The Collaborative is a county partner of the Colorado-National Collaborative (CNC). The CNC is a partnership between local, state and national scientists and public health professionals, health and social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, businesses, academic organizations, and Colorado residents.
The Collaborative uses the Collective Impact to focus on reducing suicides in El Paso County by 20% by 2024. Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of organizations from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific complex problem such as suicide prevention. The Collaborative focuses on collective goals, strategic partnerships, collective and independent action aligned with those goals, shared accountability and a backbone organization to coordinate the efforts. Community Health Partnership (CHP) is the backbone organization.
The Steering Committee of The Collaborative include chairs of the different work groups and a cross section of leaders from different organizations.
You can view the Suicide Prevention Collaborative’s Year 3 Action Plan here: CDPHE Year 3 Action Plan
The Collaborative Steering Committee
Equity and Suicide Prevention
“Centering equity is crucial to addressing disparities and reducing suicidal despair, attempts, and fatalities. The Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention recognizes that different people and communities experience these things differently and therefore have different needs. In the effort of pursuing equity, the OSP has identified priority populations within suicide prevention efforts that can be more vulnerable to experiences with suicide:
- Black, Indigenous, and Youth of Color
- Older Adults
- People with Disabilities
- LBTQIA2+ populations
To learn more about these priority populations and the importance of equity and suicide prevention here: Equity and Suicide Prevention.
To learn more information or how to join the Suicide Prevention Collaborative of El Paso County, you can contact Nicole Johnston (she/her), Project Manager of the Collaborative, at email@example.com.