particular challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in child-serving systems (including juvenile justice, child welfare, education and behavioral health) as well as strengths and protective factors common to the population, and will highlight effective policy and practice reforms that promote positive youth development and take a holistic approach to addressing their needs.
Participants will receive instruction from national experts on the terms and concepts related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE), and how to shape organizational cultures and approaches to support the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth. This includes guidance on how to develop effective policies, training, and data evaluation efforts; better identify and effectively engage LGBTQ youth and their families; build community capacity to serve this population; and develop comprehensive and multi-faceted strategies and supports that promote positive youth development. Specific attention will be paid to the prevalence of multi-system involvement and compounding issues of implicit bias and stigma, racial and ethnic disparities, homelessness and commercial sexual exploitation of LGBTQ youth.
Upon completion of the Certificate Program and submission of an approved Capstone Project, participants will receive an Executive Certificate from Georgetown University, membership into CJJR’s Fellows Network, and ongoing support from the CJJR staff.
CJJR has partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Ceres Policy Research to offer the Supporting LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program.


Capstone Project

As part of the Certificate Program, participants are required to develop and implement a Capstone Project during the twelve-month period following the completion of their Certificate Program session. The Capstone Project is a set of actions each individual participant or team will design and undertake within their organization and/or community by applying their learning from the Certificate Program to initiate or continue collaborative efforts related to improving outcomes for system-involved LGBTQ youth. Learn more about Capstone Projects.

The next Certificate Program will be held April 20-24, 2020. The application period is now open through February 7, 2020. Download the 2020 Application Packet.
Tuition subsidies are available through CJJR’s Janet Reno Scholarships. These competitive scholarships of up to $1,000 per person will be provided to teams that show a heightened readiness to utilize the curriculum to undertake changes in their local community, as determined by CJJR’s review of the individual and team applicants. There will also be a separate category of need-based subsidies available through CJJR to support the participation of individuals and teams with demonstrated need.  Read more about tuition.
Please direct any questions to jjreform@georgetown.edu.



Application Guidelines

The Supporting LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program is designed for public and private sector leaders working in the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, substance use, education, and other related systems of care that serve youth involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. Those who attend the program will be current and future leaders – individuals who are responsible for, and capable of, effectuating change. Participants can be from the local or state level and may include individuals working on best practices for this population at the national level.
While individuals will be permitted, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as a team to increase their ability to implement reform upon completion of the Certificate Program. Applicants are encouraged to form teams of no more than eight people. Ideally, teams will include the most senior juvenile justice professional in the jurisdiction and representatives from core partners, including behavioral health and child welfare agencies, schools and community-based organizations.
Strongly recommended team members include:
  • Juvenile justice agency director / most senior juvenile justice leader in the jurisdiction, and/or key juvenile justice management staff, such as Program Directors, Deputy Directors, facility management, etc.
  • Leaders from partner agencies including child welfare, behavioral health, education, and community organizations focused on this population of children and youth
Recommended team members include:
  • A judge or others from the court system
  • Treatment providers
  • Law enforcement
  • Probation/Parole Officer
The exact composition of the team will depend on the specific goals of the team. Selection decisions will focus heavily on participants’ readiness for implementing reforms, assessed by asking applicants to summarize their role in past reform efforts, especially efforts that engaged leaders in other systems, and their agency’s relationship with other child-serving agencies. Applicants should identify the barriers they have experienced in undertaking this work and what efforts they have taken to overcome those barriers. We are looking for participants who are seeking to build on their successes or overcome challenges, thereby being in a position to most benefit from the instruction and technical assistance they will receive during the Certificate Program and as Fellows. The strength of team composition will also be considered within the context of the goals of the team.
This program is NOT accepting applications from students who do not also hold a professional role in a child serving organization.


Friday, January 10, 2020

CDOT: 2020 resolutions off to a rough start for 348 Colorado Drivers



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Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager
303.757-9484 (desk) | 303-859-1304 (cell)
sam.cole@state.co.us

Jan. 8, 2020

2020 resolutions off to a rough start for 348 Colorado Drivers
There were 8,513 DUI arrests during 15 enforcement periods in 2019

STATEWIDE — While some Coloradans rang in 2020 safely with friends and family, others started the year off on the wrong foot — with a DUI arrest. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and statewide law enforcement agencies collaborated for the New Year’s Eve increased DUI enforcement from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2 to keep impaired drivers off the roads during New Year’s festivities. During the enforcement, 348 impaired drivers were arrested for DUI, an increase from the 334 arrests made during the same enforcement period last year.

The New Year’s Eve enforcement began the 2020 The Heat Is On enforcement periods. During the 15 enforcement periods 2019 — which totaled 179 enforcement days — law enforcement made an average of 48 DUI arrests per day. There were 8,513 DUI arrests during those enforcement periods, a slight decrease from the 9,687 arrests in 2018.

