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Our multi-disciplinary group conducts research to prevent injuries through:

  • Communication and connection
  • Informed decision-making
  • Efficient and effective interventions in healthcare settings

Current Areas of Research

  • Firearm suicide
  • Emergency department care of suicidal adults
  • Firearm access in dementia
  • Older drivers

Online Educational Tools/Decision Aids

  • Lock to Live (for suicidal adults – addresses safer storage of firearms and other means for suicide)
  • Safety in Dementia (for caregivers – addresses firearm access, driving, and home safety)

Our Team

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH
Principle Investigator

Lauren Meador, MPH
Program Manager

In the News

  • ‘Lock To Live’ Offers Online Tool For Those In Crisis

    Jan 30, 2020
    Access to certain things in the home, whether it be firearms or medication, can be dangerous for someone at risk of suicide. Now researchers with the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus, have created a free tool to help address the issue.
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  • Dr. Betz: Care of Suicidal Patients Takes Humans, Not Just Doctors

    Oct 22, 2019
    In 2019, nearly 31,000 people have died due to gun violence. Suicide by firearm represents nearly two-thirds of those deaths. As an emergency physician at CU Anschutz, Emmy Betz, MD, sees multiple patients with suicidal thoughts on every ER shift. “It’s a huge part of my job,” Betz said. “Sometimes I have to stop being a doctor and just be a person, to let people know I’m glad they came in and that tomorrow will be better.”
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  • How To Talk About Guns And Suicide

    Jul 16, 2015
    How can we support and protect people we love with the going gets rough? This inspiring talk, injury prevention expert Emmy Betz shares her experience at the nexus of conversations about trauma, guns and suicide.
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