Thursday, September 20, 2018

Excessive Alcohol Use and Suicide in Colorado

We know that excessive alcohol use such as binge drinking is a leading cause of impaired driving fatalities every year. Did you also know that it also plays a significant role in the Colorado suicide rate, which is consistently among the top 10 highest in the nation? Strategies that reduce excessive alcohol use also reduce injuries, violence, chronic disease, and preventable fatalities.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released a new data report detailing how excessive alcohol use connects with suicide in Colorado.The report summarizes Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC) among suicide decedents between 2011-2015. Key findings show that almost 1 in 3 suicide decedents had a BAC equal to or greater than 0.08 g/dL at the time of death. 

Many factors contribute to suicide, such as substance use, depression, and intimate partner problems and prevention requires a comprehensive approach to adequately address multiple risk factors. However, it is clear that reducing excessive drinking could also reduce suicide deaths in Colorado. 

To view the report, please visit this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W9wW49RJ84trGacpGq3Cz2ovLzyoumR-/view

For more information on how to reduce excessive alcohol use, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/alcohol.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Family Leadership Training Institute Recruiting New Members

Stand Up. Speak Out. Create Change.


Excitement is building as the Family Leadership Training Institute of Boulder County, Aurora, and Montbello are actively recruiting for their 2019 classes! In late September, these three communities will begin the 20-week process that is equal parts self-exploration, skill development, community building, and motivational coaching. 

Develop new leadership skills and learn more about the civic process to create positive change for children and families. Apply Today! 

More information about Fall classes is listed below. Additional FLTI sites will be starting in January, 2019.
FLTI of Aurora
Sponsored by: Aurora Community Connection
Classes located at: 9801 E. Colfax Ave, Ste. 200
Aurora, CO 80010
Offered in: Monolingual Spanish
Contact: Aliria Bello or Teresa Torres

FLTI of Boulder County
Sponsored by: Sister Carmen Community Center
Classes located at: 655 Aspen Ridge Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
Offered in: English
Contact: Julie Piller or Zoya Elhassan

FLTI of Montbello
Sponsored by: Families Forward Resource Center
Classes located at: Moorhead Recreational Center
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012
Offered in: English
Contact: Veronica Armas




Thursday, August 30, 2018

2GO Community Innovation Grant


Start planning now for the
2GO community innovation grant!

When programs and policies are designed with the whole family’s future
in mind, and families have the resources and social networks available
to be successful, opportunity becomes a family tradition.

Knowing this, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) 
will be seeking innovative proposals to address systemic challenges
and empower families to reach their full potential. The 2Generation
Opportunities (2GO) Pilot will award up to 10 grants of $100,000 each to
regional and community collaborators who propose innovative ways to
create a path to the middle class for whole families.

2GO grants must be used to build community readiness and collaboration
to better serve families and ensure outcomes for the whole family.
Following an initial planning stage, grantees will receive funding to pilot
their ideas for proof of concept and effectiveness. CDHS anticipates that
up to four years of additional funding may be available for successful projects.

The request for proposal is expected to be released on August 29, 2018.
Proposals must be received by CDHS no later than September 28, 2018.

For more information on the 2GO Pilot, visit
www.colorado.gov/cdhs/2gen-pilot.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Marijuana Focused Media Campaigns


Join us for Part 4 of the Marijuana Policy Webinar Series:

Marijuana-Focused Media Campaigns


Tuesday, September 18   |   2:30-4:00pm ET


 Register Now     


Marijuana-focused mass media campaigns of the past focused solely on discouraging initiation and ongoing use. However, with a growing number of states legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use, both the messaging and tone of campaigns has changed.

Join us for the fourth RTI Case Studies in Marijuana Policy webinar to learn about the marijuana-focused mass media campaigns of Colorado, Washington and Oregon. The 1.5 hour-long webinar (with Q&A) will be moderated by RTI expert Jane Allen.
We will discuss:
  • How states allocate funding for marijuana-focused campaigns
  • Campaign audiences, and how communication goals differ by audience
  • Use of formative research to develop messaging, and the degree to which other states can build from this body of work
  • Factors influencing media channels
  • What is known about campaign effectiveness
  • Recommendations for states currently developing marijuana-focused mass media campaigns
  Register Now     

Can't attend the live webinar?
Register anyway and we'll send you the recording.



Webinar Presenters





Karen Girard
Section Manager, Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention





Kristen Haley
Media & Priority
Populations Consultant, Washington State Dept. of Health 




Jessica Neuwirth
Retail Marijuana Education &
Youth Prevention Coordinator,
Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
This webinar is Part 4 of the Marijuana Policy Webinar Series. Learn more about the series here.

