Thursday, July 31, 2014

Marijuana Prevention & Education Campaign RFP Now Posted

A Marijuana Prevention and Education Campaign Request for Proposal (RFP) is now posted for open solicitation on Colorado's new Vendor Self Service site.
  • Description: Communications and Media Related Services 
  • Overview: The goal of this RFP is to obtain competitive bid proposals from qualified Colorado vendors to develop and execute an 18 month comprehensive and statewide prevention and education campaign for adults and youth. Campaign efforts will be available in English and Spanish. Primary goals of the marijuana prevention and education campaigns are: 
    • increase accurate knowledge of the retail marijuana laws; 
    • increase accurate knowledge of the health impacts of marijuana use; 
    • increase perceptions of or negative attitudes toward engaging in problematic use of marijuana across the state, including but not limited to: 
      • marijuana use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding; 
      • underage use of marijuana; 
      • overconsumption of marijuana-infused products (edibles); 
      • secondhand marijuana smoke exposure; 
      • unsafe storage of marijuana products in the home; 
      • public use of marijuana products; and 
      • dangerous hash oil extractions.
  • Due Date/Time: 9/8/14 2:00 PM MDT
Please visit the Vendor Self Service website and search for keyword "FHLA2015000000000001" for more information. For questions related to the RFP, please contact

Pharmacists Fighting Tobacco Use? CDC Launches Website Targeted at Most Accessible Provider

A new tobacco cessation resource is available for pharmacists and health care providers - including oral health care specialists, primary care providers, those doing tobacco cessation work in Colorado and many more. While these resources are primarily intended for pharmacists, this website supports opportunities for health care providers to work in partnership with professionals in similar fields, to assist tobacco users in their efforts to quit.

A new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website capitalizes on the pharmacist’s position as the most accessible health care provider to encourage patients to quit smoking. The website, created in mid-June 2014, includes resources specifically geared toward creating a pharmacy-based tobacco intervention program. Content sources include the Office on Smoking and Health and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

The resources include 2 "Frequently Asked Question" sheets, 1 covering health care providers and the second covering quitlines (evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions); printable intervention cards; a video detailing steps to conduct brief patient interventions; and a link to various stop-smoking videos and print ads.

Additional resources include posters specifically encouraging patients to speak to their pharmacist, videos, print ads, and other campaign materials related to the CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers Campaign.

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by Eileen Oldfield, Associate Editor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reaching Our Peak - Report on State of Health in Colorado

This Colorado Health Institute project is an annual analysis of the impact of policies, programs and politics on statewide efforts designed to make Colorado a healthier state.
Progress is measured in five important areas – schools, the workplace, communities, the health care delivery system and the places where we age.Grading is based on key informant interviews, a review of the data, a thorough review of the literature and on-site visits to promising programs across the state.
Its analysis of where Colorado stands in its journey to better health uses a familiar image: A hiker heading toward the top of a mountain. In 2014, Colorado improved in the communities and schools categories, stayed the same in aging and the workplace, and moved lower in the health care delivery system.  To read the report, go to  For more information about wellness promotion and other wellness related issues, contact .

Funding available for Health Impact Assessments by Local Health Departments

With support from CDC’s Healthy Community Design Initiative, the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) will release in July a competitive funding opportunity for Health Impact Assessments spearheaded by local health departments (LHDs). Applications will be due Aug. 22. Approximately three awards of $15,000 each will be awarded to LHDs to engage in activities that will lead to the completion of an HIA during the project period, approximately September 2014 - May 2015. HIAs should focus on transportation, land use, parks and recreation, community design, or energy. An Informational call about the RFA will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to Noon. 

Register for the call at Please contact with any questions.

Did You Know, Colorado? July 30, 2014

  • The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2014, recently released by CDC, compares Colorado and other states on physical activity behaviors and on environmental and policy supports for physical activity.
  • 70% of youth in Colorado have parks, policy community centers, or sidewalks in their neighborhood.1 Other states and the District of Columbia ranged from 30% to 76%.
  • 60% of Coloradans live within ½ mile of a park.2 Other states and the District of Columbia ranged from 9% to 88%.
  • Another recent report, The 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, assesses levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children and youth, facilitators and barriers for physical activity, and related health outcomes. The report gives U.S. children and youth a grade of D- in overall physical activity. The report is presented by the National Physical Activity Plan, a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population.
1 2011­­-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health
2 2010 NAVTEQ and the U.S. Census Bureau, via the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network

For more information about chronic disease data in Colorado, contact Renee Calanan.

Registration open for Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference

Colorado's Office of Early Childhood and Office of Children, Youth, and Families invite you to attend the inaugural child abuse prevention conference promoting well-being for all of our children. The Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference will be held Sept. 15 & 16 at the Keystone Conference Center in Keystone, CO.

The conference will feature speakers and sessions targeted to the following audiences and include opportunities for these professionals to help inform the creation of a Colorado Maltreatment Prevention Plan:
  • home visitors, 
  • family support workers, 
  • parent educators, 
  • parent leaders,
  • medical and mental health professionals, 
  • school social workers, 
  • teachers, 
  • kinship and foster parents, 
  • child welfare practitioners,  
  • public health and prevention professionals, 
  • early childhood development specialists, 
  • early interventionists, 
  • human service providers, 
  • public officials, 
  • and community advocates. 

There is no registration fee to attend. The conference will provide lunch on Monday and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. There will be some scholarships available to cover travel and lodging. 

Continue to check back at for information coming on speakers, agenda, scholarships, and how to reserve lodging.