Injuries are a significant health concern in Colorado, affecting everyone regardless of age, gender, race or economic status. Injuries may be classified as unintentional, intentional, or intent unknown. Unintentional injuries include motor vehicle crashes, falls and drowning. Injuries classified as intentional include suicide, homicide and assault.
In 2015, unintentional injuries were the third leading cause of death for Denver residents with a rate of 51.4 per 100,000 population (Colorado Vital Statistics, 2015). That same year, suicide was the ninth leading cause of death for Denver residents, a rate of 13.9 per 100,000 population (Colorado Vital Statistics, 2015).
Denver Public Health recognizes injury as a leading public health concern. The Injury Prevention Program participates in activities that address unintentional and intentional forms of injury in Denver County across the entire age spectrum. Some of our activities include the following: