Ohio Violence and Injury Prevention Program
“Injury is probably the most under recognized major public health problem facing the nation today, and the study of injury represents unparalleled opportunities for reducing morbidity and mortality and for realizing significant savings in both financial and human terms—all in return for a relatively modest investment.”
Injury Prevention: Meeting the Challenge, The National Committee for Injury Prevention and Control. New York: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 1989, p. 1.
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for Ohioans ages 1 through 44 and the fifth-leading cause of death for all Ohioans. The Ohio Violence & Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) is working toward the development of a comprehensive state-level injury prevention program to help every Ohioan live his or her life to its fullest potential by reducing death and disability associated with intentional and unintentional injury.
To coordinate surveillance systems that collect injury data.
To assess the burden of injuries and violence and communicate that information for the purpose of action.
To promote evidence-based, injury prevention interventions for at-risk populations.
To coordinate and collaborate with partners in building program infrastructure.
To encourage the adoption of evidence-based policies and programs that lead to the prevention of injury and violence.
To provide technical support and training as needed.
Injury Priority Areas:
Child Passenger Safety, the Ohio Department of Health's child passenger safety (CPS) program, Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB), provides child safety seats and booster seats to eligible low income families in all Ohio counties.
Prescription for Prevention: Stop the Epidemic, the VIPP has launched a comprehensive education and awareness campaign to combat the epidemic of prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose.
Local Injury Prevention Grants, through the Center for Disease Control's Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG), the Injury Prevention Program provides more than $600,000 annually to 9 local programs targeting injury.
Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership, a statewide coalition focused on priority injury areas composed of the following action groups:
Ohio Department of Health
Injury Prevention Program
246 North High Street, 8th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Last Reviewed 4/9/13