Thursday, April 9, 2020

Research Note from NHTSA: Seat Belt Use in 2019 - Overall Results

The national estimate of seat belt use by adult front-seat passengers increased slightly to 90.7 percent in 2019 from the 89.6 percent observed in 2018. These results are from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), the only survey that provides nationwide probability-based observed data on seat belt use in the United States. 

Read the full research note here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Funding Opportunity: COVID Response

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The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time.

Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. Read below for more information.

Eligibility and Funding Priorities

Community-based organizations that meet the following three criteria areas are eligible to apply: Organization type, populations served, and alignment with one of the Fund’s three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact and Recovery.
  1. Organization type: Nonprofit organizations, local government, school districts and small businesses who are:
  2. Populations served:
    • Eligible organizations must serve one or more of the following populations in Colorado through programs and services:
      • Children from families living on low income* who are impacted by school or childcare closures
      • Communities of color
      • Healthcare, hospitality, service industry and gig economy workers
      • Immigrant and refugee communities
      • Minimum or low-wage employees displaced by business closures
      • Older adults living on low income* 
      • People with limited English proficiency
      • People with disabilities
      • People without health insurance
      • Victims of domestic violence or child abuse
      • People living on low income* 
      • People experiencing homelessness
      • Workers without access to paid sick leave
        *For the purpose of this Fund, low income is defined as living at or below the poverty line or qualifying for free and reduced lunch.
  3. Alignment with one of the Fund’s three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact and Recovery.
    • Eligible organizations must demonstrate that they are meeting a community-driven need through their programs and services within one of the following three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact and Recovery: Note that for the first funding cycle, eligible organizations may only apply in the Prevention and Impact priority areas.
      • Prevention (examples include: medical supplies, shelter staff coverage, residential facilities staff serving vulnerable populations, nursing home staff coverage for low income households, mobility services serving vulnerable populations, cleaning supplies for shelters or care facilities of all kinds, medical information and support such as messaging campaigns)
      • Impact (examples include: economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the outbreak, early childhood education availability, technology assistance, childcare, education, volunteer services, food access or services, schools)
      • Recovery (examples include: medical supplies, activities to support small business focused on charitable efforts, mental and behavioral health for most vulnerable populations, volunteer services)

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Webinar: Evidence-Based/Informed Interventions and How They Can Improve Our Work

CSN Webinar
April 15, 2020
3:00 - 4:00 pm EDT
Evidence-Based/Informed Interventions and How They Can Improve Our Work
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
3:00 - 4:00 pm EDT
Evidence-based programs are those that have been rigorously tested in controlled settings, proven effective, and translated into practical models that are widely available. Evidence-informed programs, or practice-based evidence, uses the best available information, research and practice knowledge to guide program design and implementation. Ideally, evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions should be responsive to cultural backgrounds, community values and individual preferences. How do you know if you are using an evidence-based/informed program? What are the advantages of using such a program? How can you make an existing practice, or something you have been doing into something that is evidence-based or evidence-informed? Join us on this webinar to hear from two experts who can help answer your questions about using evidence-based interventions.  

Lynda Krisowaty of AMCHP will provide a brief overview of implementation science/evidence-based decision making, introduce AMCHP’s Innovation Station and related resources such as the implementation toolkits and explain key considerations for adaptation and quality improvement activities. Sarah Bacon of CDC will discuss evidence-based interventions from the vantage of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  Her presentation will include the best available evidence for prevention of ACEs, the evolving conversation around defining and measuring ACEs, and ACEs health consequences and their impact.  Ms. Bacon will also provide additional implementation supports and resources to help injury prevention practitioners ensure that science is translated into action. Bekah Thomas of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will moderate this webinar.

This webinar will be archived.

