UCHealth Memorial Injury Prevention and Research Institute (MIPRI)
Improving lives through transparent collaboration, focused research, and meaningful outreach
WHAT WE DO
We collaborate with the community by sharing information. As a part of UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, the only Level 1 trauma center in Southern Colorado, we touch the lives of thousands of injured patients. By teaming up with community organizations to share injury trends and “hot spots,” we ensure outreach and resources are provided to the people who need them most.
We conduct research on how to prevent the injuries that most effect our community. We utilize our resources as an academic medical center to evaluate and improve injury prevention methods through peer-reviewed research. We strive to ensure that the community has access to well researched, evidence-based outreach methods so every dollar spent on prevention makes a difference.
We provide evidence based injury prevention outreach. Whether it is classes to prevent geriatric falls, interactive classes with teens to prevent drunk driving, or teaching educators how to stop traumatic bleeding, our outreach touches all members of our community.
Why We Do It
- Trauma is the No. 1 killer of Americans between the ages of 1 and 44.
- The majority of deaths among youth ages 10 – 24 are caused by unintentional injuries or violence – more than the number of deaths from all other causes combined.
- Older persons have the highest rate of fatal injuries. Falls are the leading cause of injury death for this age group, and each year about one-third of adults 65 and older fall at least once.
- In Colorado, deaths from trauma are 15 percent higher than the national average.
- Suicide in Colorado is 52% higher than the national average.
- Colorado is ranked the 5th highest state in the US for the number of deaths due to falls.
The Four Focus Pillars
- Suicide/Violence Prevention. UCHealth MIPRI is teaming up with El Paso county to create a system to identify youth suicide attempt hot spots so educators and youth organizations can provide help before a suicide occurs.
- Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention. UCHealth MIPRI is conducting research on the effectiveness of a screening tool to identify incidents of pediatric and adolescent abuse.
- Geriatric Fall Prevention. UCHealth MIPRI provides free Stepping On classes to teach adults over 65 how to prevent falls, gain coordination, and develop strength so they can continue to live independent lives.
- TBI/Sports & Recreation Injury Prevention. UCHealth MIPRI works to educate parents on how to identify the signs of concussion in their children so they can seek care.