Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger launches today

Today a broad collection of organizations and individuals, including the Colorado Health Foundation, launched the largest effort to eradicate hunger in Colorado history. The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger outlines a five-year strategy to end hunger for all Coloradans by building on past successes and employing innovations in current hunger-relief programs.

Key elements of the strategy include efforts to maximize enrollment in both the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which supports people living at or below the poverty line, and the Woman, Infants and Children Food and Nutrition Service, which focuses on mothers and their children under the age of five.

Additionally, the Blueprint calls for boosting participation in Federal Child Nutrition programs, expanding the number of Coloradans who get the food they need through community-based organizations, ensuring that all Coloradans can access affordable, nutritious food in their communities and increasing public understanding that solving hunger is vital to the health and well-being of Coloradans and Colorado communities.

Hunger is a real and persistent issue for too many Coloradans. In fact, one in six Colorado kids are hungry and one in 10 Colorado seniors lack access to healthy, affordable food. Overall, about one in 10 Coloradans struggle with not always having enough money to buy the food they need.

Want to learn more and help end hunger in Colorado? Read the Blueprint and visit

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Colorado Trust looking for evaluation contractor

The Colorado Trust seeks a qualified empowerment evaluation contractor to work closely with communities funded through our Community Partnerships strategy and their local evaluators, to coach and empower them to design and conduct local-level evaluation of their health equity plans. Empowerment evaluation is a specific evaluation approach intended to support communities in designing, implementing and monitoring their own local evaluations, with contractors expected to adhere to specific empowerment evaluation principles (consult the full request for qualifications for details). The empowerment evaluation contractor will NOT be expected to design or conduct health equity evaluations; rather, they will be expected to build capacity of communities to conduct their own local evaluations.

Click here to download the full request for qualifications. The deadline to submit qualifications to The Trust is Feb. 23, 2018. For questions or more information, please contact Courtney Ricci, Head of Evaluation & Learning for Community Change at The Trust.

Human Services Network offers motivational interviewing training

Motivational Interviewing - Two-Day Basic
This evidence-based approach has consistently shown positive outcomes in dealing with resistance and defensiveness. It has been successfully used with populations where resistance is prevalent, including adults and adolescents who deal with legal problems, substance abuse and mental health issues. Motivational Interviewing provides a “tool box” of techniques and strategies which will help you to be more effective in working with clients who bring a wide range of challenges. This is a two-day training. 

Attendees will: 
  • Understand the basic principles and skills of Motivational Interviewing​;​
  • Experience a collaborative versus an authoritarian communication style and see how you can effectively decrease defensiveness in clients​;​
  • Learn and practice resistance skills​;​
  • Learn and practice directive skills that help move a client towards positive behavior change​;​
  • ​Be able to elicit commitment language from a client that is correlated to positive outcomes​; and​
  • ​Explore proven implementation strategies that help improve your Motivational Interviewing skills in the field​.​

Eligible for 16 hours CEU

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Patient Navigator Training Collaborative: Upcoming Courses

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative is offering an unique opportunity to help patient navigators/ health educators improve their MI skills.

Participants in the “Motivational Interviewing Academy” this spring will practice their skills with a mock patient, followed by one-on-one coaching with a MI expert.

This FREE opportunity is intended for non-licensed (lay) PNs in Colorado. Each session will be 20 minutes, and will be followed by follow-up coaching at a time that works for you. 

That's right, these classes work around your schedule! These training sessions will be conducted over the phone - which means no travel is required.
*Register for MI Academy*

Upcoming Courses 

Advanced Health Behavior Change

Help your clients reach their goals! This course provides tools and strategies to help clients around diet, exercise, diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention and control. This is a hybrid course with prework required.
When: Jan 25, 2018
Where: Health Sciences Library at the Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO


Advanced Motivational Interviewing

In this course, you will expand your skills related to the strategic use of questions and reflections to build upon and deepen client change talk. Prereq: PN Level 1
When: Feb. 16, 2018
Where: Loveland, CO


Advanced Care Coordination 

Learn strategies for providing high-quality, coordinated care to your clients.
Prereq: PN Level 1
When: Feb. 22, 2018
Where: Fort Collins, CO


Emotional and Social Aspects of Disease
Spring 2018 Online course

When: Feb 5-March 25, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes news you can use

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

RMPHTC winter training opportunities

The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center announces its upcoming training opportunities for Winter 2018.

Upcoming Trainings 
  • Social Justice Youth Development online course - During this seven week course, participants will be expected to analyze how power, privilege, and oppression operate in their own lives, and asked to engage in conversations regarding how they can disrupt systems of power that oppress young people (online, January - February 2018)
  • Evidence-Based Public Health online course - A unique, online training series, which covers core concepts like: defining public health issues, conducting community assessments, prioritizing options, and evaluating program and policy impacts (online, January - March 2018)
  • Health Equity: LGBTQ online course - this introductory online course examines personal bias; explores terminology related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; and describes the health disparities experienced by LGBTQ individuals (online, January - February 2018)
  • After Cancer Treatment: Connection & Resources for Post-Treatment Changes in Care ECHO - Individuals from community agencies and non-profit organizations come together to understand and identify core strategies for supporting the needs of cancer survivors (online, February 2018)
  • Coordinating Behavioral Health Care After Cancer Treatment ECHO -  Care coordinators within the state of Colorado will work to define cancer survivorship, discuss best practices, support emotional and social changes, and bridge the need gap for patients after treatment (online, January 2018)    
On Demand Trainings
  • Leading Improvement Projects - In this online training, we'll review from start to finish what to expect in a quality improvement (QI) project. This training is for people facilitating QI projects within their agency who are looking for tools, templates and experience.