Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program hiring administrator

The Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program is hiring a program administrator to supervise the community grants program that support youth violence prevention activities across the state. The purpose of this position is to serve as the statewide program administrator and supervisor for the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program. This statutory program was established to provide state funding for community-based programs that target youth and their families for prevention and intervention services in an effort to reduce youth crime, violence and other high-risk behaviors, as well as to prevent child abuse and neglect. 

Community health funding

Innovative Financing for Community Health webinar
1 p.m. MST  - Dec. 1
To learn more or register, go to County Health Ranking and Roadmaps.
This webinar will explore how a local health department has leveraged existing resources and utilized innovative financing strategies to support their health improvement efforts. Our guest presenter, Gary Edwards, MS, Executive Director of Salt Lake Valley Health Department, serving Salt Lake County, Utah, has more than 25 years of public health experience and will discuss creative strategies for maximizing relationships, utilizing resources and securing funds to improve health outcomes. He will discuss Social Impact Bonds (SIB) as a financing mechanism and provide examples of how they have been used to support novel programs and describe how the State Department of Health and local health departments work together in developing grant applications.

Preventing Diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

November is National Diabetes Month, and it’s also National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. ethnic groups. 17% of American Indians and Alaska Natives have type 2 diabetes, and an estimated 30% have prediabetes.

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has a toolkit specifically developed for American Indians and Alaska Natives with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. They offer educational materials covering a variety of topics including secondary prevention, blood sugar monitoring, and psychosocial support. A list of NDEP publications and materials tailored for American Indian and Alaska Native populations can be found here.

The National Indian Health Service (IHS) has also developed its own toolkit for American Indians and Alaska Natives impacted by diabetes. Their featured resource is a food insecurity assessment, and they also provide a library of educational materials for patients, providers, and family members. Check out IHS’s website here for a list of their printable materials.

In Colorado, the National Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help people reduce risk for type 2 diabetes by facilitating healthy lifestyle changes. To learn more about this program, visit the CDC’s website. To learn more about the National DPP in Colorado, visit our website.  For a list of CDC recognized National DPP programs in Colorado, click here.

New report describes community barriers to healthy living

Coloradans face significant barriers to healthy living due to community design and land use factors, according to a new report, Colorado in 2015: A ULI Survey of Views on Housing, Transportation and Community in Colorado. The survey, unveiled last Friday at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado event, offers insight into what Coloradans desire from the communities and places they call home. Key takeaways include:
  • Coloradoin2015Cover_200Thirty-four percent of Coloradans reported that their communities lack outdoor spaces to run, walk or exercise. This barrier varies significantly for Latino respondents (49 percent) and those making less than $25,000 per year (47 percent).
  • Forty-two percent of all Coloradans, 58 percent of Latino and 54 percent of low-income respondents stated that the bike lanes in their communities are insufficient.
  • Access to fresh, healthy food and dangers from crime and traffic are not widespread concerns for all Coloradans but they do disproportionately affect Latino and low-income populations.
  • High or top priority community attributes include: the quality of the environment (87 percent), access to healthy food (79 percent), green space (64 percent) and walkability (58 percent).
Findings from the report reveal that Coloradans have a strong desire for communities that support healthy living. At the Foundation, we believe building places that promote healthy living will help us achieve our vision of making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. Our partnership with ULI in the development of this survey will better galvanize key groups to drive the movement toward creating the health-centric communities Coloradans desire.View Colorado in 2015 to learn more.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Jeffco Health hiring public health nurse

If you're a solid Nursing professional with proven experience who is anxious to learn while making a positive contribution, Jefferson County Public Health is currently hiring a Public Health Nurse for a unique role. This position provides you the opportunity to work for a county that's thrives on working collaboratively and overcoming challenges. We are seeking a game changer, someone that loves what they do and is motivated to share their knowledge with those that they work with.

The Public Health Nurse position involves public health work to promote the health of individuals, families and populations using knowledge from nursing, social and public health sciences. This is a combination position funded by two grants. This Public Health Nurse will have the opportunity to contribute to research studies that will carry out protocols for two public health initiatives. This is a very unique position where the Public Health Nurse will have varying job tasks from clinical work to home visits and to working as part of project teams.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Free online resource now available for individuals with chronic health conditions

Individuals with chronic health conditions are invited to enroll in a free six-week online workshop to learn ways to take better control of their health and their lives. Supported by federal grant funds from the Administration for Community Living, the six-week computer-based class is being offered to a limited number of Colorado residents on a first-come, first-served basis through February 2016.

Called Better Choices, Better Health, the online workshop was designed by Stanford University for adults with conditions including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disorders, liver disease, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, depression and many others. Participants log on at their convenience each week for about two hours per week. Leaders and participants use e-mail and message boards to interact with each other, share their experiences and offer suggestions and support.

According to Stanford, a statistically significant number of participants say the workshop has helped them feel better and gain more confidence about managing their symptoms. New classes begin in January. 

Register at Better Health, Better Choices, or contact Connie Young at the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services for more information.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

RWJF Issues Call For Proposals for Disruptive Innovations

A call for proposals seeks to support evaluation of disruptive innovations that improve the health of low-resource communities—without increasing costs.

Many of the resources that influence whether or not people are healthy vary widely from one community to the next. Income, education and employment levels, access to quality, affordable health care, the availability of social services, and the cultural and physical environment—all have a significant impact on health outcomes. Poorer communities, lacking in resources may struggle to offer all the components that create a healthy environment to live, learn, work and play.

By necessity, however, these low-resource communities often find new and creative ways to do more with less to promote health. In an effort to uncover such fresh and disruptive approaches to improving health in these communities, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is issuing a call for proposals.