Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month Webinars

Hispanic Heritage month begins on September 15. Check out these great webinars to learn more.
  • US Census Bureau: Webinar. Hispanics by the Numbers. Learn how the Census Bureau collects, tabulates and publishes data on Hispanics in the United States. This webinar will cover numerous topics, including the history of the Hispanic population in the US, growth, top states and top percentage changes, as well as the top percentage of Hispanic ethnicities. October 5, 2017, 1:00 pm ETJoin.
  • HHS/OMH, OMHRC: Webinar. NiƱos saludables: Addressing Childhood Obesity among Latinos. Join OMH, OMHRC, Unidos US and UT Health San Antonio as they highlight the prevalence data and explore the factors, such as culture, behavior, and environment, that have contributed to the increase of obesity in Latino children of all ages over the past 30 years. October 12, 2017, 2:00 pm ETRegister.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Closing the Gap on Cardiovascular Disease among African Americans

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Closing the Gap on Cardiovascular Disease among African Americans

By Andrew K. Sanderson II, MD, MPH, FASGE, HHS OMH Medical Officer  
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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading killer in the United States, and African Americans are excessively burdened by poor cardiovascular health.[i] [ii] [iii] Adding to this burden are barriers to high-quality and timely health care. As a result, CVD is often diagnosed too late, leading to a disproportionate number of African Americans suffering and dying from heart disease every year, compared to non-Hispanic whites. In addition, African Americans often live in communities where they lack access to affordable, healthy foods or safe places to be physically active. These challenges contribute to diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity—all of which are risk factors for CVD.
We can reduce deaths and hospitalizations for CVD by better understanding the causes of heart disease, making necessary lifestyle changes, getting preventive heart screenings, and knowing what treatment resources are available.
Read full article here

Five Colorado communities tops in exercise

Residents of Boulder, COFort Collins, CO, and San Luis Obispo, CA, report the highest levels of regular exercise in the United States according to Gallup and Sharecare's 2016 Community Rankings for Exercise report.
Several of the lowest exercise communities are in Ohio, a state that has six communities in the bottom 25. The nation's lowest community for regular exercise in 2016 was Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton, NC.
Nationally there's good news on exercise with rates of regular exercise now at a nine-year high.
The research also explores how rates of regular exercise vary by gender, age, race / ethnicity and income as well as the impact that exercise has on other health behaviors, rates of chronic disease, emotions, and sense of purpose. 
Learn more and see where your community ranks by downloading the full report.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jeffco's Food Future conference open for registration

The Jefferson County Food Policy Council is pleased to invite you to Imagine Jeffco’s Food Future, a one-day, highly interactive conference to deepen efforts to achieve food security and greater access to healthy foods for Jefferson County residents.

The conference will take place November 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., followed by a networking opportunity, at Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. There is no cost to attend the eventand a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Imagine Jeffco’s Food Future will feature a dynamic agenda focused on issues community members face related to hunger and food insecurity, work being done in Jefferson County to address those issues and important policies needed for continued progress. A detailed agenda will be provided in advance of the conference.

Please click here to register. (Note: you will receive a copy of the entire registration form from Google Forms as a confirmation when you register). We also encourage you to share this invitation and attached flyer (in Spanish and English) with your colleagues and other community members invested in this topic.

To learn more or for any questions, please contact Marion Kalb at

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Down, but Far from Out, Pueblo Makes Progress in Health

For the final installment in our series profiling regions of the U.S. that improved the most on the Commonwealth Fund’s most recent Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, we visit Pueblo, Colorado. The geographically isolated community, located in the state’s high-desert region, has for years faced high rates of unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and disability.

Yet despite these formidable challenges, regional health care leaders have banded together in the spirt of “co-opetition” — a willingness to work together to pursue common interests while competing for patient loyalty — to share scarce resources, including medical specialists. Pueblo’s providers have also leveraged Colorado’s Medicaid expansion to enhance access to health care while improving coordination of patient services across care settings. Local improvement collaboratives, meanwhile, use data to define problems and promote shared accountability for solving them.

As a result of these efforts, Pueblo was one of only 14 regions of the U.S. that improved on a majority of our scorecard’s health care indicators. Learn how Pueblo did it. And also visit the Wall Street Journal’s “The Experts” blog for insights from Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., on how local leaders are working together to solve problems affecting community health.

CHF funding application deadlines nears

The Colorado Health Foundation Oct. 15 application deadline is nearing and the organization wants to make sure you have all of the information you need to apply for a grant. Do you have questions about our open funding opportunities or do you need help with the grant application process? 

CHF has informational webinars and resources to help you:
  • CHF archived webinars are hosted by the Foundation's program officers and staff. You'll find an applicant information session that provides information for any funding opportunity, as well as several webinars that dive into specific funding opportunities.
  • CHF Online Application and How to Apply webinar with Senior Director of Grantmaking Operations Sara Guillaume will answer questions about the technical aspects of the grant application.
As always, contact us with any questions about open funding opportunities or the grant application process.

Oral health annual meeting to focus on overall health

Oral Health Colorado 2017 Annual Meeting
Sept. 21
Hyland Hills Golf Course - Westminster
Agenda and Registration

Join Oral Health Colorado for its 2017 annual meeting. OHCO will share its successes and will bring speakers to discuss how oral health is about much more than teeth. Advocates must build support for the changes needed to improve oral health access, outcomes, and equity and we’re looking forward to sharing ideas and conversations. Hear from keynote speakers, Nita Mosby Tyler from The Equity Project, and Celia Hoffman from The Goodman Center, as we discuss equity and integration. Scholarships are still available. Please contact OHCO if interested.