Illuminate Colorado Is Seeking a Family Connects Medical Director

Illuminate Colorado Is Seeking a Family Connects Medical Director

Illuminate Colorado is seeking a Family Connects Medical Director to lead the State Intermediary functions related to medical and clinical leadership in partnership with the demonstration and local communities in Colorado.

Family Connects is an evidence-based approach to supporting all newborns and their families. As a universal home visitation model, Family Connects implementation is designed to create mechanisms, building on local community capacity and interests, that will provide all new parents, prenatally or at birth, systematic opportunities to discuss and learn about their concerns and be connected to the parent support resources available in their communities. The home visits are performed by registered nurses and include both an infant and maternal physical assessment, with the infant assessment being more comprehensive. As the state intermediary, Illuminate Colorado is partnering with Family Connects International to work with communities to plan for the model’s implementation and sustainability across Colorado.

Qualifications: M.D., D.O.

Area of Specialty: Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Family Medicine

Compensation & Schedule: At least 0.1 FTE is necessary for this role to begin, with the potential to increase according to the scaling of the implementation of the program within Colorado. Illuminate Colorado is open to various staffing structures (individual contract, contract with another employer, hourly employee, etc.) in order to best meet the needs of the program and the candidate.

 

View the complete job posting here.

 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements via email with “Family Connects Medical Director” in the subject line to afox@illuminatecolorado.org.

Application Deadline: Aug 19, 2022

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Meet the 2022 Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference Keynote Presenters: Dr. Wendy Ellis

Meet the 2022 Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference Keynote Presenters: Dr. Wendy Ellis

The Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference is less than two months away, and we are excited to welcome Dr. Wendy Ellis as one of our engaging keynote presenters.

It is immediately apparent how Dr. Ellis’ work relates to the theme of this year’s conference, Flourishing in Times of Change. Many folks in the family support continuum are familiar with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are potentially traumatic experiences that occur in childhood. Dr. Ellis’ work expands on this idea by introducing the concept of Adverse Community Environments, which describe the systemic inequities that lead to ACEs, such as poverty, discrimination, and lack of opportunity, economic mobility and social capital. Addressing these systemic environmental factors can create supports and buffers that help children, families and communities thrive.

One way of visualizing the relationship between ACEs and Adverse Community Environments is through the Pair of ACEs tree (below). In the tree, ACEs are the branches and leaves, representing symptoms of the systemic inequities that result from being planted in the soil of Adverse Community Environments. 

Dr. Wendy Ellis

Dr. Wendy Ellis

Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Community Resilience

Dr. Wendy Ellis is an Assistant Professor in Global Health and the Director of the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. The Center for Community Resilience seeks to improve the health of communities by enabling cross-sectoral partners to align policy, program and practice to address adverse childhood experiences in the context of adverse community environments.

 

In an interview with Kentucky Educational Television (KET), Dr. Ellis said, “We can’t just focus on the outcomes, those things that we see on the branches and the leaves, without considering the context in which these adversities occur.”

“The differences in the supports and buffers in these children’s environments absolutely inform how they will bounce back from that adversity and be able to thrive.”

Dr. Wendy Ellis

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Ellis’ team has also adapted the tree visualization to make sense of Adverse Community Experiences that have emerged from the “pandemic within the pandemic,” including environmental factors like housing instability, unemployment, lack of paid leave, and lack of access to technology, remote work and education opportunities.

The end goal of Dr. Ellis’ work is not just to identify Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adverse Community Environments, but to create systems change and address long-standing economic, social and health disparities by developing “customized solution[s] to promote resilience in communities by improving access to supports and buffers that help individuals ‘bounce back’ and communities thrive.” This body of work speaks to the idea that we can work to create environments that help all children and families flourish in this ever-changing world.

Tell Me More About the Keynote Presentation

Dr. Ellis’ keynote is titled “Community Resilience: A Framework for Children & Families”:

Dr. Ellis will discuss how to apply a community resilience framework with a public health perspective to address mental and behavioral health. Using the concept of the “Pair of ACEs”—adverse childhood experiences in the context of adverse community environments—Dr. Ellis will share concrete examples of how multiple sectors including housing, public education, law enforcement and criminal justice are collaborating to address many of the antecedents that contribute to maladaptive behaviors, criminality and negative health outcomes. Attendees will learn how to identify key community assets and resources, promote upstream efforts to address social determinants and build community resilience using the Center’s Resilience Tree framing.

To hear Dr. Ellis’ keynote or to attend any of our fantastic breakout sessions, join us September 19-21 in Pueblo, CO.

Hear More from Dr. Ellis

Surviving a Pandemic: Dr. Wendy Ellis

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, protests against racism and police brutality have swept through cities and towns across the country following the death of George Floyd. 

Hosted by Frank Sesno, Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic is a co-production of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and the School of Media and Public Affairs.

Interview with Dr. Wendy Ellis | Healing Childhood Trauma

In this segment from Healing Childhood Trauma: A KET Special Report, host Renee Shaw speaks with Dr. Wendy R. Ellis, director of the Center for Community Resilience at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

About the Conference

The Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference is a biennial event and is a joint collaboration across the family support continuum, from prevention and public health through restoration and child welfare. 

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Meet the 2022 Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference Keynote Presenters: Vu Le

Meet the 2022 Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference Keynote Presenters: Vu Le

This year, we have three excellent keynote presenters lined up for the 2022 Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference, which will take place in Pueblo, CO, September 19-21, 2022. We are excited to welcome Vu Le as one of our engaging keynote presenters. 

Le’s blog, Nonprofit AF, addresses many of the challenges and opportunities facing the nonprofit sector, but it would be a mistake to assume that Le’s message is only for nonprofits. He frequently writes and speaks about work-life balance and self-care–topics that are central to this year’s conference theme, Flourishing in Times of Change.

Many of us who work with children and families, whether directly or indirectly, have experienced the challenge of caring for people during a global pandemic and other crises–both at our jobs and in our personal lives. Le reminds us that we also need to commit to taking time to take care of ourselves. We’re better people and better workers when we do. 

Vu Le

Vu Le

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

 

We all need to do a much better job taking care of ourselves. We’ve been sacrificing our health. And it’s been affecting our work. When we are not at our best, our work suffers. We are not as thoughtful. We don’t think things through as we should. We are not able to generate or synthesize solutions as well. We don’t give one another as much grace. We take fewer risks.

Vu Le

This year’s conference will have many opportunities for workers across the family support continuum–from prevention and public health through restoration and child welfare–to take care of themselves and invest in themselves. Beyond being a professional development opportunity with excellent keynote speakers and breakout sessions, this year’s conference will feature dedicated time and space for wellness opportunities like yoga, mindfulness craft and activities, and more.

Tell Me More About the Keynote Presentation

Le’s keynote is titled “Self-Care During the Apocalypse”:

It has been a rough few years. All of us are stretched to capacity. Our work remains vital, but it has been relentless. How do we take care of ourselves and one another and conserve the strength we need to advance a just and equitable world? What philosophies and practices must we unlearn? What are new ones we must adopt? The world needs us, but in order to serve it effectively, we need to prioritize our wellbeing. We will touch on these and other topics in a presentation that will likely include pictures of baby animals. 

About the Conference

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Presented in Partnership by:

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It Can’t Just Be Me

It Can’t Just Be Me

Me:  “Will you please go downstairs and turn off the lights you left on in the bathroom, your room, and the den?!” 

My Son:  “Why?  Maybe later.”

Me:  “Well then let me rephrase it. If you don’t turn off the lights now, you’ll lose your device for the day! It’s not like I haven’t asked you to turn them off hundreds of times before. If you would do it in the first place I wouldn’t have to ask you!”

Welcome to an exchange between me and my son, more times than I’d care to admit, in telling him what I want him to do. Why this particular exchange?  Honestly, to save on the electricity bill.  Why in this tone?  Because of how frequently this conversation happens. More on this later.

Can I get an Amen?!  

On the night of my wedding, my brother advised me to, “not sweat the small stuff” in my marriage.  Of course, my brother wasn’t married at the time and that was over 20 years ago. Recently, I’ve heard this said multiple times in various conversations or digital platforms. This can’t be a coincidence, right? I’ve also heard it said in the following way, “what hill are you willing to die on?”  I can tell you this, when I hear these phrases being used it’s easy to receive, but not so easy to act upon. Especially, in the heat of the moment. Can I get an Amen?!  

I am a father who did, self-admittedly, a solid job of raising my children when they were infants, toddlers, and even somewhat into middle childhood. But, it was right about that time when middle school entered the picture that I started to become more of a parental tyrant. My biggest crusade has been to make sure the house is in order, but this has come with a price as it relates to the relationships I’ve had with my children.  

If you know middle-schoolers, this is about the time when they can become a BIT of a challenge in several ways, at least for me. It’s a particular attitude that they bring to the table that can press all of my buttons, including the ones I didn’t even know I had.  

I am a father who did, self-admittedly, a solid job of raising my children when they were infants, toddlers, and even somewhat into middle childhood.

But, it was right about that time when middle school entered the picture that I started to become more of a parental tyrant.

Anonymous

Can I get a Hallelujah?!  

My oldest son is on the FASD spectrum. I’ve put in hundreds of hours educating myself on FASD, after getting a diagnosis, and I can tell you several reasons why a child on the spectrum acts the way they do, and I can give you several ways how to properly respond. Here’s the challenge though, walking the walk is much easier than talking the talk. Can I get a Hallelujah?!  

