Injury & Violence Prevention: In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took a survey of the top causes of death; preventable unintentional injuries placed third in the nation. Injury and violence take the lives of nearly 200,000 people in the U.S. every year — it’s the number one cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016). Motor vehicle accidents, opioid overdose, pedestrian deaths, fatal occupational injuries, and domestic violence, are all the tops health concerns in our nation. Let’s reduce the number of injuries and violent acts in our community and nation.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) Fatal Injury Data. (2016)
What can YOU do?
- Take personal action (attend a Car Seat Safety program offered by Community Health Department or a Basic Life Support training, or attend Mental Health First Aid course)
- Be aware of safety laws (seat belts, crosswalks, work safety policies, concussion safety, bike helmet safety for kids, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA requirements)
- Improve safety at schools, educate community members on opioid abuse, educate the dangers of distracted driving, locate medication drop off containers throughout community, etc.
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