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The purpose of this blog is to foster public discussion about injury and violence prevention and response and gain perspectives of those we serve.

Seeing My World through A Safer Lens

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury

We are excited to see how injury and violence professionals, students, and the general public can showcase what injury and violence prevention looks like in their own communities through the “Seeing My World through a Safer Lens” video contest. This challenge will award $500 per category (Student View, Injury and Violence Professional View, and General Public View) for the video that best reflects a prevention story about Violence Prevention, Home and Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, or Traumatic Brain Injury.

Video Contest - Seeing my world through a safer lensAs the Injury Center celebrates 20 years of dedication to saving lives and protecting people from injuries and violence, we realize you are a crucial part of “Celebrating the Past and Protecting the Future!” of injury and violence prevention.

I love seeing and hearing stories about how injuries and violence are successfully being prevented by individuals and communities. It gives us great satisfaction to know that the work we do at the CDC Injury Center does reflect back to serve people in neighborhoods, schools, and other places across the United States and around the globe. Public health professionals, students, and members of your community do so many things to prevent injuries and violence:  

  • Conducting child safety seat installation clinics to make sure that infants and children travel safety in cars
  • Teaching  teens about how to have healthy relationships
  • Installing smoke alarms
  • Initiating programs that bring the science of fall prevention in older adults into practice
  • Teaching  parents how to  interact with and guide their children in positive ways
  • Supporting coaches in ensuring that athletes who have had concussions do not return to play until it is safe
  • Ensuring that teen drivers  stay safe as drivers through the use of graduated licensing programs
  • Changing community norms so that youth violence is seen as something that is preventable through community action and collaborations
  • Creating safe places for play, for travel, and for everyday activities
  • And so much more!

I look forward to seeing your creative videos and helping to pick the winners, which will be displayed on the Injury Center’s web page and highlighted through our social media channels.

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  1. June 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm ET  -   Serena Streeper

    I am a survivor and still a patient of dealing with results in brain damage. I was in a car accident July 15, 2007. It was a car accident with no drinking, no drugs or no racing… Simply a accident in a construction area on a regular popular street. I was also the passenger that was sitting where we were T-boned! Luckily for me I was hit unconscious right away, so I don’t remember the whole horrible night. The driver was flown out of his seat (because he was not wearing his seatbelt) and smashed my head against the passenger window! He completely crushed my skull on the left side.  I was taken to the hospital and was rushed into surgery to remove the crushed skull to allow my brain to expand and drain all the excess blood. I was in a coma for 6 weeks and was unresponsive. The doctors said that with all the damage and how long I was unable to response that I would either be completely brain dead or remain in a vegetable state. Well I fought and healed faster than anyone could believe. 
    July will be 5yrs since the accident and sadly I am still dealing with many medical problems and the lawsuit has completely left me emotional and financially broken! My thoughts were going to get a new car and take care of my amazing Mom, who has been taking care of me for the last 5yrs. (my whole life) Anything could help and I feel like I’m still alive to share my story and to teach doctors, nurses and families to never give up on any patient!!!   

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