Saturday, November 12, 2011

Social Media's Untapped Power

The Prevention Services Division (PSD) at CDPHE is fully engaged in Social Media efforts.  As you will hear in this pod cast from Harvard Business Review these tools are much more than games and ways to stay in contact with your friends.  In PSD we have been using these tools everyday to collaborate, gather information and make better decisions with our partners across the state.

You can find the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Prevention Services Division online here on COPrevent, but also on:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Former Smoker? Want to be a Spokesperson for a National Campaign?

The CDC is conducting a national search for “former smokers” to feature in its educational media campaign and is seeking nominees from Break Free Alliance partners and affiliates.  As part of the campaign, CDC is developing new ads featuring a variety of people who have suffered severe health conditions caused by smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

CDC is working with a national casting agency and tobacco control funded states and partners to recruit spokespersons, but also would like to receive recommendations.  Referrals must be received by COB Monday, November 14, 2011 and should be submitted, in Colorado, to Emma Goforth (emma.

Healthy Communities Update

  • Given the enormity of the childhood obesity problem, preventing the marketing of unhealthy food and beverage products to children has become increasingly important. Three different methods marketing can have negative impacts on children: marketing that encourages parents to purchase unhealthy products for their children; ‘pester power’ marketing, which encourages children to persuade their parents to purchase unhealthy products for them; and marketing that encourages children to purchase unhealthy products for themselves. Two new Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) resources, Major Findings from 50-State Survey of State Consumer Protection Law to Limit Junk Food Marketing to Children and Reigning in Pester Power Food and Beverage Marketing, provide context for these three types of food marketing and summarize state-level tactics to counter them. PHAI has also published a 50-state clickable map linking to food marketing state consumer law summaries.
  • Additionally, despite industry pledges to market fewer unhealthy beverages to children, a new report from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity finds that there is more—not less—advertising for sugary drinks overall. The report is the most comprehensive assessment of sugary drink nutrition and marketing ever conducted. Study Examines Marketing Practices of 14 Companies, Nutritional Content of Nearly 600 Products.
  • As schools reassess the school wellness policies and school environment to comply with the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, advocates have a unique opportunity to incorporate Communities Putting Prevention to Work goals through school wellness policy. Join the American Heart Association and the Public Health Law Center, for a presentation designed to provide an overview of school policies, explain the importance of a school health council, and outline key tools to make school policy change a reality. Using School Wellness Policies to Advance Policy Change, Nov. 16, 2011, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST. Click here for registration information.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Job Announcement - Prevention Services Division - Family Planning Program Director

The Prevention Services Division Family Planning Program Director position is responsible for Title X Family Planning (FP) Program oversight and supervision of professional-level positions. Specific duties/goals of this position are:

Management of Program Operations
  • Design strategies (including the identification of best practices), systems, processes, guidelines, rules and standards for the identification and delivery of technical assistance, consultation services (including clinical services) and data reporting.
  • Analyze baseline and benchmark data regarding program services.
  • Provide family planning consultation and leadership with locally-funded  agencies.
  • Act as a  liaison  to community groups and with partners in Women’s Health and other related department activities. 
  • Contributes to the work unit’s operations, including the preparation of the annual unit work plan and outcomes.

2011 Colorado Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Report

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Prevention Services Division is pleased to release a summary of the 2011 Colorado Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Report. This summary represents the collaborative work contractor M. Colleen Domer, MS, RD and several CDPHE programs dedicated to the health of children. Other state, local, public and private partners also contributed to this work.

In brief, this three-phased project included a thorough review of the literature supporting risk and protective factors for early childhood obesity, and prevention practices during the preconception and prenatal periods and the first 5 years of a child’s life. The project also included an inventory of existing early childhood obesity prevention efforts throughout Colorado and an analysis of gaps in addressing this important issue. The conclusion of the project involved a stakeholder meeting to present the findings of the project and discuss future priorities for Colorado as well as the potential role of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in preventing early childhood obesity.

