Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Road to Zero Funding Announcement

The Road to Zero (RTZ) initiative launched in 2016 by the National Safety Council, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with the goal of eliminating roadway deaths within 30 years. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control became a partner to RTZ, which now has more than 800 coalition members. The U.S. Department of Transportation committed $1 million a year for three years and an additional $500,000 in year two to fund Safe System Innovation Grants; NSC is distributing these grants.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Safe System Innovation Grants, now in their third year. Grants are open to organizations with innovative approaches to making roadways safer and eliminating preventable roadway deaths.
Applications will be accepted through Jan. 25, with winners announced in March.
Applicants must clearly explain how their programs will reduce motor-vehicle crashes, set a time frame for the reduction, outline how the program will be evaluated and detail how the organization intends to reach its target audience, among other elements.
Learn more about the grant program, and submit an application here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Now Hiring: Motor Vehicle Program Coordinator at CDPHE

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion team is expanding to hire a Motor Vehicle Program Coordinator! This position is responsible for leading training and technical assistance for community partners on the identification, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based motor vehicle safety programs and strategies at the state and local levels. 

This position will work closely with the Colorado Department of Transportation and will actively participate in statewide coalitions related to teen driving, impaired driving and injury prevention. 

Qualified candidates should have experience engaging diverse partners to achieve program goals, conducting program evaluation, and providing training on injury and violence prevention or similar topics. 

The job posting will close on January 22, 2019 or when 30 qualified applications have been received. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Motor Vehicle Safety Survey

The Colorado Young Drivers Alliance conducts an annual survey to measure our community partners' opinions and understanding of young driver policies and practices. Responses are anonymous and help guide future safety efforts. Please help us out by taking the survey yourself and sharing it with your networks who address traffic safety issues within the following industries:

  • Motor Vehicle Safety Organizations
  • Law Enforcement
  • Community Coalitions
  • Healthcare/Hospitals
  • Local or State Governments
  • Schools/School Districts
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Business Community Members
  • Alcohol/Marijuana Retailers

The survey should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete and will remain open until December 21st. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

NEW: Motor Vehicle Safety Fact Sheet

Research shows that primary seat belt laws are the most effective way to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries on public roadways. Updating Colorado’s current seat belt law would provide protection for all citizens. That's why it is a legislative recommendation submitted annually to the Colorado General Assembly by the Child Fatality Prevention System and the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving and is supported by the Colorado Young Drivers Alliance and the Colorado Occupant Protection Task Force.

Traffic safety advocates across the state are educating stakeholders on seat belt use and effective policies to prevent motor vehicle fatalities. To learn more about the communities at highest risk of being seriously injured or killed in an unrestrained motor vehicle crash, how Colorado currently addresses this issue, and to access additional traffic safety advocate resources, contact Ginna Jones, Motor Vehicle Safety Manager at

Click the fact sheet below to download for educating stakeholders on motor vehicle safety best practices.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Prevention Science Specialist

Communities That Care is Hiring! 

The CTC Team in CO is hiring a Prevention Science Specialist that will be housed in the evaluation contractor's unit at CU Boulder in the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. This team both evaluates the statewide implementation of CTC in CO and helps support local communities to create and implement their local evaluation plans for the selected strategies in their Community Action Plans.

More information below

Job Summary:

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) seeks a Prevention Science Specialist, who will provide technical assistance and evaluation support to state and community partners involved with the Communities That Care (CTC) Colorado initiative. CTC is a prevention science model that supports local community coalitions to make data-driven decisions that reduce risk, promote protection, and address problems related to youth violence, substance use, and mental health. CTC in Colorado is supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in 47 communities across the state. CDPHE contracted CSPV to lead the statewide evaluation efforts of CTC Colorado and provide technical assistance to communities on evidence-based practices for implementation and evaluation. This position is classified as a Professional Research Assistant who will report to the Project Manager. 

Who We Are:

Located at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at CU Boulder, CSPV seeks to bridge the divide between research, practice, and policy to reduce problem behaviors and promote positive youth development. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be:
  • Translate scientific information in practical, applicable terms for a variety of audiences at the community, school, family, and individual levels in urban and rural contexts;
  • Build local capacity to collect, interpret, and understand data to support decision making;
  • Enhance understanding of scientific best practices to effectively address core issues;
  • Build community capacity to monitor and evaluate local-level interventions;
  • Learn from communities to inform research and scientific findings.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Webinar: Involving Youth Advocates in Policy Chage

Involving Youth Advocates in Policy Change  Webinar
Provided by Dover Youth to Youth
Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 2018 from 3-4 pm EST

TRAINING CONTENT: The focus of this webinar is to assist a youth group’s adviser in preparing youth advocates to participate in policy change activities – including state and local legislative activities, as well as non-legislative policy change efforts aimed at schools, retailers and other organizations.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE TRAINING: The handout. Please view here.

TO SIGN INTO THE WEBINAR: You do not need to sign up in advance to join the webinar. A few minutes before the webinar, follow this link to access the training (you do not need any special access code beyond this link):

Zoom is fairly intuitive, however, If you are unfamiliar with Zoom and you want a short tutorial on how it works – this quick video is very helpful:

ASKING QUESTIONS & INTERACTING WITH PRESENTERS: This particular software allows you to ask questions and interact with the presentation team – IF YOUR COMPUTER HAS A MICROPHONE. If not there is a chat feature where you can type questions. For the base presentation we will have you muted anyway. At some point we will open it up for questions and tell you that the audio connection has been activated. If your computer has a camera, the presenters and others on the webinar will be able to see you and you them. If not, there will be a blank tile with your name on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to:
Vicki Hebert
Dover Coalition for Youth - Dover Police Department
46 Chestnut Street - Dover, NH 03820
Office: 603-516-3279

Monday, November 5, 2018

Funding: Student Leaders in Public Health

We are excited to share with you the Student Leaders in Public Health program!
Student Leaders in Public Health is a field placement and leadership program funded by
the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) through the Public Health Training
Centers Program. In this new round of funding, HRSA has increased the stipend amount to 
$3,500, increased the number of stipends to 27 for the Rocky Mountain Region, and 
extended the reach to other public health-related graduate and undergraduate programs 
(e.g., psychology, sociology, social work). We see this change as a great opportunity to 
increase the impact and visibility of the program.

RM-PHTC Student Leaders in Public Health Qualifications and Project Requirements
  • Student must be a US citizen, US national or foreign national possessing a visa                    permitting permanent residence in US
  • Student must be enrolled in higher education program in CO, MT, ND, SD, UT,                                 WY (undergraduate or graduate with priority given to public health students).
  • Project impact must be with an underserved community/population in the Rocky                    Mountain Region.
  • Project must involve at least 200 hours of effort and be substantially completed                                 by June 30, 2019.
  • Total of 27 available stipends for the Rocky Mountain Region. Projects may be                                field placements (internship/practicum/capstone) or faculty-student collaborations                  (research project, etc).
  • Students receive $3,500 and are required to have 2 final deliverables (paper                                      and a poster or presentation).
Timeline: There will be two application review time periods. Application deadlines are                            November 15, 2018 and February 15, 2019.

Promotion: Attached you will find a flyer for students and for potential preceptors/mentors.                      Please spread the word about this exciting opportunity. It's a win-win for students and our          understaffed/over-worked public health workforce!