Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Welcome new Colorado Health Service Corps awardees

Congratulations to 49 new loan repayment recipients and 29 renewal awardees from the March 2018 round. These outstanding providers practice at diverse sites across Colorado. These recent awardees include 14 physicians, six dentists, six dental hygienists, nine physician assistants, five nurse practitioners, one certified nurse midwife and eight licensed mental health providers. Nearly half of them are located in rural areas. Approximately $2.1 million was awarded in loan repayment during the recent cycle.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming part of the Colorado Health Service Corps, our new application will open onSeptember 1, 2018. The link to the application will be available on our website and must be submitted online by September 30, 2018. Everyone who wishes to be considered during the upcoming cycle must submit a new application, regardless if you have applied in the past. Renewal applicants should apply 3 to 9 months before their current contract expires. See our webpage for more information. We look forward to receiving your application.

Jeffco hiring tobacco program/communications specialist

We have a position open at Jefferson County Public Health for a Tobacco Health Communications and Program Specialist, The basic information about the position is included below, and to see the full posting and to apply click here

Position Title:      Tobacco Health Communications and Program Specialist
Closing date:       Sun. 07/29/18 6:00 PM Mtn Time
Salary:                  $52,000.00 Annually
Job Type:             Grant Funded/Benefit Eligible
Location:              645 Parfet Street Lakewood, CO 80215, Colorado
Division:              Health Promotion & Lifestyle Management
Department:        Public Health

This Tobacco Health Communications and Program Specialist assesses and responds to community tobacco control and health promotion needs by developing and delivering health communications, public information and media strategies, and by assisting with the development and delivery of population-based interventions, including education and skill-building for partners, community mobilization and coalition-building activities, and other strategies which positively impact policies resulting in community norm and behaviorJe change.

High Blood Pressure May Increase Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure
At least two large studies have revealed an alarming trend among stroke patients. If you had a stroke, even a small stroke, your risk of dementia within the next two years was greatly magnified.  There's something about having a stroke that drives a lot of the processes that give rise to dementia.
Read full article here

Friday, July 13, 2018

Don't miss the next Obesity Prevention Networking Call!

Local Obesity Networking Call

This month’s call will explore food policy at the state and local levels. 

Date and time: July 18, 2018 from 2-3pm MST
Presentation link: https://cdphe.adobeconnect.com/oppinetworkingcall/
Audio: 1-877-820-7831 and use passcode: 265224
CDPHE Room B2E is reserved for in-person participants.

Presenters Wendy Peters Moschetti from LiveWell Colorado and Tristan Sanders from the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment will share their experiences with state and local initiatives to address food insecurity and access to healthy foods.

Wendy will discuss general trends in local, state, and federal food policy and will specifically focus on current efforts of LiveWell Colorado and its partners to improve access to healthy foods in Colorado through state legislative policy and current federal Farm Bill efforts.
Tristan will discuss specific efforts of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council including an explanation of how the work is both rooted in direction and sustained by City government staff. He will highlight both successful and unsuccessful initiatives. Additionally, he will discuss how healthy food policy work is integrated into both the Community Health Improvement Plan and other citywide planning efforts.

These bimonthly calls provide a forum for Colorado state and local public health agencies and interested organizations to learn and share information about strategies, programs, and policies in the space of obesity and chronic disease prevention. Previous calls are available on the OPPI siteIf you would like to be added to the call and webinar email announcements, or add an event, training or webinar, please contact Haley Stewart, Public Health Planner, haley.stewart@state.co.us.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

DTTAC Lifestyle Coach Training Denver, CO October 23-24, 2018

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DTTAC Lifestyle Coach Training
Denver, CO
October 23-24, 2018

Is your organization planning on delivering the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program - the nation's foremost evidence-based program for the prevention of type 2 diabetes? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) at Emory University are hosting Lifestyle Coach training for the National DPP in Denver, CO on October 23-24, 2018

DTTAC Lifestyle Coach Training is a highly interactive, 2-day, in-person training with an expert DTTAC Master Trainer that provides your Lifestyle Coaches with the skills, knowledge and experience that they need to successfully facilitate the proven-effective lifestyle change program. DTTAC Lifestyle Coach training

  • Features an interactive, small group format with hands-on practice in group   facilitation techniques
  • Includes detailed review of the yearlong National DPP curriculum(s
  • Offers continuing education credits for registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators
  • Is open to organizations that have pending recognition or will apply for CDC recognition and includes the most up-to-date information on the recognition process and the national program.           
Tuesday, October 23 – Wednesday, October 24, 2018;
8:30 am – 5:00 pm both days
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver CO  80246

$799 per person (The fee includes all training materials. Payment can be made by credit card or check.)

You must pre-register to attend the training.  Please click here for more information and to register:
 http://www.cvent.com/d/bgqwj4 or contactDTTAC at dttac@emory.edu with questions. Visit www.tacenters.emory.edu to learn more about DTTAC.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System report released

Colorado's Child Fatality Prevention System, including local child fatality prevention review teams representing all 64 counties in Colorado and the State Review Team, recently submitted the 2018 Annual Legislative Report to the Colorado General Assembly. The report includes an overview of the system, data on violence and injury-related deaths among youth ages 0-17 in Colorado, and seven prioritized child fatality prevention recommendations (see below) as well as updates on past system prevention recommendations.

For more information and to view past legislative reports and data reports, visit the Child Fatality Prevention System Blogsite: http://www.cochildfatalityprevention.com/p/reports.html

If you have questions, please contact Kate Jankovsky, Child Fatality Prevention System Manager, at kate.jankovsky@state.co.us or 303.692.2947.

Colorado leads in developing health navigator workforce

Colorado has established the first competency-based statewide registry in the nation for health navigators, an emerging workforce that has been proven to increase patient access to health care, improve health outcomes and equity, and reduce health care costs.
The first 14 health navigators to pass a comprehensive competency assessment developed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment were added to the Colorado Health Navigator Registry today.

“I want to congratulate these navigators on completing this extensive test of their knowledge and skills as well as thank them for their contributions to improving the health of Coloradans,” said Elizabeth Whitley, director of the health department’s Prevention Services Division and a pioneer in health navigation.  

A health navigator is a trained, unlicensed member of the health care team who helps patients overcome barriers to health care and navigate the complex health care system. They help patients make, keep and prepare for appointments; arrange transportation and translation services; link patients and families to community resources; coordinate care across different health care providers; and work with patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle and manage their own health care. They work statewide in hospitals, community health centers, private practices and other agencies.

CDPHE funded a survey of health care employers that shows a growing demand for a qualified unlicensed workforce to provide navigation services in urban and rural areas of Colorado. More than six of 10 employers surveyed said they would prefer to hire trained health navigators.

The health department has invested more than $30 million since 2012 to develop a statewide health navigator workforce. The department has worked with local programs, community colleges and other state agencies to define the skills and competencies needed by health navigators, fund and standardize training, develop curriculum for private and public educators, and develop a voluntary registry to measure the skills and competencies of those working in the field.

Those health navigators added to the Colorado Health Navigator Registry today were assessed during a four-hour training session developed by the University of Colorado Center for Advancing Professional Excellence. In reality-based encounters with trained actors, they had to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the health care system, health beliefs and behaviors, community resources and referral systems, and legal and ethical health care issues. They must know how to assess patient needs, communicate with patients and providers, and coordinate clinical, behavioral and emergency health care.

Listing in the registry helps entry-level navigators demonstrate their qualifications to potential employers and adds a layer of protection for patients.