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Trauma and Injury Prevention

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Injuries are a significant health concern in Colorado, affecting everyone regardless of age, gender, race or economic status. Injuries are categorized as either intentional or unintentional. Intentional injuries such as homicide and suicide involve acts in which there is intent to harm. Unintentional injuries include motor vehicle crashes, falls and drownings, and are frequently labeled as “accidental,” however, with appropriate interventions, most unintentional injuries can be prevented.

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).

As the region’s leading level one trauma center, Denver Health is dedicated to helping reduce the occurrence of injury in Colorado. We encourage you to help prevent trauma and injury with the reproduction and distribution of prevention fact sheets for community education purposes:

Injury Prevention Resources

Car Seat Checkups — Visit our monthly car seat fit stations at Denver Health. Our Bernard F. Gipson Eastside and Montbello Family Health Centers are offering FREE car seat checks, installations and seat belt education, taught by certified child passenger safety technicians.

  •  Learn which seat is best for your child’s age and size
  • Learn how to install your seat properly
  • New child safety seats are available
  • A $10 donation per booster seat and $20 donation per convertible seat is requested for seats that need to be replaced
  • Car seat checks are by appointment only, by calling the Denver Health car seat line at 303-602-KIDS (5437) 

Stepping On Workshop — This life-altering workshop is FREE, and offered for two hours a week over the course of seven weeks. Take part in “Stepping On,” a research-based fall prevention program. In this workshop you will:

  • Gain professional advice from physical therapists, pharmacists, vision experts and community specialists
  • Learn techniques to improve your balance and strength
  • Learn how medications can contribute to falls
  • Learn more about the role vision plays in keeping your balance
  • Learn ways to avoid falling when out in your community
  • Learn about safe footwear
  • Find out how to eliminate fall hazards in your home

Denver Health partners with many injury prevention initiatives including:

Other Injury Prevention resources may be found through the following links: