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Office of Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

What is Injury Prevention?

Injury Prevention is a systematic effort to reduce deaths and injuries from intentional and unintentional events such as motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, falls, drowning, shooting, burns, assault, and self harm. The program provides focus, works to reduce duplication of effort and seeks to improve the use of existing resources. The Injury Prevention is responsible for:

  1. Identifying injury problems and the specific needs for injury prevention programs, policies and services within the state
  2. Keeping abreast of developments within the field of injury prevention and sharing with others
  3. Understanding where injury prevention fits into what other agencies are doing and serving as a coordinating force that brings different players to the table
  4. Building a solid constituency for injury prevention activities within the state. Arizona's Injury Prevention is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Why is this program needed?

Arizona's injury statistics exceed the national average. In response, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) entered into a cooperative agreement with the CDC in September 2000 to develop a systematic injury surveillance and control process.

ADHS formed an internal work group with representatives from the divisions of Public Health Services, Assurance and Licensure Services, and Behavioral Health Services. The work group, with input from leaders in the field of injury control met to develop the Arizona Injury Surveillance and Prevention Plan, 2002-2005, 2006-2010, and 2012-2016. Along with development of the plan, the Injury Prevention Advisory Council provides recommendations to ADHS on injury priorities, reviews progress in implementation, assists in problem solving, participates in revision and evaluation of the plan, and acts as a liaison between external agencies and ADHS.

The Arizona Injury Surveillance and Prevention Plan, 2012-2016 establishes objectives and proposes strategic actions to avoid injury. The actions proposed are based on the knowledge that many seemingly accidental injuries could have been prevented by taking precautions, avoiding unnecessary risks, and/or enacting and enforcing laws such as drunk driving laws or seat belt laws.

What are the goals of the program?

  • To enhance the development of the ADHS Injury Prevention and Control Program to become a proactive and influential focus for reducing injury in Arizona
  • To strengthen the influence of the Injury Prevention Advisory Council
  • To continue to develop a comprehensive, integrated injury surveillance system that provides population based data for planning, implementation, and evaluation of efforts statewide
  • To implement and evaluate the strategic actions formulated in the Arizona Injury Surveillance and Prevention Plan, 2012-2016

What has the program achieved?

Injury Prevention Advisory Council (IPAC)

The next meetings will be held from 9:00am to 12:00pm on the following dates at the Arizona Department of Health Services (150 N. 18th Ave, Phoenix, AZ):

  • February 10
  • May 25
  • August 3
  • November 12

Email Teresa Garlington for meeting details, webinar and call-in information. This meeting is open to anyone with an interest in injury prevention.

IPAC Presentations
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

Note: Information provided in PDF files, unless otherwise noted.