Colorado School of Public Health Professor of Epidemiology Carol Runyan, MPH, PhD recently was named one of the 20 leaders and visionaries who have had a transformative effect on the field of violence and injury prevention over the twenty-year history of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). These individuals will be recognized at the American Public Health Association meetings in San Francisco in October.
As part of the NCIPC’s 20th anniversary celebration, they launched the '20 for 20 Project' earlier this year, with leaders nominated and selected by peers.
“I am deeply honored to be a part of this auspicious list that contains, among others, my mentor, Susan Baker,” said Runyan of the tribute. “It is amazing how fast the last twenty years have gone and how far the field has progressed. This is a list of people with steadfast dedication to an issue that remains often overlooked, despite the burden of injuries and violence on population health.”
Runyan joined the Colorado School of Public Health in 2011 after a distinguished career on the faculty of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. While there, Runyan directed the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and has for years been a national leader and advocate in addressing injury and violence prevention through applied research and workforce development.
Currently, Runyan directs Colorado’s Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) program, a collaborative initiative of the Colorado School of Public Health, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Childrens Hospital Colorado. PIPER links research, training, policy, and practice to prevent injury in Colorado, nationally and around the world. To learn more about PIPER research and resources, visit the project’s new website www.ucdenver.edu/piper.