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

Megan McCarthy headshot

Megan McCarthy

Research Services Professional
  • Emergency Medicine (SOM)

Megan joined the Dr. Betz's research team in November 2020. Megan grew up in Kentucky and graduated with a Bachelor of Public Health degree in 2018 from the University of Kentucky. Megan has previously worked on violence prevention, surveillance systems, and occupational safety. She worked for the Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System (KYVDRS) for three years, tracking suicide, homicide, unintentional firearm, and undetermined intent deaths in the state of Kentucky. Megan has a passion for suicide prevention and hopes to complete a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and continue to work in the field of injury prevention.

Research team

Megan McCarthy headshot

Megan McCarthy

Research Services Professional
  • Emergency Medicine (SOM)

Megan joined the Dr. Betz's research team in November 2020. Megan grew up in Kentucky and graduated with a Bachelor of Public Health degree in 2018 from the University of Kentucky. Megan has previously worked on violence prevention, surveillance systems, and occupational safety. She worked for the Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System (KYVDRS) for three years, tracking suicide, homicide, unintentional firearm, and undetermined intent deaths in the state of Kentucky. Megan has a passion for suicide prevention and hopes to complete a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and continue to work in the field of injury prevention.

Resources


Educational webinars