We’re making it rain…hygiene items, that is, during Denver Human Services fourth annual Spring Showers Hygiene Drive! Now through May 25, DHS is collecting hygiene items, like shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, and deodorant, to stock their GIVE Center AND supply their monthly hygiene program for the rest of the year! Find all of the information you need to make the drive succeed (including donation sites and most needed items) at bit.ly/SpringShowers2018
Denver Health Enrollment Van Calendar
The Health Access Express Enrollment Van is designed to reach residents in Denver communities to increase enrollment of individuals into publicly funded health care financial assistance programs, such as Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Approximately 7,200 individuals are expected to benefit from this program over the next three years.
Do you know of someone who needs assistance for their questions regarding a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities? Rocky Mountain Human Services is here to help. They are a Denver-based non-profit who helps individuals and families with their questions about service options and funding available. They also provide help to veterans who need housing and assistance. Consultation and services to meet your needs are available at little or no cost. They can help!
The Spring 2018 Activity Guide is now online! Browse activities now and add to your wish list— registration opens TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 at noon!
Denver Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programming such as special events, field trips, workshops, games, sports leagues and more! Our 28 recreation centers offer these activities in different specialties including:
Spring registration opens TUESDAY, FEB. 27 @ noon! Visit: https://www.bluetoad.com/view/denver-parks-recreation/denver-recreation/spring-2018-activity-guide. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Vision Zero Improvements coming to Federal
So far this year, 11 people have died in crashes along Federal, including seven pedestrians. The rate of fatalities on Federal Boulevard is currently 20 times higher than the urban rate on Colorado roadways. Denver’s Vision Zero sets a goal that none of these deaths are acceptable.
Next week, the city, in conjunction with CDOT, will begin making enhancements at 10 intersections on Federal between Virginia and Jewell, adjusting signal timing to activate the pedestrian signal every cycle. Following those improvements, at five of these intersections the city will add new pedestrian countdown indicators (where there currently are none). And a few weeks following these improvements, the city will install a pedestrian head start at 7 of these 10 intersections.
In the coming weeks, the city also will be testing new crash analysis technology at 10th, Howard and Holden, and following that will be implementing similar pedestrian signal improvements at these intersections.
Later this year and into early 2018, the city will make additional pedestrian and safety upgrades at Howard and Kentucky.
Below are the specific changes to each intersection.
(LPI = Leading Pedestrian Interval (4 seconds), ped recall = pedestrian signal comes up every time)
Virginia: Ped recall, new countdown ped signal, LPI
Exposition: Ped recall, new countdown ped signal, LPI
Kentucky: Ped recall, new countdown ped signal, LPI
Mississippi: Ped recall, new countdown ped signal
Louisiana: Ped recall, new countdown ped signal, LPI
Arkansas: Ped recall, LPI
Florida: Ped recall
Iowa/Mexico mid-block: Ped recall
Colorado: Ped recall, LPI
Jewell: Ped recall, LPI
Free Women's Self-Defense Seminar
Join Evolution Youth Services & Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in collaboration with the SouthWest Denver Coalition to host a FREE Women's Self-Defense Class for ages 14 and up. We will have a few instructors with 60+ years of experience.
When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu West 2595 West 8th Ave. Denver 80204
Attire: Comfortable clothing
Registration: To sign-up email Kasandra Ornelas at email@example.com or click on the link below:
Limited space available
The Denver Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Denver Police district stations and the Police Administration Building. This event takes place on the same day across the country. In Colorado, more than 100 locations will be accepting expired or left-over prescription and over-the-counter drugs from the public.
The goal of this event is to ensure the environmentally safe disposal of prescription medicines and to reduce the likelihood of drug misuse or abuse. Please note that these sites cannot accept needles or sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, illicit drugs, or pressurized canisters.
According to the DEA, partnering law enforcement agencies collected 900,386 pounds of unwanted medicines (the weight equivalent of 193 police patrol SUVs) during the most recent drug take-back day event in April of 2017.
