Mission and vision


We coordinate, synergize, and stimulate collaborative approaches to firearm injury prevention in Colorado and nationally. Our mission is to collaboration, education, and scientific research to prevent firearm-related injuries and deaths of all types in all populations in Colorado and nationally.

We envision a future when there are zero firearm-related injuries or deaths in the United States.

Goals and values


Our goals are to use collaboration, education, and scientific research to prevent firearm-related injuries and deaths of all types in all populations in Colorado and nationally.

Collaboration
Serve as a model of collaboration and neutral (nonpolitical, nonjudgmental) hub of information.

Education
Deliver outstanding education with rigorous evaluation to demonstrate impact.

Research
Pursue action-oriented, innovative research to develop and disseminate effective, acceptable interventions

We demonstrate commitment to the following values through equitable, trustful collaborations; local and national engagement; scientific rigor; rigorous evaluation and accountability; context appropriate solutions; and sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

Health
Recognition of a common goal of health and security.

Diversity
Respect for diversity and consideration of a range of views.

Community
Engagement of affected communities and those with lived experience.

Our team


Director

Alejandra Garcia-Ponce headshot

Alejandra Garcia-Ponce MPH

Research Services Professional
  • Emergency Medicine (SOM)

Alejandra joined Dr. Emmy Betz's team in December 2021 and works on the Safe at Home project. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of New England and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Cleveland State University. Her research passions include health equity and policy, mental health promotion, qualitative research, and global health research. Originally from Mexico, she grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Denver in 2021. Alejandra plans to get her PhD in Health Policy and use her education to serve her Hispanic community in addition to vulnerable and underserved populations.

Research team

Alejandra Garcia-Ponce headshot

Alejandra Garcia-Ponce MPH

Research Services Professional
  • Emergency Medicine (SOM)

Alejandra joined Dr. Emmy Betz's team in December 2021 and works on the Safe at Home project. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of New England and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Cleveland State University. Her research passions include health equity and policy, mental health promotion, qualitative research, and global health research. Originally from Mexico, she grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Denver in 2021. Alejandra plans to get her PhD in Health Policy and use her education to serve her Hispanic community in addition to vulnerable and underserved populations.

Resources


Educational webinars