GEH1206:        North Carolina's Injury and Violence Prevention Program


Speaker:          Alan Dellapenna, MPH, REHS/RS DAAS


Learn about the role environmental health professionals can play addressing in the largest environmentally-related health burden facing North Carolina: injury and violence.  This session will provide an overview of the Injury and Violence Prevention Program at the Division of Public Health, including a description of the burden of injury, the state’s strategic plan, advisory council, and programs.




Injury and violence are the leading causes of death for North Carolina residents ages 1 to 64; 87% of the state’s population.  In response to this problem, North Carolina has developed a dynamic public health program to address the enormous burden of injury in the state.


The Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVP), designated the lead the agency in the state for injury and violence prevention by the NC General Assembly in 2007, is located in the Chronic Disease and Injury Section of the North Carolina Division of Public Health.  The IVP Branch is responsible for maintaining epidemiologic surveillance of injury and violence in the state and developing programs to address the burden of injury.  Through a partnership with over 100 agencies, organizations, and individuals, the branch developed a state IVP strategic plan that identified strategies to address the lead injury and violence issues in the state:  Motor Vehicle, Falls, Unintentional Poisoning, Suicide, and Homicide.


The NC Injury and Violence Prevention State Advisory Council assists implementing the state IVP Plan and provides guidance for the direction of the branch’s efforts.  The IVP Branch enjoys a close working relationship with partners at academic institutions, trauma care organizations, and a diverse work force of over 350 injury prevention practitioners in the state.


The branch relies on grant funding to implement programs and currently administers grants from CDC-NCIPC, HRSA-MCHB, SAMHSA, FEMA, and the Rex Endowment.  Support from these grants enables to branch to implant programs focusing on Youth Suicide Prevention, Rape Prevention Education, Fire and Burn Prevention, Motor Vehicle injury, Prescription Drug Poisoning, Falls Prevention, Violent Death Reporting, Child Maltreatment, and work force development.


Injury and violence prevention provides environmental health and public health professionals the opportunity to practice consultative public health, epidemiology, and public policy change to address the largest environmentally-related public health problem in the state.