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In Kentucky, KIPRC’s Community Injury Prevention programs are working to make our state and communities safer places to live, work, and play. Injuries are when the human body is exposed to harm or functional impairment and can be unintentional (e.g., motor vehicle crashes and falls) or intentional (e.g., child maltreatment and suicide). KIPRC’s Community Injury Prevention programs work to address the most pressing injury issues individuals face throughout their lifespan; our injury focus areas are identified through population-based data (e.g., death certificates and hospital discharge records). We implement, evaluate, and promote strategies (i.e., education, policy, and evidence-based and –informed programs) with our community partners and coalitions in order to prevent injury and mitigate injury-related outcomes (e.g., deaths, emergency department visits, inpatient hospitalizations, and monetary costs) at the local and state levels.

Community Injury PreventionPrograms

The Kentucky Surveillance Quality Improvement (SQI) Program, along with similar programs in Colorado, Massachusetts, and Maryland, is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve our methodology for conducting injury surveillance. 

The Kentucky Violence and Injury Prevention Program (KVIPP) supports the implementation and evaluation of several injury prevention programs, with priority focus given to the prevention of motor vehicle crashes, sexual assault/interpersonal violence, suicide, child maltreatment, traumatic brain injuries, older adult falls, residential fire injuries, adverse childhood experiences, child home injuries, and substance.

The Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center provides consulting services for the Department for Public Health’s Child Fatality Review and Injury Prevention Program, in addition to local injury prevention coalitions, safety advocacy groups and others who are working to address injury problems at the community level.

This program works with fire departments, health departments, and other local agencies and service organizations to provide smoke alarms for low income households as well as households with particularly vulnerable residents such as the very young, elderly, and those with disabilities.

Community Injury PreventionRecent Reports

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. This report looks at the impact and magnitude, cause and intent, and some demographics of TBIs in Kentucky, and outlines the Kentucky Violence Injury Prevention Program's activities to reduce the number of TBIs that occur.

When taking a bath, a dip to cool off from the heat, or trip in the great outdoors, we do not think about drowning. Drownings can happen to anyone in a matter of seconds, are often silent, and can result in a trip to the ED or even death. Practicing water safety can help us all enjoy being near water.

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are motorized vehicles designed for off-road and dirt road use. ATVs are primarily used for recreation but prove useful for yard and farm work. Riding ATVs can result in injuries severe enough to require emergency care. There were 1,921 emergency department visits for ATV-related injuries among Kentucky adolescents from 2017-2021.

Youth can gain access to firearms within the home, at a friend’s house, in the neighborhood, or at school. They are naturally curious and may decide to play with the gun, even if warned not to. Playing with firearms is dangerous and may result in unintended firearm injury or death.

Falls are a leading cause of injury death and hospitalizations, threaten the safety and independence of older adults; and increase cost burden to society, the individual and their families. However, they are preventable. This brief provides data and information on the efforts that the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition (part of KSPAN) is undertaking to prevent older adult falls in the Commonwealth.