The Vermont Injury Prevention Program utilizes a data informed approach which is achieved through injury surveillance. This is the systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of injury data. Surveillance is an integral part of the program because prevention is the central concept to the injury prevention public health approach of:
- defining the problem
- identifying the risk and protective factors
- developing and testing prevention strategies
- ensuring widespread adoption
The goal of injury surveillance is to improve our understanding of the causes of injury, populations that are most at risk, trends in a particular type of injury, and the impact of prevention programs. The Vermont injury data and infrastructure are used to support various injury initiatives throughout the state.
Using the Life Stages Approach
As data often shows, the types of injury that are common in Vermont differ between periods of life, reflecting people's changing capabilities, activities, circumstances and knowledge. Opportunities to influence safety - positively and negatively - also differ between stages of life.
The Injury Prevention Program uses a life stages approach to address injury prevention in Vermont. This approach responds to the differing risks confronting different age groups, and the particular opportunities available to these groups to influence injury prevention and safety, now and later.
This approach recognizes the value of seeing injury prevention as part of a comprehensive approach to enhancing health and quality of life for all Vermonters.
Vermont Injury Data
- The Burden of Injury in Vermont
- Data Brief: Gunshot Wound Deaths
- Data Brief: Suicide
- Data Brief: Suicide Morbidity
- 2013 Injury Goal Tracker