Over 300 Vermonters lose their lives to injuries each year, and thousands more suffer serious, sometimes permanent disabilities as a result of their injuries. It is often injury – not disease – that is the leading killer of children, adolescents,and young adults.
The Injury and Violence Prevention Program’s infrastructure is based on the State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association’s (STIPDA) Safe States five component public health approach to injury prevention.
The Injury Prevention program was established in 1999 with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The injury prevention program functions to provide a coordinated response to injury prevention throughout the state.
The injury prevention coordinator facilitates the Vermont Injury Prevention Community Planning Group meeting that occurs quarterly to address issues relevant to injury prevention in Vermont, advise the program regarding program activities, promote integration and coordination of injury prevention-related activities, and to market/promote the VT Injury Prevention Plan (which was published in 2001 and is due for an update by 2007). The plan contains injury data, the identified priority areas, and recommended strategies for injury prevention.
The Vermont Department of Health has recognized that injuries to Vermonters are a public health problem warranting attention. As noted above injuries are the leading cause of death of our children, adolescents, and young adults.
Healthy Vermonters 2010, the department’s blueprint to improve the health of Vermonters, identifies eight injury objectives in the areas of child abuse, intimate partner violence, work-related injuries, safety belts, residential fire deaths, teen suicide attempts, suicide deaths and drunk driving related deaths.
The Vermont Injury and Violence Prevention Program develops and maintains programs designed to reduce injuries. The program has three program units:
- Unintentional injuries
- Intentional injuries
- Injury surveillance data
Whether the injuries are intended or accidental, most physical injuries can be prevented by identifying their causes and working towards reducing people’s exposure to them.
For more information, contact
Public Health Specialist
Injury and Violence Prevention Program
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402