Friday, December 8, 2017

Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+): Latest Resources and How You Can Help

If Congress does not renew federal funding, CHP+ in Colorado will end Jan. 31, 2018. As of today, there are no changes to CHP+ benefits, eligibility or enrollment. The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has developed resources to help you answer questions from CHP+ applicants and members. 

Learn more about the winner of the 2017 Governor's Award for School Health and Wellness in this video story!

Manitou Springs School District 14 is the 2017 recipient of the annual Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness for embedding health as a core component of their mission, vision, policies and instructional model.

2017 Governor's Award for School Health and Wellness - Manitou Springs School District 14

Every year, the Healthy School Champions Recognition program recognizes K12 Colorado public schools for their success at creating a healthy school environment, implementing effective school health efforts and demonstrating how they comprehensively address health and wellness while embedding it in their culture and systems. CEI singles out schools that have excelled at creating health and wellness programs that support student learning.

The program is now in its eighth year and has awarded more than $300,000 in awards to Colorado schools who continue to demonstrate the critical link between student health and academic achievement. With the support of The Colorado Health Foundation, schools have received awards ranging from $300 to $7,500 per school. 
Learn more about the Healthy School Champions Recognition program and the upcoming January 19 deadline at the Colorado Education Initiative.

Monday, December 4, 2017

New! CPSTF Recommends Interactive Digital Interventions to Control High Blood Pressure

The Community Preventive Services Task Force(CPSTF) recommends the use of interactive digital interventions to improve blood pressure control in patients with high blood pressure.
  • Content must be accessible through a computer, smartphone, telephone, or other hand-held device.
  • The digital component must be interactive (i.e., patients enter personal data or make choices).
  • Patients must receive personally relevant, tailored information and feedback that can be provided without direct input from a health professional.
  • Digital content may be provided as a computer program, a web-based program, or an application (app) that can be used on- or offline.
  • Interventions may include additional activities such as self-measured blood pressure monitoring, counseling, or follow-up from a health professional.

Support National Influenza Week

December 3-9, 2017 is this year’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). NIVW highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. 

It’s Not Too Late!

As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. Now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not gotten vaccinated yet. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. This season, CDC recommends only flu shots (not the nasal spray vaccine).

While seasonal flu activity varies, flu activity usually peaks between December and February, though activity can last as late as May. As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious disease. Even if you have already gotten sick with flu this season, it is still a good idea to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccination protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you get).

It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season! Find a place near you to get a flu vaccine with the HealthMap Vaccine Finder (

Friday, December 1, 2017

New Latino Health Certificate offered through the Colorado School of Public Health

The Latino Research and Policy Center (LRPC) within the Colorado School of Public Health has developed a Latino Health Certificate available to individuals who are not enrolled in a public health graduate program. In addition, the core course, Latino Health, is available as an elective to existing public health students at the Colorado School of Public Health beginning the fall of 2018.

This is an exciting new pipeline effort by the school to provide new educational opportunities for our diverse public health workforce who may lack graduate level training or are considering graduate level education but have not yet enrolled.

The next application timeframe for the summer term of 2018 is December 15, 2017-February 15, 2018.

Open House
Tuesday, December 5
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fulginiti Pavilion R27-100 Gossard Forum - Anschutz
Light refreshments will be served

For more information regarding the Latino Health Certificate, please visit the
Colorado School of Public Health website at:

or contact The Latino Research and Policy Center at:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact and Children's Hospital Colorado featured on Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Wants Hospitals To Practice What They Preach When It Comes To Junk Food

by John Daley, Health Reporter, Colorado Public Radio

The Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact has grown to twenty-five hospitals, roughly a quarter of the state’s 100 or so facilities. Partner hospitals in the Compact are promoting healthier food, beverages and breastfeeding in an effort to improve the health and lives of patients, visitors and staff.

Katie O'Connor is Health Promotion Programs Manager at Children's Hospital Colorado. Children's cut out sugary beverages and replaced them with bottled water and small containers of 100 percent fruit juice.

For more information about the Compact, visit our website or reach out to Sharon Crocco.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Fireside Chat with CDC on the New 2017 High Blood Pressure Guidelines

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors' (NACDD) Cardiovascular Health Team for a conversation about the new 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.

This Fireside Chat on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 3 - 4:00 p.m. EST (1 - 2 MST) will feature Brent Egan, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville and Vice President, Research, Care Coordination Institute. It will be moderated by Fleetwood Loustalot, PhD, FNP, Lead, Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Service Team, CDC.

Click here to register.

There are a number of resources that can help to prepare for this event, including a recording of the TedMed2017 discussion on the 2017 Hypertension Clinical Guidelines.