11.29.2007

Colorado Hospital Report Card

The Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Hospital Association have unveiled a new Internet database, the Colorado Hospital Report Card. Created by the Colorado legislature in HB 06-1278, the report card is a resource for comparing hospitals by safety measures, mortality rates, procedure volumes and other measures. Find out which hospital treats the most people for asthma, or view the mortality rates from pneumonia. This is a great new source for Colorado health statistics. The 'report card' can be found at: http://www.cohospitalquality.org/

11.26.2007

State Agency Budgets

November 1 is the deadline each year for each state agency to turn in their annual budget request. Our library collects all of these, and they are available for checkout. We also retain past years' budgets as well. These have proven very helpful to researchers. This year, there's something new as well: most of the agency budget requests are now available online.

11.20.2007

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Despite the fact that 32 years ago researchers first recognized fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), the incidence is up to 2 out of every 1000 births. Many women are not getting the word that they should abstain from alcohol before conceiving and during pregnancy to avoid the birth defects that drinking can cause. Physicians, themselves, may not be receiving adequate instruction in the dangers of prenatal alcohol consumption.

Our library just received a directory of resources for anyone concerned with maternal substance abuse. Called The Source, it is published by the Colorado Responds to Children with Special Needs program in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Their fact sheet, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Alcohol Related Birth Defects, is a good summary of the problem as well.

11.19.2007

State Employee Partnership Agreements

There has been a lot in the news lately about Governor Ritter's executive order authorizing partnership agreements with state employees. Some people are wondering if there is a place for unions in state government. The Colorado Attorney General has stated that his office is investigating the effects of this executive order. To see the executive order in it's entirety, download the file from the Governor's webpage (Executive Order D 028 07).

11.15.2007

Great Colorado Smokeout

Today is the "Great American Smokeout", a day when smokers are encouraged to take the first step and quit smoking. The State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP) sponsors the Colorado Quitline a free program designed to help smokers quit, and stay smoke-free. They have a team of "support coaches" and online educational information. In addition to the online information, there is a toll-free telephone service where you can speak with a coach in person: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

11.13.2007

Colorado's Japanese-Americans

This week, author Bill Hosokawa died at age 92. Hosokawa was a former Denver Post editor, but also wrote extensively about the Japanese in Colorado. His book Colorado's Japanese Americans 1886 to the Present was published by University Press of Colorado in 2005 and is available from our library. Hosokawa, who during WWII was interred at Wyoming's Heart Mountain relocation camp, has also written a number of articles for Colorado Heritage Magazine, also available from our library, chronicling the struggles of Japanese-Americans living in Colorado.

11.08.2007

Radon

Radon is an invisible, radioactive gas created from natural deposits of uranium and radium in the soil. It can be drawn into buildings, and if there are heavy concentrations, radon can cause cancer in humans with prolonged exposure.

We have many resources at the State Publications Library discussing radon including tips on testing your home, and how to treat it. A search in our library catalog for the term "radon" will bring up a list of titles. Publications of interest include:
  • "Radon the Invisible Killer", a video for Colorado residents from the Department of Public Health and Environment is available online, and can also be checked out from our library. The video is available along with general information on radon on the department website

  • "Radon in the Home", a fact sheet from the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service.

  • "Dealing with Radon in Real Estate Transactions", HE17/32.2/R77/2004

11.05.2007

Help With Winter Energy Costs

The state has several programs to help individuals who may need help paying their winter energy bills. If you or someone you know is needing help, contact the following:

LEAP – a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services – helps with heating costs.

Energy Outreach Colorado - receives state funding to help low-income energy consumers.

Governor’s Energy Office Free Energy Services – provides free energy efficiency upgrades to qualifying households.

For more information and background on the state's efforts go to:

State Funded Energy Efficiency Services For Colorado’s Low-Income Households First Annual Report, Oct. 1, 2007

Executive Order D 026 07 Directing the Colorado Commission on Low-Income Energy Assistance to Coordinate the State’s Low-Income Energy Services

Governor’s Energy Office web site