State and public health leaders in Colorado took an early lead in applying a larger, more comprehensive lens to their violence prevention strategic planning and decision-making efforts. Since 2006, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion (VIP-MHP) Branch has applied a shared risk and protective factor approach across their violence prevention activities. This shift in thinking has led to:
This change in thinking, however, has not been without its challenges. To learn more about the why, how, and what’s been learned from adopting a shared risk and protective factor approach in Colorado, read on.