Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System: 2019 Annual Legislative Report. Abbreviated Version.
Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System State Review Team.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: July 2019
Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS)
This abbreviated report presents Colorado child fatality data, provides an overview of programmatic accomplishments for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19, and identifies specific policy recommendations to reduce child deaths in Colorado. It begins with an overview of the public health approach to child fatality prevention and an explanation of the case review methodology. Findings are then reported and indicate that of the 3,020 deaths that occurred in Colorado from 2013 through 2017, 1,093 met the statutory mandate for Child Fatality Prevention System (CFPS) child fatality review and received a thorough case review. Suicide was the most frequent cause of death over the five-year period (n=261), followed by motor vehicle and other transportation-related deaths (n=237), consisting primarily of passenger vehicle deaths (n=160) and pedestrian deaths (n=38). The youth suicide rate nearly doubled across the period, while motor vehicle and other transportation-related deaths trended upwards in recent years. Other leading causes of death included sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) (n=228); child maltreatment deaths (n=223); firearm deaths (n=168); unintentional drowning deaths (n=61); homicide deaths not due to child maltreatment (n=43); and unintentional overdose or poisoning (n=33) deaths. Recommendations are made to prevent child fatalities and improve child fatality data quality and address: behavioral health promotion, quality and affordable housing, quality and affordable child care, evidence-based home visitation, a graduated driver license law, paid leave for families, a primary seat belt law, funding of research on firearm deaths, and a delayed school start. Appendices include an analysis and update on CFPS previous recommendations. 118 references.
child fatalities; adolescents; child abuse; statistics; incidence; sudden infant death syndrome; drowning; suicide; prevention programs; guidelines; child protection; mental health services; home visiting programs; Colorado