Ninety-nine law enforcement agencies across Colorado participated in the 2019 New Year’s Eve enforcement period, with the Denver Police Department (33 arrests), El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (23 arrests) and the Colorado Springs Police Department (22 arrests) recording the highest arrest totals. CSP arrested an additional 82 DUI offenders across the state. Comprehensive results from all participating agencies can be found at codot.gov/safety/traffic-safety-reporting-portal. Arrest data is organized by law enforcement agency and enforcement period.

“A vehicle with an impaired driver behind the wheel is a serious threat to everyone on the road,” said Col. Matthew Packard, chief of CSP. “There are still far too many impaired drivers that could cause harm to people out on our state’s roadways. We hope Coloradans make a concerted effort in 2020 to only travel with sober drivers.” 

Preliminary data shows 176 people died in impaired-related crashes on Colorado roads in 2019.

The Heat Is On campaign will continue in 2020 with 16 heightened DUI enforcement periods. The 10-day Winter Blitz enforcement period begins on Jan. 17.

CDOT’s New Year’s Eve and Winter Blitz enforcement periods and DUI-prevention campaign support CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. 

ABOUT THE HEAT IS ON
The CDOT Highway Safety Office provides funding to Colorado law enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, education and awareness campaigns. The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year, with 16 specific high-visibility impaired driving enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. Enforcement periods can include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement. Find more details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips at HeatIsOnColorado.com.

WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY.  
In early 2019, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative takes a systematic, statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Job Opportunity: Injury Prevention Coordinator


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Description of Job
About the work unit
The Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion (VIP-MHP) Branch exists to coordinate state and local efforts toward mental  health  promotion, substance abuse  prevention,  and  the  prevention of death and disability in Colorado due to unintentional and intentional injuries through health policy, legislation, public awareness and education, training, assessments, and intervention programs. The VIP-MHP Branch houses the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) program, and is charged with implementing the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention Act (Article 20.5 of Title 25, Colorado Revised Statutes).  The CFPS is a statewide, multidisciplinary, multi-agency effort to prevent child deaths. This unit is responsible for the oversight of the CFPS, which coordinates local child fatality review teams to review child deaths (ages 0-17) for the purpose of describing the trends and patterns in Colorado, aggregating child fatality data from individual deaths, identifying prevention strategies, and implementing and evaluating prevention strategies at the state and local levels.

About the position
The primary purpose of this position is to provide training and technical assistance on the prevention of unintentional injuries and fatalities and implementation and evaluation of the CFPS, including working with the CFPS State Review Team and the local child fatality prevention review teams (local teams) and other injury prevention partners throughout Colorado. This position develops and provides regular and ongoing training and support to the system on topics related to equity; positive youth development; contract monitoring; continuous quality improvement; child fatality case review and data-related tasks (including quality assurance, case assignment, etc.); communication with partners through the state through website, blog, and newsletter; and evaluation and data collection tools. This position collaborates with other state injury and violence prevention programs in the VIP-MHP Branch and with other state child death review and prevention programs and partners. This position requires strong communication, evaluation, and group facilitation skills. The position is also expected to ensure that equity is central to all training, technical assistance, evaluation and communication with partners and will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships at the community, state and national levels.
For more information about the position and to apply, please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2665438/injury-prevention-coordinator-00044

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Building and Bridging Power Strategy: Letters of Intent Now Being Accepted

Building and Bridging Power Strategy:
Letters of Intent Now Being Accepted

The Colorado Trust is pleased to announce a new advocacy funding opportunity, titled “Building and Bridging Power to Advance Health Equity through Policy and Advocacy” (Building and Bridging Power). This new strategy will support the work of organizing people in communities and building policy infrastructure with and between grassroots and grasstops organizations in Colorado.

Please review the information document about this funding opportunity, or visit the funding strategy page for further details. Letters of intent are now being accepted through our grantee portal until Feb. 7, 2020. No other application format will be accepted.

For people and organizations interested in learning more about this opportunity, The Trust will host a live webinar on Jan. 10, 2020 from 2-3:30 p.m. MST. The webinar will be recorded and available on our website until the funding opportunity closes on Feb. 7. Registration details for the webinar are available in the information document and on our website.

The Trust is also hosting statewide, in-person information sessions throughout January in locations across Colorado. A list of sessions is available in the information document. While registration for these has closed, space may still be available at select sessions; to inquire about space, or for more information about this funding opportunity, please contact Noelle Dorward, Colorado Trust advocacy and policy partner, at (303) 539-3134 or noelle@coloradotrust.org.