The Spectrum of Prevention in Action: Fostering Networks that Support Families Impacted by Substance Use

The Spectrum of Prevention in Action: Fostering Networks that Support Families Impacted by Substance Use

Welcome to the fourth installment of the 2024 Blog Series: The Spectrum of Prevention in Action!

Over the course of the year, join us as we take a deep dive into each component of the Spectrum of Prevention – Supporting Families through Direct Service, Building Public Awareness, Educating Communities & Professionals, Fostering Networks, and Influencing Policy – and how the Spectrum comes to life in Illuminate’s work

Used nationally to address complex public issues, the Spectrum of Prevention outlines a range of prevention strategies across different levels of influence within a community or society. Illuminate’s programs and initiatives strategically span an adapted version of the Spectrum of Prevention, ensuring a holistic and lasting approach to building brighter childhoods. By adapting and employing the Spectrum of Prevention, we can target prevention efforts at various levels, from building individual knowledge and skills to influencing policies and legislation.

Learn more about Illuminate’s Strategies & Frameworks.

Today, let’s explore how SuPPoRT Colorado fosters a network that serves families through the prevention and reduction of substance use during pregnancy.

Fostering networks emphasizes the importance of collaboration and networking among different organizations and community stakeholders. By working together, we amplify our impact. We’re able to pool resources, share expertise, and coordinate efforts across the state to prevent child maltreatment.

In 2008, the SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee was established as a subcommittee of the Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force.

The SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee is tasked with identifying and implementing strategies for reducing the number of families impacted by substance use during pregnancy and for improving outcomes for families across the lifespan.

The SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee exemplifies a collaborative approach to addressing community issues and continues to engage additional partners as appropriate to effectively address program targets.

SuPPoRT Colorado works as a cohesive network to convene, support, and guide the advancement of the following four priority areas:

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Reduce stigma around accessing substance use disorder treatment and recovery supports for pregnant and parenting people.

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Ensure systems, and the people who work within them, develop policies and practices with families that support warm handoffs, and standardize practices to address inequities.

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Build Colorado's statewide capacity to align efforts, apply lessons from our data, and recognize and respond to emerging needs.

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Build Colorado's statewide capacity to identify Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and support impacted families.

To further increase community collaboration and input from people with lived experiences, the Family Advisory Board (FAB) was formed in 2019.

The FAB identifies barriers and facilitators in seeking support and services, raises awareness about best practices when working with families, and informs priority-setting within the SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee to best serve the needs of families impacted by substance use.

SuPPoRT Colorado brings together subject matter experts, community partners, and individuals with lived experience, creating lasting impact for families impacted by substance use. 

Learn more about SuPPoRT Colorado’s work, get involved, and find resources on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Plans of Safe Care, and Toxicology Testing here.

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Illuminate Colorado is Hiring a Strategic Initiatives Associate – CPTF (POSITION FILLED)

Illuminate Colorado is Hiring a Strategic Initiatives Associate – CPTF (POSITION FILLED)

Are you interested in supporting coalitions and collaborative spaces with the focus of primary prevention of child maltreatment? This position is for you!

Under the guidance of the Strategic Initiatives Manager, the Strategy Initiatives Associate is responsible for managing logistics and coordinating tasks for coalitions and other collaborative spaces, with an emphasis on primary prevention of child maltreatment.

Duties of the Strategic Initiatives Associate – CPTF include:

    • Provide meeting coordination and support for various collaboratives spaces associated with the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families (CPTF).
    • Implement the Communications Plan for the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families with support from Illuminate Colorado’s Communications Team.
    • Serve as project coordination lead, including supporting research functions, for at least one collaborative project.
    • Lead statewide partner outreach and orientation to projects. Partners include county agencies, community-based organizations, communities, and families.
    • Coordinate event planning and logistics for related summits, learning sessions, or other events. 

Click Here for the Full Job Description

Experience, Skills, and Qualifications

  • One to three years of coordination or administrative experience, including communications support experience
  • Experience working with coalitions and/or community organizing experience

    • Experience with story sharing projects 
    • Strong attention to detail, superior task management and organizational skills
    • Passion for supporting collaborative processes 
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Commitment to advancing social and racial equity through collective action
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with individuals of diverse professional backgrounds, technical expertise, and lived experience
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with individuals of diverse professional backgrounds, technical expertise, and lived experience
    • Ability to balance multiple projects with shared deadlines while being responsive to emergent needs
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Google suite

    Desireable:

          • Experience and/or knowledge related to child maltreatment prevention, Strengthening Families protective factors, and/or maternal child health
          • Experience working with a broad range of populations, particularly in a coalition capacity 
          • Proficiency in using MailChimp, Apricot, Smartsheet, Alchemer, and or similar systems 
          • Fluency in Spanish

    Compensation and Schedule:

    This is a full-time position eligible for benefits. Starting salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience in the range of $45,000 – $55,000. 

