Thursday, July 20, 2017

Colorado health department offers positive youth development tool

Founded on existing literature and informed by communities, Colorado defines positive youth development as a universal approach with a practical lens that cuts across multiple risk factors and across all levels of prevention. PYD in Colorado is an evidence-based approach that guides communities and organizations in the way that they organize services, opportunities and supports so that all youth can be engaged and reach their full potential.

This universal PYD approach allows for all youth-serving and supporting organizations to be able to operationalize PYD regardless of their outcome area of focus. The boundaries for integrating PYD are limitless because at the heart of this "movement" is actually transformation in our culture, norms, and ingrained beliefs about young people- from seeing them as problems to fix to resources to cultivate and engage.
CDPHE offers this positive youth development tool to foster reflection, discussion, and continuous improvement for youth serving entities. 

Opioid prescribing still high, but varies by location

The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015, but remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S., according to the latest Vital Signs report by the CDC. In 2015 six times more opioids per resident were dispensed in the highest-prescribing counties than in the lowest-prescribing counties. This wide variation suggests inconsistent prescribing practices among healthcare providers and that patients receive different care depending on where they live. You can read the full report here.

AAP: No fruit juice for babies under 1

In May, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their current recommendations regarding offering fruit juice to infants, children and adolescents. Because fruit juice is high in sugar, frequent consumption could result in cavities and excess weight gain. The AAP states, "it is optimal to completely avoid the use of juice in infants before 1 year of age." The full recommendations can be found here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure Checks in the Community

Self-monitored blood pressure checks empower participants to take ownership of their cardiovascular health!

Many communities in the United States are recognizing the importance of self-monitoring blood pressure checks. In nearby Nebraska, local communities are partnering with the YMCA to give people a chance to check their blood pressure through a four-month blood pressure program. This program encourages and creates access for participants to take their blood pressure two times a month at their local YMCA. They also take it twice a month at home along with attending nutrition classes at the YMCA. The program is free and participants do not need to be part of the local YMCA. The goal is to tackle the problem from a community level and take steps to help people become more aware and more in control of their blood pressure. To read the full story please click here.

Colorado also has a number of programs that promote self-monitored blood pressure checks.  See links below for more information:

Support School Health in 2017-18 with Smart Source

Support schools in 2017-18 by encouraging them to complete the Smart Source inventory to assess their school health efforts. Smart Source shows schools how they align with best practice and how they compare to other schools in the state. The inventory is available Sept. 1, and for the first time, schools will receive an immediate report to inform goal setting and priorities across all components of school health. Please visit the Smart Source webpage to learn more or contact

Child Fatality Prevention System 2017 Annual Legislative Report Released

Colorado's Child Fatality Prevention System, including local child fatality prevention review teams representing all 64 counties in Colorado and the State Review Team, recently submitted the 2017 Annual Legislative Report to the Colorado State Legislature. The report includes an overview of the system, data on violence and injury-related deaths among youth ages 0-17 in Colorado, and six prioritized child fatality prevention recommendations (see below) as well as updates on past system prevention recommendations.

For more information and to view past legislative reports and data reports, visit the Child Fatality Prevention System Blogsite:

If you have questions, please contact Kate Jankovsky, Child Fatality Prevention System Coordinator,  at or 303.692.2947

Monday, July 17, 2017

Funding Announcement: Amendment 35 Grant Programs

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Prevention Services Division is pleased to announce the release of two new Request for Applications (RFAs):

  • State Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation Grants Program (STEPP) FY 19-21 Innovative Interventions RFA
  • Cancer Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Grants Program FY 19 RFA

New - STEPP FY19-21 Innovative Interventions RFA Release

STEPP announces the release of the FY 19-21 Innovative Interventions Request for Applications (RFA) on July 17, 2017. The purpose of the RFA is to fund innovative approaches to addressing tobacco related inequities, with a focus on interventions that reach the remaining 15 percent of Colorado adults who smoke.

The initiatives funded through this RFA will focus on reaching and engaging priority populations with tailored approaches where they live, work, play, and receive medical and social services. You can find the full RFA announcement here.

Applicant webinar:

July 19, 2017, 2 - 3 p.m.
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Call in: 720-279-0026 locally or 1-877-820-7831 toll-free
Participant passcode: 897463#.

Details of the program’s complete FY 19-21 funding portfolio, including additional future funding announcements, can be found on the STEPP website.

New - CCPD Grants Program FY19 RFA Release

The CCPD Grants Program announces the release of the FY19 Competitive Grants Request for Applications (RFA) on July 17, 2017. The purpose of the RFA is to reduce chronic disease in Colorado by providing a comprehensive approach that focuses on prevention, early detection and treatment for cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic pulmonary disease.  

The initiatives funded through this RFA will focus on further improving the health of Coloradans by building capacity and support for the implementation of chronic disease prevention and health promotion. This funding opportunity aims to fund organizations/agencies/collaborations across Colorado that will:
  1. Focus on further reducing chronic disease in Colorado, specifically in populations most burdened by cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease;
  2. Put into practice evidence-based strategies and/or evidence-informed innovative approaches that advance the strategic direction of the CCPD Grants Program.

The deadline for application submission is September 15, 2017. Details of the funding opportunity and application materials may be found here.

Applicant webinar:
July 19, 2017,  3 - 4 p.m.
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Call in: 720-279-0026 locally or 1-877-820-7831 toll-free
Participant passcode: 425524#.