Injury and Violence Prevention News

November 2002
In this issue:
1. Best Practices In Injury Prevention
2. Timely items on Halloween Safety
3. Injury and Violence Data on the Web
4. Funding Oppurtunity: Smoke Alarm Grants

1. Best Practices In Injury Prevention

Suppose you have an injury or violence issue or problem in your community and need to act quickly. How can you avoid recreating the wheel? How can you find out what program or activity is most likely to be effective?

The Minnesota Department of Health Injury and Violence Prevention Unit created new, web-based service called Best Practices in Injury Prevention. Each article will include:
  • A brief statement of the extent of the problem,
  • Strategies that have been shown to be effective, and
  • Links to websites where you can get updated details.
The first two topics, now on the web, are on prevention of Bicycle Injuries and Motor Vehicle Crashes. Yet to come: articles on Falls, Sexual Violence, Firearm Injuries, Burns, Child Maltreatment, and other topics.

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2. Timely items on Halloween Safety

With Halloween around the corner, the Minnesota SAFE KIDS Coalition shares resources on its Web site: a Halloween safety fact sheet for parents, and a Halloween safety brochure for kids in both English and Spanish, with a maze to complete.

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3. Injury and Violence Data on the Web

Injury and Violence Prevention publishes databooks on a variety of topics. You will find many tables and graphs about the incidence, impact, causes, and costs of injury and violence in Minnesota. Some of the data have county-by-county breakdowns. Be sure to visit when you are:
  • preparing CHS plans,
  • answering questions from people in your community,
  • preparing funding requests,
  • seeking information about how various injury or violence topics affect your area, or the state


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4. Funding Oppurtunity: Smoke Alarm Grants

Alarmed and Alert: The Minnesota Initiative to Prevent Residential Fire-Related Injuries provides funds for collaborative partnerships between public health and fire departments to reduce residential fire-related deaths and injuries. Program responsibilities are shared between the local public health agency and local fire department; each can receive about $5,000 per year. Priority will be given to communities in Greater Minnesota and to underserved urban neighborhoods.

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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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The Minnesota Department of Health attempts to report all data accurately. If you discover an error, please contact us at Injury.Prevention@health.state.mn.us.
By using this system, you agree to not share these data in ways that would identify individuals or provide information on any malicious acts.