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Injury and Violence Prevention

According to the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, nearly 30 million emergency room visits and more than 180,000 deaths are attributable to injury and violence each year. 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. In a single year, injury and violence ultimately cost the United States $406 billion, including over $80 billion in medical costs and $326 billion in lost productivity. Preventing injuries is extremely cost effective, and it is imperative that innovative and effective injury and violence prevention programs work to prevent premature deaths, particularly among vulnerable populations of children, young families, and older adults.

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.

In the Spotlight
Adolescent Health spotlight

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO is pleased to offer a funding opportunity for local health departments to identify and collect indicators of teen dating violence (TDV). Dating Matters™: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships(Dating Matters), launched by CDC, is a comprehensive TDV prevention program that is currently being implemented in four high-risk urban communities in the United States. As part of the Dating Matters project, NACCHO and CDC will engage four additional communities to collect and aggregate indicator data for detecting the presence of TDV within a community.

The purpose of the Dating Matters Indicators Development Project is to begin to see how accurate TDV indicator data is at predicting TDV perpetration and victimization. NACCHO will make at least four (4) awards available to LHDs for a 2-year project to evaluate and identify new indicators for TDV.Each will receive up to $40,000, per year, to support project activities.

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Web-Conference: Dating Matters Indicators Development Project

On September 24, 2014, NACCHO and CDC hosted an optional web-conference to discuss the Dating Matters Indicators Development Project funding opportunity and respond to questions. A description of Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships, a definition of indicators, and an overview of the Request for Applications were provided.

To access the presentation slides, click here.

To access audio, click here.

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Archived Webinar: Implementing Triple P - Positive Parenting Program at the Local Level

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is an evidence-based system of interventions that enhance parental knowledge, skills, and confidence to prevent and address behavioral, emotional, and developmental problems in children. The Triple P Implementation Project is a multi-year initiative of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) that aims to learn how the Triple P system can be implemented and coordinated at the community level through partnerships between local health departments and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). This webinar, hosted on August 25, 2014, provided an overview of Triple P and its implementation framework, and described local examples from two implementation sites: Berrien County (MI) and Pitt County (NC). Visit the IVP Resources page for additional archived webinars. More »

Injury and Violence Prevention: A Local Health Department Perspective

In 2011, NACCHO surveyed local health departments (LHDs) to learn more about LHD infrastructure and capacity to prevent unintentional injury and violence. NACCHO also conducted eight key informant interviews to learn more about LHD infrastructure and capacity. Based on the results of this infrastructure and capacity assessment, NACCHO issues five recommendations for federal, state, and local government. More »


New York City Invests Over $12 Million in Cure Violence Model

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council announced an expanded citywide initiative to reduce gun violence, which essentially triples the Cure Violence program in New York City. This $12.7 million initiative—funded jointly by the de Blasio administration and the City Council—expands Cure Violence from 5 to 14 precincts which account for 51% of shootings in the city More »