Denver Police drop off locations:
Police District 1 1311 West 46th Avenue
Police District 2 3921 Holly Street
Police District 3 1625 South University Boulevard
Police District 4 2100 South Clay Street
Police District 5 4685 Peoria Street
Police District 6 1566 Washington Street
Police Administration Building 1331 Cherokee Street
Again, medications can be dropped off at DPD District Stations only on Saturday, October 28, 2016, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
For additional information on the program or other drop off locations, please visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html
#BeTheDifference in September
September is already underway and #BeTheDifference is continuing their focus on mental health at school Whether in the classroom or out, it is critical for students, teachers and caregivers to take care of their mental health, especially during the stress of the school year.
Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference during the month of September:
REMINDER: Only three meetings remaining! Help define the future of Denver's trails and overall walkability
Do you enjoy walking and biking in Denver? Do you have ideas on how it can improve in your area?
As a part of Denveright and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails, the City and County of Denver invites you to attend a second round of public meetings to examine costs, funding options and policies needed to achieve the community’s vision for a walkable Denver and a world-class trail system.
DETAILS: Three meetings remaining – all from 5:30pm-7:00pm ( same time, same information):
A sign language interpreter will be provided upon request with a three business-day notice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Spanish language interpretation provided at all public meetings. Se provee interpretación en español en todas las reuniones públicas. For more information please go to www.denvergov.org/denveright and click on the “Pedestrians & Trails” tab.
Te gusta a caminar y andar en bicicleta? Como parte de Denveright y Denver se Mueve: Peatones y Senderos (Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails), la Ciudad y Condado de Denver realizará una segunda ronda de reuniones públicas para conversar sobre proyectos prioritarios de mejoras peatonales y de senderos. Esta segunda ronda de reuniones públicas será una oportunidad para examinar costos, opciones de financiamiento y pólizas requeridas para lograr la visión de la comunidad de un Denver con mejor acceso peatonal y un sistema de caminos de calidad mundial.
DETAILLES: Hay tres reuniones más – cada uno 5:30pm-7:00pm (mismo tema, misma información)
HUD grant will fund lead abatement assistance for 130 homes over three years
Denver’s Department of Environmental Health (DEH) was recently awarded $2.8 million to provide lead-based paint mitigation and abatement assistance to 130 low- and moderate-income homes over the next three years.
The funding is part of a $127 million effort by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to better protect families from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards.
DEH was one of only 48 state and local government agencies across the country to receive funding and is the only Colorado agency awarded in this grant cycle.
The Denver Office of Economic Development was previously awarded $2.2 million under the same grant program in 2010 and provided lead-based paint mitigation and abatement services to 131 families from 2011 to 2014. This most recent round of funding will be administered by DEH with the support of the Office of Economic Development (OED). Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) will serve as the program’s general contractor. OED is providing at least $275,000 in matching funds through its continued support of DURA’s administration of the Single Family Rehabilitation and Emergency Home Repair programs.
Under the grant, qualifying homes will receive a full lead-risk assessment, an abatement plan and abatement services, which can average $8,500 per home.
To qualify for grant assistance, a home must:
In addition to lead abatement services, the grant also includes $400,000 to address 28 other healthy homes hazards, such as trip and fall hazards, within qualifying homes.
HUD’s Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant programs have a proven history of success, filling critical needs in communities where no other resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable residents. Nationally, the grant will reduce the number of children with elevated blood lead levels and protect nearly 7,600 families living in homes with significant lead and other home health and safety hazards.
Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. Lead absorbed into the body can cause damage to the blood cells and vital organs, including the brain, kidneys and nerves, according to HUD. Learn more about DEH’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program here.