    Illuminate Colorado offers health and dental benefits as well as participation in a 401K, EAP, and Life Insurance benefits. In addition, Illuminate Colorado has an unlimited paid time off policy and offers both flexible scheduling and remote work. Residency in Colorado, or anticipated relocation to Colorado in the near future (at your own expense), is a condition of employment with Illuminate.

    To Apply:

    Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email with “Strategic Initiatives Associate – CPTF” in the subject line to hiring@illuminatecolorado.org.

    Application Deadline:

    Tuesday, April 9, at 5pm

     

    We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. 

    Check out these other job postings!

    Request for Proposals: Strategist for Family Connects Colorado

    Request for Proposals: Strategist for Family Connects Colorado

    Illuminate is seeking a Strategist to to support the development of a multiyear scaling and sustainability strategy for Family Connects Colorado. Statewide scaling of Family Connects will unquestionably transform the way the state of Colorado supports the health and well-being of all families after the addition of a child to their families.

    Request for Proposals: Sustainability Consultant for the Illuminating Child Care Program

    Request for Proposals: Sustainability Consultant for the Illuminating Child Care Program

    Illuminate is seeking a Sustainability Consultant to provide expertise on substance use disorder treatment funding streams and mechanisms by identifying and recommending long term sustainable funding approaches for Illuminating Child Care, including but not limited to medicaid and behavioral health billing as well as potential federal, state, and local funding streams.

    Illuminate Colorado Is Hiring A Strategic Initiatives Associate – Behavioral Health (POSITION FILLED)

    Illuminate Colorado Is Hiring A Strategic Initiatives Associate – Behavioral Health (POSITION FILLED)

    Are you interested in supporting behavioral health efforts that strengthen families? This position is for you!

    Under the guidance of the Strategic Initiatives Manager, the Strategic Initiatives Associate is responsible for managing logistics and coordinating tasks for coalitions and other collaborative spaces, emphasizing behavioral health efforts that strengthen families.

    Duties of the Strategic Initiatives Associate – Behavioral Health Part-Time  include:

      • Supporting Perinatal Substance Use Prevention, Recovery and Treatment in Colorado (SuPPoRT Colorado), the San Luis Valley Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Grant Consortium, Plan of Safe Care Pilot, and other Strategic Initiatives efforts as needed, including:
          • Manage meeting scheduling and logistics, including the creation of virtual meeting links, creation and maintenance of calendar invitations, and support of in-meeting technology needs
          • Within 24-48 hours of the meeting, document accurate meeting notes and attendance tracking, and send follow-up meeting notes to the group
          • Support collection and maintenance of participants’ demographic information and shared documents
          • Support Strategic Initiative Manager with tracking, communication, data collection, surveys, and evaluation
          • Support the Strategic Initiatives Manager with deliverable completion, including reporting
          • In coordination with the Finance Team, support Strategic Initiatives family voice compensation process across multiple projects
          • Aid in increasing consistency and coordination across all Working Groups
          • Coordinate event planning and logistics for related meetings, summits, learning sessions, or other events

    Click Here for the Full Job Description

    Experience, Skills, and Qualifications

    • One to three years of coordination or administrative experience, including communications support experience
    • Experience working with coalitions and/or community organizing experience
    • Strong attention to detail, superior task management and organizational skills
    • Passion for supporting collaborative processes
    • Excellent written communication skills
    • Commitment to advancing social and racial equity through collective action
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with individuals of diverse professional backgrounds, technical expertise, and lived experience
    • Ability to balance multiple projects with shared deadlines while being responsive to emergent needs
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Google Workspace

    Desirable:

    • Experience and/or knowledge related to child maltreatment prevention, Strengthening Families protective factors, and/or maternal child health ○ Experience working with a broad range of populations, particularly in a coalition capacity
    • Proficiency in using MailChimp, Apricot, Smartsheet, Alchemer, and/or similar systems
    • Fluency in Spanish

    Compensation and Schedule:

    This is a part-time hourly position (20-24 hours/week). Hourly rate is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience in the range of $22 – $26 per hour. 

    This position has the potential to evolve into a full-time role. 

