The Colorado Injury Control Research Center at Colorado State University joins the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to kick-off a month-long national campaign to celebrate injury prevention and control. Colorado’s Injury Control Research Center was established at Colorado State in 1995 as part of the CDC National Center for Injury Control and Prevention.
The first of four National Center for Injury Prevention 10th Anniversary Conferences, titled Partners in Prevention, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 6 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. "Injury in Colorado," a report on injury death and hospitalization in the state, will also be released at the conference’s media event at 11 a.m. The conference is open to the public.
The CDC chose four sites of excellence as host locations for the campaign, and selected Colorado as the kick-off site due to the state’s overall record of injury prevention throughout the last decade. The campaign was organized to promote prevention as a public health issue and to celebrate effective prevention efforts.
"We continue to have great success in research, education and in reducing the number and severity of injuries throughout the region," said Lorann Stallones, director of the Colorado Injury Control Research Center and professor of psychology at Colorado State. "We are pleased to be part of the 10th anniversary celebration and to have this opportunity to share our successes in injury prevention."
Colorado’s Injury Control Research Center is a collaboration of researchers from several departments at Colorado State, other universities, state offices and community organizations who are dedicated to reducing the occurrence and severity of injuries, particularly of underserved populations, in rural areas of the Rocky Mountain Region. The center conducts research and provides outreach and educational services about injury prevention and control, acute care, rehabilitation and biomechanics.
The Colorado Injury Control Research Center serves the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah. Research at the center ranges from studies about how to improve rehabilitation services for individuals with traumatic brain injury to increasing use of child safety seats to reducing anger driving. For more information about the Colorado Injury Control Research Center, visit the Web at www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/EnHealth/CICRC/.
The 10th anniversary Colorado conference includes keynote speakers from the Colorado Injury Control Research Center, the CDC, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. A plenary session will highlight successful injury prevention marketing strategies. Educational workshops will also be presented by Stallones and other leading authorities in the areas of rural injury prevention, the community readiness model for prevention, effective injury prevention efforts in native populations and behavior change principles to prevent injuries.
Additionally, more than 50 exhibitors from local and national injury prevention organizations and government agencies will display interventions to reduce the impact of injury and violence. Hundreds participants from a fourteen state region are expected to attend the event representing a variety of federal, state and local organizations. A networking reception and buffet with live entertainment is included for all attendees.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in June of 1992. Colorado State University is one of 10 regional centers located at universities in the United States and is the only land grant school to house an injury center. Following the Colorado conference, additional conferences will be held in Los Angeles, Boston and Baltimore.
Conference registration is $40 per person. For additional conference or registration information, visit the Web at www.cdc.gov/ncipc/anniversary/denver.htm or contact Kendra Smith at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at (303) 692-2592.