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: Comprehensive Community Approaches that Address Childhood Trauma to Prevent Substance Misuse

With support from the CDC, NACCHO is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) or other community entities through a Request for Application (RFA) process. This opportunity is for the implementation of evidence-based approaches through comprehensive community efforts to prevent and mitigate the harms of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the subsequent increased risk for substance use disorder.

NACCHO will select and fund up to five awards through this Request for Applications (RFA). Eligible applicants may request up to $450,000 to support project activities.

Application requirements and full details of the project are available in the RFA. Applications must be submitted to NACCHO’s Injury and Violence Prevention Team at by Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 5:00pm ET. Submissions after this deadline will not be considered.

Informational Webinar: Comprehensive Community Approaches that Address Childhood Trauma to Prevent Substance Misuse

NACCHO invited interested applicants to participate in a webinar, Informational Webinar: Comprehensive Community Approaches that Address Childhood Trauma to Prevent Substance Misuse. This webinar featured Injury and Violence Prevention program leads from NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The webinar took place on Tuesday, October 13th (1:00 - 2:00 PM ET).

The recording of the webinar can be accessed here. This recording is accompanied by an FAQ document that will cover all questions received to date. If interested applicants have any additional questions regarding the current Request for Applications, they can be directed to

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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