Qualifying Neighborhoods: Lincoln Park, Sun Valley, Villa Park, West Colfax, Cole, Clayton, Whittier, North Park Hill, Northeast Park Hill, Sunnyside, Highland, Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Westwood, Barnum, Barnum West, Mar Lee, Valverde, East Colfax, Athmar Park
The 4th Annual Seniors in September Educational & Resource Fair is scheduled for Friday, September 15, 9am-2pm at the Denver Botanic Gardens
This year, they are excited to partner with the Denver Botanic Gardens for ‘Senior Day’ at the Gardens where there will be access to over 60 vendors, workforce panel, aging in place breakout session and lunch. Please share with your neighbors the flyer and make sure they register.
The Active Living Coalition is working hard to collect surveys from neighbors in Athmar Park to find out what you love about the neighborhood and what your priorities are for improvements!
We want to hear from everyone, that’s why we are asking you to help us interview your neighbors for the survey during movie nights in Huston Lake Park and the Athmar Park picnic. No experience necessary, just bring a smile and your passion for helping your community! If you speak Spanish, you can help us collect surveys from our Spanish-speaking neighbors. There will be incentives for volunteers. All survey participants will be entered in a drawing for a gift card, compliments of local restaurant, Sobo151.
Don't worry, you'll be done volunteering by the time Secret Life of Pets begins. You'll get to meet your neighbors and help your community while you are waiting for the show to start!
Sign up at the link below to volunteer on July 21, August 12 or September 9 :
With summer in full swing, the City and County of Denver wants to remind parents about opportunities available that ensure Denver’s children and youth are healthy, safe, engaged in the community, and continue to learn while school is out.
“The city’s role in serving Denver youth truly exists when our kids are on summer break,” Mayor Hancock said. “It’s crucial we provide our families with programs that support their basic needs while also equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed upon their return to the classroom.”
“City agencies are working together to provide Denver youth with summer opportunities and pathways that lead to success,” Executive Director of the Office of Children’s Affairs Erin Brown said. “It’s important that we leverage our resources to keep our kids connected to activities during the summer that keep them safe, engaged and influence skill competence. Decreasing summer learning loss provides children and youth an academic advantage for the next school year.”
Summer opportunities available through the Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Parks and Recreation, Office of Economic Development, and the Denver Public Library are comprised of activities related to healthy eating, educational and cultural experiences, enrichment programs and employment. They include:
All youth can sign up for their first MY Denver Card at any Denver recreation center. DPS students can also obtain their first card, or ensure their benefits stay active on their existing card, by selecting to “opt-in” for a MY Denver Card during the online enrollment verification process, July 24 - August 11, 2017. Signing up through the city’s online portal will be available after August 11. To learn more, visit denvergov.org/mydenvercard.
No Kid Hungry this Summer!
Schools across the country are ending for summer break. As you may know, summer is often the hungriest time of year for many children from low-income families. These children rely on free and reduced school meals during the school year but when school is out their families struggle to replace those missed meals. Across the United States, local communities, state agencies and non-profit organizations are coming together to set up summer meals sites – stitching together the infrastructure necessary for kids to eat healthy meals while school is out.
Summer meals sites operate in low-income communities across the country, and are often located at schools, faith-based organizations, and community organizations.
Unfortunately, too many children in need are missing out. Your office can play an important role in ensuring families in your district know about the summer meals program and how to access sites in your community.
Below you will find resources for those who need information about summer meals.
More information is available at www.nokidhungry.org/summer.
Denver Health’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center and Denver Environmental Health have launched the Marijuana Health & Safety Line to help address questions from public health professionals, marijuana product consumers and marijuana industry professionals.
The 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week line can be accessed by calling 877-741-3777.
The line connects callers with pharmacists, nurses and toxicology experts at Denver Health’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. These medical experts can answer questions about occupational safety hazards for marijuana industry workers as well as questions about pesticides, toxins, additives, ingredients and contaminants in marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) products. Callers can also contact the line regarding safe-use concerns, such as those surrounding potentially tampered with packaging or serving sizes.