Questions? Contact us.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Teach Me How to GDL!


Inexperience is one of the leading causes of young driver crashes. Colorado's Graduated Drivers Licensing system (GDL) helps youth develop vital driving skills by gradually increasing their privileges on the road as they gain experience behind the wheel. 

Developed in partnership with youth, the Teach Me How to GDL campaign uses humorous comic strips to remind youth and parents that by enforcing the law in their vehicle they are saving lives. 

You play a major role in this campaign! The materials don't work by themselves - we need you to use the social media assets, posters, and media toolkit provided to increase awareness and conversation in your community about what GDL looks like and how to keep our students safe. The more buzz you create, the more lives we save. 

Spanish materials will be released soon. 

  • Media Toolkit
    • PDFs and Word Docs of:
      • How To Spread the Word in Your Community
      • Key Campaign Contacts
      • Messaging Platform + FAQ
      • Social Media How To Guide
      • How To Organize a Community or Media Event
      • How To Organize a Community or Media Event_OneSheeter
  • Poster 
    • GDL Poster PDF
  • Social Assets
    • Social Media How To Guide
    • GDL Partner Posts
    • Partner Photos & Videos
      • Facebook
      • Instagram
      • Snapchat
      • Twitter

Questions? Contact: 

Media Support: Sam Cole - Sam.Cole@state.co.us
Online Campaign Materials:  Kristen Barnhill- kristen@ameliecompany.com
Community Outreach Ideas - Ginna Jones - ginna.jones@state.co.us 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

SADD Hiring for Colorado Coordinator

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is the nation’s premier youth health and safety organization that works to empower teens on the issues of traffic safety, substance abuse, personal health and safety.

SADD has a network of dedicated professionals who serve as State Coordinators. This full-time position, based in Colorado, develops and oversees the vibrant network of SADD chapters across the state.

Key responsibilities include:

● Serve as the project manager for statewide and national grants with support from the national office.

● Develop new SADD chapters by targeting school districts, superintendents, principals and other education and community professionals.

● Support existing SADD chapters by keeping them active, informed, and engaged in national and statewide programs, activities, and initiatives.

● Serve as the state voice of SADD with day and overnight travel to meet with chapters, partners, media, legislators, and other interested parties.

A successful applicant will possess a BA or BS degree with 3-5 years’ experience in the field of education, prevention, youth advocacy, substance abuse, program development, or other relevant field. Strong writing and organizational skills are a must, as well as effective interpersonal communication and presentation skills. Proficiency with software such as Microsoft Office and other tools is expected. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. No phone calls accepted.

Send resume, cover letter (including salary requirements), and relevant writing sample no later than August 24, 2018 to:

SADD Inc., 
Elizabeth Vermette 
Senior Director of Programs 
evermette@sadd.org , Subject: Colorado State Coordinator. 

SADD, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

MADD Colorado is Seeking Volunteers for Walk Like MADD at Sloan's Lake!

Join Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Colorado) on August 4, 2018 as we Walk like MADD to remember victims and survivors of impaired driving in our community! Walk Like MADD is a day-long event at Sloan’s Lake park that includes the 5k Walk, vendors, kids’ zone, doggie den, food, entertainment and more! 

By volunteering at the walk, you will have the opportunity to support families as they walk in memory of those lost or injured in impaired driving crashes. The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of impaired driving crashes, and prevent underage drinking.


VOLUNTEER DUTIES (participate in any of the following tasks during their shift):
•     Set-up event (booths, tables, hanging banners, deliver water to the route)
•     Tear down event and general clean up
•     Assist with Kids’ Zone and Doggie Den activities
•     Registration (handing out t-shirts, registering participants, accepting donations)
•     Route monitors and water station attendants
•     Vendor relations

TRAINING:
•     Brief informational session prior to the start of the Walk.

QUALIFICATIONS:
•     Age 13 or older (volunteers aged 13-15 will need to come with an adult)
•     Reliable transportation to/from the Walk
•     Able to help move tables and chairs
•     Able to work in various weather conditions
•     Able to stand for at least 1 hour
•     Willing to wear a MADD volunteer t-shirt
•     Episodic volunteer application required (for new volunteers)
•     If you need community service hours, please indicate that in your note expressing interest. MADD requires        volunteers to have completed all of their sentencing, but there is opportunity to complete community service hours at MADD.

TIME COMMITMENT - CHOOSE ONE:
•     August 3, 201810:00am-4:00pm
•     August 4, 20185:30am-10:30am
•     August 4, 20187:00 am-1:00pm

If interested please email Rebecca Green, Program Specialist, at Rebecca.green@madd.org and include which shift you're available to work.