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CU Department of Emergency Medicine Top Stories of 2023

In 2023, the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine celebrated the launch of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative and the Program for EMS and Prehospital Care, while introducing brand new research in emergency airway management, mental health, critical trauma care, and more.

Emergency medicine faculty grew education and collaboration efforts by bringing renowned, national leaders in medicine to campus, hosting seminars and discussions on firearm injury prevention, leading a toxicology fellowship, presenting research at conferences worldwide, and mentoring military collaborators, researchers, and students.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 18, 2023
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CU Hosts Second Annual Military Firearm Suicide Prevention Summit

Preventing suicide among military service members and their family members is one of the top priorities for the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The 2021 DoD Annual Suicide Report found that 70% of suicides among service members are enacted with a firearm, as are 60% of suicides among service member spouses.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date September 22, 2023
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The Intersection of Toxicology and Community

The negative impacts of opioids and drug overdoses continue to rise, and toxicologists are helping to lead the way to address the crisis.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date August 16, 2023
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Acknowledging the History of Black Health Care: Current Biases, Disparities, and the Importance of Diversity in the Next Generation of Providers

In her two decades of working in emergency medicine, Jacqueline Ward-Gaines, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has devoted much of herself to almost every patient scenario imaginable and seen dozens of cohorts graduate medical school and complete their residencies. Consequently, she has also come face-to-face with disparities and biases that exist in health care.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date February 01, 2023
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CU Faculty Lead Report on 10 Recommendations to Promote Firearm Injury Prevention

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has identified firearm suicide prevention as a key priority, but critical gaps remain in preventing deaths by firearm among service members. According to the 2020 DoD Annual Suicide Report, approximately 60-80% of suicides among service members are enacted with a firearm.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 06, 2022
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Research    Community    ATLAS    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT    TRIAD

Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield Research Hosts Rep. Crow to Highlight Defense Health Research

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow visited the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Monday to learn more about current programs and research on the campus that address the U.S. military’s medical needs, including solutions in combat casualty care, critical and emergency care, surgical trauma, and acute mental health. The Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research hosted the visit that included additional CU leadership and research groups for a supportive discussion on current military medical challenges.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 02, 2022
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Research    Community    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

Protecting and Supporting Veterans Through Mental Health Interventions

On Veterans Day, we honor those who serve and have served in the U.S. military. For two University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers, Veterans Day is also a time to reflect on the importance of mental health support for veterans at risk for suicide. Through intervention strategies and close collaboration with veterans and clinicians, they are working on strategies and tactics to prevent veteran suicides by firearm.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date November 11, 2022
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Emergency Medicine Researchers Lead Innovation at Military Health Science Research Symposium

The focus on providing care for those on the front lines continues to grow with more investments in research to improve care for service members on battlegrounds. That research was on full display at this year’s Military Health Science Research Symposium (MHSRS), hosted by the Department of Defense (DOD), where researchers and faculty members from the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine presented new scientific findings. 


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date September 30, 2022
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Department of Emergency Medicine In the News

Brain&Life

How to Keep Loved Ones with Dementia Safe from Firearms

news outletBrain&Life
Publish DateFebruary 01, 2024

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine, was interviewed for Brain & Life magazine on keeping loved ones with dementia safe from firearms.

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Washington Post

Will your older self refuse to give up the car keys? Here’s how to plan.

news outletWashington Post
Publish DateJanuary 21, 2024

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and director of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, was interviewed for the Washington Post on risks for older drivers.

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9News

Nearly half of Colorado adults live in a home with a gun, survey finds

news outlet9News
Publish DateJanuary 16, 2024

Erin Kelly, DrPH, MA, director of research and evaluation for the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative and research associate for the CSPH Injury and Violence Prevention Center, led the survey project and emphasizes that the results will create an ongoing opportunity to assess and address community-specific concerns.

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Wall Street Journal

How Gun Shops Are Helping Prevent Suicide

news outletWall Street Journal
Publish DateJanuary 08, 2024

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and director of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, was quoted in this Wall Street Journal article on gun storage options that can save lives.

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