Wednesday, May 15, 2019

CDOT's Cannabis Conversation: Community Workshop in Eagle

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Twitter: @coloradodot

May 14, 2019

Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager


CDOT's Cannabis Conversation to Visit Eagle, Host Community Workshop

EAGLE — The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Cannabis Conversation will stop in Eagle to host a stakeholder workshop meeting as part of its statewide outreach, gathering input and ideas for potential solutions to marijuana-impaired driving. CDOT will also ask for feedback on its public service announcement ad concepts. The meeting is a collaborative effort between CDOT and the Eagle River Youth Coalition.

WHAT:         CDOT Cannabis Conversation Stakeholder Workshop

WHEN:          Thursday, May 16, 4:30 p.m.Media are invited to join CDOT during the second half of the stakeholder meeting to observe the meeting, discuss results from the workshop and view the campaign creative concepts.

WHERE:        Eagle County Building — Garden Level Classroom
500 Broadway St. Eagle, CO 81631

·       CDOT
·       Eagle River Youth Coalition
·       Sweet Leaf Recreational & Medical Dispensary
·       Organizations representing the cannabis industry, public health, prevention and law enforcement

·       Partners listed above available for interviews
·       Creative ad campaign concepts
·       Workshop attendees

WHY:  CDOT’s Cannabis Conversation is a statewide traffic safety campaign that aims to engage Coloradans and partners in a meaningful discussion about marijuana and driving. In 2018, CDOT gathered feedback from more than 15,000 Coloradans and worked with stakeholders from the marijuana industry, healthcare, law enforcement and community groups to better understand why people drive high and how to facilitate behavior change.

This year, CDOT is again reaching out to the public and industry partners to collaboratively create a new traffic safety ad campaign and is working with the public and industry to develop practical solutions to the issue. In 2018, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) noted a 25 percent increase in marijuana DUI citations compared to 2017, and more than 20 percent of all DUI citations issued by CSP in 2018 involved marijuana. CDOT will use what it learns in 2019 to address public concerns and create safety campaigns to make Colorado roads safer. To learn more,

Whole System. Whole Safety. 
To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its “Whole System | Whole Safety” initiative. This project 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 safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Training Opportunity: Leading Effective Coalitions ECHO Series

Training Announcement 
A few spots remain!
 Register Here - Series launches June 18
Leading Effective Coalitions ECHO Series
A coalition thrives with dynamic and flexible leadership.
In these five, one-hour live sessions, experienced coalition leaders will have an opportunity to engage with peers and experts to build on their knowledge and strategies aimed at improving their effectiveness in leading coalitions.

Topics include:

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View our full training directory here.

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO 80045

Monday, May 13, 2019

Peer-to-Peer Learning Series: Engaging Youth to Create Healthy Communities

Greetings Community Leaders,

We heard you! Many of you have asked for an opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the country to share successes, challenges, ideas, and solutions for effective youth engagement. 

We are excited to tell you about County Health Rankings & Roadmaps’ next Peer-to-Peer Learning Series: Engaging Youth to Create Healthy Communities.
As you know, young people play a powerful role in leading positive community change. They often bring new ideas, new energy, and their own lived experiences that help foster inclusive communities for everyone. Finding ways to reach out, create seats at decision-making tables, and support leadership development among youth and young adults is an important part of building healthy communities for generations to come.

Please join us for this two-part peer-learning series on engaging youth to create community change. Youth and adult colleagues from around the country will come together to share successes, challenges, and ideas for effective approaches to youth participation in planning and decision-making. 

This will be a facilitated conversation rather than a formal presentation. Please come ready to share your own work and bring things you want to learn from others working in the youth engagement space.  

In the first session, you will discuss and share strategies and resources to strengthen partnerships with young people.

In the second session, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your own work, explore ways to build your youth engagement skills, and enhance your professional network. 
Please forward this invitation to colleagues and community leaders in your state who work with youth and young people to create healthy communities. Youth and young adults are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration is limited to ensure space and time for sharing.

In community,

Janna, Karen and Joe

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Spotlight: Eagle River Youth Coalition Encourages Safe Driving