The Marijuana Health & Safety Line is a three-month pilot project, funded by the City and County of Denver, that may be extended. It gives public health professionals an additional resource to help them stay in line with technology advances in the marijuana industry.
“We are eager to see a resource for reliable information to both consumers and industry employees, and we are excited that this resource may yield data and insights about the health impacts of cannabis consumption and occupational exposure,” said Danica Lee, Director of the Public Health Inspections Division at Denver Environmental Health.
The line is not meant for anyone experiencing life-threatening emergencies and callers requiring immediate medical assistance will be directed to 911 operators immediately. Additionally, the line is not meant for use as a directory of Denver marijuana businesses and will not be useful for anyone seeking information about business locations, hours of operation and product pricing.
Denver Health Needs your Help!
On Saturday, June 17, Denver Health be testing how well prepared they are to give out medication in the event of a public health emergency. We need 200 volunteers to walk through our mock mediation dispensing site. Everyone is welcome! They will have interpreters on site and prizes for the first 200 people that participate.
What: A public health training exercise
When: Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Peña Southwest Family Health Center, SW Corner of Louisiana and S. Federal Blvd., Denver
Denver Health will post updates on Facebook and Twitter
Share the flyer here!
Help us collect data about walking, biking, and transit conditions around Athmar Park! This data will help the Active Living Coalition to create an Active Living Plan to guide us to prioritize and advocate for improved conditions for walking, biking and wheelchair rolling!
Sign up to volunteer!
Spread the word with this flyer in Spanish and English!
100 Things to do with your kids outside!
We’re pleased to share the news that Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) has just launched Generation Wild, a multi-year, statewide campaign to get Colorado kids outside more often. Kids today are spending less time playing outside than past generations—averaging only 4-7 minutes per day in unstructured play.
Playing outside isn’t just fun, it’s also highly beneficial. Research has shown that children who play outside are happier and healthier. Plus, spending time in nature as a child helps you grow to appreciate the environment as an adult.
If you’re interested in helping us spread the word, you can download and share a copy of ‘100 things to do before you’re 12’ in English and Spanish here.
Free Well-Being Expo
Attend a free one-day expo featuring healthy activities and breakout sessions to promote your physical, relational, financial, mental and personal well-being.
Wednesday, May 24, 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Check-in begins at 2:30 pm
Come for a few sessions or stay for the entire expo
Infinity Park Event Center
4400 E. Kentucky Avenue
Glendale, CO 80246
Free parking is located in the lot at Kentucky Street and Cherry Street (entrance on Kentucky). Overflow parking is available in the Home Depot/Whole Foods parking lot (northwest corner only) near Kentucky and Colorado Blvd.
Register by visiting the Energize your Life website.
Learn More about the Expo
Para obtener información en Español, haga clic aquí y seleccione el idioma preferido en la parte pequeña y superior en la pantalla que se llama "Select Language"
ASL and CART services will be provided.
Interpretation services available upon request.
Stipend for child care and transportation available.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Office of Behavioral Health Strategies (OBHS) are encouraging residents to actively think about mental wellness, learn the signs of and how to get help for themselves others living with mental illness, and to share stories of recovery. In order to promote understanding and reduce stigma around mental illness, OBHS is releasing a series of videos that will run throughout the year that tell stories of recovery and encourage all residents to remember, “Your Mind Matters.” The first video is available now.
“When we talk openly about our experiences and work together to find innovative ways to improve the mental wellbeing of those in our community who are struggling, we can help thousands of people get their lives back,” Mayor Hancock said. “Through coordination and strong partnerships between the city and our private and nonprofit partners, we are improving our community’s understanding of mental health, training more people to recognize the signs of mental illness, addiction and trauma, and better supporting people in achieving overall mental wellness.”