    Illuminate Colorado offers health and dental benefits as well as participation in 401K and Life Insurance benefits. This position will be eligible for benefits at a prorated amount. 

    In addition, Illuminate Colorado provides part-time employees paid time off benefits equating to 3 weeks of their regularly scheduled work week and offers both flexible scheduling and remote work. Residency in Colorado, or anticipated relocation to Colorado in the near future (at your own expense), is a condition of employment with Illuminate.

    To Apply:

    Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email with “Strategic Initiatives Associate – Behavioral Health” in the subject line to hiring@illuminatecolorado.org.

    Application Deadline:

    Tuesday, May 25, 2024 at 5pm

    We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.

    Check out these other job postings!

    Request for Proposals: Strategist for Family Connects Colorado

    Request for Proposals: Strategist for Family Connects Colorado

    Illuminate is seeking a Strategist to to support the development of a multiyear scaling and sustainability strategy for Family Connects Colorado. Statewide scaling of Family Connects will unquestionably transform the way the state of Colorado supports the health and well-being of all families after the addition of a child to their families.

    Request for Proposals: Sustainability Consultant for the Illuminating Child Care Program

    Request for Proposals: Sustainability Consultant for the Illuminating Child Care Program

    Illuminate is seeking a Sustainability Consultant to provide expertise on substance use disorder treatment funding streams and mechanisms by identifying and recommending long term sustainable funding approaches for Illuminating Child Care, including but not limited to medicaid and behavioral health billing as well as potential federal, state, and local funding streams.

    Illuminate Colorado Is Hiring A Director of Education! (POSITION FILLED)

    Illuminate Colorado Is Hiring A Director of Education! (POSITION FILLED)

    Join our team and lead the Education Strategies of Illuminate Colorado!

    Under the guidance of the Deputy Director, this position will be responsible for leading the Education Strategies of Illuminate Colorado. From curricula development and implementation through training promotion and delivery to revision and continuous quality improvement, the Director of Education will oversee and ensure consistency and high quality education programming, support communications and evaluation processes, and engage with partners at the local, state, and national level. This position will also serve as part of the organization’s leadership team and will directly supervise members of the Education Team.

    Duties of the Director of Human Resources include:

      • Guide and support all aspects of Education Programming 

      • Offer leadership and supervision to the Education Team

      • Maintain state and national partnerships and collaborations 

      • and more…

    Click Here for the Full Job Description

    Experience, Skills, and Qualifications

    • At least five years of related experience with educating and training adults, with leadership experience in a nonprofit setting preferred.
    • At least 3 years of supervisory experience required; experience providing coaching and support to staff supervisors strongly preferred.
    • Experience with creating, revising, standardizing, implementing, and maintaining training and educational opportunities is  strongly preferred.
    • Experience with conference planning and execution is strongly preferred.
    • Ability to develop strong relationships within the organization, including strong interpersonal and supervisory skills.
    • Experience with state and federal timelines and reporting is preferred.  
    • Detail-oriented, strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong project management and organizational skills including the ability to prioritize multiple work assignments, to work independently on projects, and to meet deadlines.
    • Proficient with MS Office applications, (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Workspace (e.g. Google Docs, Gmail, Docs, Drive, Slides).
    • Impeccable work ethic, personal integrity, and transparency.
    • Superior adaptability and flexibility.

      Compensation and Schedule:

      Full-time, salaried, exempt position eligible for benefits. Starting salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience in the range of $75,000 – $85,000. 

      Illuminate Colorado offers health and dental benefits as well as participation in a 401K and Life Insurance benefits. In addition, Illuminate Colorado has an unlimited paid time off policy and offers both flexible scheduling and remote work. Residency in Colorado, or anticipated relocation to Colorado in the near future (at your own expense), is a condition of employment with Illuminate.

      To Apply:

      Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email with “Director of Education” in the subject line to hiring@illuminatecolorado.org.

      Application Deadline:

      Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 5pm

      We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.

      Check out these other job postings!

      Request for Proposals: Strategist for Family Connects Colorado

      Request for Proposals: Strategist for Family Connects Colorado

      Illuminate is seeking a Strategist to to support the development of a multiyear scaling and sustainability strategy for Family Connects Colorado. Statewide scaling of Family Connects will unquestionably transform the way the state of Colorado supports the health and well-being of all families after the addition of a child to their families.

