Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Public Health Day in Denver

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Public Health Day at the Capitol

April 3, 2017
Kicking Off National Public Health Week 2017

Colorado State Capitol, Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor
200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Click here to RSVP if you plan to attend. 

Breakfast and materials provided for those who RSVP by March 29.

Join us to learn the basics of the legislative process and how to communicate with your legislator!


8:15 -9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Networking
Breakfast – While it Lasts – For Those Who RSVP
9 -10:00 a.m.
Speakers and Legislative Overview
Special Guest Speakers Expected to Include:
Senator John Kefalas – Public Health Champion
Leaders from the Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
10 a.m,- Noon
Buddy Up to Communicate with Your Legislator
Visit the Floor of the Legislature - Limited Opportunity! 
For Questions – Email  cphapolicy16@gmail.com    

Stress relief

Relaxation and Introspection Techniques
We all know that too much stress is a bad thing and most of us would like to manage it better, but when we step into the chaos of our daily lives, the quiet voice of serenity in our heads gets a lot harder to listen to. Brain research shows how stress impacts a wide range of cognitive functions. Our clients have additional challenges that make it difficult for them to implement the changes we are helping them to develop. In addition, working with people in need can lead to secondary trauma and burnout. 
This workshop offers strategies and tools for your survival kit that you can put into practice so they don’t require much thought or effort when they are really needed. You can also share these techniques with your clients to help them develop more resilience to the stress and trauma in their lives.

Help Hispanics/Latinos Eat Healthier

NDEP Resources
Food is a key part of everyone's culture. Among the different cultures within the Hispanic and Latino community, cooking styles have certain things in common that can make healthy eating habits a challenge. Given that more than 50 percent of Hispanic men and women are expected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes, it is crucial that Hispanics and Latinos are aware of what they can do to reduce their risk. Changes they make now may help them prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications in the future!
This March, for National Nutrition Month, challenge your Hispanic and Latino patients to eat healthier! Use National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) resources to show Hispanic and Latino families how they can cook tasty and nutritious meals that they will enjoy with their loved ones. Here are two NDEP resources you may find useful:
Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families
Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families
This recipe booklet can help Hispanic and Latino families learn what they need to know about nutrition and diabetes and make healthy food choices while maintaining the cultural uniqueness of their favorite traditional dishes.
Fotonovela: Do it for them! But for you too.
Fotonovela: Do it for them! But for you too.
Use this fotonovela to show Hispanic and Latino families the importance of making healthy changes to reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes. This fotonovela leverages storytelling and presents characters that Hispanics and Latinos can relate to.
Visit the NDEP's Healthy Eating and Cooking site for more resources on healthy eating.
Sign up here to get notices about diabetes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NDEP. Select "diabetes education materials" under subscription options.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Jeffco hiring project manager for Communities that Care

Jefferson County Public Health has an opening for someone who will perform project management, technical and professional work to satisfy the deliverables of the Communities that Care (CTC) grant. This postion will build, convene, and maintain the new CTC coalition in Jefferson County; support the community board and its work groups in understanding the CTC process and completing the CTC Milestones and Benchmarks. The intent of the project is  to prevent youth substance use, misuse and abuse by addressing a broad set of determinants of health using a socio-ecological based model. The project manger will implement the research-based strategies via a multi-year work plan that is prioritized by the Coalition.

To learn more and apply, go to Jefferson County.

Colorado public health job opportunities

Job Announcements

  • The Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division is recruiting for a Vaccines for Children Technical Coordinator.  This position is only open to Colorado state residents. This announcement will close on March 23, 2017, or once 30 qualified applications are received, whichever comes first. As such, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

  • The Laboratory Services Division is recruiting for a Lab Tech. This position is only open to Colorado state residents. This announcement will remain open until March 23, 2017, or until  an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever occurs first.  As such, applicants are encouraged to submit applications early.
  • The Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division, Acute Care and Nursing Facilities Branch, North Colorado Office is recruiting for a Nurse Compliance Inspector. This position is only open to Colorado state residents. The candidate selected will work out of his/her home and with a group of other Health Professionals who reside in the Fort Collins, Colorado area. This announcement will close on March 29, 2017, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever occurs first.  As such, applicants are encouraged to submit applications early.

El Paso
  • El Paso County Health Department  is recruiting for a Health Promotion Administrative Coordinator. This position is full-time grant funded. This announcement will remain open until March 26, 2017, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever occurs first. As such, applicants are encouraged to submit applications early.
  • The Northeast Colorado Health Department is recruiting for a Family Planning Nurse Practitioner.This announcement is open to all Colorado residents. This is a part-time position and will remain open until filled.
  • Teller County is seeking a Director of Public Health  for the Public Health Department.  The Director of Public Health is responsible for the leadership, management and administration of the Department of Public Health through assessment, policy development and evaluation to promote the health of the residents in Teller County through evidence-based prevention strategies. Applications available at the Teller County Centennial Building, 112 North A Street, Cripple Creek, CO or at www.co.teller.co.us. Completed application plus resume and cover letter due by 12:00 noon, Friday March 31, 2017 at the above address. See attach Teller County Public Health Director job position.

Mile High Connects

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 28 is Diabetes Alert Day

An estimated 86 million Americans have prediabetes, and 90 percent of them don't know they have it. Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes and its many serious complications. It's crucial for people to know their risk because prediabetes can be reversed with healthy food choices, weight loss, exercise, other lifestyle changes and medication.

Held the last Tuesday of March each year, American Diabetes Association Alert Day® encourages everyone to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test and participate in workplace-friendly activities that will teach them about reversing the risk for diabetes.

We hope you'll participate in the next American Diabetes Association Alert Day on March 28, 2017. To get started, download the free, easy-to-use e-toolkit with ideas and resources to encourage employees to take the risk test and share it with family, friends and colleagues.

SOPHE conference open for registration

2017 SOPHE Annual Conference: 
Pre and Post Conference Workshops

SOPHE's 2017 Pre-Conference Workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
SOPHE's 2017 Post-Conference Workshop will be held from Saturday, April 1, 2017-Sunday, April 2, 2017
Please note that workshops have limited seating - reserve your spot today!