Community Organizing for Prevention


The Injury & Violence Prevention Center was contracted by the Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to provide technical assistance in evaluation and to conduct the statewide evaluation of Community Organizing for Prevention (COFP) from 2021-2026. The objectives of the statewide evaluation are to understand how the core components of COFP are being implemented and changing over time and to understand what impact these changes have on risk and protective factors and long-term outcomes in communities in Colorado.

Community Organizing for Prevention (COFP) is a statewide initiative that takes an upstream, primary prevention approach to reducing substance misuse and violence among youth through a shared risk and protective factors approach rooted in deep equity and systems change. From 2021-2026, 34 communities in Colorado are organizing for prevention, with representation in rural and urban areas, from the Eastern Plains across the Rocky Mountains to the Western Slope. 

COFP builds on the Communities That Care (CTC) model, which was implemented in 46 Colorado communities between 2016-2021. In that initiative, communities made substantial progress building coalitions with strong operational capacity, grew youth and community membership, collaborated across agencies and sectors, created community action plans, integrated equitable approaches into their efforts, and laid the foundation for successful systems change.


A future where all people and communities across Colorado are healthy and thriving.


We conduct evaluation and build local capacity to advance equitable systems changes and primary prevention efforts so that people and communities across Colorado can be healthy and thriving.


We work as partners and collaborators with communities across Colorado to amplify and celebrate local strengths, skills, and expertise.

Key resources 

Our team 

Ashley Brooks-Russell PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Director (IVPC)

Jessica Buck-Atkinson MPH

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Sophie Dila MA

Senior Professional Research Assistant, Project Director (Community Organizing for Prevention Evaluation)

Kaitlynn Jones MPH

Professional Research Assistant

Kit Jones MSW

Professional Research Assistant

Erin Kelly DrPH, MA

Research Associate

Michele Kimminau BA

Assistant Director of Finance

Jani Little PhD

Senior Statistician

Andrew Macfarland MCJ

Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation

Julia Simoes BA

Research and Evaluation Manager