Please note that we are unable to provide CEUs or certificates for our webinars.
Sarah Bacon, PhD, is Senior Advisor on Adverse Childhood Experiences and supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Injury Center from her position in the Office of Strategy and Innovation (OSI). In this role, she provides strategic leadership and coordination across a range of injury and violence topics as they relate to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Sarah began her time at CDC in 2010 in the Division of Violence Prevention, where she was the lead scientist for the National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention. In 2015 she joined the Division of Overdose Prevention, leading the state-based overdose prevention programmatic efforts. She joined OSI in November of 2019.
Lynda Krisowaty, MHS, is the lead staff for the implementation of AMCHP's (Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs) Best Practices Initiative and Innovation Station, a repository of cutting edge, emerging, promising, and best practices in maternal and child health which allows states to learn about successful MCH programs across the United States. In this role, she assists with the identification, dissemination and evaluation of Innovation Station and AMCHP's Best Practices Replication work and provides technical assistance to state partners on evidence-based practice.
Rebekah Thomas, MPA, is the Director of the Injury Prevention and Control Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Ms. Thomas has worked in the field of violence and injury prevention since 2007 at a variety of governmental, non-profit and international organizations, including the Children’s Safety Network, where she was the Director of the Child Safety Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (CoIIN), the Boston Public Health Commission’s Division of Violence Prevention and the United Nations Development Program, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey. Bekah will moderate this webinar; she is an active member of the CSN-Alliance.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Students Against Destructive Decisions & National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

This Week is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week!

Youth are encouraged to take a couple minutes to post to social media this week to highlight the things that make them happy and ways they have fun without alcohol/drugs using the hashtags #MyHigh and #SADD2020. Youth can register their participation in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week here to help SADD track awareness and participation. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Opportunity: National Philanthropy Day - Youth & Youth Group Nominations

The 2020 nomination period for National Philanthropy Day is now open! 

New this year: Nominate an outstanding young person and youth group! Nominations are due May 22nd for these categories. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Funding Opportunity: CDC Suicide Prevention Funding

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention (CDC-RFA-CE20-2001) will support the implementation and evaluation of CDC’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to implement and evaluate this approach to suicide prevention, with attention to vulnerable populations* that have higher suicide rates than the general population and account for a significant proportion of the suicide burden. The program’s goal is to reduce suicide and suicide attempts in vulnerable populations by 10%.
Suicide is a growing public health crisis in the United States. In 2018, suicide took more than 48,000 lives, with rates increasing 35% since 1999. Suicide has devastating consequences on individuals, families, schools/workplaces, and entire communities. There is no single cause of suicide. Factors increasing suicide risk occur at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels and may include job/financial, health, criminal/legal, and relationship problems, substance use, loss of a friend or loved one to suicide, a history of suicide attempts, and mental health concerns, among others.

In order to address this range of risk factors and prevent suicide, CDC’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention is needed. This approach includes the development of a strategic action plan with the following components:

  • Strong leadership to convene and connect multi-sectoral partnerships 
  • Use of data to identify vulnerable populations with increased risk of suicide and to better characterize risk and protective factors in these populations 
  • Inventory of existing programs; identification of gaps in prevention for the vulnerable population(s); and selection of multiple policies, programs, and practices with the best available evidence using CDC’s Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices
  • Rigorous evaluation of the overall approach and individual activities 
  • Use of data for continuous quality improvement and sustained impact 
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a communication and dissemination plan 

Pending available funding, CDC’s Injury Center intends to commit approximately $7 million per year for five years to support up to ten cooperative agreement recipients.

More information is available at

For questions about this announcement, please email:

Important Dates
  • April 8, 2020: Pre-Application Conference Call to address questions from eligible applicants. Questions and answers from the discussion will be shared online and included in an amended NOFO. 
  • April 30, 2020: Due Date for Letter of Intent
  • May 26, 2020: Due Date for Applications
* Vulnerable populations include, but are not limited to, veterans, tribal populations, rural communities, LGBTQ, and people who are homeless.

Opportunity for Youth: Join the Student Leadership Advisory Council of Colorado

 MADD and SADD are partnering to start the Student Leadership Advisory Council of Colorado. 

  • Students will develop leadership experience, be a part of decision making at both MADD and SADD, and will have the opportunity to choose a topic they are passionate about and complete a project in their community
  • This opportunity is open to any high school age students and does not require a large commitment of time (1 hour virtual meeting per month for four months in addition to time spent on their community project). 
  • Email Emily DeFrancia with MADD ( or Kerry Ferguson with SADD ( with questions or to sign up!