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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.

Aim for an A+ in back-to-school safety

Categories: Home & Recreational Safety

Look at the empty shelves of any office supply store, and you’ll know without a doubt-it’s back-to-school time. Around the country, kids are donning new outfits, strapping on backpacks full of shiny school supplies, and climbing onto big, yellow busses.

It’s a time of excitement and anticipation for teachers, students, and parents alike. It’s also time to put safety first.

Media outreach raises awareness. Can it do more?

Categories: Violence Prevention

Child maltreatment is a significant public health problem in the United States, and preventing it is one of the priorities of CDC’s Injury Center.

During this year’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, center staff worked hard to raise awareness about child maltreatment and highlight the agency’s prevention efforts.

Summertime Safety

Categories: Home & Recreational Safety

Recent news stories about “dry” drowning have surprised many parents since they never heard of it and didn’t realize it was possible. “Dry drowning” occurs when there is a laryngeal spasm and water is not allowed to penetrate the lungs and asphyxia occurs.

How did you celebrate Older American’s Month?

Categories: Home & Recreational Safety

May 2008 was Older Americans Month – an ideal time to focus attention on the issues that affect older adults. This year’s theme was “Working Together for Strong, Healthy, and Supportive Communities.” Individuals and communities can come together to help older adults enjoy an improved quality of life with a reduced risk of injury.

Me? A Blogger?

Categories: CDC Injury Center

People are motivated to blog for different and varying reasons. The most compelling of these for me is the ability to quickly and pretty directly get the perspectives of those we aim to serve and those who can help us serve well. In keeping with our strong tradition of partnership, I am launching this blog. Every two weeks or so, I will prepare entries or invite guest writers to discuss timely issues relating to Injury Center priorities, science, and partnerships. I invite you–our partners, colleagues and customers–to exchange ideas and thoughts with us through the creation of this discussion forum.

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