Monday, May 2, 2016

Encourage Heart Health During Women's Health Week May 8-14

Did you know?
  • Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., and high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for it.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 women have high blood pressure, but many of them do not know it. That’s because hypertension often does not have warning since, hence its alias “the silent killer”.
  • While the overall prevalence rate of high blood pressure is nearly equal among U.S. men and women, the prevalence of high blood pressure is higher in women 65 years and older.

While high blood pressure is a serious risk factor for cardiovascular disease, it is manageable. Talk with the women in your life about hypertension and encourage them to schedule a well-woman visit to get screened for heart health risks and other conditions. Reminder them they can only take care of others if they take care of themselves. Together, we can help women prevent and control their high blood pressure.

Check out Office on Women's Health's social media and promotional tools, infographics and fact sheets; the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women resource page or for health care professionals who want to learn more about implementing successful strategies for controlling blood pressure, check out what the Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge Champions are doing.

Interactive Learning Series on Pharmacy for Clinicians

Key performance measures for patient-centered medical homes include blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol control. Clinical pharmacists have unique knowledge and skills that can complement the care provided by other PCMH team members to improve chronic disease health outcomes.  

Join Colorado colleagues in a learning series designed to support clinicians in incorporating clinical pharmacists in their practices. 

Conducted through ECHO Colorado in live web-based, video-conference sessions, participants use a smart phone, tablet or laptop with a camera to virtually attend each 60-minute session. A subject matter expert will lead a presentation (15 minutes) and participants then present a case for feedback, recommendations and discussion. 

Topics include: Clinical Pharmacist scope of practice;  Collaborative Drug Therapy Management; Financial models and benefits; and Integration models. Choose either of two 5-week sessions: Friday mornings, 7:00-8:00 am, May 20th - June17th or Wednesdays, noon - 1:00 pm, May 25th – June 22nd.

Register now at: 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Built Environment Strategic Collaborative meets May 4

Built Environment Strategic Collaborative (BESC)
Wednesday, May 4
3 - 4:45 p.m.
CDPHE, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, DOC, Building A, 1st Floor.

Health Equity and Environmental Justice

Equity in Transit: In Theory and in Practice
Presenters: Shontel M. Lewis and Michael Washington
As a recipient of federal financial assistance, RTD must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Order 12898 - Environmental Justice. Together, Title VI and Environmental Justice affirmatively protect historically underserved communities. Members of RTD’s Transit Oriented Communities Division will provide an overview of RTD’s efforts to comply with Title VI and Environmental Justice and promote equity in transit. 

Zoning, Permitting, and Environmental Justice: State and Local Policies and Programs to Improve Health Equity and Environmental JusticePresenter: Alison Holm
This project explores the ways in which urban planning practices have historically contributed to environmental injustices and how many of these same tools (particularly zoning and permitting) are today being used to promote health equity and environmental justice (HE&EJ). The presentation will look specifically at how several U.S. states are addressing environmental justice issues through environmental permitting processes and explore opportunities for CDPHE to integrate HE&EJ goals into policies and processes.

For a detailed agenda please visit
For more information contact:  Cate Townley, CDPHE Built Environment Specialist, or 303-692-2074

CHF announces advance care planning funding

The Colorado Health Foundation announces Advance Care Planning funding is available within its Health Care outcome area is now open for the June 15 deadline.In Health Care, the focus is to ensure all Coloradans achieve health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. 

As part of the Colorado Health Foundation's strategy to empower individuals and families to manage their own health, the Advance Care Planning funding opportunity will award grants of up to two years and up to approximately $200,000 for implementation of effective advance care planning initiatives in Colorado.

Advance care planning is important for health engagement, person-centered care, shared decision-making, achievement of Triple Aim objectives and helps ensure that health care wishes at end of life or in the event of incapability are honored.

This funding opportunity is designed to accelerate existing advance care planning efforts in Colorado where feasible and to support innovative demonstration projects that have the goal of increasing individual and family health engagement through advance care planning. To be considered for funding, applicants must meet specific criteria.

Deadline for Public Health in the Rockies abstracts extended.

The submission deadline for PHiR abstracts has been extended to May 6 at 5 pm.
To submit your abstract, click here. All abstracts must go through the link above. No direct submissions via email will be accepted. Acceptance to present requires all conference registration and payment.

The quality of this conference is supported by the quality of our abstract reviewers, who analyze approximately 5-7 submissions each and submit scores for each abstract. Abstract reviews will take place in early May. 
If you would like to become an abstract reviewer for the 2016 Public Health in the Rockies Conference, Click here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

USDA improves nutrition for millions of low-income children

On April 22, Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon announced strengthened nutrition standards for food and beverages served to young children and others in day care settings. Young children and adults in day care will now receive meals with more whole grains, a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, and less added sugars and solid fats. 

The science-based standards introduced in this final rule will elevate the nutritional quality of meals and snacks provided under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to better align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and to be consistent with the meals children receive as part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).

The new meal patterns will improve access to healthy beverages, including low-fat and fat-free milk and water, and encourage breastfeeding for the youngest program participants. These standards reflect the nutritional improvements seen in children across the country since the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the growth and development of children and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons. Through the CACFP, over 4 million children and nearly 120,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the care they receive.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is one of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service’s 15 nutrition assistance programs, which also include theNational School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program, theSupplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Together, these programs comprise America's nutrition safety net.

CHF announces healthy school funding

In an ongoing effort to support schools and those they partner with, the Colorado Health Foundation is offering the following Creating Healthy Schools funding opportunities: 
  • Local planning and assessment – Aims to support local planning, capacity-building and community collaboration efforts.
  • Local implementation – Assists strategy execution in specific areas related to building or increasing healthy schools work.
The next deadline for applications is June 15, 2016To be considered for funding, applicants must meet specific criteria. The Foundation is eager to hear from those interested, both existing and prospective grantees, and welcomes feedback on what would be most helpful as you consider applying.
Register now for the Creating Healthy Schools Informational Webinar, which will be held from noon – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11.