A new series by Rocky Mountain PBS on youth suicide highlights a recent study in 6 emergency departments across Colorado. The study was conducted through a partnership between Dr. Betz and researchers at the Program for Injury Prevention, Education & Research, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Northeastern University.
Working with gun shop owners and public health officials, Dr. Betz built a broad coalition to decrease gun suicide in a way that gets beyond traditional partisan boundaries. By creating maps of facilities that can safely store firearms, this program can help people at risk for suicide without invoking red flag laws.
Marian Betz, M.D., M.P.H. is leading a project examining the perspectives of firearm suppliers and firearm users in Colorado and Washington on these statewide firearm storage maps. The researchers will also develop an implementation toolkit for other states considering or creating firearm storage maps.
Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, the Deputy Director of the COMBAT Center, was recently promoted to the Rank of Brigadier General and will serve as the interim Command Surgeon for the US Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC).
Dr. Lauren Abbate received a grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation to study non-pharmacologic treatments, including exercise and weight management, for non-traumatic knee pain in older veterans.
The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response announced funding for a study of the ways that a regional Disaster Health Response System can improve the response to a national emergency.
The C3 (Cape-Colorado-COMBAT) Global Trauma Network was awarded a pair of research grants funded by the US Department of Defense to study trauma outcomes in the Western Cape of South Africa over a 5-year period.
Research by Dr. Hoppe’s lab shows dramatic decreases in ED use for most conditions as the COVID pandemic was accelerating, and concluded that public health officials should emphasize the importance of seeking care when it was needed.
With support from the Colorado Department of Public Safety, and in partnership with the Division of Geriatrics, Drs. Lindberg and Yannetsos will establish a statewide Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT).
An emergency room physician and a gun shop owner, who advocate together for suicide prevention, say they are concerned a recent increase in gun sales in Colorado could leave more people at risk for suicide.