Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ninety percent of Coloradans to be Covered by 2015

The leaders of the Colorado Health Foundation, Connect for Health Colorado, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and the Colorado Division of Insurance set a goal of getting ninety percent of Coloradans covered, at the Building Better Health: Enroll 2015 conference, which was organized by the four partner organizations. That would result in an additional 300,000 Coloradans obtaining coverage. 
More than 310,000 people gained health insurance coverage through Connect for Health Colorado or Medicaid during 2014 open enrollment, a number that has risen to more than 400,000 as those with life changes, such as marriage or relocation, have also enrolled in coverage.
This goal will include the challenge of reaching those who still haven’t enrolled in health insurance even though they may be eligible for Medicaid or tax credits through Connect for Health Colorado. 
By combining the training and information provided by each partner organization, the Building Better Health conference supported a “no wrong door” approach to ensure Coloradans seeking health insurance don’t encounter barriers to accessing care.
For more information, go to the Colorado Health Foundation.

Smoke out: Reynolds American to ban smoking in its offices

America’s No. 2 tobacco company will no longer allow the use of cigarettes, cigars or pipes inside conference rooms, offices or elevators.

Reynolds American, the maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, will ban smoking in its offices and buildings starting next year.

The Winston-Salem, N.C., -based company will no longer allow the use of cigarettes, cigars or pipes inside conference rooms, offices or elevators. However, smokeless tobacco products will still be allowed, such as electronic cigarettes and moist snuff.

For the rest of the story, go to Fortune.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Smart Mouths, Smart Kids Conference

Join Oral Health Colorado at their upcoming conference, "Smart Mouths, Smart Kids." The one-and-a-half day event will cover information, strategies, and perspectives on what helps children to be healthy and ready to learn across different ages and stages of development. A new “Smart Mouths Smart Kids" Toolkit will give participants resources and connections designed to improve health by developing sustainable models of school-linked oral health care.

The event is scheduled for Nov. 13 and 14 in the Denver Tech Center and costs only $25 per person. All dental providers, school nurses, health stakeholders, and OHCO partners are welcome to attend. To register, visit Oral Health Colorado's registration page.

2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data and executive summary are now available

The 2013 HKCS data and executive summary are now available at A few modifications were made on Oct. 21, 2014. 

To request additional analysis of the data, complete the form at: 

Thank you for your patience as we compiled the 2013 data.  Please share any questions or concerns with Michele Kimminau, UCD Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Project Manager, at or 303-724-3538. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Update on Statewide Retail Marijuana Education Efforts

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has been busy implementing new projects across a spectrum of education and prevention efforts to better inform and support local public health retail marijuana education and prevention initiatives.

The major initiatives are:
  1. State-wide education and prevention campaign: CDPHE is partnering with Cactus, a Denver based full-service integrated marketing communication agency, to develop and implement state-wide retail marijuana education campaigns. A general public education and awareness campaign, launching January 2015, will publicize accurate information outlining safe, legal, and responsible use of retail marijuana.  Additional campaigns will launch later in 2015 focusing on youth, tourists, Latinos, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  2. Community Campaign Resources: In compliment to the state-wide campaign, fact sheets and toolkits will be developed for community agencies, partners, and prevention programs. Toolkits will be available January 2015. Additional resources tailored to specific target populations will be developed throughout 2015. 
  3. Clinical prevention guidelines: CDPHE will partner with health care professionals and experts to develop clinical guidelines for physicians by early 2015 to assist in discussing marijuana use and exposure with patients. The first guidelines will address recommendations for pregnant and breastfeeding women followed by pediatric guidelines on safe storage of marijuana product and reducing secondhand marijuana smoke exposure.
  1. Marijuana-Free Schools: RMC Health is currently working with school districts around the state to address Tobacco Free Schools Policies. The Tobacco Free School Policy was expanded last year to include marijuana. RMC Health will provide information, educational materials and technical assistance to school districts on adopting marijuana in their policies.
  2. Evaluation of the campaigns: CDPHE has partnered with Colorado Schools of Public Health to evaluate the campaign. Colorado Schools of Public Health will continually monitor the campaign throughout 2015.  
  3. Five regional Positive Youth Development trainings will be held throughout the state starting early in 2015. The trainings will focus on the Positive Youth Development approach and its implementation across a wide range of local prevention programs.

  1. will serve as a hub for all information on retail marijuana across a wide variety of topics and concerns. The community agencies tab on the website allows local public health agencies, prevention programs and coalitions to request technical assistance on retail marijuana laws, educational materials and local level policy strategies.

Monday, October 20, 2014

You are invited to the launch of the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and major hospitals across Colorado will launch the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact Nov. 14 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Children's Hospital in Denver. Join hospital executives and health care leaders as Colorado makes history as the first state in the nation to initiate a compact for healthy living among state hospitals. 
  • 7:30 – 9 a.m. - Public Event and Tour
  • 9 -11 a.m. - Shared Learning Session and Webinar
Children’s Hospital Colorado, 13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045

To RSVP, please contact  Deborah Federspiel at Children's Hospital.

For more information, contact Susan Motika at CDPHE or go to the Colorado Healthy Hospital web page.

Million Hearts in Colorado: New Local Video Resources for Pharmacists and Clinicians on Hypertension

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy recently produced three videos in partnership with the Million Hearts Initiative in Colorado. The videos are an easy reference for pharmacists and pharmacy partners on correct blood pressure measurement technique, secondary stroke prevention and understanding new and existing treatment guidelines. Check them out and share them with your partners.

High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.