Stay safe, stay sober during prom season

Eagle River Youth Coalition encourages safe driving

Eagle River Youth Coalition
Special to the Daily
Eagle Valley High School's annual Safe Driving Fair encourages students to make smart decisions during party season. 
Special to the Daily
The Eagle River Youth Coalition (ERYC) has been hard at work this winter establishing safe driving strategies for youth in particular, but spreading the word for drivers and passengers of all ages. Hillary Higgins, safe driving coordinator, has been busy meeting with community members and policymakers to keep all roadways safe.
At the end of April, hundreds of students at Eagle Valley High School took place in the annual Safe Driving Fair. First responders really made an impact with their “drunk/high” goggles and the SIDNE go-cart that simulates drunk driving. Actions always speak louder than words, and Higgins believes in the power of having young drivers feel the effects of driving while impaired, in a safe environment.
Vail Health, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol, Alpine Driving School, and ERYC also had informational tables and activities to encourage smart choices for young people. Young people need to hear — and see — the impacts frequently. The number of youth who report driving while impaired has inched up over the past few years, according to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. And, some youth still report getting behind the wheel when high or drunk. The stats are alarming: 20 percent of youth got in a car with someone who had a drink; 9 percent reported driving after a drink; 20 percent of youth reported they rode in a car with someone who had used marijuana — which has decreased from 2015.
It’s with an eye on these statistics and befriending youth in the community that makes Higgins want to do more and be involved in decreasing all forms of distracted driving. She’s been meeting with a variety of proponents who are propelling the safe driving mission forward.
“I want young people to know there are choices; that they don’t have to ever get in a car with someone who is impaired. I want them to make smart choices and turn down substances that negatively impact their minds,” Higgins said. “Together with so many activists in our community, we will make a real change towards attitudes and actions.”
With party season in full force, Higgins is sharing her message even more so. “With prom and graduation season right here, I want to remind students how to be safe,” she said. There are alt-prom parties and Project Graduation with Eagle Valley High School and Battle Mountain High School. We encourage parents to talk with their youth about their safe transportation plans during this time of year and to continue to model safe and sober driving habits.
Remember, we are all in this together and one tough conversation could save lives.
The Eagle River Youth Coalition’s mission is to continuously and collaboratively improve the lives of youth in the most powerful ways possible. Through a variety of programs, we strive to positively impact young people’s lives, giving them a voice in our community. Learn about the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, ERYC’s largest data assessment effort administered biennially to middle and high school students, and the “You Told Us” Social Norms campaign. Parents are invited to join the conversation and learn about resources through Eat Chat Parent. Take a minute to learn how we all work together to make youth a community priority.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Event: GHSA 2019 Annual Meeting

Imagine the Future: Advancing Traffic Safety through Technology and Innovation
Registration now open!

Anaheim Marriott 
Anaheim, CA
August 24-28, 2019

The traffic safety landscape is rapidly evolving, presenting both challenges and opportunities to reach zero traffic deaths. General Sessions will consider how states and their partners can harness the potential of technological advancements and engage innovative strategies to reduce crash injuries and fatalities. Breakout workshops will examine hot topics in safety, including law enforcement engagement, alcohol- and drug-impaired driving, bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and autonomous vehicles. Attendees will come away with concrete ideas to implement in their own work.
General conference programming begins the evening of Sunday, August 25 following a meeting of GHSA's Executive Board on August 24.


The meeting provides a wide range of sponsorship and partnership opportunities for organizations to gain visibility and access a key group of highway safety leaders.

California Office of Traffic Safety

Thanks to our host, the California Office of Traffic Safety, for helping to bring this year's Annual Meeting to the Golden State!

Who Should Attend?

  • State Highway Safety Office directors and staff
  • Federal highway safety professionals
  • Technology providers
  • Public health officials
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Private sector highway safety partners
  • State Highway Safety Office sub-recipients


  • Friday, July 12: Early meeting registration/discount & exhibit registration
  • Friday, July 26: Registration cancellation refunds (less service fee)
  • Thursday, August 1: Hotel guest room rates (if rooms are still available)
  • Friday, August 9: Advance registration

Monday, May 6, 2019

Global Road Safety Week 2019

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your online source for credible health information. 
Global Road Safety Week 2019
globalRoadSafethWeek2019_300x300.pngToday marks the start of United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2019! The week takes place every two years with themes around road safety. The theme this year is leadership and the goal is to encourage strong leadership among the public and inspire leaders to take action.
Every 23 seconds someone dies on the road. According to the World Health Organization, there are 1.35 million road traffic deaths each year, and more than half of these deaths are pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. In the United States, more than 100 people die and more than 8,400 people are injured each day in road traffic crashes. In 2017, major risk factors for road traffic deaths in the U.S. included:
  • Drunk driving, which contributed to more than 10,800 crash deaths.
  • Not using seat belts, car seats, and booster seats, which contributed to over 10,000 crash deaths.
  • Speeding, which contributed to more than 9,700 crash deaths.
CDC’s Injury Center encourages everyone to #SPEAKUP and be a leader for road safety. You can get involved by:
  • Posting and sharing your #Safies (safety selfie). Here’s how:
    • Download a signboard, cut it out, and make a handle
    • Write a message or safety concern
    • Take a photo or #Safie at the location where you face the road safety risk. (Do not take any photos that would put you in an unsafe situation)
    • Share it on social media with #SpeakUp and #Safie
  • Registering your road safety risks and concerns here
  • Following CDC’s Injury Center on social media @CDCInjury to get safety tips.
Help Us Spread the Word
  • Today is the start of UN Global Road Safety Week 2019 @UNGRSW! Help us raise awareness. Share your #Safie or register your local road safety risks:
  • #SpeakUp! The campaign theme is leadership for the 5th @UNGRSW. Learn what you can do to help:
  • Everyone can be a leader. #SpeakUp for road safety. Get involved; share your #Safie and your thoughts!
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