Shared Risk and Protective Factor Conference - June 6-8, 2017

Registration for the Shared Risk and Protective Factors Conference is officially closed and we are no longer accepting waitlist registrations. If you are a speaker or presenter and need to book hotel accommodations, please contact Garrett Sawyer at  


  • Child Fatality Prevention Services
  • Collaborative Management Program
  • Colorado 9 to 25
  • Communities that Care
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Transportation
  • Essentials for Childhood
  • Juvenile Justice and Prevention Control
  • Office of Behavioral Health
  • Regional Network Coordinating Organization
  • Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program
  • Violence and Injury Prevention Program 


Please join us at the first Annual Shared Risk and Protective Factor Conference. 

As prevention professionals, you have likely seen issues that are common​ among the youth, families and communities you work with - issues like poverty, families dealing with substance abuse, and youth who are not connected to or do not feel safe at school. We often refer to these issues as "shared risk and protective factors".

Conference Goals 

  • Create a common language about the shared factors that put youth at risk for, or protect them from, negative outcomes.

  • Encourage local partnership, collaboration, and leveraged resources in order to increase the impact of our individual programs and work across sectors to create community-wide change.

  • Generate opportunities for regional networking, partnership-formation, and professional skill development on youth engagement, policy changes and prevention.


Tuesday, June 6 

  • 10:30am -12:00pm - Registration
  • 12:00-2:00pm - Conference Welcome, Lunch and Keynote

Natalie Wilkins, CDC, Shared Risk and Protective Factors, creating shared language-

Keynote: Different forms of violence are interconnected. They often share the same root causes, and are frequently experienced simultaneously by individuals, in families, and in communities. Understanding the overlapping causes of violence, and how these causes are linked to other issues such as substance abuse, provides us with the opportunity to better develop strategies and systems to protect people and communities from violence in all its forms. This presentation will provide an overview of the latest research on the connections between different forms of violence, and approaches for building resilience among individuals, families, and their communities’ to prevent all forms of violence.

  • 2pm -3:15pm - Grantee meetings: OBH, CTC
    • Session #1 for those not in Grantee meetings
  • 3:30pm -4:45pm - Ongoing Grantee Meetings: OBH, CTC, TGYS
    • Session #2 for those not in Grantee meetings

Wednesday, June 7 

  • 8:00am -9:00am - Registration
  • 8:15am -10:00 am - Breakfast and Keynote
    • Health Equity and improving equity across systems- Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge, MD
  • 10:15am -11:30am - Session #3
  • 11:30am-1:00pm - Lunch and Networking
  • 1:00pm -2:15pm - Session #4
    • Grantee Meeting: SVP
  • 2:30-3:45pm Session #5
  • 4:00pm -5:15pm - Session #6
  • 5:30pm -7pm - Networking Reception

Thursday, June 8 

  • 8:00am -9:00am - Breakfast
  • 9:15am -9:45am - Co 9 to 25: Youth System presentation
    • RNCO Meeting: 9:00am -11:30am
  • 9:45am -11:30am - Regional and cross state facilitated networking: Creating solutions and shared learning so all young people can thrive!

About: Through facilitated networking, participants will be able to connect, coordinate and collaborate with diverse partners around shared risk and protective factors. Learn more about the strengths in your region and areas for opportunity to further support and engage young people. During the session, regional and local partners will assess how they are collectively working on shared risk and protective factors and identify areas where they can make change to enhance youth engagement and increase impact. Partners will leave this session with a shared understanding and stronger foundation for how they can coordinate efforts and leverage resources to enhance existing efforts and address gaps in their region. You’ll create a stronger local youth system and  inform how our state youth system called Colorado9to25 can support you to do it! 

  • 11:30am- 1:15pm - Lunch and Keynote

Glynis Shea, University of Minnesota

Keynote: The words we use to talk about what we do directly influence how people think about young people, public health, education, prevention, disparities, government programs – you name it. This means that we all -- whether we realize it or not –have the opportunity to either build support for our work or reinforce the negative perceptions people might have. And as advocates for young people, we know firsthand that many adults view teenagers as trouble. In this keynote, we’ll look at the concept of “framing,” review research that reveals how people think about our work and apply that knowledge to how we talk about what we do.

  • 1:30pm -2:00pm - Conference closes

Sessions to include topics like:

  • Youth Engagement

  • Policy 101

  • Upstream prevention and health in all policies

  • Communicating shared risk and protective factors to your community

  • Facilitation skills

  • Substance abuse information and resources

  • Primary Prevention 101

  • Community engagement

  • Data

  • Exploring state programs to learn more about their priorities and opportunities for collaboration.  


The cost for the conference is covered for grantees and community partners with the groups listed above. Costs will be covered for up to 5 Communities that Care stakeholders, per community. Please check with your CTC Facilitator prior to registering.

Costs included are:

  • Conference Registration
  • Hotel on June 6th and 7th
  • Parking
  • Lunch on the 6th
  • Breakfast and Lunch on the 7th
  • Breakfast and Lunch on the 8th

Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation and additional meal costs.