      Request for Proposals: Sustainability Consultant for the Illuminating Child Care Program

      Request for Proposals: Sustainability Consultant for the Illuminating Child Care Program

      Illuminate is seeking a Sustainability Consultant to provide expertise on substance use disorder treatment funding streams and mechanisms by identifying and recommending long term sustainable funding approaches for Illuminating Child Care, including but not limited to medicaid and behavioral health billing as well as potential federal, state, and local funding streams.

      Meet the Safe Babies Team!

      Meet the Safe Babies Team!

      In December of 2023, Illuminate welcomed Safe Babies, a program with a bottom-up approach to system and policy shifts that address the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and their caregivers who are entering or at risk of entering the child welfare system. The effort is rooted in honoring the experience of the individual family, respecting community culture, and using data to inform statewide efforts that globally support the well-being of all babies and their families.

      Safe Babies consists of two components: Safe Babies Court Teams, an evidence-based intervention for families entering Child Welfare with at least one child under three; and Best for Babies, an innovative approach to preventing newborns from entering Child Welfare.

      Today, we invite you to meet the exceptional professionals who make this program possible!

      AnnaMarie Neal, LSW

      Director of Safe Babies

      As the Director of Safe Babies, AnnaMarie Neal manages the Safe Babies team, helping to strengthen families in complex situations impacted by public and government systems.

      AnnaMarie comes to Illuminate as a Licensed Social Worker with a master’s degree in social work. AnnaMarie loves to watch families grow to their fullest potential and is passionate about supporting system shifts to ensure families can access the resources and support they need to thrive.

      Erin Baker-Ojeda

      Community Coordinator

      As a Community Coordinator in Arapahoe, Erin Baker-Ojeda works on the family, agency, and community levels to advance systems change to better serve infants and their families who are involved in the child welfare system. She also partners with the community to bolster prevention efforts of child maltreatment and neglect.

      Erin’s expertise in early childhood programming and passion for strengthening families drives her work in the Safe Babies program as they partner with families to navigate complex systemic challenges.

       

      Veronica Ibarra, MPA

      Community Coordinator

      As a Community Coordinator, Veronica Ibarra works to provide families who are involved in the child welfare system the resources and connections they need to thrive. In addition, Veronica will be launching a Safe Babies Court Team in Huerfano County.

      Veronica has extensive experience in Early Childhood Education, working with children 0-6 years old, as well as mentoring, training, and monitoring staff in early childhood programs. With a passion for working with individuals in her community to develop skills and knowledge to reach their goals, Veronica helps to provide resources and access to helpful programs.

      Katie Newell

      In-house Counsel and Safe Babies Statewide Manager

      As the In-house Counsel and Safe Babies Statewide Manager, Katie Newell supports existing Safe Babies sites and assists with facilitation of the statewide expansion of the Safe Babies approach. She also leads the Safe Babies State Advisory Group.

      Katie comes to Illuminate with experience as an attorney working in nonprofit law firms. Katie is committed to addressing the unique needs of children and their families so that all children have opportunities for success.

      Melissa Pino

      Pueblo Community Coordinator

      As the Pueblo Community Coordinator, Melissa Pino provides a trauma-informed approach to working with children ages 0-3 who are involved in the Dependency and Neglect System.

      Melissa comes to Illuminate with over 25 years of education and work experience in the Human Services field, working with people of all ages and genders. Throughout her career, Melissa has found a passion for helping others, and loves to see healthy and safe outcomes for families.

      Sydney Salas

      Best for Babies Program Family Navigator

      As a Family Navigator, Sydney Salas works with new and expecting mothers who struggle with substance use or their mental health. Sydney provides resources to parents and connects them with basic needs to help get them back on track.

      Mothers who struggle with substance use have a special place in her heart. Sydney has lived experience in this area, and has grown to see the beauty on the other side. Sydney’s hope is to help others see that same beauty, as well as help to ensure that children have healthy, happy parents.

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      A Safe Space for Youth on New Year’s Eve: The 2024 Safe Zone Shut-In

      A Safe Space for Youth on New Year’s Eve: The 2024 Safe Zone Shut-In

      All youth deserve safe spaces where they can spend time with friends, build relationships with trusted adults, and feel seen and appreciated by their community. In 2023, on New Year’s Eve (NYE), that is exactly what Illuminate Colorado, in collaboration with Compound of Compassion, set out to do. 

      In 2020, Shana Shaw (below), the founder of Compound of Compassion and a member of the Colorado Youth Thrive Collaborativeas well as Illuminate’s Circle of Parents Specialty Program Manager, as of October 2023gathered a panel of youth who explained that kids need safe spaces where they could be with their friends, have fun, and not have to worry about the threat of gun violence.

