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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.

Driving Demands Our Full Attention

Categories: Motor Vehicle Safety

When we drive, we join the community of drivers on the road. We rely on each other to follow laws and pay attention. We trust that everyone on the road with us is a dependable member of our community.

Minimum Legal Drinking Age: What Conversation Should We Have?

Categories: Motor Vehicle Safety

Over the past several months, there has been a lot of talk about the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA). Should it remain at 21, or should our country consider lowering the drinking age to 18 years old? 

Injuries Are Not an Acceptable Risk of Growing Up

Categories: Home & Recreational Safety

I don’t like to use the word “accident.” Accident implies that what happens is unpreventable and the resulting injuries are inevitable. That’s a false assumption when it comes to our children.

CDC science shows that most unintentional childhood injuries can be prevented. Injuries do not have to be an accepted risk of growing up.

Help Reduce Violent Deaths: Explore Our New Tool

Categories: Violence Prevention

Let me introduce you to Carol. She’s a state public health official who notices an increase in reports of suicide. She wants to develop prevention efforts. Where can she find information to help her target strategies for her state?

CDC has just launched an online tool that will help Carol find exactly what she needs.

Let’s Eliminate Health Disparities

Categories: Home & Recreational Safety

Earlier this month, Americans made history when they elected an African-American as President of the United States. For many children, Barack Obama’s election brings truth to the statement, “You can be anything you want to be, even president of the United States.”

The election outcome makes me wonder: When will we be able to tell all children that they have the same chance for a healthy life as any other child in the United States? When will that be true?

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month

Categories: Violence Prevention

Each year in the U.S., women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner related physical assaults. Men are the victims of about 2.9 million intimate partner related physical assaults. The numbers have not increased over the past years but they have not decreased either and are still unacceptably high. Why?

Child Passenger Safety Week

Categories: Motor Vehicle Safety

Family road trips these days are a far cry from what they used to be. For one thing, in many cars, games of “Slug Bug” and “I Spy” have been replaced with kids whiling away the hours watching movies and playing video games. But a more important development is that kids now are safer then ever when travelling in motor vehicles. A big reason for this is stricter child passenger safety regulations.

Are we prepared for a blast?

Categories: Injury Response

In an instant, an explosion or blast can wreak havoc; causing numerous injuries not commonly seen after natural disasters such as floods or hurricanes. And unfortunately, as many of us see daily through news reports, explosions are by far the most common cause of injuries associated with terrorism. 

Policy as a powerful tool for changing health behavior

Categories: Home & Recreational Safety

Last month, I was in Barcelona for a conference. I noticed that everyone on a motorcycle wore a helmet. In stark contrast, practically no one on a bicycle wore a helmet.

Exploring media technology and youth violence

Categories: Violence Prevention

Adolescents are using new media technology in increasing numbers. Everyday, teens and pre-teens chat and send text messages on cell phones, take pictures and make videos on their cell phones, check out buddies’ MySpace or Facebook pages, and post blogs on their favorite websites. My own teens rely on these tools to stay connected with their friends and me.

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