Kentucky has a high rate of fire-related fatalities—17.9 per million in 2019, more than 50 percent higher than the national average rate of 10.7 per million. As most fatal fires occur in the home, the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center’s (KIPRC’s) Residential Fire Injury Prevention (RFIP) program works to prevent deaths and injuries due to fire by increasing the number of homes in Kentucky that have working smoke alarms.
Suicide is a leading cause of death in Kentucky. With September being National Suicide Prevention Month, it is a good opportunity to remind everyone that suicide is preventable. From offering Question, Persuade, Respond (QPR) gatekeeper trainings to collecting data to help with prevention efforts, the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) features multiple projects which follow trends in suicide and identify risk factors that lead to self-harm.
Unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalizations for Kentuckians age 65 and older. To bring more awareness to this topic, Gov. Andy Beshear proclaimed Sept. 20-25, 2021, Falls Prevention Awareness Week in the Commonwealth in coordination with the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition (KSAC).
Recovery support services, such as recovery housing, assist individuals with substance use disorder by increasing their access to social support, employment services, and systems of care. Yet little is known about the technical assistance needs of recovery housing operators.
Kentucky is negatively affected by high unintentional injury, traffic fatality, child maltreatment rates and risk factors, such as poverty and substance misuse, that increase susceptibility to injury and death. To help decrease injury morbidity and mortality rates, KIPRC was awarded a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant under the CDC Core State Injury Prevention Program grant announcement.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, emergency department visits, and inpatient hospitalizations among Kentuckians age 65 and older. However, older adult falls are a public health concern that is preventable.
The 2021 Kentucky Harm Reduction Summit will highlight best practices, statutes, and policies related to implementing and maintaining harm reduction programs. The free, virtual conference will be held on Aug. 11-12.
A University of Kentucky assistant professor and KIPRC faculty associate has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Vehicle User Education, Training and Licensing (ACH60).
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently hosted an expert roundtable on improving roadside responder crash data that featured Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) Director Dr. Terry Bunn.
From 1994–2014, Kentucky saw an average of four work-related pedestrian fatalities per year. However, from 2015–2019, the average number of work-related pedestrian fatalities rose an alarming 75% to seven per year. The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance (KOSHS) program recently released a Hazard Alert that focuses on pedestrian fatalities.