Improving lives through transparent collaboration, focused research, and meaningful outreach
What we do
We collaborate with the community by sharing information. As a part of UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, the only Level 1 trauma center in Southern Colorado, we touch the lives of thousands of injured patients. By teaming up with community organizations to share injury trends and “hot spots,” we ensure outreach and resources are provided to the people who need them most.
We conduct research on how to prevent the injuries that most affect our community. We utilize our resources as an academic medical center to evaluate and improve injury prevention methods through peer-reviewed research. We strive to ensure that the community has access to well researched, evidence-based outreach methods so every dollar spent on prevention makes a difference.
We provide evidence-based injury prevention outreach. Whether it is classes to prevent geriatric falls, interactive classes with teens to prevent drunk driving, or teaching educators how to stop traumatic bleeding, our outreach touches all members of our community.
Why we do it
- Trauma is the No. 1 killer of Americans between the ages of 1 and 44.
- In Colorado, deaths from trauma are 15% higher than the national average.
- Suicide in Colorado is 52% higher than the national average.
- Colorado is ranked 5th in the United States for deaths due to falls.
Source: CDC WISQARS database
UCHealth Memorial Injury Prevention and Research Institute Pillars
The four pillars below make up the primary focus of MIPRI outreach and research efforts.
- Suicide/Violence Prevention. UCHealth MIPRI is teaming up with El Paso county to create a system to identify youth suicide attempt hot spots so educators and youth organizations can provide help before a suicide occurs.
- Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention. UCHealth MIPRI is conducting research on the effectiveness of a screening tool to identify incidents of pediatric and adolescent abuse.
- Geriatric Fall Prevention. UCHealth MIPRI provides free Stepping On classes to teach adults over 65 how to prevent falls, gain coordination, and develop strength so they can continue to live independent lives.
- TBI/Sports & Recreation Injury Prevention. UCHealth MIPRI works to educate parents on how to identify the signs of concussion in their children so they can seek care.
UCHealth MIPRI research projects
Student placement opportunities
To contact UCHealth MIPRI, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate, please visit the UCHealth Memorial Hospital Foundation website and designate MIPRI as your donation recipient. Or you can call Cari Carns, director of UCHealth Memorial Foundation, at 719.365.1480.