Addressing upstream factors



It is important to address upstream factors in firearm injury prevention by focusing on strategies that effectively address risk and promote protective factors for Colorado communities experiencing firearm harms.

The concepts are built upon extensive research, which has shown that conditions in the environment where people live, learn, work, and play can significantly impact their quality of life and influence various aspects of their health and well-being. Many of these strategies have been shown to effectively prevent and reduce injury, violence, and mental health issues, which allow us to continue to address underlying contributions to firearm-related injuries and deaths. Furthermore, these strategies aim to address risk and protective factors, which are crucial in preventing future adverse social, economic, and health outcomes. Since violence can stem from various underlying causes, understanding the interconnection between these risk and protective factors is essential in prevention efforts.  Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Connecting the Dots initiative to learn more.


Programs to address the root causes of firearm injury in local communities include:

In Colorado