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Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative Highlights Key Accomplishments from Inaugural Year

Last April, the University of Colorado Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative (FIPI) launched with a $4.5 million investment from the CU School of Medicine to work toward preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths in homes and communities across Colorado and the U.S. through collaboration, research, and education.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

CU Center for COMBAT Research and United States Air Force Academy Form Educational Partnership

Cheers erupted from a crowd gathered at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on April 19 as leaders at the CU School of Medicine and the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) signed an educational partnership agreement, a historic moment that will open a breadth of opportunities for both institutions.


Author Tayler Shaw | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

Peer-to-Peer Discussions on Securely Storing Personal Firearms in Military Communities Could Lead to Fewer Firearm Suicides

In 2021, approximately 70% of U.S. service members who died by suicide did so with a firearm, most commonly a personal, rather than military-issued, firearm. National leaders and public health experts, including the White House in January 2024, have encouraged approaches to promote secure storage of home firearms. Researchers are now interested in who is the most effective messenger to encourage secure storage. 


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date February 22, 2024
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Medicine    Climate Science    Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

CU Emergency Medicine Researchers Work Toward Arctic Medicine Solutions

The constant change in climate and increasing need for medical personnel on military battlefields across the globe opens opportunity for new research on medical care in extreme temperatures. Research collaborators working with the University of Colorado Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research are helping to improve the future of combat care with revolutionary research on arctic medicine.


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date February 16, 2024
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Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU Center for COMBAT Research Leads Recruitment, Training, and Mentorship for Active Duty and Military Collaborators

With Colorado home to six military bases, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has become a hub for active-duty medical students, fellows, and collaborators. With a commitment to providing a supportive learning and work environment, the CU Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research has grown its research scholar and fellow programs along with supporting active-duty and National Guardsman research collaborators.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date January 05, 2024
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Community    Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

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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Press Coverage    Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

CU Center for COMBAT Research’s mission in spotlight at joint event with El Pomar Foundation

The University of Colorado Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research and the El Pomar Foundation this week held a joint event to showcase the center’s research and mission to save and improve lives on the battlefield and at home.


Author University of Colorado | Publish Date August 10, 2023
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Research    Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

Studying Veterans’ Mental Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Following worldwide concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on mental health, Ian Stanley, PhD, assistant research professor of emergency medicine in the CU School of Medicine and psychological health lead for the Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research, began investigating whether the pandemic impacted military veterans differently than non-veterans.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date June 26, 2023
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Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

Protecting At-Risk Populations: New Study on Lethal Means Safety Counseling Among U.S. National Guard Personnel

According to the 2020 Department of Defense (DoD) Annual Suicide Report, approximately 60%-80% of suicides among service members are enacted with a firearm. The DoD and other stakeholders recommend lethal means safety counseling (LMSC), a type of intervention intended to reduce firearm suicide risk among military service members.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 06, 2023
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Research    Veteran and Military Health    ATLAS    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield Research Continues to Build and Boost Research Partnerships

On Wednesday, The Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research hosted leaders from Uniformed Services University (USU) on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for a research affiliation agreement ceremony to highlight the continued research partnership between USU and the CU School of Medicine.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date March 17, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Community    Faculty    Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

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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Department of Emergency Medicine In the News

O2Matic

O2matic’s Proprietary Technology tbe Evaluated by the University of Colorado, Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense

news outletO2Matic
Publish DateMay 29, 2024

Adit Ginde, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine, and his team’s work has paved the way for the SAVE-O2 trial, a multicenter randomized clinical trial funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The SAVE-O2 trial focuses on redefining oxygen requirements in critically ill trauma patients through targeting normoxemia.

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U.S. Army

Securing Hope: Strategies for Lethal Means Safety, With Emmy Betz, M.D.

news outletU.S. Army
Publish DateMay 07, 2024

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and director of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, was quoted in a U.S. Army article based on her webinar, Securing Hope: Strategies for Lethal Means Safety.

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Fox 31 | Channel 2

Denver Health offering free gun locks, violence prevention services

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateApril 02, 2024

Benjamin Li, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and emergency medicine physician with Denver Health, spoke with FOX31 about the importance of safe firearm storage.

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The Atlantic

The Doctor Will Ask About Your Gun Now

news outletThe Atlantic
Publish DateApril 02, 2024

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and director of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, was interviewed by The Atlantic regarding physicians asking patients about access to firearms and counseling them toward responsible storage.

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