Injuries are a significant health concern in Colorado, affecting everyone regardless of age, gender, race or economic status. Injuries may be classified as unintentional, intentional, or intent unknown. Unintentional injuries include motor vehicle crashes, falls and drowning. Injuries classified as intentional include suicide, homicide and assault.
In 2015, unintentional injuries were the third leading cause of death for Denver residents with a rate of 51.4 per 100,000 population (Colorado Vital Statistics, 2015). That same year, suicide was the ninth leading cause of death for Denver residents, a rate of 13.9 per 100,000 population (Colorado Vital Statistics, 2015).
Denver Public Health recognizes injury as a leading public health concern. The Injury Prevention Program participates in activities that address unintentional and intentional forms of injury in Denver County across the entire age spectrum. Some of our activities include the following:
Denver Child Fatality Review Team Meeting Schedule
The Denver Child Fatality Review Team will meet on the first Tuesday of every other month from 3-5pm. The public portion of the meeting will begin promptly at 3pm.
2017 Meeting Dates:
Location: Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, 2149 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80211
Questions: Please contact Joanna Wilkinson, Injury Prevention Coordinator. E: Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org, P: 303-602-3526.
- Facilitating the Denver County Child Fatality Review. This multi-disciplinary team reviews all Denver County preventable childhood deaths, up to age 18, in order to better understand how and why children die. The review team uses this platform to identify strategies to prevent future deaths..
- Participating in Denver's Safe Routes to School initiative, lead by the Denver Department of Environmental Health, by providing leadership and guidance for the Denver Safe Routes to School Coalition, composed of more than 70 members representing, City and County Agencies, Denver Public Schools, local universities, non-profit agencies and interested residents.
- Working in partnership with the Community Health Promotion Youth Health team, and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver to prevent youth impaired driving in the Montbello neighborhood: Peers Against Impaired Driving.
- Using a Public Health approach to prevent violence and suicide in Denver.
- Raising awareness of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) by partnering with the Community Health Promotion Maternal Child Health Team to educate families and providers on the importance of safe sleep environments for infants.
- Providing car seat fit education.
- Providing resources to prevent older falls.
- Participating in regional and statewide groups such as Safe Kids Denver Metro, and Colorado Teen Driving Alliance.
Other Injury Prevention Resources may be found through the following: