COLORADO: Addressing Shared Risk and Protective Factors

August 23, 2016
News Type:  From the Field
State:  Colorado

Colorado has developed a five-year strategic plan to reduce the burden of injury and violence on its residents by addressing risk and protective factors shared by seven critical problem areas, including the following:

  1. Suicide
  2. Interpersonal violence
  3. Child maltreatment
  4. Prescription drug overdose
  5. Older adult falls
  6. Motor vehicle crashes
  7. Traumatic brain injury

The problem areas were identified using criteria that included existing and potential momentum and political will, funding and resources, priorities set by state and local partners, and the availability of evidence-based strategies to address these problems. Work plans, outcome indicators, strategies, process measures, and existing resources were defined for each of the problem areas, as well as partnerships that could be leveraged to address each.

The strategic plan identifies a number of overarching strategies that could affect the risk and protective factors relevant to all seven problem areas. These include increasing family, school, and community connectedness, promoting positive social norms, supporting good behavioral health, bolstering economic stability, and building individual, family, and community resilience. The plan also identifies partners who should be mobilized in these efforts, including state- and community-based agencies, non-profit organizations, and health care providers.

Leadership for this ambitious effort comes from the Violence and Injury Prevention – Mental Health Promotion Branch of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. To learn more, read Colorado Violence and Injury Prevention – Mental Health Promotion Strategic Plan 2016-2020: Creating Connected & Thriving Communities Free from Violence and Injury.



About Suicide:  Risk and Protective Factors
Planning and Implementing:  Partnerships and Coalitions, Strategic Planning
Strategies:  Life Skills and Resilience, Connectedness