Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Colorado Cancer Coalition releases requests for proposals

The Colorado Cancer Coalition announces the Colorado Cancer Fund 2014/15 request for proposals (RFP).  Through the generous voluntary donations of Colorado taxpayers, we are able to fund twelve $5,000 awards this year. Proposed programs should focus on education, screening, diagnostic services, and/or efforts to improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer in Colorado. 

The Colorado Cancer Fund Advisory Board seeks to award at least one grant in each of the following five regions of Colorado: Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, Northeast, and Denver metro area.  Appendix B illustrates the boundaries of these regions.  Grants may be awarded in amounts up to $5,000. Applications for any amount up to $5,000 are encouraged.  Eligible applicants for these grants include local governments, health departments, community-based programs, private sector entities, and nonprofit organizations.  Only one application per entity will be accepted.  Individuals are not eligible to apply.  Previous grantees are eligible.  Collaborative Task Force programs are eligible, provided that the application is sponsored by an otherwise eligible entity or organization.  

Proposals must be submitted by December 1, 2014. The grant cycle is estimated to begin January 1, 2015 and will end June 30, 2015.  To learn more about this exciting opportunity and download the RFP, please click [here]. 

Foundation Makes 10-Year Commitment to Addressing Health and Wellness in Colorado’s Schools

The Colorado Health Foundation announced its support of a 10-year funding commitment to student health and wellness in Colorado’s schools through a community-level collaborative approach commonly known as collective impact. Support for the Healthy Schools Initiative is the second funding commitment involving use of a collective impact framework that the Foundation’s board has approved in 2014.

Partners involved in the steering committee include long-time Foundation grantees and other dedicated leaders, such as the Colorado Association of School Boards, Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), LiveWell Colorado and RMC Health.

Within the Healthy Living outcome area, the Foundation has been engaged in a long-time strategy aimed at creating healthy schools that provide physical education and activity and healthy food and beverages to all Colorado’s kids. Many of the partners across this area have been historically supported through the Foundation’s investments, but interest arose in 2013 among the key stakeholders in joining together to initiate a collective impact effort on health and wellness in Colorado’s schools.
To learn more, go to the Colorado Health Foundation.

Saint Anthony Hospital is a Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence

The Violence and Injury Prevention (VIP) Programs of Excellence highlights sustainable and evidence-based programs that are being implemented around the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing Saint Anthony Hospital as a VIP Program of Excellence for their outstanding work implementing the Stepping On program, addressing older adult fall prevention as a system-wide initiative.

The Trauma Program at St. Anthony Hospital took the lead to adopt the evidence-based program Stepping On as the injury prevention program for the hospital, and is currently working to ensure that all trauma systems in the Centura system will adopt Stepping On as an injury prevention program.

For more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence or to nominate a person or agency doing evidenced-based work in this field go to the VIPrevention website.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.

Thank you and congratulations to Saint Anthony's Hospital!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spotlight on Weld County - Safe Sleep Campaign

Two years ago, Weld County experienced four sleep-related infant deaths in a matter of months. The county coroner, who identified this pattern and unusually high number, brought it to the attention of the Prevention Services Unit at the Weld County Department of Human Services. As the Unit further investigated the deaths, they learned that all four deaths were the result of an unsafe sleep environment in which the baby was sharing a bed with an adult. 

Weld County Safe Sleep Press Conference - 2013
Left to Right: Caroline Gelatt, Kathi Brown, Melanie Cyphers

Colorado Youth Summit Puts Students On A Path To Success

Courtesy of CBS Denver
Just one day after a deadly school shooting in Washington state, mentors and students in Colorado were taking action to keep students safe.
The 2014 Colorado Youth Summit took place Saturday at North High School with the focus on empowering teens and getting them involved.
Organizers said the summit was about helping youth be a part of the solution — one that will keep them in school, away from drugs and violence, and on the path for success.
The classrooms of North High transformed into stages of dance and theatre improvisation with direction from adult leaders and mentors. The students are building confidence through performing arts.
“We need to make sure that youth are connected so that they’re able to make good choices,” said Ana Soler with Colorado 9to25, a group of youth and adults working to align efforts and achieve positive outcomes for all youth.
Soler said the youth summit was aimed to create community in hopes of preventing poor choices, such as Friday’s deadly school shooting in Washington state; or the plight of three Overland High School students under investigation for allegedly trying to join Islamic State forces in Syria.
“We start with safe, healthy and educated as the bottom level of the hierarchy of needs, and then we want to focus on connected and contributing, because everyone needs to feel connected to something or to somebody,” Soler said.
Audra Bishop, Lesley Del Rio, Mary Jane Cassalia, Tomei Kuehl and Nkem Nwankwo of the Colorado Department of Public Health participated in planning and hosting the event.
For the rest of the story, go to CBS Denver.


Monday, October 27, 2014

School wellness training available

The Colorado Department of Education Office of School Nutrition (OSN) was recently awarded a 2014 Team Nutrition Training Grant to provide wellness training to school districts across the state.

Over the course of the next two years, the OSN, in partnership with the Colorado Education Initiative and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will conduct eight regional wellness trainings. The trainings will cover Local School Wellness Policies, Healthier U.S. School Challenge, Smarter Lunchrooms, and Smart Snacks and are scheduled to begin in early 2015.

Is your district or area interested in receiving a free wellness training? If so, please fill out this survey to help us determine your wellness training and technical assistance needs. Surveys are due by Friday November 14, 2014. Contact Amy Dillon at 303-692-2398 with questions.

HHS Announces $840 Million Initiative To Improve Patient Care and Lower Costs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new innovative model to support clinicians in achieving large-scale health care transformation. TheTransforming Clinical Practice Initiative will provide up to $840 million over the next 4 years to support 150,000 clinicians in sharing, adapting, and further developing comprehensive quality improvement strategies, which are expected to lead to greater improvements in patient health and reduction in health care costs.
CMS will award cooperative agreement funding for two network systems under this initiative: the Practice Transformation Networks and the Support and Alignment Network. The Practice Transformation Networks are peer-based learning networks designed to coach, mentor, and assist clinicians in developing core competencies specific to practice transformation. The Support and Alignment Network will provide a system for workforce development using national and regional professional associations and public-private partnerships that are currently working in practice transformation efforts. 
How To Apply
Beginning October 23, 2014, CMS will begin accepting applications for the following funding opportunity announcements:
Potential applicants are highly encouraged to submit nonbinding Letters of Intent to apply by November 20, 2014. The application period for both funding opportunity announcements is October 23, 2014, through January 6, 2015. The funding opportunity announcements and detailed application instructions are located on Grants.gov.