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KIPRC data summit on nonfatal overdoses and trends set for Jan. 27

The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) is hosting a virtual discussion on nonfatal drug overdoses and substance use-related morbidities. The Kentucky Overdose Data 2 Action (OD2A) Community Summit is set for this Thursday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m.

KIPRC researchers look into new data sources for rapid overdose surveillance

As public health surveillance works to increase the timeliness of data, specifically to identify changes in trends and to inform intervention strategies much closer to real time, researchers from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) and the University of Kentucky looked at t

National Injury Prevention Day shines light on preventable injuries

Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability to U.S. children. Every day, 20 children die nationwide from preventable injuries, resulting in more deaths than all other diseases combined. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death for people through 44 years of age. On Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, the country’s leading injury and violence prevention organizations and health professionals are joining forces for the second annual “National Injury Prevention Day.”

Preventing the Most Intimate Form of Violence

Kentucky saw more homicide-suicide incidents in the first 10 months of 2020 than in the previous 15 years. Homicide followed by suicide (homicide-suicide) is defined as the act of killing one or more individuals and then dying by suicide.

Event aims to prevent child poisonings at home

The amount of medications in homes today is more than ever before, increasing the risk of unintentional, unsupervised ingestions of medicine and other poisons.

Bush receives Rising Star honor for injury and violence prevention work

Ashley Bush, DrPH, the principal investigator and epidemiologist of the Kentucky Violence and Injury Prevention Program (KVIPP), was among four recipients of the 2021 Rising Star Award. The award recognizes new professionals making strides in the discipline of injury and violence prevention.

Fire Prevention Week emphasizes need for smoke alarms in home

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.

KIPRC programs continue to help with suicide prevention efforts

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.

Awareness week highlights fall risk for older Kentuckians

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).

Report finds technical assistance varies among recovery housing operators

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.