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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.

Associated Programs

  • Kentucky Injury Surveillance Quality Improvement Program

    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.

    Multistate projects include those seeking to validate traumatic brain injury and suicide/self-harm case definitions. Kentucky-specific projects include the validation of International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th revision (ICD-10) O codes for injury during pregnancy.

  • Kentucky Violence and Injury Prevention Program

    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 misuse.

    Under KVIPP, Kentucky has a statewide injury and violence prevention plan as well as the injury community implementation group called Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network (KSPAN). KVIPP works with KSPAN partners to identify, support, and evaluate program and policy interventions within priority focus areas and collaborates with partners to inform policies and practices.

  • Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention Program

    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. The University of Kentucky provides expertise in pediatric injury prevention and surveillance from qualified staff, including a pediatrician specializing in injury prevention.

  • Older Adult Fall Prevention

    In October 2008, the Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network established a new statewide fall prevention coalition—the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition (KSAC). KSAC is a member of the national Falls Free™ Coalition sponsored by the National Council on Aging and serves as a link to national and state resources available to the local and state agencies and coalitions. Its vision is to form a comprehensive and collaborative approach to keeping older adults healthy and independent by identifying and reducing risk factors for injury. Its mission is to bring together those interested in serving adults age 65 and older in fall prevention. KSAC meets quarterly, works with various partners to host an annual Falls and Osteoporosis Summit, supports Falls Prevention Awareness Week, provides fall prevention resources and support for the membership, and shares updates on best practices and literature regarding fall prevention and osteoporosis.