Injury & Violence Prevention Program
The Bureau of Family Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention program strives to support healthy, thriving communities in Louisiana by working to prevent or reduce injuries and violence, which are the leading causes of death for residents ages 1–44 years. To that end, we collect information and data on the top causes of unintentional and intentional injuries across the state, and use that data to inform and guide program and policy initiatives intended to address these issues.
Core Functions & Goals
- Conduct surveillance and data analysis
- Provide legislators, health and social service providers, and public health professionals and organizations with reports, fact sheets, talking points, and other data communication products that share our findings and recommend evidence-based prevention methods
- Share prevention-focused education and resources for select causes or types of injuries (e.g. drowning prevention)
- Coordinate injury prevention activities with key partners at community and statewide levels
- Engage community partners in work to change systems and social norms that are the drivers behind multiple types of injuries, and promote the adoption of policies proven to reduce injury and violence.
- Promote approaches and solutions that prevent multiple forms of violence
Injury & Violence Priority Areas
(not an inclusive list)
Grants from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Consumer Product Safety Commission guide the work of the program and include:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (Core SVIPP): Disseminates, implements, and evaluates actions and recommendations that address the most pressing injury and violence issues including: child abuse and neglect, traumatic brain injury, motor vehicle crash injury and death, and intimate partner/sexual violence.
- National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS): A state-based reporting system that provides information about the “who, when, where, and how” from data on violent deaths and provides insights about why they occurred.
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Case Registry: Compiles information about the circumstances of SUID cases and how the deaths were investigated in order to identify trends and develop strategies to reduce future deaths.
- Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) program: The RPE program collaborates with the state sexual violence coalition, educational institutions, sexual assault crisis centers, community organizations and other state agency partners to guide sexual violence prevention efforts.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Pool Safely Grant Program: Works with state and local governments, nonprofits, and community agencies to prevent drownings and drain entrapments in pools and spas. The program focuses on training key partners how to enforce existing water safety laws and policies and providing education programs, including water safety lessons.
- Children’s Safety Network
- Louisiana State Child Death Review
- Louisiana Highway Safety Commission
- Office of Behavioral Health – Suicide Prevention
- Tulane Violence Prevention Institute
- Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
- Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund
- Louisiana Partnership for Children & Families