Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Adolescent Health Summit

This 2-day summit will provide tools and skills development to a diverse group of partners to support the development of comprehensive, coordinated systems that support healthy adolescents and young adults. The content of the Summit is geared towards state partners involved with healthy adolescent programming for states and tribes (Title V, Title X, Primary Care Associations, State Offices of Rural Health, and other State partners involved with/interested in this work).

This meeting is a collaborative effort of the Region VIII Adolescent Health Task Force. The Summit will provide tools and skills to assist state partners in developing comprehensive, coordinated systems that support healthy adolescents and young adults in their communities.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Webinar: Responsibility Grows Here 5/29

We invite you to join us at the LPHA webinar scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, at 1 p.m. to learn more about the new brand and subsequent campaigns.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched Responsibility Grows Here, new public education campaigns that encourage young Coloradans to stay away from marijuana and educate adults who choose to use marijuana to do so legally and responsibly. These campaigns build on the health department’s successful Good to Know and Protect What’s Next campaigns and represent next steps in the state’s comprehensive public education strategy. 

“Since legalization, we have worked with Coloradans every step of the way to address concerns and navigate changes,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “These campaigns connect more directly with those using marijuana and will hopefully drive home the message of what is safe and legal use.”

The health department will launch four educational campaigns under the new Responsibility Grows Here brand. The campaigns launching today are designed to reach marijuana users and youth. In mid-June, the campaigns will focus on trusted adults and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Each campaign will use media meaningful to the targeted audience, including television, radio and online ads; social media; and a user-friendly website.

The marijuana user campaign targets adult residents and tourists who use marijuana. Because research shows marijuana users often rely on salespeople in marijuana dispensaries for information, the campaign is introducing Meg the Budtender, a fictional spokesperson who will begin talking to Colorado adults about safe storage, appropriate places to use and not use marijuana, and the difference between smoking marijuana and consuming edibles. Unsafe storage can lead to accidental use by children, overconsumption of edibles can result in health risks, and smoking in public is illegal and can risk the health of those exposed to secondhand smoke.

Find Your Moment, the youth campaign also launching today, focuses on providing Coloradans ages 12 to 20 with prevention messages before they ever try marijuana. Marijuana use impairs developing brains and academic success. Research shows youth respond best to messages that demonstrate how marijuana use can keep them from achieving their dreams, whether those dreams include excelling in athletics, getting a good education or building a successful career.  

Campaigns reaching out to parents, trusted adults and new moms will launch mid-June. The trusted adults campaign will focus on how important their voices can be in young people’s decisions to not use marijuana. The campaign targeting new moms will promote educational messages on the negative health effects of using marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding and encourage women to talk with their health care providers.

“We’ve worked hard over the past four years to educate Coloradans on the basic laws, responsibilities and health effects of marijuana use,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, health department executive director and chief medical officer. “With these new campaigns, we’re focusing on those most affected by marijuana use to make sure they obey the laws, stay safe and become positive role models for Colorado youth.”

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Youth Leader Digital Story Screening

Come learn about and celebrate youth leadership in Denver! This interactive event will be catered and open to everyone for free! RSVP here or here

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Are You Interested in Increasing Your Agency's Capacity to Address Mental Health?

Check out this new funding opportunity from SAMHSA for Mental Health Awareness Training.

"The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Mental Health Awareness Training grants (Short Title: MHAT). The purpose of this program is to: (1) train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED); (2) establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services; (3) train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques; and (4) educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder. It is expected that this program will prepare and train others on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with SMI and/or SED.Eligibility

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private not-for-profit entities. For example:

State governments and territories (the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).
Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town (e.g., local education agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire department agencies, emergency medical units).
Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
Community- and faith-based organizations, including those that serve veterans, armed services personnel, and their families.
Public or private universities and colleges....
Anticipated Total Available Funding:  $15,801,221

Anticipated Number of Awards:  Up to 126

Anticipated Award Amount:  Up to $125,000 per year

Length of Project:  Up to 3 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?:  No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $125,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Teen Board Panel Discussion

Do you ever wonder what factors impact youth behavior? How do mental health, bullying, arguments with parents, romantic relationships, and connections with friends influence the decisions they make when getting behind the wheel or even riding with a peer? Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention presents an opportunity to learn more about what goes on in the lives and minds of youth to help you become a stronger advocate and youth-serving professional.

Friday, April 13, 2018

MADD Youth Advocacy Internship

MADD is accepting applications for their Youth Advocacy Internship Program!

You're the one willing to ask tough questions. You often raise your voice in moments of injustice. You dive into creativity to address challenges. You value the lives of your peers. You pay attention to your health and well-being. You know you can make a difference. Here is one way to do just that.  MADD Colorado's Youth Advocacy Internship Program is designed to give young voices the opportunity to be heard. This program provides a space for you to share perspectives on underage drinking and substance use prevention in Colorado.

Interns take a personal stand against drinking before age 21 or riding in a car with someone who has been drinking. They are committed to helping others do the same through planning and implementing community outreach activities and event, school awareness campaigns culminating with MADD's Red Ribbon Week in October. Interns will assist in planning and providing operational support of MADD Colorado's Law Enforcement Recognition, three Walk Like MADD events and Red Ribbon week. Interns with also shape our youth programming to increase MADD Colorado's relevance to the next generation it serves.

Youth Advocacy Internship Program is a 5-month volunteer commitment that includes:

  • Participation in 4 out of 5 meetings (one meeting can be via telephone) 
  • Participation in 3 out of 4 MADD events and Intern Excursions 
  • Potential excursions: District Attorneys’ offices, Sentencing hearings, the Capitol, Police Departments, Department of Transportation. 
  • Opportunities to participate in projects/activities (e.g. engaging with local police departments, school presentations, Colorado Youth Drivers Alliance etc.) to address the needs of the prevention community and educate the public on the value of underage drinking and substance use prevention 

To be eligible for participation in the group, you must be:

  • Ages 15-18 
  • A Colorado resident 
  • In good standing with your school 
  • Drug-free (this includes alcohol, marijuana and tobacco) 

 Students who complete the internship will walk away with leadership skills, an understanding of the legislative process, community engagement experience, and letters of recommendation for college and future employment.

Check out the MADD Youth Advocacy Internship application here!  Applications are due on April 30th, 2018!

Questions? Contact Rebecca Green at rebecca.green@madd.org

Friday, March 23, 2018

Children's Hospital Colorado: Now hiring a Safe Kids Colorado Coordinator!

Children’s Hospital Colorado has an opening for Coordinator of the Safe Kids Colorado Springs coalition.

This full-time position, classified as “Prevention Education & Outreach Coordinator, Senior” will be based at our hospital in Colorado Springs, a city of nearly half a million residents. Responsibilities for this position, which will be part of the larger Injury Prevention Program led by Colorado’s only ACS-verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, include coalition leadership, strategic engagement with partner organizations, community education and outreach, event planning, and other functions consistent with a comprehensive hospital-led injury prevention program. 

Additional responsibilities will evolve within our population health strategy and will require engagement with a variety of community entities, including school districts, primary care practices, state and local government, and non-profit organizations. Demonstrated experience in the Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention are essential.

Interested parties should apply at https://www.childrenscolorado.org/about/careers/.  Search for job #58761