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Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER)

The Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) is a collaborative initiative of the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. PIPER links research, training and practice to prevent injury in Colorado, nationally and around the world. Join our mailing list to stay informed on PIPER activities by emailing with your request.







Latest News

New Report: "Structure and Delivery of Adult Emergency and Crisis Mental Health Services in the Mountain West Region"
This report​, prepared by Vladka Kovar, MD, MPH as part of a project funded by the Joyce Foundation, describes the structure and delivery of mental health services in the Mountain West Region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming), with a primary focus on psychiatric emergency services in hospital emergency departments and state/community crisis services. 

Training Needs and Preferences of Colorado's Mental Health Providers to Address Suicide Prevention: Results of a Statewide Survey
This report​, prepared by Laura Schwab-Reese, MA, PhD, and Carol Runyan, MPH, PhD, with support from the Yellow Ribbon Fund, describes results from a 2016 survey of mental health providers.​
PIPER Annual Report Now Available
View the 2015 PIPER Annual Report to learn more about our program's activities, affiliated research projects, publications, events and more!
New Webinar -- "Moving Mountains: How you can save lives through child injury and violence prevention"
On March 17, Carol Runyan, PhD, MPH, presented a one-hour webinar for local child fatality prevention teams in Colorado on effective strategies for reducing child deaths in Colorado communities. The webinar was recorded and can be viewed by clicking here.
Congratulations to the Student Paper Prize Awardees! 

Two University of Colorado students were awarded the inaugural Injury and Violence Student Paper Prize in October 2015.  Dustin Currie, MPH, a doctoral student in epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health, and William Brandenburg, a medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, were chosen as winners of the paper prize.​  Learn more about the winners here​

 PIPER Faculty Member Emmy Betz Featured at TedxMileHigh
 How can we support and protect people we love with the going gets rough? In this inspiring talk, injury prevention expert Emmy Betz shares her experience at the nexus of conversations about trauma, guns and suicide.​ View the talk here​
PIPER Announces New Name
 In recognition of PIPER’s growth from a focus on pediatric populations to preventing injuries across the lifespan, we are becoming the Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research --- still referred to as “PIPER” for short. Work related to children and adolescents remains a core part of our efforts, alongside exciting initiatives on topics such as preventing falls, ensuring the safety of older drivers, and reducing suicide across the lifespan. The new name more accurately reflects the range of projects underway to prevent injuries and violence in all age groups. If you have any questions about the new name, contact Sara Brandspigel, program manager, at

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