Friday, July 31, 2015

Jefferson Center hiring staff for tobacco cessation initiative

Jefferson Center, a community mental health center serving three counties in metro Denver, is hiring a Project Manager (0.75 FTE) and Peer Specialists (3 FTE) for its Tobacco Cessation Initiative: Systems Changes and Peer Support in a Community Mental Health Center.

The Project Manager will manage all aspects of grant contract, including deliverables, outcomes and budget. Hire, train and supervise three tobacco cessation peer specialists.

Wellness Tobacco Cessation Peer Specialist Coach(s) will mentor and provide evidence-based coaching for clients at Jefferson Center to help them quit using tobacco.

Symposium available on integration of public and behavioral health

The Colorado School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice will host a “Behavioral and Public Health Integration” symposium on Sept. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Wildlife Experience, CU South Denver Campus, Great Hall, 10035 Peoria Street, Parker, CO 80134.

The keynote speaker is Larry Cohen, MSW, Founder and Executive Director of the Prevention Institute. Registration is free but space is limited. Click to register online

Colorado Foundation for Public Health and Environment hiring two regional health connectors

The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment (CFPHE) is seeking two Regional Health Connectors, full time positions working in communities in the greater Denver area within the EvidenceNOW Southwest Project.

The EvidenceNOW Southwest project is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help small and medium size primary care practices in Colorado and New Mexico improve how they deal with cardiovascular risks. The project, which will be working with multiple primary care practices across Colorado and New Mexico, is a collaboration of; the University of Colorado Denver; the University of New Mexico; multiple practice transformation organizations (PTOs) and Health Information Technology (HITs) Organizations and the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and references by Aug. 7 to Sarah Lampe, Program Director, at

For a full job description, please go to


Administrative Assistant/Bookeeper

The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment (CFPHE), a non-profit organization, is seeking an energetic, detailed, and enthusiastic individual who appreciates a flexible work environment. This position, Administrative Assistant/Bookeeper, is a full time position working with a small team of highly qualified individuals.

This position is responsible for the day-to-day operations in a professional office environment housing multiple organizations. Duties are wide ranging and include, but are not limited to: managing the office, assisting the Executive Director and other staff members with administrative needs, and coordinating among contractors, vendors, and building management. Bookeeping responsibilities include assisting with: the reviewing of invoices for all required documentation necessary for payment, preparing billings and assembling all required back up documentation, preparing deposits, filing, record retention, assistance with research of account variances and gathering of financial documentation requested by staff.

For a full job description, please go to

Hiring salary range for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. Position is located in Denver, Colorado.

Applications should be submitted by Friday August 7th. Only electronic submissions are accepted. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and references to: Sara Miller, Executive Director, at

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received byAugust 7th. Those who do not apply by deadline may or may not be considered.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Want to save lives from opioid overdose? Consider a naloxone distribution program!

Learn more about naloxone distribution programs from the ACEP Trauma and Injury Prevention Section. Their upcoming webinar “ED Naloxone Distribution: key considerations and implementation strategies” on Wednesday, August 19th at 1:00 p.m. ET. will provide you with the information you need to get this life-saving program started in your area.

Learn about the practical steps necessary to set up an ED naloxone distribution program. Experts from across the U.S. who have helped establish ED naloxone distribution programs will share their experiences and insights into the key policy and logistical considerations to understand before starting a program in your ED, sharing lessons that they have learned along the way.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to take away a set of concrete recommendations and proven best practices, allowing them to set up their own ED naloxone distribution programs.

To sign up, register here:
Webinar ID: 103-133-779

For more information, you can contact:

Monday, July 27, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposium

The North Colorado Health Alliance, the Colorado Consortium on Prescription Drug Abuse, and other partners are planning a Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposium in Southern Colorado at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort on September 24th and 25th.

Please see the  Save the Date below and distribute this widely. A formal invitation with program agenda and registration information will be coming soon. If you have questions, or would like to know about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Deirdre Pearson at or 970.350.4673.

Denver 6th best city for kids to play outside

There are more than 35 million kids between preschool and eighth grade in this country. Remove however many are at summer camp right now, then double the remaining number, and that's how many parents are currently trying to figure out what to do with them.

For generations, the answer was "go outside," but that's no longer necessarily the case. Everything from suburban sprawl to the rise of video games and social media to a hyper-competitive educational environment have conspired to put real downward pressure on how much outdoor play kids get, and the result is obvious: The CDC says the percentage of overweight or obese children in this country has doubled in the last 20 years, and there's plenty of evidence that kids gain more weight during summer break.

Fatherly's 25 Best U. S. Cities For Kids To Play Outside takes a close look at the state of play and play spaces in America today. The report includes a data-driven ranking taking into account everything from parks access to the rate of violent crime, plus insights from some of the leading thinkers on play science and playgrounds.

It's a by-the-numbers assessment of what works and where it works best for parents, because the last thing your kids should be doing this summer is anything by the numbers.

Friday, July 24, 2015

U.S. health officials examine pot-linked death in Colorado

U.S. health officials on Thursday revisited the first reported marijuana-linked death in Colorado since voters there legalized recreational use of the drug in 2012.

A young man leapt to his death last year after consuming an entire pot-laced cookie, the new government report shows. The 19-year-old had no other drugs in his system at the time, health officials noted.

He first ate a single piece of the cookie, as instructed by a sales clerk, but then downed the rest within an hour because he didn't feel any immediate effects, according to the case study published in the July 24 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Two and a half hours later, the young man jumped off a fourth floor balcony after exhibiting erratic speech and hostile behavior, and died from his injuries.

An autopsy found that the young man had a blood level of 7.2 ng/mL of THC, the chemical in marijuana that produces intoxication. The legal limit for driving under the influence in Colorado is 5 ng/mL.

For the rest of the story, go to U.S. News.

For the report, go to CDC MMWR.

For information on marijuana education and youth prevention, go to Good to
Know Colorado