Friday, July 22, 2016

Health foundation hiring community engagement coordinator

The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment (CFPHE) is seeking an energetic, detailed and enthusiastic individual who appreciates a flexible work environment with opportunity for growth to fill a Program Manager position. This position, is a full time position working with a small team of highly qualified individuals.

This position will be responsible for managing programs, monitoring contracts, developing and providing technical support, developing and managing processes and protocols for programs, and leading improvements to programs and overall processes for the Community Engagement Department.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in human services, public health, business administration or related field, and a minimum of two years of experience in grant or project related management, compliance, monitoring and/or operations, as well as working knowledge of basic office skills, database management, protocol development and community engagement. 

For a full job description, please go to Applications with resumes must be submitted electronically by July 27 to Ilima Kane, Community Engagement Director, at

Health Equity webinar

The American Academy of Pediatrics Indian Health Special Interest Group offers "Assessing for Social Determinants in Clinical Practice: Approaches and Tools" Wednesday, Aug.10, at 10 a.m. Registration Information

This webinar will be of interest to physicians, dentists, medical students and residents, dental hygienists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, nurses and other health care professionals. Lance Chilton, MD, FAAP and Judy Thierry, DO, FAAP will present.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

New learning opportunity on racial and ethnic disparities in hypertension

Learning opportunity NOW ON DEMAND!

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension: Beginning the Conversation

African Americans are significantly more likely than whites to be diagnosed with hypertension yet are significantly less likely to achieve blood pressure goals despite equal or even higher levels of treatment. Medication adherence, economic issues, patient/physician communication, and differences in anti-hypertensive efficacy in blacks all contribute to these disparities.

Listen as Dr. Keith C. Ferdinand discusses how you can improve patient outcomes!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

State health department launches survey on adult marijuana use

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today launched the Cannabis Users Survey on Health (CUSH). The purpose of the survey is to monitor marijuana use patterns in Colorado, as required by state statute.

The 32-question survey, for ages 21 and up, asks about how people use legalized retail marijuana, other substances they may use and demographic information. The voluntary, anonymous survey is designed to take fewer than 10 minutes to complete.

The survey asks questions that aren’t on other surveys the department administers, such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Those questions include the preferred method of use (smoking, edibles, etc.) and how much a person might use.

“This survey will give us essential information as Colorado continues to break new ground on legal marijuana,” said Mike VanDyke, who manages the department’s Retail Marijuana Program. “For example, if we know more about preferred methods of use, we can better target potential research about health effects of marijuana.”

The survey will be open until Oct. 31. The department will ask health partners and the cannabis industry for help promoting the survey. Public health representatives will be on hand at some concerts and other venues over the next several months to give individuals an opportunity to take the survey. It is available online at

State Tobacco Review Committee has opening

On behalf of the state Board of Health, the Tobacco Grants Program, is currently seeking a ‘representative of a statewide nonprofit organization with a demonstrated expertise in and commitment to tobacco control’ to serve on the Tobacco Review Committee. Application deadline is Tuesday August 16, 2016! Applicants who reside outside of the Denver Metro area and particularly in rural areas of the state are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please visit the Tobacco Review Committee webpage for the full announcement and application.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Healthy Food in Retail Stores and Farmer’s Markets--Upcoming Webinar on July 20

The retail food environment has a significant impact on the health of communities. Tune in to the next obesity networking call and webinar hosted by the Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement which will explain how and why this is true, and highlight ways it is being addressed here in Colorado.

The first speaker will be Sharon Crocco, Healthy Eating Active Living Program Coordinator at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The webinar will explain how a lack of access to healthy and affordable options impacts health. The webinar will describe what can be done to improve access in retail settings such as small grocery and convenience stores. Participants will also learn what assistance and resources are available to local communities working to improve their food environments.

Wendy Peters Moschetti, Director of Food Systems at LiveWell Colorado will discuss two new initiatives coordinated by LiveWell Colorado:  Double Up Food Bucks and the Colorado Food Systems Digital Hub. Double Up provides incentives for SNAP recipients to purchase more Colorado-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables by matching every dollar a SNAP-recipient spends on SNAP-eligible foods (up to $20 per visit) with Double Up vouchers to be spent on produce.  The Colorado Food Systems Hub is a community resource designed to support healthy, resilient food systems across the state by providing relevant, reliable data—including enhanced mapping and reporting—in a collaborative environment that promotes peer-to-peer learning to increase impact and effect change.

​The webinar is on Wednesday, July 20th from 2-3pm. To view the Power Point presentation, please join the meeting on your computer by clicking: To listen to the audio portion we ask that you dial in on your phone to 1-877-820-7831 and use passcode: 265224.  Please use the phone line to listen in and participate on the call instead of using the audio through the computer, as this will provide a better sound quality for all attendees.
We hope you can join! And please spread the word!

Medicaid training offered

Medicaid is designed to provide health coverage for our nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Medicaid makes it possible for millions of children, parents, pregnant women, people with disabilities and seniors to get the health coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy. And now, more low-income adults are eligible for Medicaid than ever before as a result of the Medicaid expansion, implemented with federal support provided through the Affordable Care Act.

As the improvements to the Medicaid program brought about by the Affordable Care Act take full effect, the information provided in this workshop will give providers and their managers new tools to work effectively with clients who are applying for or currently enrolled in Medicaid. 

Designed for those new to Medicaid as well as more experienced providers, the day is broken into two sessions we're calling Medicaid 101 and Medicaid 202. You can register for the 101 session alone (half day) or both sessions (full day).

Medicaid and Beyond
Basic: Sept. 15, 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Advanced: Sept. 15, 1 - 5 p.m.

Denver Rescue Mission Administration & Education Building
6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
For more information and online registration, please visit: Medicaid Basic and Advanced