Monday, August 31, 2015

Tri-County Health hiring public health nurse

Tri-County Health Department is hiring a Public Health Nurse for its Chronic Disease Prevention program, to be a member of the new interdisciplinary Community Health Team. The nurse will work with primary care practices and clients to promote prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Duties will involve health education, care coordination, and assistance with initial program development and ongoing evaluation.

Full details can be found here, and applications should be received by September 4.

Colorado Health Foundation offers applicant webinars

The Colorado Health Foundation is offering applicant information webinars by outcome area to provide participants with a more comprehensive overview of work underway and planned funding opportunities within Healthy Living, Health Coverage and Health Care.

Register now for the following upcoming live Applicant Information webinars:

Sept. 14, 2015 at 11 a.m.
Applicant Information Webinar: Healthy Living
This webinar gives representatives from nonprofit organizations a chance to learn about the Foundation's grantmaking program, including specific funding opportunities in the Healthy Livingoutcome area. Hear from Foundation staff and receive a concise overview of the application process.

Sept. 14, 2015 at 12 p.m.
Applicant Information Webinar: Health Care and Health Coverage
This webinar gives representatives from nonprofit organizations a chance to learn about the Foundation's grantmaking program, including specific funding opportunities in the Health Care andHealth Coverage outcome areas. Hear from Foundation staff and receive a concise overview of the application process.

All live webinars are recorded and archived for viewing on

Live webinars require advanced registration, but participation is not a required part of the application process.

America’s schools make positive changes to create healthier school meals

Most schools in the U.S. are implementing healthy practices to help meet federal school meal standards by offering whole grains, more fruits and vegetables, and reducing sodium content, according to data published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. School meal programs are an important source of nutrition as students consume almost half of their daily calories at school.

CDC researchers analyzed school-level data from the School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) for 2000, 2006, and 2014 to see how well schools are implementing practices related to the nutrition standards for school meals published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2012. The standards require serving more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and gradually reducing sodium over 10 years. Previous studies have shown that students who eat school meals consume more milk, fruits, and vegetables during school meal times and have better intake of some key nutrients (such as calcium and fiber) than those who do not participate in the meal programs.

“School meals are healthier now than ever before. We’ve made real progress, but there is much more to do to help American children make food choices that will keep them healthy throughout their lives,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

Between 2000 and 2014, the percentage of schools implementing five of the nine school nutrition services practices examined has increased significantly.

For the rest of the release and more information, go to the CDC.

Friday, August 28, 2015

CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents: “Preventing Suicide: A Comprehensive Public Health Approach”

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., EDT
Global Communications Center (Building 19)
Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium
Roybal Campus
For non-CDC staff interested in viewing the session:
live external webcast will be available. For individuals who are unable to view the session during the scheduled time, the archived presentation will be posted 48 hours after each session. 

Presented By:
Alex Crosby, MD, MPH
Branch Chief, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
“Suicide: An Urgent Public Health Problem”

Eric D. Caine, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention
University of Rochester Medical Center
“Implementing Promising Suicide Prevention Approaches While Enhancing the Evidence Base”

Jarrod Hindman, MS
Violence and Suicide Prevention Section Manager, Prevention Services Division
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
“Using Data to Increase Awareness and Prevention of Suicide: Colorado’s Public Health Approach”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Schools: Essential building blocks for a culture of health

As part of its First Friday Google+ Hangout series, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will host a discussion on the importance of addressing children's mental, physical and cognitive needs in the classroom. Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser, will moderate the discussion with a child and community wellness specialist, an emotional intelligence expert and a principal who will share his school's approach to building a culture of health.

Sept. 4, 10:15 to 11 a.m. | Register now

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CDPHE's Retail Marijuana Education Program announces a funding opportunity for Latino/Hispanic Community Outreach

CDPHE's Retail Marijuana Education Program is excited to announce a funding opportunity for Latino/Hispanic Community Outreach. The purpose of this request for applications (RFA) is to fund local outreach to leverage the “Marihuana en Colorado, Lo Que Debes Entender” campaign (launched August 2015) to educate Spanish-speaking adults in their communities with information about marijuana legalization, the potential health effects from marijuana use, and how to talk to family members, teens or loved ones about marijuana.

Funded awardees will achieve the program’s stated goals in up to seven Latino/Hispanic communities in Colorado. Applications are due Sept. 25, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. You can read more about the RFA and download the document and attachments on CDPHE's site.

Please share this information with organizations that have capacity and experience conducting this type of culturally and linguistically responsive health education and outreach.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Marijuana Factsheets Available in Spanish

All marijuana factsheets have been translated into Spanish in order to help facilitate conversations on retail marijuana laws and health effects with Hispanic/Latino communities. Eight factsheets have been translated with information for multiple audiences including pregnant and breastfeeding women, parents, teachers and community partners.

Please use this link to download, print and share the factsheets.