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Public Health Policy Updates from Coalitions at Jefferson County Public Health

December 2019 // Volume 1, Issue 3

TOBACCO PREVENTION


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Golden to Vote on Sale Age 21 & Flavors 

The City of Golden will vote on an ordinance aimed at reducing youth tobacco/vape use on Thursday, December 12, 2019. The ordinance includes raising the minimum legal sale age of tobacco to 21 and banning the sale of flavored tobacco products in Golden. Golden residents are encouraged to attend the public hearing to speak in support of these evidence-based policies to reduce youth tobacco/vape use. To get involved, click here or contact Khanh Nguyen at knguyen@jeffco.us

FOOD POLICY


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Let's Talk Food in Your Community

We need your help to improve access to healthy and affordable food in your neighborhood. The Food in Communities project is looking for residents in the Sheridan Corridor/West Colfax section of Edgewater and Lakewood and the area of Wheat Ridge/South Arvada to build an action plan of projects and policies for Jefferson County Public Health to support. Please contact Marissa Silverberg at msilver@jeffco.us or 720-485-7033 if you would like to get involved.

The Jefferson County School Food and Nutrition Task Force

The Jefferson County School Food and Nutrition Task Force, a group of community members, parents, school staff and public health professionals, will be presenting its finalized report of recommendations to the Jefferson County Board of Education at the Ed Center on Thursday, December 12 at 6 p.m. While this will be the first time this report is actively shared to Jeffco parents and staff, there is an opportunity at this meeting to provide public comment. Please visit JeffCo Public Schools’ website to learn more about participating in public comment and requesting special accommodations for speaking.

The Jefferson County Food Policy Council will also be hosting a learning session on December 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Warren Tech in the Founders Room #224 to learn more about the Task Force and prepare public comment for this upcoming meeting. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Marissa Silverberg at msilver@jeffco.us or 720-485-7033. 

School Food Action Meeting
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m.
Warren Tech Founders Room #224, 13300 W. 2nd Place, Lakewood, CO

School Food and Nutrition Task Force Report to the Board of Education
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6 p.m.
Jefferson County Ed Center
1829 Denver West Drive, Suite 27, Golden, CO

Jefferson County Food Policy Council Monthly Meeting

The next meeting of the Jefferson County Food Policy Council will be held at Jefferson County Public Health. The meeting will consist of exploring opportunities to best engage community residents around food policy and focus on building out work groups in the areas of SNAP and WIC Outreach, Local Procurement and Urban Agriculture. To RSVP, please e-mail msilver@jeffco.us or call 720-485-7033, as space is limited. 

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Jefferson County Public Health, Mt. Bierstadt Conference Room
645 Parfet Street, Lakewood, CO

SUBSTANCE USE INITIATIVES


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Naloxone Co-Location to Reduce
Opioid Overdose

By the end of 2019, naloxone, a life-saving medication used to reverse opioid overdose, will be co-located with publicly accessible AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) in all Jefferson County facilities which serve the public, including all Jefferson County Libraries. The passage of SB 19-227 (Harm Reduction Substance Use Disorders) in May 2019 included language to authorize a public person or entity that makes an AED available to the public to also make an opiate antagonist available to the public. 

Coalition Formed to Address Substance Use in Jeffco

If you are interested in helping develop innovative solutions and partnerships to end overdose and eliminate barriers to the well-being of people living with addiction in Jefferson County, email Michael Miller at mmiller@jeffco.us to join the Jefferson County Substance Use Partnership.

Colorado's Statewide Strategic Plan for Substance Use Disorder Recovery: 2020-2025

In August 2019, the Colorado Health Institute, in partnership with the Office of Behavioral Health, Mental Health Colorado and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, released the state’s first ever statewide strategic plan for recovery. In House Bill 18-1003, the General Assembly tasked the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to assess the state’s recovery needs and create a strategic plan to address them. This plan – created in partnership with the state’s leaders in behavioral health and with hundreds of people in recovery – fulfills that mandate. It sets forth a vision of a system of care in Colorado that supports people who have lived with addiction throughout their lives, and that vision will guide the state as focus on next steps to improve recovery resources for Coloradoans.

Opioid & Other Substance Use Disorder Interim Study Committee

During the General Assembly’s 2019 break, the Interim Study Committee worked with stakeholders to develop proposed legislation to be considered in the upcoming General Assembly session related to substance use including prevention, harm reduction, criminal justice, treatment and recovery. For details about legislation being considered under each of these areas, please contact Michael Miller at mmiller@jeffco.us

COMMUNITIES THAT CARE


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Navigating Substance Experimentation in Teens (NSET) Free Parenting Workshops

Jefferson County Communities That Care (CTC) is asking professionals who come into contact with juveniles who have been caught using vape, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or taking someone else's prescription medication, including police officers and school nurses, to create a new organizational policy. In addition to working with the youth, CTC asks that professionals offer help to the parent or guardian to seek tools and support to deal with the issue effectively by providing information about NSET workshops. Free workshops take place at Jefferson County Public Health on the first Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. Promotional materials, including posters, cards and flyers are available for organizations that work with teens and wish to add suggesting this resource as one of their organization’s procedures. More information here.

GET INVOLVED


Khanh Nguyen
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Marissa Silverberg

Join the conversation! Follow Jefferson County Public Health on Facebook at @jeffcopublichealth and on Twitter and Instagram at @jeffcoph. Visit our website at www.jeffco.us/public-health.

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