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.
Request for Applications: Health Equity and Overdose Prevention Mentorship Program
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity to local health departments (LHDs) through a Request for Application (RFA) process. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO is offering a funding opportunity to participate in a new mentorship program with peer local health departments (LHDs) to learn, share experience, and exchange strategies for integrating health equity into drug overdose prevention and response work through the Health Equity and Overdose Prevention Mentorship Program. This mentorship program is designed to:
- Pair LHDs that have experience in advancing health equity in their overdose prevention or response programs in key strategy areas (see below) with peer LHDs interested in receiving assistance, guidance, tools, and resources to start planning or expanding their jurisdiction’s approach to health equity in drug overdose prevention and response.
- Provide spaces for strategy and tool sharing around health equity practices that can be integrated into opioid prevention and response.
- Establish a network of LHDs from across the country to be a resource for learning and connection around health equity and drug overdose
- Improve NACCHO and CDC’s understanding of how current health equity actions and strategies are being applied in local public health contexts
The project period of performance will be from contract execution, (approximately) November 2021 to May 31, 2022. Each selected mentee will receive funding up to $15,000 to complete the program and associated deliverables. The amount awarded to each selected mentor will be contingent on the number of eligible applications received (mentoring one (1) mentee: up to $15,000; mentoring two (2) mentees: up to $30,000). NACCHO plans to announce the selected agencies in or by the week of November 15, 2021. Funding estimates for the overall program and for individual projects may change.
There are separate mentee and mentor applications; requirements and full details of the project are available in the respective RFAs. Applications must be submitted to NACCHO’s Overdose Prevention Team at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 5th, 2021 at 8:00pm ET. Submissions after this deadline will not be considered.
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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- 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 email@example.com