Injury and Violence Prevention
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.
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.
- National Violent Death Reporting System (CDC), a surveillance system and database including data on all types of violent deaths.
- Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System - WISQARS (CDC), an interactive database that includes fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data.
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (CDC), which monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to leading causes of death and disability.
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) webpage (CDC)
- Children's Safety Network webpage
- Dating Matters™: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships (CDC)
- Public Health Efforts to Prevent Child Maltreatment (NACCHO, Safe States Alliance, & ASTHO, July 2015)
- Stop Bullying (HHS), a webpage that includes trainings, policies, and prevention tips.
- STRYVE Action Council Message Bank, an easy-to-use repository of messages about youth violence prevention.
- Older Adults Falls webpage (CDC)
- Safety at Home: Falls (National Safety Council), a webpage with tips to prevent older adult falls.
- Spinal Injures (Nursing Home Abuse Center), a webpage about spinal cord injuries among older adults, which can be caused by falls.
- STEADI Older Adult Fall Prevention: A Coordinated Care Plan (CDC), a resource that provides a framework for managing older adults' fall risk.
- Intimate Partner Violence webpage (CDC)
- National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence (CDC), infographics with results from a survey on intimate partner violence and sexual violence in the United States.
- NVDRS: Stories From the Frontlines of Violent Death Surveillance (Safe States Alliance), a report that demonstrates how the National Violent Death Reporting System works and benefits its participating states.
- Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan (CDC), a technical package of programs, policies, and practices.
- Sexual Violence webpage (CDC)
- STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence (CDC), a technical package of strategies for communities and states to improve prevention activities to reduce sexual violence and its consequences.
- Violence Against Women: The Health Sector Responds (World Health Organization), a collection of infographics on violence against women, its impacts, and prevention strategies.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org