Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
week, UCHealth hosted CanDo’s final full Fort Collins Coalition
meeting. This meeting focused on CanDo’s community partners and how they
have taken a leading role in carrying out the important community HEAL
initiatives previously spearheaded by CanDo. CanDo is still committed to
playing an active role in these initiatives in Fort Collins, but our
staff resources will be primarily focused on the CanDo Loveland
Coalition and its initiatives, Vida Sana/Health Equity initiatives in
both the Loveland and Fort Collins communities, and fortifying our
relationships with other community health partners for increased
collaboration in chronic disease prevention in Larimer County.
cannot say enough about the following organizations and the amazing
work they are doing in the Fort Collins community and we are honored to
partner with them to sustain the programs and policies that have been a
part of CanDo for the past ten years.
click on the links below to see our partner’s presentations from the
CanDo Fort Collins Coalition meeting. The presentations detail their
work and how the community can get involved.
Our newsletter format has changed to reflect this new direction. We hope you will find the information useful and interesting.
| Call To Action
2015 Loveland Connect - Call for Volunteers
The fourth annual Loveland Connect will take place on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
at Truscott Elementary, located at 211 West 6th Street. This event is
based on the national best practice model called Project Homeless
Connect that has been replicated in over 260 communities across the
than forty services in one location will be offered for the homeless or
near homeless at the Loveland Connect event. The services provided are a
symbol of the community coming together to send a message about
assisting those who are most vulnerable.
event also provides a rare and important opportunity for volunteers to
interact with Loveland citizens who are facing homelessness or may be
close to becoming homeless. Event guests are paired with a volunteer.
The goal of the pairing is to have the volunteer guide the guest through
the event, starting with a shared meal, and accessing services that
could make a difference for the guest, such as gathering information
about housing, accessing dental or medical health screenings, bike
repair, or a haircut. The support of the volunteer creates a powerful
connection and gives a personal story to those who are facing
For more information and to register, click here
Comprehensive Plan is currently in the final phase of study, review,
and, toward the end of the year, adoption. The next Planning Commission
meeting to discuss the plan is Monday, November 9. Please click here
to see the most updated Planning Commission and City Council meeting
and agenda information and continue to support and advocate for the Comp
for information on how HEALTH has been included in the Plan as well as
how YOU can contact members of the Planning Commission and City Council
to provide feedback.
City of Fort Collins Strategic Planning Feedback Form
The 2015-2016 City of Fort Collins Strategic Plan
the input of engaged citizens, community and business partners, Mayor
and Council Members, and City staff. The effort represents the first
organization-wide, issues-driven, and Council-reviewed strategic plan in
our City’s history.
The City is currently reviewing
the Strategic Plan to ensure that it reflects the needs and priorities
of you, our citizens. The information gathered here will be reviewed and
used as we move forward into our Budgeting for Outcomes (BFO) process,
which emphasizes priorities and results, not just cost.
Please take a moment to take the following Strategic Planning feedback form
officials will review your comments along with feedback we are
gathering through our 2015 Citizen Survey, focus groups, community
listening sessions and other community engagement activities, as they
decide how to allocate funds for the 2017-2018 biannual budget.
| CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule
Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)
Our next meeting will be Thursday, November 19 from 4:00-5:30pm
in the CSU College of Health and Human Sciences, Gibbons 101. The
agenda is TBD. For directions and inquiries, please contact Colin Day at
Our next coalition meeting will be November 23, 10:30am-12:00pm at the Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 Willow St., Fort Collins.)
| Vida Sana
Health Equity Learning Series - Health Equity and Racism
October 8, CanDo and Vida Sana, in conjunction with SummitStone Health
Partners and the Colorado Trust hosted a video presentation of the Colorado Trust Health Equity Learning Series: Health Equity and Racism.
presentation featured Professor John A. Powell is Director of the Haas
Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (Haas Institute) and Robert
D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion at the University
of California, Berkeley. Formerly, he directed the Kirwan Institute for
the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University and the
Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He led
the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects
affordable housing to racialized spaces in education, health, health
care and employment. He is the author of Racing to Justice:
Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive
Powell spoke about the history of race, racism and power in the
United States, and how it relates to health equity and health care.
Click here to see the video presentation and related articles.
Sana started new programming at Northside Aztlan Community Center on
October 5. For more information and registration details, click here
| School Wellness
Healthy Kids Colorado Survey
fall, students in both PSD and TSD will be taking the Healthy Kids
Colorado Survey. This survey collects anonymous information from
students in 6th to 12th grades about health-related attitudes and
behaviors, including: unintentional injuries and violence; mental
health; school safety and physical fighting; tobacco and other substance
use; physical activity and nutrition; sexual behaviors (high school
only); basic demographic information such as age; and risk and
protective factors. The survey is administered every two years to
randomly selected schools. In 2013, over 40,000 students participated
from over 220 middle and high schools.
