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Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research

The Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) program is a collaborative initiative of the Colorado School of Public Health, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital Colorado. PIPER links research, training and practice to prevent child injury in Colorado, nationally and around the world. Join our mailing list to stay informed on PIPER activities.






Upcoming Events
PIPER Student Panel
February 19, 12-1 pm
Education 2 North, Room 2106, Anschutz Medical Campus
In this one-hour panel presentation, three CSPH students will present on their recent work related to injury and violence topics, including Q&A.
  • Vicka Chaplin, MA, MPH – Suicide and the military
  • Norbert Soke, MD, MPH -- Self-injurious behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Dustin Currie, MPH – Youth sports injury epidemiology
Injury and Violence Seminar Series: American Indian Suicide: A medical sociological perspective
Robert Valdez, MD
March 3, 11 am-12 pm
Education 2 North, Room 1202, Anschutz Medical Campus
​Sociological theories of suicide have largely shed little light on American Indian suicide due to inadequate consideration of social and political contexts. This study recasts this theory in American Indian realities to better gain insights on prevention.
Latest News 

PIPER 2013 Annual Report Released
We invite you to take a look at our PIPER 2013 Annual Report, prepared by Vicka Chaplin, MA, and posted here. In the 2013 Annual Report, you'll learn more about our continuing accomplishments to form a cohesive program and efforts to realize our mission: To drive evidence-based practice through discovery, translation, and workforce development. Download the PDF here.

Curious about marijuana and traffic safety?
Watch PIPER faculty member Ashley Brooks-Russell, MPH, PhD, discuss the scientific evidence on marijuana-impaired driving in this video. Dr. Brooks-Russell's presentation was part of a March 7, 2014 event, "Marijuana and Public Health Symposium: The evidence base for health protection in Colorado." Other videos on topics including mental health and avoiding unintentional exposure are available online.

Faculty spotlight on PIPER collaborator Ingrid Binswanger
Read a recent interview with Internal Medicine Associate Professor Ingrid Binswanger, MD, MPH  Dr. Binswanger is Director of the Primary Care Research Fellowship and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Scholars Program and collaborates with PIPER on research related to prescription drug overdose prevention.

NIH announces funding for concussion-related research
PIPER faculty member Dawn Comstock, PhD, was awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health to study traumatic brain injury (TBI). The goal of the project is to test the effectiveness of Spot Light, an easy-to-use mobile application (or app), developed by Inlightened. The app was designed to help doctors, coaches, and others track the progress of a young athlete from the time of a concussion until he or she is cleared to return to play. The study will investigate whether the app will result in more concussions being reported, increased referrals to doctors, and better adherence to return-to-play guidelines. Read the announcement.

PIPER faculty publish HIA on th​e proper packaging of marijuana
PIPER faculty researcher Greg Tung, PhD, and the Children's Health Advocacy Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado published a new health impact assessment​ of the packaging regulations in retail marijuana establishments. The researchers aim to prevent unintentional ingestion of marijuana by children. Read the Denver Post story and view the full report.

Research from PIPER Director, Carol Runyan, featured in NIOSH Proceedings
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently published, "Health and Safety of Young Workers: Proceedings of a U.S. and Canadian Series of Symposia" which includes 13 articles from epidemiologists, health communicators, psychologists, physicians and other health professionals. These proceedings were co-funded by grants from NIOSH to the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Center and from the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to Laurentian University.

New Publications:
Check out the latest publications from PIPER affiliates and faculty:

"Health and Safety of Young Workers: Proceedings of a U.S. and Canadian Series of Symposia"

"Primary Care Practitioners' Detection of Youth Violence Involvement"

"Can Student-Perpetrated College Crime be Predicted Based on Precollege Misconduct?"

"Attitudes & Effectiveness of Professional Programs for Primary Prevention of Violence: Exploratory Validation of the PREVENT Primary Prevention of Violence Self-Assessment"

"Adolescent Occupational Fatalities in North Carolina (1990-2008): An Investigation of Child Labor and OSHA Violations and Enforcement"

"Epidemiology of 10,000 High School Football Injuries: Patterns of Injury by Position Played"

Recorded Webinar:

South by Southwest Region Injury Control Network Webinar: Varied Approaches to Injury Prevention Policy Research and Evaluation
Presenters: Carol Runyan, MPH, PhD & Gregory Tung, MPH, PhD

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