One in three Coloradans will experience a behavioral health condition that includes mental health, trauma, substance abuse, or a combination of the three, making it likely that most people in Denver know or are someone impacted by the issue. OBHS brings together dozens of partners across Denver to strengthen the network of services that support mental health for our entire community.
In 2016, OBHS joined other city agencies and private partners to launch and sustain a number of initiatives, highlighted in the attached fact sheet. Denver OBHS is focused on Proactive, Responsive, Integrated Strategies for Mental Wellness (PRISM).
“Recovery is possible and productive lives are probable when people living with a mental health or substance use disorder focus holistically on their emotional, physical, financial, mental and relationship wellbeing,” Regina Huerter, executive director of the Denver Office of Behavioral Health Strategies said. “Each member of our community, including businesses, schools, government agencies, healthcare providers, organizations and residents, share the opportunity to promote mental wellness, staff training and support prevention efforts by learning more and sharing their own experiences.”
For immediate help with a mental or behavioral health concern, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255), text TALK to 38255, visit www.coloradocrisisservices.org to chat live with a crisis services professional, or go to the Denver Walk-In Crisis Services at 4353 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80220. All services are offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Colorado Crisis Services is Colorado’s first statewide resource for mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. If you or someone is experiencing a crisis requiring immediate attention, always call 9-1-1.
Mayor Hancock proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Denver. Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. Nearly 44 million American adults and millions of children experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress. 50 percent of all people with mental health conditions experience them by age 14, and 75 percent by age 24.
The Office of Behavioral Health Strategies will recognize Mental Health Awareness Month throughout May and will partner with other providers to support Mental Health First Aid trainings, awareness events and to share stories of recovery.
About the Denver Office of Behavioral Health Strategies
Denver launched the Office of Behavioral Health Strategies (OBHS) in January 2015 to promote system coordination, increase access to treatment, and address gaps and barriers to recovery. OBHS brings together partners across Denver to find innovative ways to strengthen the network of services that support mental health for our entire community. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/behavioralhealthstrategies.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
The Denver Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Denver Police district stations and headquarters. In Colorado, more than 100 locations will be accepting expired or left-over prescription and over-the-counter drugs from the public.
The goal of this event is to ensure the environmentally-safe disposal of medicines and to reduce the likelihood of drug misuse or abuse. Please note that these sites cannot accept needles or sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, illicit drugs, or pressurized canisters.
According to the DEA, partnering law enforcement agencies collected 731,269 pounds – almost 366 tons – of unwanted medications during the most recent National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event in October of 2016.
Denver Police drop off locations:
District 1 1311 West 46th Avenue
District 2 3921 Holly Street
District 3 1625 South University Boulevard
District 4 2100 South Clay Street
District 5 4685 Peoria Street
District 6 1566 Washington Street
Headquarters 1331 Cherokee Street
Additional metro area and statewide collection sites can be found here.
Again, medications can be dropped off at DPD District Stations only on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
For additional information on the program, please visit
Applications are now being accepted for attendance at the first Denver Marijuana Citizens Academy. Hosted by Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC), Denver’s Office of Marijuana Policy and the Department of Excise and Licenses, the free, two-part Academy will provide 50 participants with information relating to the various marijuana rules and regulations as well as Colorado amendments and Denver ordinances.
The Academy will be held on two evenings from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 8, and Monday, May 22. Both sessions will be held at the Blair-Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton St., Denver. Free parking will be available as well as Spanish interpretation.
You may apply for the program BY CLICKING HERE. The academy is looking for a diverse pool applicants from across the city. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on April 28. Applicants will be notified by May 2 if they have been selected to participate.
We all play a role in helping Denver’s kids thrive by working together to improve child safety and strengthen families. National Child Abuse Prevention Month reinforces the opportunities we all have to partner together to increase awareness in our community of ways we can support family. In April, Denver Human Services will promote the month through a variety of community activities. Thank you to those of you that have already included information in your newsletters and on social media. Please continue to spread the word about all the great opportunities below:
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