NACCHO Injury and Violence

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

 

April 2013

In This Issue
Webinar: Violence across the Lifespan
Webinar: Policy Change to Advance Falls Prevention
Prescription Opioid Poisoning Deaths more than Quadrupled since 1999
CDC Study Reveals New Data on Distracted Driving
New CDC Resources on Concussion in Sports Policies
NACCHO's Resource Center for Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans
Request for Public Comment
Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week 2013
New AHRQ Report Identifies Safety Strategies that Work and How Best to Use them
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Webinar: Violence across the Lifespan  

In the first half of life, more Americans die from violence and injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, or homicides, than from any other cause, including cancer, HIV, or diabetes. Violence and injuries exert a tremendous public health burden across the lifespan. On Apr. 18, 12:30pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time, join the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for a progress review featuring the Injury and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Topic Areas. This webinar series focuses on tracking and measuring the progress of Healthy People 2020 objectives.  Click here to register.

Webinar: Policy Change to Advance Falls Prevention      

On Apr. 11, 3:00pm - 4:30pm Eastern Time, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) will hold a webinar discussing policy change as a strategy for falls prevention.  Register today to receive training on goals and identified policy changes to advance falls prevention, as featured in NCOA's State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention; discuss strategies and indicators for implementing the policy changes; discuss real world examples; and learn about resources in your state or community! Click here to register.

Prescription Opioid Poisoning Deaths more than Quadrupled since 1999

The CDC reports that U.S. drug poisoning deaths involving any opioid painkiller (e.g., oxycodone, methadone, or hydrocodone) accounted for 43% of all drug poisoning deaths and 39% of poisoning deaths in 2010. Click here to learn more about prescription drug abuse and overdose.

CDC Study Reveals New Data on Distracted Driving 

A recent CDC study compared the percentage of distracted drivers in the U.S. and seven European countries. Among U.S. drivers (ages 18-64), 69% reported that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed, compared to 21% in the United Kingdom. Nearly one-third of drivers in the U.S. reported that they had read or sent text messages or emails while driving, compared to just 15% of drivers from Spain. Click here to read the full report.  

New CDC Resources on Concussion in Sports Policies 

In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, CDC's Injury Center has released two new resources about state and local policies on concussion in youth and high school sports (often called Return to Play laws): 

  • Implementing Return to Play: Learning from the Experiences of Early Implementers
  • Concussion in Sports Policies webpage


Click here to view the report and webpage. 

NACCHO's Resource Center for Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans

NACCHO has developed the Resource Center for Community Health Assessments (CHAs) and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) to support local communities in their community health improvement efforts and meeting relevant Public Health Accreditation Board Standards and Measures. This resource center is an online, publicly accessible venue that contains over 150 resources developed by and for health departments and their partners, including: Practical, customizable tools; Key resources; Example high-quality CHAs and CHIPs; and "How-to" webinars and training materials. To access the CHA/CHIP Resource Center, visit www.naccho.org/chachipresources.  

Request for Public Comment       

The CDC is seeking information on walking for health to frame an anticipated Surgeon General's call to action. The notice can be found at www.regulations.gov.  The public comment ends Apr. 30. The notice requests information on way to increase walking and community walkability on the following topics: (1) Barriers to walking for youth; adults; seniors; persons with a disability; racial and ethnic minorities; and low-income individuals; and (2) Evidence-based strategies for overcoming those barriers and their reach and impact to increase physical activity at the population level and among the above-mentioned sub-populations.

Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week 2013  

Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week (May 20-26) presents a great opportunity to increase the public's awareness about recreational water-associated illness and injury and, more importantly, promote healthy and safe swimming. The theme of this year's RWII Prevention Week is "How we Simmers Contaminate Pools." Click here to access the 2013 RWII Prevention Week toolkit from CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, National Center for Environmental Health, and National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.  

New AHRQ Report Identifies Safety Strategies that Work and How Best to Use them  

A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality identifies 22 patient safety strategies that are proven to be effective and provides information on how they work best so they can be adapted to local needs. The report, Making Health Care Safer ll, An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, identifies strategies that have the strongest evidence of effectiveness and also include evidence about context, implementation and adoption to help clinicians understand what works, how to apply it and under what circumstances it works best. Clinicians and health systems can use the report to guide or realign efforts that are already underway for patient safety improvement. To learn more about the online report, click here

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