Injury and Violence Prevention News

September 2004
In this issue:
1. Best Practices: Preventing Poisoning
2. MDH Receives Adolescent Violence Prevention Grant
3. Preventing Falls Among Seniors: Resources
4. Prevention Posters From Several Sources
5. You Can Join the Sexual Violence Prevention Network
6. Minnesota, Maryland, and California Materials on Walkable Communities
7. What You Can Find at DPS Office of Public Safety Website
8. Subscribe to Consumer Product Safety Commission Newsletter
9. September Injury Prevention Commemorations

1. Best Practices: Preventing Poisoning

Now available is Best Practices to Prevent Poisonings, the ninth item in the MDH Best Practices series. It includes state and national data on the impact of poisoning, prevention recommendations, and links to other resources.



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2. MDH Receives Adolescent Violence Prevention Grant

MDH has received a planning grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to enhance the state's capacity to strengthen child and adolescent health through violence prevention. Several programs within MDH (primarily the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit and the Adolescent Health Program) will take a leadership role in raising violence prevention as a public health priority.

Collaborations will be formed to discuss policy and program issues on preventing the perpetration of violence. Through the planning process, the partners will identify data-driven solutions that lead to the prevention of violence toward children and adolescents.



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3. Preventing Falls Among Seniors: Resources

The Minnesota Safety Council has assembled fall prevention materials that include information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Safety Council, Hennepin County Community Health Department, and other national and local agencies.

Materials are suitable for seniors, families, and employers. They include:

  • Fall Prevention Home Safety Checklist
  • Guard Your Independence! Protect Yourself from Falls
  • Falls and Older Adults: The Facts
  • Falls and Older Adults: Home Safety Tips
  • Falls and Older Adults: Do Home Modifications Now


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4. Prevention Posters From Several Sources

These organizations have recently created posters that can be used for local prevention efforts:

They are part of a Labor Day weekend campaign, when TV and radio spots will be airing nationwide, but materials can be used at other times as well.



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5. You Can Join the Sexual Violence Prevention Network

The Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN), co-hosted by the MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the MN Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs and the MN Department of Health, is a quarterly gathering to share information, network and foster collaboration. Anyone interested in or working in the field of sexual violence prevention is welcome to attend.

At each meeting, there is time for both informal and group networking, followed by a presentation on a special prevention topic. The meetings are held at various locations around the state. The remaining meeting for 2004 is Friday, November 5.

If you would like to be on the SVPN e-mail distribution list, which includes: SVPN meeting announcements and minutes, sexual violence prevention resources, and announcements of job openings, conferences, workshops, trainings, etc., please send your contact information to Amy Kenzie.



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6. Minnesota, Maryland, and California Materials on Walkable Communities

The Minnesota Council on Physical Activity and Sports, facilitated by MDH, has produced an easy-to-use brochure, Let's Go for a Walk.

The Maryland Departments of Transportation and Health recently released the Maryland Safe Routes to School Guidebook.

The California Center for Physical Activity launched its Healthy Transportation Network site, which helps local officials create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities. The network is funded by the Federal Highway Administration.



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7. What You Can Find at DPS Office of Public Safety Website

The Office of Traffic Safety at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has a wealth of prevention materials. Parents of teen drivers, or future drivers, may be interested in the revised Teen Drivers flier, which targets caregivers of new drivers. The piece is an abbreviated version of the Teens Behind the Wheel brochure.

The Office of Traffic Safety site also includes: public service announcements, a guide for presenting a mock crash, alcohol and seatbelt use data, brochures, displays, talking points, and links to outside resources.



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8. Subscribe to Consumer Product Safety Commission Newsletter

To receive updates on unsafe products and new developments in injury prevention, subscribe to the one or more of the mailing lists of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Summer 2004 issue of CPSC News includes articles on drowning, child-resistant packaging, ATVs, and portable fans, as well as current recalls.



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9. September Injury Prevention Commemorations

These commemorations can be opportunities for public awareness programs:



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Also see > National Center for Injury Prevention & Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the latest injury prevention news at the national-level.


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Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
PO BOX 64882
ST PAUL MN 55164-0882
(651) 201-5484
injury.prevention@health.state.mn.us

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