For additional information or questions about the content of the report, or about state and local early childhood obesity prevention initiatives, please contact Tracy Miller, CDPHE Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Specialist at (303) 692-2347 or by e-mail at

Click here to access the report summary.
Click here to access the full report (appendices available upon request).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Learn more and participate in a discussion about

Public Health Roles in
Violence Prevention

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
12:00 – 1:00 PM MST

Please contact Natalie Gregory to register
and for additional details.

The Safe States Alliance, a national organization with mission to strengthen the practice of injury and suicide prevention, is hosting a webinar discussion facilitated by Billie Weiss, MPH, a leader in the field of violence prevention at the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center. The discussion will provide participants with opportunity to share their insights on the roles public health should play in violence prevention and how these roles can be enhanced at all levels.

The facilitated discussion is in support of the recently released publication titled, "Preventing Violence: Roles for Public Health Agencies" and supporting resources such as the executive summaries and fact sheets. Preventing Violence provides insights on the role of public health in violence prevention as identified by a roundtable of twenty-four experts and stakeholders in April 2010. The executive summaries highlight the important roles national, state, and local public health agencies play in preventing violence, and provides guidance for the public health community to prevent violence before it occurs.

Funding Opportunity: Stop Violence BEFORE it happens!

Preventing violence before it happens, prevents several other chronic health conditions.

Working together to integrate violence prevention in to related public health programs can boost health outcomes. This is one funding opportunity public health partners can seek to stop the violence.

Violence and fear of violence are major factors that undermine health and worsen health disparities. Preventing violence is an important component and has tremendous value of any effort to achieve health equity and create healthy communities. Violence prevention saves money and lives, and is a means to foster well-being, promote health equity, and strengthen communities.

This funding opportunity addresses the physical, mental, and emotional impact of violence against women across the life span and is available for specific events or activities intended to prevent, raise awareness of, and/or respond to the epidemic of violence against women and girls. This opportunity seeks projects that work to:

Monday, November 7, 2011

Farm to School - Geographic Preference Guidance

School food directors and local farmers, please see the technical assistance on local food purchasing for schools in a “Frequently Asked Questions” about the USDA’s “geographic preference” guidance:
This was produced on behalf of the Colorado Farm to School Task Force by PSD’s Taber Ward and Susan Motika.   Please contact them if you have any questions or comments at or

Department of Health Care Policy and Financing 2010 Annual Report Released

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing 2010 Annual Report is available online highlighting the priorities and progress the Department has made through initiatives to improve health outcomes, contain costs and increasing access from January 2010 to December 2010. 

The report includes Department program information and updates in the areas of:

  • Increasing the Number of Insured Coloradans
  • Improving Health Outcomes
  • Increasing Access to Health Care
  • Containing Health Care Costs
  • Improving the Long-Term Services and Supports Delivery System

To download the 2010 Annual Report, click here.

LGBT & Allies Monthly Meeting WEDNESDAY - Join Us!

(CORRECTED DATE! - Meeting is Wednesday)

The newly formed Employee Resource Group, called "4LGBT Health" meets on 11/9, from 12:00-1:00 in A2B. Brett Avila will present on the topic of the coming out process for people who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual. As a group we will follow the presentation with discussion about how the coming out process influences and is influenced by various aspects of health and wellness, and specifically by the work environment of employees here at CDPHE. *These monthly meetings welcome ALL CDPHE employees, especially non-LGBT people interested in learning and discussing topics related to LGBT health.* Please consider taking an hour to meet new colleagues and engage in a productive opportunity for professional growth! For questions about this group or to be added to our email info list: or

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Live Stream - 2nd National Healthy Communities Conference - Nov 7

On Monday, November 7, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and The Pew Charitable Trusts will host the 2nd National Healthy Communities conference in Washington, D.C.  The all-day event will include an update on progress, with panels on systemic changes needed in policy, data and financing.

Featured experts will include:
  • Nancy Andrews, President and CEO, Low Income Investment Fund
  • Melody Barnes, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • David Erickson, Director, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Jim Marks, Senior Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Sister Lillian Murphy, CEO, Mercy Housing
  • Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Aaron Wernham, Director, The Health Impact Project
Watch the live video stream and follow the Twitter discussion at #FedHealth on Monday, November 7, from 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET.