4187.0 Climbing the mountain to a safe future: Public healthís journey to an injury and violence free world

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
While substantial progress has been made in injury and violence prevention, injuries remain as the leading cause of death for those aged 1-44 years. 2012 marks a significant milestone for the field of Injury and Violence Prevention, as the CDCís National Center for Injury Prevention and Controlís celebrates 20 years of service and dedication to saving lives and protecting people from injuries and violence (see http://www.cdc.gov/injury/anniversary). To celebrate this milestone, we reflect on recent progress and look to the future. The session includes four brief presentations and a panel discussion with the audience on the Injury Centerís focus areas: traumatic brain injury, prescription drug overdose, violence against youth and children, and motor vehicle safety. Each presentation will highlight key accomplishments toward preventing injuries, promising strategies, and challenges faced by injury professionals. Attendees will be encouraged to engage in discussion with panel members at the end of presentations. Public health must relay the message that injuries are preventable. Unintentional injuries can no longer be considered "accidents." Violence can no longer be viewed as just a problem for the police. Our challenge is to develop and promote effective policies and programs that can save lives. The need for credible science, strong leadership, and strong partnerships will be more important than ever.
Session Objectives: 1.Describe key prevention successes within CDC Injury Centerís four focus areas. 2.Identify promising strategies for current and future prevention work in each of CDC Injury Centerís focus areas.
Mighty Fine, MPH, CHES

Prescription Drug Overdoses
Karin A. Mack, PhD
Motor Vehicle Safety
Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH

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Organized by: APHA

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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