Injury and Violence Prevention Workgroup Objectives (29)
About the Workgroup
Approach and Rationale
Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44 years.1,2 In 2017, more than 240,000 people died from injuries,2 and nearly 1 in 10 suffered a nonfatal injury serious enough to be treated in a hospital emergency department.2
Beyond their immediate health consequences, injuries and violence have a significant impact on the well-being of Americans. Injuries and violence contribute to:
· Premature death
· Years of potential life lost
· Disability and disability-adjusted life years lost
· Poor mental health
· High medical costs
The effects of injuries and violence extend beyond the injured person or victim of violence to family members, friends, co-workers, employers, and communities.
Understanding Injury and Violence Prevention
Numerous factors can affect the risk of unintentional injury and violence.
Access to health services — for example, systems created for injury-related care — including primary care, acute care, and rehabilitation, can aid in prevention and reduce the consequences of injuries, including death and long-term disability.
The social environment has a notable influence on the risk for injury and violence through:
- Individual social experiences, like social norms, education, and victimization history
- Social relationships, like parental monitoring and supervision of youth, peer group associations, and family interactions
- Community environment, like cohesion in schools, neighborhoods, and communities
- Societal-level factors, like cultural beliefs, attitudes, incentives and disincentives, and laws and regulations11
Emerging Issues in Injury and Violence Prevention
Several emerging issues in injury and violence prevention need further research, analysis, and monitoring.
In the area of unintentional injuries, there is a need to better understand the trends, causes, and prevention strategies related to:
- Drug overdose deaths
- Motor vehicle crashes due to distracted driving
- Traumatic brain injury
In the area of violence, there is a need to better understand the trends, causes, and prevention strategies related to:
- Bullying, dating violence, and sexual violence among youth
- Adverse childhood experiences
- Overlapping causes of violence
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