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Core VIPP: Empowering States to Take Action To Put an End to Violence and Injuries

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

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.

KIDS: Draw, Paint, Create— Be Heads Up about Concussion Safety

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

Heads Up Poster Contest on challenge.govWhen you watch a child’s creativity come to life, you can see how their imaginations help them describe the world around them. Through their artwork, they can share their thoughts and ideas with a peer, parent, or teacher. They can express their feelings and their important lessons in life.

If you give a child the opportunity to teach others about safety in their own words and images, you give them a way of reaching out in original and imaginative ways! With this in mind, CDC’s Injury Center is launching the Be Heads Up Poster Contest, which asks kids and teens (ages 5-18) to Draw, Paint, Create— Be Heads Up about concussion safety at school, home, or play!

Multitasking is Dangerous: Don’t be a distracted driver behind the wheel

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Motor Vehicle Safety

If you think that your ability to text, talk, or email while driving is impressive… think again! It’s dangerous, and it can lead to a dangerous situation on the road.

Driving while distracted is dangerous

National Public Health Week: “Public Health is ROI” – Saving Lives, Saving Money through Injury and Violence Prevention

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

National Public Health Week Logo: Public Health Saves Lives, Saves MoneyInjuries and violence kill 180,000 people each year.  Motor vehicle crashes, falls, homicides, and other types of injury events kill more people in the first half of life than any other cause — including cancer, HIV, or the flu. And they cost more than $406 billion in medical care and lost productivity each year. If you yourself have not been seriously impacted by injury or violence, you probably know someone who has.  

But what does that mean for public health? Where do injuries and violence fit into the plan to help people be able to live their lives to the fullest potential?

5 Ways to Keep Teens Safe on the Road

Categories: Motor Vehicle Safety

Dad teaching son how to drive

One of the most difficult things about working in the emergency department was making a phone call.  Not just any phone call, but a call at midnight, or 2 a.m., a call to a parent who might be waiting for his teenager to return home from an evening out with friends.  A call that would change a family forever.  A call that no one ever wants to make.  A call to say “I am calling about your son.  He has been in a car crash and is in the emergency department.  Can you come to the hospital? . . .  Is there someone who can come with you?”  It is the call that parents dread, and that we dreaded making.  And, it is a call that doesn’t have to happen.

Seeing Creativity at Work in Injury and Violence Prevention

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

 

I still vividly remember my days working at a trauma center, treating victims of violence and traumatic events and working with communities to help prevent violence and injuries from happening in the first place.

I can clearly recall the faces and voices of children who came to the emergency department with injuries, and can still see the reactions of the parents who were told that their child had died from injuries; injuries that could have been prevented.  

Back to School: Making Safety First on Your List

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

Teens talking in school hallGuest Blogger: Wendy Holmes, MS

Back-to-school season seems to usher a school bus load of paper into our home. It starts with a cheerful postcard showing my child’s new teacher. Then comes the packet with the welcome letter, transportation form, lunch form, contact information form, medical information form, the Parent Teacher Association form, the…well, you get the idea. 

Keeping People Safe on the Road: Why I Do What I Do at the CDC Injury Center

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Injury Response, Motor Vehicle Safety

Photo: pedestrians in the street in Paris

On this Boulevard de La Madeleine, Paris France, Dr. David Sleet was struck by a car – his pedestrian story impacts the work he does for the CDC Injury Center.

Guest blogger: David Sleet, PhD

I was a graduate student in Paris in 1972 – my first solo trip to the city of light. It was dusk and a group of classmates and I made our way to Boulevard de La Madeleine to shop. The narrow, seemingly pedestrian-friendly boulevard was alive, and it was cluttered with tourists and Parisians taking in the last minutes of light.

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.

Recovering from TBI – Why I Do What I Do at the Injury Center

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury

  

Guest blogger: Jessica Burke   

Jessica's car after the accident

Jessica's car after the crash

I could be a web developer anywhere. So, why do I choose to work at CDC’s Injury Center?  

It’s because I know what it means to suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). And I know how important it is to help prevent other people from going through what I went through one Thursday in August 2005.

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