The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention Program focuses on the Departmental Health Status Priority addressing the “reduction of the factors associated with intentional, unintentional and occupational injury”. The Injury Prevention Program, following National recommendations for intentional and unintentional injury prevention, conducts community-based programs with contractors to address risk and resiliency factors associated with and implement strategies to decrease injury.
The Injury Prevention Program promotes, through collaborative relationships, environmental and policy change initiatives to prevent injury morbidity and mortality. Most Injury Prevention Programs, while population-based, are focused on defined geographical areas or populations served by community-based agencies and local health departments.
The Injury Prevention Program, in keeping with the national trend toward integrating the public health approach into prevention strategies, promoting interagency collaboration and utilizing successful model programs, will continue to work with interagency and interdisciplinary partners toward a broader population-based, wraparound approach for improving health and reducing death and disabilities due to injury.
The Program was established in 1993 under the statute,Sec. 19a-4I Office of Injury Prevention .
There shall be, within the department of public health and addiction services, an Office of Injury Prevention, whose purpose shall be to coordinate and expand prevention and control activities related to intentional and unintentional injuries. The duties of said office shall include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) to serve as a data coordinator and analysis source of mortality and injury statistics for other state agencies; (2) to integrate an injury and violence prevention focus within the department of public health and addiction services; (3) to develop collaborative relationships with other state agencies and private and community organizations to establish programs promoting injury prevention, awareness and education to reduce automobile, motorcycle and bicycle injuries and interpersonal violence, including homicide, child abuse, youth violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and elderly abuse; (4) to support the development of comprehensive community-based injury and violence prevention initiatives within cities and towns of the state; and (5) to develop sources of funding to establish and continue programs to promote prevention of intentional and unintentional injuries.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Integrated Core Injury Prevention and Control Grant
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) Injury Prevention Program received an Integrated Core Injury Prevention and Control Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005. The purpose of the funding was to increase injury surveillance capacity, integrate surveillance with program planning and evaluation, establish an injury community planning group, and develop a comprehensive state injury prevention and control plan.
The DPH Injury Prevention Program convened an Injury Community Planning Group that is multi-disciplinary and includes new and existing partners from other state agencies, community-based organizations, state and local injury-related coalitions, academic and health care institutions and other partners. The DPH Injury Prevention Program published Injury in Connecticut, Deaths and Hospitalizations: A Data Book Connecticut Residents 2000-2004 in 2007 and the Connecticut Injury Prevention and Control Plan 2008-2012 in 2008.
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