Monday, October 20, 2014

You are invited to the launch of the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and major hospitals across Colorado will launch the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact Nov. 14 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Children's Hospital in Denver. Join hospital executives and health care leaders as Colorado makes history as the first state in the nation to initiate a compact for healthy living among state hospitals. 
  • 7:30 – 9 a.m. - Public Event and Tour
  • 9 -11 a.m. - Shared Learning Session and Webinar
Children’s Hospital Colorado, 13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045

To RSVP, please contact  Deborah Federspiel at Children's Hospital.

For more information, contact Susan Motika at CDPHE or go to the Colorado Healthy Hospital web page.

Million Hearts in Colorado: New Local Video Resources for Pharmacists and Clinicians on Hypertension

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy recently produced three videos in partnership with the Million Hearts Initiative in Colorado. The videos are an easy reference for pharmacists and pharmacy partners on correct blood pressure measurement technique, secondary stroke prevention and understanding new and existing treatment guidelines. Check them out and share them with your partners.

High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

Friday, October 17, 2014

OHCO wins communications award

Oral Health Colorado (OHCO) develops and promotes strategies to achieve optimal oral health for all Coloradans. OHCO won the Colorado Health Communicators' Silver Leaf Award for its work. Please see the coalitions website to learn how you can help ensure all Coloradans reach optimal oral health.

OHCO "Chime In" 

National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

USDA funds CSU regional nutrition and obesity center of excellence

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded $4 million in grants to establish four regional centers of excellence for research on nutrition education and obesity prevention, as well as a coordinating center, which will develop and test innovative nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions for underserved, low-income families.

Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE) will establish centers at Colorado State University, Cornell University, Purdue University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and one national coordinating center at the University of Kentucky.Each regional center will administer at least one signature research project that will be tailored to address a specific need in that region. 

The $4 million in funding supports USDA's strategic goal of developing and extending a research-based approach to obesity prevention, ultimately producing measurable improvements in health, obesity, nutrition and physical activity-related outcomes.
Fiscal year 2014 awards include:
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $856,250
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., $856,250
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., 175,000
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $856,250
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C., $856,250

Thursday, October 16, 2014

One Colorado releases report on the health of transgender Coloradans

We know LGBT Coloradans and our families tend to face unique physical and mental health barriers -- and that is especially true for transgender Coloradans. To dig a bit deeper into these issues, One Colorado will be holding an event to release "Transparent: The State of Transgender Health in Colorado," the first report in the country that examines the health concerns of transgender people at a state level and provides concrete recommendations for providers and community leaders to improve the health of all Coloradans.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

State health releases worksite wellness guides

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment supports comprehensive worksite wellness initiatives throughout Colorado. Today we released Worksite Wellness Certification and Assessment  and Worksite Wellness in Colorado: Lessons from Colorado Businesses

The health department will continue to support worksite wellness programs statewide with tools, resources and policy guidance. For more information, contact health department Wellness Coordinator Dan McKenna.