Colorado Essentials for Childhood is a partnership of stakeholders who are committed to a future where children and families thrive in the places where they live, learn, work and play. Our ultimate goal is to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect in our state.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

CDC’s Injury Center encourages you to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments to prevent child abuse and neglect. While the true number of victims is likely much higher, the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence estimated 1 in 4 children have experienced abuse or neglect at some point in their lives, and 1 in 7 children had such experiences in the last year.

Child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role that results in harm, potential for harm or threat of harm to a child. The effects of abuse and neglect continue throughout the life course, with child abuse and neglect costing an estimated $124 billion per year in total lifetime costs.

The good news is that child abuse and neglect is preventable. Research suggests that comprehensive strategies that promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and their families are key in preventing child abuse and neglect.

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

CDC has developed a technical package, Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities, to help states and communities prevent child abuse and neglect. A technical package is a collection of strategies that represent the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems like violence. The package supports CDC’s Essentials for Childhood framework and highlights 5 strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect:
  • Strengthen economic supports for families
  • Change social norms to support parents and positive parenting
  • Provide quality care and education early in life
  • Enhance parenting skills to promote healthy child development
  • Intervene to lessen harms and prevent future risk

The technical package is intended as a resource to guide and inform prevention decision making in communities and states so that every child has safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program

The Aetna Foundation's 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program is now open. This will be the Foundation's only open RFP this year. We expect to award up to $2 million in grants to organizations that increase opportunities for low-income, minority communities to make healthy choices in the places they live, work, learn, and play. Grant requests can range between $50,000 and $100,000 for projects that span 18 to 24 months. We seek partners whose work addresses pressing issues in the following domains: Built Environment, Community Safety, Environmental Exposures, Healthy Behaviors, and Social/Economic Factors.

This will be a highly competitive funding opportunity structured in two stages. Stage 1 involves a short application. All eligible organizations are invited to submit an online Stage 1 application by April 14, 2017 at 3PM ET. Upon reviewing all Stage 1 applications, we will invite a smaller group of applicants to submit a full application for Stage 2. Please visit our website and read the RFP, which includes a detailed FAQ section, for more information and other materials to assist you in applying.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Shared Risk and Protective Factor Conference - Save the Date: June 6-8, 2017

Please join us at the first Annual Shared Risk and Protective Factor Conference.

As prevention professionals, you have likely seen issues that are common​ among the youth, families and communities you work with - issues like poverty, families dealing with substance abuse, and youth who are not connected to or do not feel safe at school. We often refer to these issues as "shared risk and protective factors.

Implementing ​strategies that take ​a shared risk and protective factor approach creates opportunities to prevent multiple forms of violence, injury and substance abuse​, helping ​multiple programs and agencies​ achieve their desired outcomes​. 

This conference aims to create shared learning opportunities for partners in Colorado and neighboring states to connect their work using a shared risk and protective factor approach, network with community partners and share best practices.
Preliminary Schedule:

June 6th: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
June 7th: 8:30am - 4:30pm
June 8th: 9:00am - 1:00pm

*No registration fee

Monday, April 3, 2017

Social-environmental Characteristics of Neighborhoods: Advancing ecologically oriented research on child maltreatment prevention

Monday, April 10th, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Kempe Center Grand Rounds
Anschutz Medical Campus, Gary Pavilion, Kempe Education Center

If you cannot join in person: Video Conference  303-864-5201

Amy S. He, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor
University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work

While much research on child maltreatment has examined individual and family level predictors of abuse and neglect, less emphasis has been placed on examining social contextual factors that shape its occurrence. This presentation is of a mixed-methods study which explored social dynamics of local community environments that may explain differences in maltreatment referral rates above and beyond known individual-level family predictors. Maltreatment referral data from Los Angeles and San Diego Counties in 2012 and 2013 were linked with American Community Survey data from the US Census to map community areas at the census tract level having unusual rates of child maltreatment referrals. The findings of this study expand knowledge of social-environmental dynamics that explain community variations in risk for and protection from child maltreatment. Implications for community-focused child maltreatment prevention interventions will be discussed.

Dr. Amy He serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. He's research and scholarship focuses on both local and national cross-systems collaboration between child welfare and specialized service systems (e.g. substance abuse, mental health, juvenile justice). Her current research examines the impact of social dynamics on neighborhood rates of child maltreatment. Through this research agenda, Dr. He strives to develop collaborative practices aimed towards child maltreatment prevention and intervention at the community level.