Injury and Violence Prevention News

Spring 2008
In this issue:
1. Try Out the New, Improved MIDAS
2. Sexual Violence Prevention Plan to be Launched June 6
3. Injury Unit Announces Series: "Violence Prevention - It's an MDH Issue"
4. Join MDH Sexual Violence Prevention Network and E-News
5. Join Listserv on Falls among the Elderly
6. New CDC Initiative on Falls Prevention
7. News and Resources: Consumer Product Safety Commission
8. Upcoming Commemorations Relating to Injury and Violence

1. Try Out the New, Improved MIDAS

Take MIDAS for a test drive! The Minnesota Injury Data Access System (MIDAS) enables you to create your own tables with data specific to your needs, statewide or by individual county. Through new technology, MIDAS now works faster and allows users to compare up to five injury mechanisms at the same time.

http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/midas/ub92/index.cfm .



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2. Sexual Violence Prevention Plan to be Launched June 6

Since last summer, MDH has been working with a range of partners who are interested in preventing sexual violence, to develop a statewide prevention plan. Patty Wetterling is the MDH Sexual Violence Prevention Program Director. The plan is nearing completion; it includes recommended strategies for all levels of society, following the “spectrum of prevention” model. The plan will be launched June 6 at an event in Thompson Park in Dakota County. Watch for details. A summary brochure, Imagine a World Without Sexual Violence, is available for wide distribution by contacting doug.palmer@health.state.mn.us, 651-201-5484.

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3. Injury Unit Announces Series: "Violence Prevention - It's an MDH Issue"

The MDH Violence Is Preventable team sponsors a series of educational programs called Violence Prevention - It's an MDH Issue. The programs are held during the noon hour at the Freeman Building and are available by audio conference.

 

The next topic, from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, will focus on the cycle of victimization/perpetration among persons who have sustained traumatic brain injuries; our speaker will be Marlena Wald of CDC. Future presentations will be May 20, July 15, Sept. 16 and Nov. 19. To obtain the audio conference number, or to join an e-mail list for information on upcoming presentations and VIP Team meetings, contact Doug Palmer at doug.palmer@health.state.mn.us.



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4. Join MDH Sexual Violence Prevention Network and E-News

The Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN) is a free statewide information network open to anyone interested in preventing sexual violence. Members of SVPN receive SVPN E-News (sent approximately two times per month) which includes information on conferences and other events, funding opportunities, job opportunities, research, resources, and more. SVPN also hosts quarterly meetings which support information sharing, networking and collaboration.

 

At each meeting, there is time for both informal and group networking, followed by a sexual violence prevention presentation. SVPN meetings are held on Fridays (10:00 am - 2:30 pm), at various locations around the state. The next meeting is on the Minnesota Men's Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence, Friday, May 9, 2008 (location to be determined).

 

To join the E-News distribution list, contact amy.kenzie@health.state.mn.us,



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5. Join Listserv on Falls among the Elderly

Some current items in the Minnesota Falls Prevention Listserv:

More Seniors Falling Victim to Escalator Injuries

Multi-factorial and Physical Activity Programs for Fall Prevention

President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Launches the National President's Challenge

Help Seniors Live Better, Longer: Prevent Brain Injury

 

The listserv is distributed by the MN Board on Aging in partnership with MDH, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and numerous public and private organizations. It includes Keep Minnesotans Right Side Up!, which outlines easy ways to reduce falls for Minnesotans. 

 

To subscribe (or unsubscribe) to the listserv, visit: 

http://mailman.stpaul.visi.com/mailman/listinfo/fallsprevention

Website: http://www.mnfallsprevention.org/



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6. New CDC Initiative on Falls Prevention

On March 6, 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the "Help Seniors Live Better, Longer: Prevent Brain Injury" initiative. This nationwide communication initiative is designed to raise awareness among adult children and other caregivers of older adults about ways to prevent, recognize, and respond to fall-related TBI in adults age 75 and older. Consumer education materials developed for the initiative include a booklet for older adults, a fact sheet and brochure for family members and other caregivers, as well as posters and a magnet. To order or download these materials, visit: <http://www.cdc.gov/BrainInjuryInSeniors/>.

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7. News and Resources: Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is encouraging all interested persons to sign up to receive recall notices; see instructions below.
  • A new poster features a family whose 20-year-old son died following a skateboard injury. The family wants to spread the word about the importance of wearing helmets.

www.cpsc.gov/nsn/helmets.pdf

  • An electronic tool kit helps to plan grassroots safety programs.  www.cpsc.gov/nsn/nsn.html
  • A report on all-terrain vehicle (ATV)-related death and injury in 2006 showed that fatalities were slightly lower than in 2005, but injuries increased slightly. The report, as well as information on ATV recalls and other ATV safety information, can be found at http://www.atvsafety.gov/

CPSC protects the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC's work contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

 

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at (800) 638-2772 or the CPSC teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit their web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list – including recall announcements -- go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.



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8. Upcoming Commemorations Relating to Injury and Violence

National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April)

www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventingmonth  

 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)

www.nsvrc.org

 

Alcohol Awareness Month (April)

http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/seasonal/aprilalcohol/

 

National Safe Boating Week (May 17-23)

www.safeboatingcampaign.net  

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Click It or Ticket (May 12 - June 1)

www.nhtsa.gov



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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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