Wednesday, October 18, 2017

...a deeper understanding of inequity

In the Colorado Health Foundation's latest blog post, How Charleston Confronted Horror Through a Deeper Understanding of Inequity , we ask: How can you tackle inequity? Look at your immediate surroundings: Your neighborhood, your work, your city or your volunteer time. What is happening that prohibits people from reaching equity in their health, in their pay, in their treatment by our institutions? 

It's fair to say this challenging, self-reflective approach is not the first quality many city residents expect to find in their local police chief. Thus, it's all the more effective and thought-provoking when retired Charleston, S.C. Police Chief Greg Mullen quietly described the painstaking steps he led his department through while changing a deep-seated culture and creating a more equitable city.

Mullen, speaking at the 2017 Colorado Health Symposium, told of balancing his obvious job – public safety – with what he had observed in some incidents as a clear issue in Charleston: "equal treatment under the law," as a Charleston newspaper columnist put it. Beneath the vibrant quality of life that many of Charleston’s residents enjoy, for example, was a deep divide between various segments of the community regarding unequal enforcement of laws involving public drinking and other issues, Mullen said.

Read the full blog post now. 

The Community Guide Updates Cancer Screening Fact Sheet

The Community Guide has recently updated their fact sheet on intervention approaches to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening.What Works: Cancer Screening is now available online.

Local Lafayette youth stand up for kids

Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee helps to pass measure making healthy drinks the default option on kids’ menus

Boulder County, CO –Yesterday, the Lafayette City Council passed an ordinance to promote children’s health by requiring that only healthy beverages, such as water, milk, and milk alternatives, be offered on local restaurant kids’ menus. Spearheaded by the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee, Lafayette’s Choice was first introduced to City Council on September 5.

“It’s our health,” said Adriana Iturbe, a member of Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee. “So, we felt it was our responsibility to speak up and take action for ourselves and the other kids in Lafayette.”
The adopted ordinance is the sixth of its kind in the country and the first outside the state of California. It also marks the first youth-led sugary beverage campaign in the nation. The policy builds on Lafayette’s designation as a HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Cities and Towns by increasing access to healthy foods in an effort to address childhood obesity.

“Sugary drinks are a major culprit contributing to obesity and chronic disease,” said Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health executive director. “Efforts like this one help to reduce the amount of sugary drinks our children drink by providing parents with healthy options as the default.”

Sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugars in the American diet. Children who drink at least 1 sugary beverage a day are 55% more likely to be overweight or obese. Nearly 1 in 4 (22.7%) of Boulder County children aged 2-14 are overweight or obese, which is a 43% increase since 2003.

“Research has shown that people stick to healthy default beverage options about 66% of the time,” said Zayach. “This policy makes Lafayette a leader in supporting families in promoting the health of their children.“

“In my experience, children, including my younger siblings, don’t understand that decisions that they make now will affect them for the rest of their lives,” said Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee Member Alejandra Ramirez Zavala.  “This is why Lafayette’s Choice is so important.  It will help parents, and caregivers like myself, by providing easy access to healthy options.” 

The impact of sugary drink consumption on health is also an issue of equity; Latino children are disproportionally impacted. In Colorado, 19% of non-Hispanic white children consume 1 or more sugary drinks per day, while 30% of Latino children drink 1 or more sugar drinks per day. A significant reason for this disparity is targeted marketing that beverage companies use to market to kids, particularly children of color.

The Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee has worked to promote health since its inception in April 2006. It began contacting Lafayette restaurants about limiting the drinks listed on their kids’ menu in May 2017.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

National Learning & Action Network Event: Engaging Physicians and Care Teams to Prevent and Manage Diabetes

National Learning & Action Network Series:
Engaging Physicians and Care Teams to Prevent and Manage Diabetes

Wednesday, November 8
1:00 - 2:30 pm MST

Audience:This event is open to beneficiaries, families, healthcare providers, practitioners, partners, and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations.

Join Telligen to hear speakers discuss the American Medical Association’s (AMA) strategies and services for helping primary care and health systems implement prediabetes identification and referral processes for effective intervention. Participants will also learn the four critical times primary care should refer for Diabetes Self Management Education.  

Meet the Speakers:

Sue Fleck
Diabetes Care Subject Matter Expert
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Dr. Kate Kirley
Director, Chronic Disease Prevention
American Medical Association
Kenneth Henriksen
Director, Physician and Health System Engagement
American Medical Association
Joan Bardsley
Assistant Vice President
MedStar Health Research Institute

More information

Registration is Required! 

Register here.

Save the Date: DUFB Symposiums

We need your voice to help us make Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) stronger in 2018! If you are a farmer, SNAP recipient, DUFB site manager, funder, or community partner, join us for one of four regional DUFB Symposiums.

If you have participated in, supported, or promoted DUFB, we want you there! Please check below to see when there will be a symposium in your region.
What will happen in the meeting?  We will have time to share lessons from the past year and celebrate the successes, listen to feedback from participants and partners, network, and plan/strategize for year three of DUFB.

Denver and Northern Colorado Symposium (including Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Jefferson, Broomfield, and surrounding counties)
Monday November 13, 2017, 10am - 2pm
Longmont Youth Center, La Junta Conference Room
1050 Lashley St, Longmont, CO 80504

South Central Colorado Symposium (including Pueblo, Alamosa, El Paso, and surrounding counties)
Tuesday November 14, 2017, 10am - 2pm
El Pueblo History Museum
301 N Union Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003

Western Colorado Symposium (including Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Montrose, and surrounding counties)
Monday January 8, 2018, 10am - 2pm
Grand Junction Location TBA

Southwest Colorado Symposium (including La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta, and surrounding counties)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 10am - 2pm
Durango Location TBA
Meeting will include Spanish interpretation (and other languages if requested), lunch, child care, and door prizes. Funds will be available for those requiring reimbursement for mileage.

The formal registration is coming soon!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

National Check Your Meds Day is October 21

Independent community pharmacists are one of a community's most accessible health care providers, delivering medications and expertise daily to improve the lives of millions of Americans. 

National Check Your Meds Day on October 21, 2017 is sponsored by Consumer Reports and others, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). 

This inaugural event is designed to encourage consumers to bring their prescription medications and supplements to their local pharmacies for brown bag medication reviews.

NCPA has created a helpful TOOLKIT for pharmacists with flyers, videos, appointment cards, workflow suggestions, documentation sheets and much more.

Is your pharmacy or practice planning on participating in National Check Your Meds Day on October 21? If so, let us know! Email and tell us about it.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

11th Annual Conference Call for Session Topics & Speakers

11th Annual Conference
Call for Session Topics & Speakers
Conference Date:  Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Location: Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

The annual Colorado Culture of Health & Wellbeing™ Conference represents an excellent collaboration of community partners whose goal is to improve employee health and the value of the health benefit spend of all Coloradans.  The Colorado Business Group on Health (CBGH) is now accepting submissions from individuals and organizations who are innovators in the area of value-based benefit design, health literacy, and developing and disseminating best practices for employer wellness programs who would like to present a one hour break-out session at the conference.
CBGH will offer a total of 15-20 one hour Breakout Sessions at the conference.  Three to five sessions will run simultaneously per each time slot. This Call is for Breakout Session submissions only. 

Please submit your proposal using the format listed on Pages 2-3 as a Microsoft Word document and email to Lisa Slavinski, CBGH Project Manager at

Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, December 1, 2017.  CBGH will confirm receipt of your submission via email. To download the application follow this link.

Please contact Lisa if you have any questions on the submission process.