142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Violence Prevention and Intervention through Data Systems

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Ruby Guillen, MSW , ICAN Associates, La Palma, CA
Joseph Powers, MSW, PPS , Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District, La Mirada, CA
Randall Harris, JD , Ciphergov, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Violence is a leading public health problem. The scope of violence, encompasses diverse classifications of intentional and unintentional injury. Many disciplines are involved, including those from public health, medicine, social work, health behavior, maternal child health, exercise science, law enforcement, highway safety, and even urban and regional planning. Violence surveillance is necessary to identify the patterns and types of injury in the population. This will assist with effectively quantifying and designing interventions to prevent further injury and violence. Several problems exist: 1) Lack of readily available information on injury cause/mechanism. Injury cases are often entered on a paper or electronic chart then later transcribed into a record. Data is then sent to the state to have similar data entered into a different database, 2) Injury and violence prevention interventions are sometimes established from disciplines with a limited opportunity to collaborate. This leads to many gaps affecting injury prevention services and prevention. This impairs the ability to perform violence assessment for emergency and public safety personnel as well as practitioners lacking a cohesive historical record.  

The Multi-Agency Injury Database System will be presented to describe its objective to improve injury data collection in real-time through bridging the qualitative and quantitative data methods in order to streamline  injury data points into a singular knowledge data system for violence intervention and prevention efforts at the local, state and federal level.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Occupational health and safety
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe at least two problems of injury surveillance Identify two gaps in injury prevention Explain the three process and networking phases of data systems Synthesize how technology may assist in violence intervention and prevention efforts

Keyword(s): Violence & Injury Prevention, Data Collection and Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: With a Master in Social Work, I am a child abuse investigator who has investigated over 3000+ cases of severe and fatal child abuse calls derived from hospitals, police, fire/EMT and private residence. I work independently, throughout the night and holidays in a county with 4132 square miles, and 10 million people. My last 8 years with investigation involved 100 hospitals and police stations, several thousand personnel from hospitals, mental health, and police officers.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.