      Safe Zones are events that were initially created and facilitated by Compound of Compassion in 2021 in response to rising youth violence in Aurora, Colorado. As the backbone support of the Colorado Youth Thrive Collaborative, Illuminate was proud to facilitate and co-host this year’s Safe Zone Shut-In. 

      The 2023 Safe Zone Shut-In was a great success, with over 50 people of all ages participating to create a safe space where youth could have a special experience with their peers to ring in the New Year. The event is led by youth, for youth, and offers a time to focus on hope, the future, setting goals, and being nourished by positive energy. At its core, the event is about the community creating Positive Childhood Experiences and spaces for youth to build Protective Factors with each other, as well as celebrating the emotional and social support that youth have created for themselves and for each other.

      With the help of volunteers and donations from community agencies, the event had nearly 20 youth-led activities available to keep young people engaged throughout the night. Allowing youth to take the lead in choosing and facilitating activities was critical for creating buy-in from youth, helping to foster an event that was a genuine experience that they felt ownership over.

      Activities (and dancing!) keep participants engaged

      This year’s event started out with Shana leading the group in sharing a wish for themselves and a wish for the world, as a way to set intentions for the year to come.

      Protective Factor-building activities such as vision boards, gratitude chats, mindful rock painting, glitter jars, tie-dye pillow cases, and STEM challenges were facilitated by several  youth who are on their way towards becoming Youth Thrive for Youth trainers. Everyone had a bingo card with activities designed to build the Five Protective Factors, which youth completed throughout the night by engaging in different activities.

      The Five Protective Factors Are:

      • Youth Resilience

      • Social Connections

      • Knowledge of Adolescent Development

      • Build Concrete Support in Times of Need

      • Cognitive and Social-Emotional Competence

      During the Shut-In, a group of three youth who had never met before, worked on a STEM challenge for nearly an hour. Missy Berglund, a volunteer at the event and Illuminate Colorado’s Senior Education Program Manager, enjoyed watching how excited the group was to show everyone their work when they finally achieved their goal. This, Missy explained, is an example of how the Shut-In builds the Protective Factors: by meeting new peers, overcoming a challenge, and accessing the support and excitement of the community. Simply put, youth are building their resilience in a way that feels like fun.

      Another highlight of the night was when a volunteera former teachertaught attendees a line dance. This kind of activity builds cross-generational relationships which are important for building healthy lives. 

      Almost all of the youth took naps during the event, but there was one young person who didn’t sleep. He stayed up and played games and did more STEM challenges with the volunteers. He left tired, but with a smile on his face. 

      Adult volunteers provided a healthy, nourishing environment

      A dedicated group of volunteers, including some Illuminate staff, made the event possible. To ensure the event fostered a healthy, nurturing environment for youth, all volunteers completed the Spreading HOPE and Lines in the Sand trainings. These trainings gave volunteers the knowledge and tools they need to center positive experiences and reduce the risk of child sexual abuse through clear boundaries and limits.

      The information shared in both of these trainings allows community members to go forward creating and building safer communities that honor the needs of children and families to achieve positive long term well-being outcomes. These live, virtual trainings are available for free for all Coloradans!

      Register for an upcoming training:

      202405Feb12:00 pm1:50 pmCommunity HOPE Training12:00 pm - 1:50 pm(GMT-07:00) View in my timeEvent OverVirtual Event14 Guests are attending

      202423Feb2:00 pm4:00 pmLines in the Sand Training2:00 pm - 4:00 pm(GMT-07:00) View in my timeVirtual Event

      Before coming to Illuminate, I had no idea what the Protective Factors were, but after participating in this event, I realized how crucial the Protective Factors are for our young people. I wish I had known about them when I was younger, and I was so proud to be a part of making them accessible to youth in our community,” said Illuminate’s Grants & Events Manager, Christina Ambrose, who stayed up all night participating in activities with youth.

      The future of NYE Safe Zone Shut-Ins

      The ultimate vision for the NYE Shut-Ins is to ensure that every youth and young adult has a safe space to spend NYE with their community. Based on the incredible impact these events have had in Aurora, Safe Zones are sure to thrive with support from youth, organizations, and community members across Colorado. Illuminate Colorado is both honored and excited to support these events in the future!

      A big thank you to the sponsors of the 2023 Safe Zone Shut-In: Becky Hogan, Mosaic Unlimited, Korea Town Aurora, Evergreen Foundation, the Aurora Rotary, the Aurora Police Department Community Relations Department, and Jerusalem’s Restaurant.

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