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:
Many people think of injuries as accidents, but in fact, more injuries are preventable. We encourage you to help prevent trauma and injury with the reproduction and distribution of prevention fact sheets for community education purposes.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Learn more about the proper fit for car seats.
- Montbello and Eastside Family Health Centers provide car seat checks by appointment only. Call the Denver Health car seat line at (303) 602-KIDS (5439) to schedule one today.
- 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: