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CBC827A5E9D4C949872584640052ABB9 Hearing Summary




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BILL SUMMARY For COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT (CDPHE)

INTERIM COMMITTEE  EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL READINESS
Date Aug 28, 2019      
Location SCR 357



Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) - Committee Discussion Only


09:03:01 AM  
Senator Story called the meeting to order
and invited the first presenter to the table.  Mandy Bakulski, Maternal
Wellness and Early Childhood Section Manager for the Colorado Department
of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), introduced herself to the committee
and distributed her presentation, which can be found as Attachment A.  She
discussed CDPHE's population health initiatives, which include: early childhood
obesity prevention; the I am Moving, I am Learning program; the 9 Ways
to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids initiative; breastfeeding recommendations;
and developmental screenings.
09:14:52 AM  
Ms. Bakulski discussed the Colorado Pediatric
Psychiatry Consultation and Access Program (CoPPCAP) which seeks to improve
access to child mental health care, serve as a central source of training
and information, provide in-person or telehealth patient consultation,
and support identification of local resources.  She spoke to the commission
about maternal mental health and work to develop and implement a public
awareness initiative to reduce stigma and strengthen referral networks
for providers to address pregnancy-related depression.  She talked
about maternal mortality prevention and said that the majority of maternal
deaths are caused by substance abuse issues and depression.
09:24:20 AM  
Ms. Bakulski discussed the Maternal Mortality
Review Committee established during the 2019 legislative session.  She
spoke about recommendations from the Child Fatality Prevention System,
which include the need to strengthen maternal mental health programs; focus
on access to quality, affordable, safe housing and child care for families;
increase home visiting program enrollment; implement graduated driver's
license requirements; strenghten primary seat belt laws; spearhead additional
firearm death prevention research; and implement delayed school start times.
 She discussed the Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Network (CARENetwork)
established by House Bill 19-1133 and stated that it is essential to focus
on the following areas to prevent child abuse and neglect: food security
and access, help-seeking norms, collective prosperity norms, family-friendly
work policies, and paid family leave policies.
09:43:21 AM  
Ms. Bakulski discussed additional programs
and services supported by CDPHE, including the federal special supplemental
nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC) and the Child and
Adult Care Food Program.  Ms. Bakulsi answered questions from the
committee.  She discussed the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger, school-based
health centers, and the Colorado Family Planning program.