New study highlights key health opportunities and causes of death for Coloradans


Dr. David Rojas-Rueda’s lab conducts research to create health solutions that improve public health.

Rojas-Rueda said the findings could help policymakers target public health issues more comprehensively. He was recently appointed a member of the state’s new Environmental Justice Advisory Council, which is part of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The epidemiologist said the state may also adopt new strategies based on public health measures that are is fine.

“With the decline in premature HIV-related deaths and transportation-related injuries, we can learn more about these approaches, how we manage these risk factors and apply them in areas that need more help. “, did he declare.

Roux said risk factors provide opportunities for trying to change behavior.

“Once you’ve identified a risk factor, you can assess which intervention needs to be implemented to improve health outcomes,” she said.

Data for 2020 won’t be available until spring 2022, but Rojas-Rueda said that while COVID-19 is among the main diagnoses, he doesn’t think the results will change much since the start of the pandemic.

“These health problems will persist when the pandemic subsides,” he said. “And we also need to be prepared for what we will face after the pandemic ends, to some extent, in the future. This study is another reminder that we need to do better.


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