Friday, April 24, 2015

Tri-County Health Department Launches New PSA's Developed by Local Youth

Four youth groups from within the Tri-County Health Department service area have helped write, produce and star in a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that educate residents about the harmful effects of tobacco on the community.

The youth groups were given the task of creating PSAs on unique areas of focus: tobacco in parks and outdoor spaces, electronic smoking devices (such as e-cigarettes) and cheap and sweetly flavored tobacco products that appeal to youth. The youth groups that participated in this project include Arapahoe County/CSU Extension, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Denver YMCA, and Englewood Leadership Academy.

To view the website and the PSA's click Here.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Colorado Primary Care Collaborative taking registrations for June convening event

Robust, comprehensive primary care must be the foundation of our health care system. To make this happen, primary care practices are undergoing significant changes, shifting to the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model. That shift provides exciting opportunities and very real challenges. Overcoming these challenges will be one highlight of the Colorado Primary Care Collaborative's Convening Event June 5, 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at a location to be determined.

Get the full conference agenda & learn more about CPCC.

Register for CPCC Convening Event.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

State health department wants your input on Colorado Cancer Plan

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) invites you to complete a short questionnaire about your interest and perspective on the implementation of the 2016-2020 Colorado Cancer Plan.** 

**Like all US states, Colorado has a statewide cancer plan developed by cancer community members and supported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These plans set forth measurable 5-year objectives with the potential to positively impact a state's cancer burden. Colorado's comprehensive 2016 - 2020 plan goals and objectives — currently under development — are intended to be a framework for collaborative efforts across the state that can empower individuals and organizations in Colorado’s fight against cancer.

The questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete and the anonymous, aggregated results will be used to help CDPHE make decisions about how to move forward with implementing the plan. To complete the questionnaire, please click on the following link or cut and paste into your browser by 
May 5, 2015:

To capture feedback from as many potential stakeholders as possible, we encourage you to forward the link to anyone you know who might be interested in the 2016-2020 Colorado Cancer Plan. We are interested in opinions from individuals across all phases of the cancer continuum of care (prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship) as well as those who are engaged in cancer-related policy and health equity issues. 
If you have any questions about this questionnaire, please contact Shannon Lawrence, Lead Evaluator, at  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Colorado Denim Day

The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) holds Colorado Denim Day annually to help support survivors and unite communities by taking a stand against sexual violence. Denim Day is a worldwide event that takes place on the 4th Wednesday in April. Colorado Denim Day is a statewide event aligning with Denim Day events across the globe. This is an opportunity to raise awareness about sexual violence and to support the work of CCASA. Learn more about participating as an individual, team, or company!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Rate of uninsured lowest since 2008

The uninsured rate among U.S. adults declined to 11.9% for the first quarter of 2015 -- down one percentage point from the previous quarter and 5.2 points since the end of 2013, just before the Affordable Care Act went into effect. The uninsured rate is the lowest since Gallup and Healthways began tracking it in 2008. To learn more, go to Gallup

Oral health webinar on improving care and reducing costs

Oral health is linked to overall health, and mounting evidence suggests that addressing oral health can improve patient care, improve population health and reduce costs. In this webinar, a leading researcher will share findings from a study of private insurance claims linking treatment of gum disease with significantly lower costs for individuals with diabetes and other chronic conditions. You will also hear about a program under way at Hennepin Health in Minnesota to connect patients with regular dental care and prevent costly visits to hospital emergency departments. And NASHP will provide an overview of a new brief and online toolkit that explore these topics and draw out lessons for state policymakers.

Oral Health – Evidence and Strategies to Improve Care and Reduce Costs

Friday, April 24, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

Register Here

Friday, April 17, 2015

Live Facebook Chat to Help Parents Navigate Changing Marijuana Landscape

Partnership for Drug-free Kids
You're Invited:
Live Facebook Chat to Help Parents Navigate Changing Marijuana Landscape

These days, it’s becoming harder for parents to talk with teens about marijuana. But we are here to help.

Join us Monday, April 20 from 8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EDT for a special live Facebook Chat with Heather Senior, LCSW, Partnership Parent Support Network Manager. She will answer your questions and help you better navigate the changing marijuana landscape and have productive conversations with your teens.

To participate, please visit and "Like" the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Facebook page at 8 p.m. EDT. The chat will take place right under the announcement image in the comment thread. Please make sure to refresh your browser throughout the chat to view all comments in real time.