To my credit, I’ve made some positive strides in parenting my son. Besides the consistency of my mindfulness practice, both he and I see therapists, and his therapist recently reported that he currently feels better about our relationship. Yes sir! I’d like to think it’s because I’m learning how to control ‘me’ rather than being so focused and frustrated on controlling my son.  Don’t get me wrong. I won’t let my son walk all over me, but there comes a time when I need to understand the importance of maintaining a loving relationship with him that will last for the rest of our lives. Nitpicking him in so many ways is not creating that road I want us to travel together. 

Don’t get me wrong. I won’t let my son walk all over me, but there comes a time when I need to understand the importance of maintaining a loving relationship with him that will last for the rest of our lives.

Anonymous

But, It’s Up to Me

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned with FASD is that my son’s actions are due to trauma to the brain, not an intentional act of defiance. But many times, that’s the way I take it, like a personal attack on my leadership. Honestly, in our family of five my son probably has the most tender heart of us all. The last thing he wants to do is hurt me or any other member of our family, we’ll maybe his younger brother just a little- just kidding).

When he doesn’t turn off the lights it’s not to annoy me, but that’s the way I take it. Instead, it’s up to me how I control my tone when I speak to him, and it’s up to me to come up with an idea that might work out better for him to turn them off more frequently than he does, including brainstorming together. To his credit, it’s not just me having to do all the legwork. As he is getting older, he is playing more of a central role in figuring out ways to be at his best in our family dynamic.   

Now, I’m not saying I’ve made it to the mountaintop yet as it relates to being a dad. Matter of fact, I still could be in base camp. But I can honestly say I’m taking steps in the right direction because my son is well worth it.

About the Author

About the Author

Anonymous

This article was written by a father of  four beautiful children, three of whom have been adopted.  He is committed to sharing the experiences of his family impacted by FASD, anonymously, through the Becoming FASD Aware blog series to strengthen families and build awareness.

This photo was taken by the author’s son. while they were on a walk together. 

Illuminate Colorado Is Hiring A Communications Associate (POSITION FILLED)

Illuminate Colorado Is Hiring A Communications Associate (POSITION FILLED)

Looking for a job that allows you to flex your storytelling skills, play a critical role in community education to strengthen families and help advance important issues? This position is for you! In this position you will be exposed to all facets of child maltreatment prevention and have an opportunity to tell stories and create social media content that can inspire behavior change.

Under the guidance of the Communications Manager, this position will work with our entire organization and community members from all over the state to manage first impressions for our organization, seamlessly connect people interested in the prevention of child maltreatment and integrate our systems building brighter childhoods.

The Communications Associate will help implement the strategic communications plan to achieve high quality communications and increase brand awareness for Illuminate Colorado. The individual should be detail-oriented, able to meet tight deadlines, flexible, and experienced with supporting an organization’s internal and external communication to a variety of audiences via websites, email, social media, print and events. The ideal candidate will be able to create and edit quality content, able to clearly and effectively communicate in writing and orally and have strong administrative and organizational skills. He/She/They will provide support with project management, social media, events, PR, administrative tasks, and other duties as assigned.

    Experience, Skills, and Qualifications:

      • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
      • Strong social media engagement and content development skills.
      • Highly proficient with MS Office applications, (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Google Workspace (e.g. Google Docs, Gmail, Docs, Drive, Slides); project management tools, constituent management tools, (e.g. Constant Contact or MailChimp) and website platforms (e.g. WordPress, Drupal, SquareSpace, Weebly)
      • Ability to plan, prioritize, organize, and manage tasks simultaneously; ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing priorities.
      • Highly organized and detail oriented, has initiative and follow-through to execute projects from initial state through completion, including tracking and reporting.
      • Ability to build, manage and sustain relationships with internal staff, board members, volunteers, and stakeholders through professional, effective, and timely communication.
      • Outstanding critical thinking, problem-solving, and project management skills including the ability to multitask, stay on top of ever-changing priorities in a fluid environment, manage expectations and negotiate deadlines and workloads.
      • Must be capable of maintaining clear, effective, timely communication with multiple team members, clients, stakeholders, sub-consultants & vendors;
      • Able to communicate authentically with all audiences, from parents and caregivers with lived experiences to local community members to executives to elected officials and willingness to work towards recognizing and eliminating bias
      • Event planning experience including registration set up, volunteer and onsite event management, and budget and timeline project management.

    One to three years of external communications, journalism, or other related experience. Equivalent combinations of experience/education will be considered. Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English. Fluency in Spanish preferred.

      Compensation: This is a full-time position eligible for benefits. Starting salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience in the range of $40,000 – $50,000.

      Illuminate Colorado offers health and dental benefits as well as participation in a 401K, EAP, and Life Insurance benefits. In addition, Illuminate Colorado has a very generous paid time off policy and offers both flexible scheduling and remote work opportunities.

       

      View the complete job posting here.

      To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email with “Communications Associate” in the subject line to hiring@illuminatecolorado.org. This position is open until filled.

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