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Injury and Violence Prevention

According to the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, nearly 30 million emergency room visits and more than 180,000 deaths are attributable to injury and violence each year. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44 in the United States.  Millions more Americans are injured and survive, only to cope with lifelong disabilities. In a single year, injury and violence ultimately cost the United States $406 billion, including over $80 billion in medical costs and $326 billion in lost productivity. Preventing injuries is extremely cost effective, and it is imperative that innovative and effective injury and violence prevention programs work to prevent premature deaths, particularly among vulnerable populations of children, young families, and older adults.

Local health departments (LHDs) play an important role in coordinating the broader public health system’s efforts to address the causes of injury and violence. LHDs are well suited to unite community partners to address the causes of injury- and violence-related inequities through policy, environment, and system change.

NACCHO’s Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) Program strengthens the capacity of LHDs to effectively address the causes of injury and violence in their communities by creating learning opportunities, developing tools and resources, providing technical support, and facilitating peer exchange.

In the Spotlight

NACCHO recognizes that youth violence is a national public health problem. NACCHO calls attention to the critical role that local health departments play in protecting and improving community health and safety by addressing factors that affect health in coordination and collaboration with other local, state, and national efforts. 

In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Violence Prevention initiative, Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE), NACCHO supports a public heath approach to prevent youth violence before it occurs. Local health departments are uniquely positioned to provide leadership and support in preventing youth violence. NACCHO urges local, state, and federal decision-makers to support and fund youth violence prevention assessment, legislation, regulation, policies, and practices across the following priority areas: capacity building, multi-sector partnerships, comprehensive evidence-based prevention strategies, epidemiological surveillance and research, and raise awareness about youth violence. More »

Make Safe Happen

Preventable injuries around the home are the leading cause of childhood deaths in America. Learn more about how to prevent injuries in the home on Nationwide's new website, Make Safe Happen. More »

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