Injury and Violence Prevention

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Injury is the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 45 in the United States, and millions more are injured and survive, only to then face life-long challenges. Injuries and violence affect everyone, and deaths from injury and violence tell only part of the story. Injury and violence prevention efforts aim to prevent unintentional injuries and violence, and to reduce their consequences.

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.

Request For Applications: Strengthening Capacity in Suicide, Overdose, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Prevention for Local Health Departments

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO is pleased to offer a new funding opportunity aimed at supporting local health departments (LHDs) build and sustain their capacity to address the intersection of suicide, overdose, and ACEs in their jurisdictions.

This funding opportunity provides awardees with one-on-one technical assistance to help LHDs translate their results from the newly developed SPACECAT into action guidance, improving internal capacity to address the intersection of suicide, overdose, and ACEs. The SPACECAT tool, developed with support from the CDC and in collaboration with the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials, assesses agency capacity across these three domains to help LHDs identify cross-cutting strengths, needs, and gaps in their prevention strategies.

NACCHO will select up to 10 local health departments, providing up to $20,000 each for this funding opportunity. NACCHO will consider geographic distribution, jurisdictional characteristics, and population size to ensure diversity in LHDs selected.

All interested applicants must complete the SPACECAT tool and include their assessment results as part of their application package. Applicants who did not complete the SPACECAT as part of the national fielding should contact NACCHO’s Injury and Violence Prevention Team at to receive a unique hyperlink to complete the tool. Additional information about the tool and related resources can be found on NACCHO’s Intersection of Suicide, Overdose, and Adverse Childhood Experiences webpage.

Applications should be submitted using NACCHO’s online portal and are due February 18th, 2022 by 5pm EST. Submissions after this deadline will not be considered. Please contact with any questions.

NACCHO is pleased to offer a funding opportunity for a skilled facilitator to aid the six (6) Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) sites in strategic planning related to (1) developing and expanding public health and public safety partnerships and effectively engaging people with lived experience and (2) project implementation and sustainability through both in-person and virtual meetings. One award of up to $75,000 is available.

The ORS is a public health and public safety collaboration between CDC and the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, supporting joint efforts to reduce overdose deaths at the local, state, and regional level. These six (6) pilot projects represent sites that are in different stages of their response to the overdose epidemic. These projects use a variety of strategies that address drug overdose prevention strategies that engage both local public health and public safety organizations.

The major deliverables of this RFP are:

Facilitate In-Person Meetings

Facilitate meetings in-person unless the decision is made by CDC, NACCHO, and the consultant to hold these meetings virtually based on COVID -19 health and safety considerations. If the meetings are virtual, the consultant will be expected to adapt all meeting materials to best fit a virtual environment;

  • The first meeting (April 2022) will focus on developing and expanding cross-sector public health and public safety partnerships and effectively engaging people with lived experience throughout the lifecycle (planning, implementation, expansion, evaluation, etc.) of a program.
  • The second meeting (July 2022) will focus on project implementation and sustainability.

Facilitate Individual Virtual Check-Ins with ORS Sites

Facilitate individual virtual check-ins with the six (6) ORS sites;

  • The virtual check-ins will be held between the two in-person meetings in April 2022 (focus on public health-public safety partnerships and engaging people with lived experience) and July 2022 (focus on project implementation and sustainability) and should be used to identify the strengths and needs of the ORS sites to inform the July 2022 in-person meeting.

Sustainability Resource for Overdose Response and Prevention Pilot Programs

  • In conjunction with NACCHO and CDC, the consultant will develop a resource to support the pilot sites in long-term sustainability planning. This will be informed by the meetings with the ORS sites, as well as existing resources in the field to avoid duplication.

View the Request for Proposals for full details about this project. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM Eastern, February 11, 2022. Applicants may pose individual questions to NACCHO at any point during the application process by e-mailing Audrey Eisemann (

NACCHO's Injury & Violence Prevention (IVP) Program strengthens 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.

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The Injury and Violence Prevention team has developed several policies for topics such as:

  • Child Maltreatment Prevention
  • Firearm-Related Injury and Death Prevention
  • Graduated Driver Licensing
  • Injury and Violence Prevention
  • Medical and Recreational Cannabis and Cannabinoids
  • Motor Vehicle Safety Belts
  • Older Adult Fall Prevention
  • Opioid Epidemic
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention
  • Universal Motorcycle Helmet Laws
  • Youth Violence Prevention

You can find all of the policies and examples of letter to Congress, on the policies page.

To learn more about Injury & Violence Prevention, share LHD resources, or inquire about NACCHO's Injury & Violence Prevention portfolio, please contact us at

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