NACCHO Injury Prevention Newsletter
News, Resources, and Events for Local Health Departments

February 2012

In This Issue
LHDs and Law Enforcement
February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month
Communication for Pedestrian Safety: Risk, Response, and Change
Neighborhood Safety Toolkit
ASTHO Webinar: Taking Action to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse
Public Health Associate Program
NACCHO's IVP Webpage
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LHDs and Law Enforcement

NACCHO wants to learn more about how LHDs can engage with law enforcement to address the causes of injury and violence. If your LHD currently works with law enforcement or if your LHD is interested in working with law enforcement, please follow this link to answer three brief questions.  

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month

Abuse in dating relationships among adolescents is a serious public health problem of growing concern. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to do poorly in school, engage in substance abuse, and attempt suicide. To effectively address teen dating violence, LHDs can advocate for policies that empower and protect adolescents, as well as provide support to families, schools, and other organizations that can assist teens. Public health professionals can also play a critical role in addressing teen dating violence by building strong partnerships and coalitions that emphasize education and prevention. For more information and resources to help you engage your community, click here

Communication for Pedestrian Safety:
Risk, Response, and Change

This workbook, from the California Department of Public Health, demonstrates the role and importance of communication in informing the media and public about incidents involving pedestrian collisions. This resource also serves as a guide that local health departments may adapt and use to educate their communities about pedestrian safety.
Neighborhood Safety Toolkit
The Neighborhood Safety Network (NSN) is designed for community leaders like you who understand the power of information.  A program of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the NSN provides parents, neighbors, local officials, and others with free safety resources they can distribute in their communities. Sign up to receive information, resources, and announcements from the NSN.
ASTHO Webinar
Taking Action to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse: A Dialogue with State Health Officials

Recent increases in prescription drug overdose deaths overall are largely driven by fatalities associated with prescription pain relievers. Featuring presentations from three state health officials, this targeted webinar from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) will highlight state policies, multilevel programs, and coordination mechanisms for preventing prescription drug abuse. The webinar will be held Feb. 22 from 1:30-2:30 PM EST. Register here. 

Public Health Associate Program

The CDC is now accepting applications from health departments to serve as host sites for the Public Health Associate Program. This program places CDC-funded, recent baccalaureate college graduates in state, tribal, local, and territorial health agencies to gain hands-on experience working in the public health field. Click here for more information about host sites. 

NACCHO's Injury & Violence Prevention Webpage
All of the information included in this newsletter, and much more, is now available online! NACCHO's Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) project webpage has been recently redesigned and updated. Visit the IVP project webpage for the latest news, resources, events, and funding opportunities available to local health departments (LHDs). These subject areas will be updated weekly, so be sure to check back frequently to get the latest information. The project webpage will serve as a replacement for biweekly email updates, but you will continue to receive this monthly IVP newsletter. Please email us any questions or feedback.