Injury and Violence Prevention
Over 22 million emergency department (ED) visits in 2010 were due to injuries, accounting for 17% of all ED visits. In 2013, over 180,000 lives were lost due to unintentional injury, suicide, and homicide. 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. The total lifetime medical and work loss costs of injuries and violence is $671 billion.
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.
The following databases, fact sheets, and infographics have been collected from various NACCHO partners to assist your Local Health Department in preventing violence in your community.
The Federal Government has produced the following resources to help prevent injury and violence nationally.
The following resources can help inform your Local Health Department on legislative and policy issues surrounding injury and violence prevention.
These resources have been compiled to help your Local Health Department prevent violence against children and youth in your community.
The following resources have been compiled from the CDC and Mayo Clinic to help your Local Health Department diagnose and prevent Traumatic Brain Injury in your community.
The resources below have been compiled to help your Local Health Department prevent falls in older adults in your community.