The headlines are all too familiar: A teen driver is killed just months after getting his license. A high school football player suffers a head injury after a tackle during practice. A mother overdoses on prescription pain killers. A youth is shot and killed after an argument with another teen. These tragic headlines make the news every day in states and communities across our country.
The CDC Injury Center is empowering states to take action to protect their residents and put an end to these preventable tragedies. Through the Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program (Core VIPP), the Center provides support to state health departments to help strengthen their capacity to collect and use data for a better understanding of local injury issues and to identify and implement evidence-based strategies to protect their residents and save lives.
The Core VIPP currently funds 20 states to maintain and strengthen their injury and violence prevention programs. The goal of the program is to help states build a solid infrastructure; collect and analyze data; and to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate violence and injury prevention strategies based on the best available evidence.
States are using Core VIPP funding to make significant strides toward reducing the burden of violence and injuries in their communities.
Examples of ways Core VIPP funded states are using their funding
• The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) held a Motor Vehicle Winnable Battle Academy to build local support for preventing motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths and to increase knowledge about prevention strategies. Almost 100 partner organizations representing public health, hospital systems, law enforcement, schools, local traffic safety coalitions, insurance companies, and small businesses participated in the academy.
• The Ohio Department of Health, as part of the Governor’s Opiate Cabinet Action Team, helped to develop statewide guidelines for prescribing opioids and other controlled substances to quell the growing epidemic of drug overdoses in the state.
• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health worked in collaboration with the MA School Health Program and the MA Interscholastic Athletic Association to provide support and technical assistance to schools across the state to implement regulations for identifying and managing concussion in school.
• The New York State Health Department worked with UHS Medical Group, consisting of 130 practitioners in Broome County, New York, to implement CDC’s STEADI toolkit. The toolkit is designed to give clinicians the information and tools they need to assess and decrease fall risk among older adults and, when indicated, to refer them to proven community programs.
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