How do Colorado communities benefit from HKCS data?
- Provides state and regional estimates of a wide range of youth health behaviors, that are comparable to national estimates
- Tracks trends in behaviors at state, regional and local levels over time · Increases public awareness about health and behavior issues that impact youth
- Provides support for healthier learning environments through school health education policies and programs
- Educates leaders to shape effective public policy
- Brings funding into our state and local communities
- Informs program planning and grant applications. Grants that utilize HKCS data include:
- Safe Schools/Healthy Students
- Title IV 21st Century Schools
- Drug Free Communities
- Persistent Drunk Driving
- Chronic Disease Prevention Grants
you have a middle school or high school student in PSD, please fill out
and return the active consent form, provided by the school, to allow
them to take the survey. Also, pass the word along to friends and
neighbors. The more students that take the survey, the more
comprehensive the data for our schools and community. For more
information about the survey, click here.
you have middle school and high school students in TSD, they use a
process of passive consent, which means the students don’t need parental
consent to take the survey. If you have questions, contact your local
| Worksite Wellness
Worksite Wellness Workshop
- Are you interested in having wellness programs on site at work but don’t know where to start?
- Do you want to improve employee retention while improving your bottom line?
- Are you interested in creating a happier, healthier work environment?
- Would you like to see more a more positive work culture at your job?
Then save-the-date for a FREE
two-hour workshop to learn how to create a culture of health in small businessThursday November 19, 2015Complimentary Lunch Served at 12pmTraining from 12:00-2:00 pmLocation Details to be sent in final invitation
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
RSVP by November 16 to Michelle.Haan@HealthLinksColorado.org
| Built Environment
|Do you walk or bike around Fort Collins?
Do you live or work in Fort Collins and use your bike or walking
shoes to get around, frequently or simply on occasion? Please help us
collect valuable information about your habits and values.
University of Colorado, Denver, in coordination with Kaiser Permanente,
will collect and process your responses which will help Fort Collins
continue to provide and improve world-class bicycling and walking design
and programs. Click here for the survey and thank you for your contribution:
|Local Food and Gardens
Gardens on Spring Creek Northern Colorado Food Cluster
Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market
When: 10:00am-2:00 pm
Where: Downtown Fort Collins at the Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave.
- November 14, 21, 28
- December 12, 19, 26
- January 2, 16, 30
- February 13, 27
- March 12, 26
- April 9, 23
primary mission for the Fort Collins Winter Farmers Markets is to
support local food producers, to provide an outlet for direct sales to
consumers, encourage season extension and increased supplies of fresh
produce and whole foods in the region, and to educate consumers about
the variety of local foods that are produced and sold during the fall,
winter and early spring. The Winter Farmers Market facilitates the
creation of relationships between producers and consumers. Click here
for market updates.
Community Gardens in Park
- Application deadline is November 15
The City of Fort Collins hosted an open house on October 5, 2015 to
discuss Community Gardens in Parks and the application process for
neighborhoods interested in a community garden in their nearby park.
for more information on suitable parks and application materials.
City of Fort Collins - FCBikes
Smart Cycling (formerly Traffic Skills 101) is a course for beginners,
returning and seasoned cyclists alike that will give you the confidence
to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn
how to conduct bicycle safety checks, the rules of the road as they
relate to cycling, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We
recommended this class for adults and youth above age 14. Participants
should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion to
this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are
required. A water bottle is recommended.
Saturday, November 14, 8:15am-4:30pm
Registration required through the Recreator or by calling the Recreator registration desk at (970) 221-6256.
Gardens on Spring Creek
School’s Out Day Camps
Out…but Mom & Dad have to work? The Gardens can offer a solution.
School’s Out Day Camps will be available for children ages 5 to 11
years this winter during teacher work days. Pack a lunch and come spend a
day gardening, cooking, crafting, and discovering!
$45 per child; Scholarships are available.
Pre-registration is required. Call 970-416-2486, drop in at The Gardens, or register online by clicking on the date below.
2015 Fall Semester Dates:
|Local and National HEAL News
Walking Program Toolkits
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) announced the launch of two walking toolkits, Walk this Way! and Walk the Talk!,
as part of its commitment to support the U.S. Surgeon General’s
landmark national call to action to promote walking and walkable
communities. The toolkits contain a variety of resources designed
to help create a culture of health that values and supports walking
as a fundamental physical activity.”