Who we are

The Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) is a collaborative initiative of the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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What we do

Injury is a leading killer in Colorado and the U.S. Through research, training, and prevention, we facilitate scientific discovery and evidence-based practice that increases safety, reduces injury and violence, and improves injury outcomes. We aim to prevent and reduce injury and its outcomes in Colorado, the region, and throughout the world as a function of high-quality research and effective practice.


Conduct cutting-edge research on injury and violence prevention

Research to practice

Conduct high-quality injury and violence prevention activities with our partners


Train researchers and public health professionals in injury and violence prevention

Policy translation

Work to improve national, state, and local policies addressing injury and violence prevention


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    One in five Colorado high school students has access to firearms

    Mar 29, 2021
    Twenty percent of high school students have easy access to a handgun, according to a new study from the Colorado School of Public Health published today in The Journal of Pediatrics.
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    To fight suicide, maps offer safe gun storage optionsOpens in a new window

    Nov 5, 2020
    Dr. Emmy Betz, associate professor of epidemiology at ColoradoSPH, spoke with U.S. News & World Report about the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition's safe gun storage map and the importance of this work as gun sales, stress, and isolation are on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    PIPER Releases Eight-Year ReportOpens in a new window

    Oct 20, 2020
    This report documents the first eight years of the Program for Injury Prevention, Education, and Research (the PIPER program), at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Over the past eight years, under the direction of Dr. Carol Runyan, the program has grown and realized many accomplishments in injury prevention research, training and education, and translation to practice. We take this opportunity to reflect and celebrate these accomplishments. Earlier this year Dr. Ashley Brooks-Russell took on the role of Director, and this report reflects that transition.
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