"We're good in public health about messaging that cigarettes are bad, that tobacco is broadly harmful," said Ashley Brooks-Russell, associate professor and director of the Injury and Violence Prevention Center. “We're really bad at talking about lesser options, like if you're going to smoke, e-cigarettes are less harmful."
It’s important that policymakers addressing gun violence focus on evidence-based solutions, rather than pushing through knee-jerk responses that feel good but won’t create impact, said Emmy Betz, professor of epidemiology and director of the Injury and Violence Prevention Center.
The Healthy Kids Colorado survey administered by ColoradoSPH researchers found the rate of youth reporting they stopped doing normal activities because of sadness or hopelessness increased from about 35% in 2019 to almost 40% in 2021.
An analysis by ColoradoSPH researchers at the Injury & Violence Prevention Center found that in the first year of the Colorado red flag law, 85% of protection orders granted by judges had been filed by law enforcement.