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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.

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Steve Sparrow
KVIPP Program Manager

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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Through implementation of Keeping Infants Safe (pediatric abusive head trauma and child maltreatment prevention) and safe sleep promotion in partnership with our many partners like MCH, CFR teams, and local health departments.

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence/Sexual Violence

Working with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) to implement the evidence-based Green Dot program, designed to increase positive behavior, change social norms, and reduce sexual and other forms of interpersonal violence perpetration and victimization.

Preventing Motor Vehicle Crash Injury and Death

Working with the Office of Highway Safety and KSPAN to implement evidence-based teen driver safety program called Checkpoints™. A promotional flyer for Checkpoints can be downloaded at

We also provide traffic safety checkpoint training for law enforcement and support the implementation of the Local Heroes program to help improve motor vehicle safety outcomes.

Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury

Working with several KSPAN partners to reduce and prevent traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), focusing on the reduction of the leading causes of TBIs (falls, motor vehicle crashes, intentional self-harm, and assaults).

Drug Abuse Prevention

Working with several KSPAN members and KIPRC to support substance abuse prevention efforts related to other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grants. In addition, KVIPP provides surveillance data upon request by KSPAN members.

Residential Fire Prevention

Working with several KSPAN partners and the Office of the State Fire Marshal, we support and promote the distribution and installation of smoke detectors for residential use. In addition, we work with fire departments to combine our efforts in promoting fire prevention and falls of older adults through a program called Remembering When.

Preventing Older Adult Falls and Osteoporosis

Working with KSPAN, the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition (a subcommittee of KSPAN), Signature Health Care, the Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living, and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Chronic Disease Branch to promote the prevention of falls among older adults and to host an annual Falls and Osteoporosis Prevention Summit in Kentucky.

Suicide Prevention and Surveillance

Working with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities and KSPAN to provide Gatekeeper training (Question, Persuade, Respond), establish a Crisis Text Lifeline Dashboard for Kentucky, and monitor and respond to data trends. A Suicide Prevention KSPAN Committee has been created to focus on suicide prevention data, strategies, and partnerships to reduce/mitigate self-harm injuries and suicide.

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Working with Kentucky Youth Advocates, Face It, and community partners to develop an adverse childhood experiences toolkit to improve resiliency through public health emergencies; supporting adults to assist in promoting social norms that protect against violence and adversity; teaching skills; monitoring and evaluation; and intervening to lessen intermediate- and long-term harm.

KSPAN Child Home Safety

Working with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and other KSPAN partners, this committee was created to focus on violence and injury prevention strategies to encompass two primary categories: unintentional overdose/ingestion and firearm injury prevention among adolescents. Additionally, working with partners to develop and implement an evidence-based pilot program to educate and distribute firearm locks and develop evidence-informed/-based messaging on safe medication and firearm storage practices.