Thursday, April 8, 2021

City of Aurora’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Presents - Julissa Soto of Servicios de la Raza

Please join us for an enlightening presentation about Colorado's diverse Latino/x community, presented by Julissa Soto of Servicios de la Raza. Julissa will share her personal journey as an immigrant, connecting lessons from her lived experiences with her current role as an activist and advocate for the Latino/x community. She will share about the community's experiences in access and utilization of health programs and services, and address myths and misconceptions. Julissa will also offer advice about enhancing outreach and support for Latinos in Colorado.

Julissa is a trailblazer in programming serving Spanish-speaking new immigrants and has more than two decades of nonprofit experience and innovative insight. Her background includes over 19 years of success in leading and managing evidence-based prevention programs serving new immigrants. She immigrated to the United States nearly 21 years ago from the state of Michoacán in central Mexico, so she understands the health needs of Colorado Latinos and the importance of reaching out to them. Through her work at Servicios de la Raza, she's responsible for supporting the work of promotoras, contract workers, and staff to succeed in serving the community.

Again, our meeting will be hosted virtually by Joshua Nicholas with the City of Aurora’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Community Relations Division. It will be on Friday, April 16th from 9:00 am - 10:45 am.

Please RSVP by email to Joshua to receive the Webex meeting information. His email address is jnichola@auroragov.org.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

CALPHO is hiring an Executive Director!

The Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO) is a non-profit organization that brings together the leadership of local public health agencies that cover all Colorado counties. Since its inception, the field of Public Health has focused on preventing, researching, monitoring, and responding to the largest health threats to morbidity and mortality at any given time. CALPHO has been an essential partner to convene local public health agencies, in addition to other public health partners, in order to create a constructive and collegial environment that fosters an effective and efficient public health system. CALPHO also encourages improvement in the quality, capacity, and leadership of local public health agencies and public health professionals.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Office of Health Equity Funding Announcement: Health Disparities Grant Program

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Office of Health Equity (OHE) is pleased to announce the release of a new Request for Application (RFA) for the Health Disparities Grant Program (HDGP) on March 30, 2021.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) acknowledges that long-standing systemic racism, including economic and environmental injustice, has created conditions that negatively affect marginalized communities, particularly people of color. These conditions, which limit opportunities for optimal health and influence individual behaviors, are critical predictors of health outcomes. To realize a future where all Coloradans can thrive, we must be leaders in undoing policies and practices that have contributed to these inequities. Reducing health disparities through policies, practices and organizational systems can help improve opportunities for all Coloradans.

In planning its next grant cycle (Fiscal Years 2022-2025), the OHE knew we had to make a temporary change in focus to address the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a disproportional increase in health disparities among the most vulnerable. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on communities, especially for Black and Brown communities, amplifying inequities these communities have faced for generations. Communities experienced a breakdown in systems such as education and childcare, while other issues were illuminated and exacerbated such as housing and economic injustices. The HDGP seeks to fund lead agencies with multisector partnerships to work on systems and policy changes related to COVID-19 recovery or community resilience. The local initiatives will use evidence-based strategies to overcome health disparities in the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pulmonary disease.

We have funding for a 3-year cycle to support lead agencies that have resources, partnerships and community engagement or community power building skills to create a foundation to improve social infrastructure and healthy outcomes. These lead agencies will convene cross-sector partners and community members to change policies or systems which can ultimately have a positive impact on reducing incidences of cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. These lead agencies must demonstrate strengths in building trust and community power, guiding vision and strategy and supporting aligned activities.

The deadline for application submission is May 11, 2021. Details of the funding opportunity and application materials may be found here.

Applicant webinar: April 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Use this link to attend. Meeting ID 849 5971 7001, Passcode dr4ZcR

Please forward this announcement to your network, if appropriate.

If you are interested in serving as an application reviewer, we would like to partner with you! If so, please reply to this email indicating your interest.

Sincerely,
Office of Health Equity

Monday, March 29, 2021

Seeking comments on Oral Health: Screening, Referral, Behavioral Counseling, and Preventive Interventions draft research plan

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is seeking comments on its draft research plan, Oral Health: Screening, Referral, Behavioral Counseling, and Preventive Interventions. The plan focuses on oral health care for children, adolescents, and adults in primary care settings. Key questions include effectiveness, accuracy, and potential harm of oral health screenings performed by primary care clinicians. This is the first time USPSTF is reviewing the evidence for this topic.


View the draft research plan and submit comments. Deadline for comments is April 14, 2021.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Trailhead Institute - Request for Proposals Facilitator and Work Group Advisor

Trailhead Institute is requesting proposals from qualified professional vendors to plan, develop and facilitate an advisory board to inform the next edition of the State of Adolescent Sexual health Report (SASH). This next edition of the report will include a stronger and more robust anti-oppressive framework and recommendations that elevate the next evolution of sex education. Previous editions of the SASH report can be found at http://trailhead.institute/youth-sexual-health .The proposal must include a single point of contact that will manage the relationship/contract with Trailhead. This is intended to be a short-term contract for 4-6 months with an option to extend. 

Application review will start on: March 26, 2021 Desired start date: May 3, 2021 Email submissions only to hiring@trailhead.institute.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Job Opportunity at CDPHE: Health Navigation Specialist

Open Competitive Opportunity at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Prevention Services Division

Applications will considered from current Colorado residents

Working title: Term-Limited Health Navigation Specialist #2232
Classification: Health Professional III
Status: Full time
Funding: Term-Limited Funding (funding cannot be guaranteed beyond June 29, 2023)
FLSA: Exempt (not eligible for overtime compensation)
Job location: Denver, CO

Application deadline: The announcement will close on April 4, 2021, or when an adequate pool is identified (i.e., maximum of 45 applications total), whichever comes first. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

To read the job announcement and to apply, please click on the link above. Please contact Britt Hoerauf at brittany.hoerauf@state.co.us if you have any questions.

Revitalizing Main Streets

On March 19, Governor Polis signed SB 110, allocating $30M in economic stimulus funding for the Revitalizing Main Streets program. The program now has two grant opportunities: Larger Safety Infrastructure Grants and Small Multimodal & Economic Resiliency Projects. More information can be found below and on our website.

New Funding Details
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is launching this grant program with two separate applications:

Grant Opportunity 1: Larger Safety Infrastructure Grants
Up to $22M available statewide
Applicants may be awarded up to $2 million to improve user safety along urban arterials or “main street” corridors, especially for vulnerable users such as pedestrians, bikers, motorcyclists, transit users, elderly adults, and people with disabilities. Applicable roadways must be non-freeway corridors that accommodate multiple modes of transportation.

Grant Opportunity 2: Small Multimodal & Economic Resiliency Projects
Up to $9M* available statewide
Applicants may be awarded up to $150,000 per project to support infrastructure projects that provide improved spaces for mobility, community activities and economic development in the wake of the COVID-19 emergency. Note: approximately $900,000 remains from the initial Revitalizing Main Streets program, making the total amount for Grant Opportunity 2 approximately $9 million.

Looking for more ideas? The National Institute for Transportation and Communities is hosting a webinar on April 6th: Rethinking Streets During COVID-19.