Injury and Violence Prevention News

Spring 2010
In this issue:
1. Welcome
2. New Home Safety Checklist
3. Childhood Injury Prevention Resources
4. Protect the Ones You Love: New Materials for Parents
5. Updated injury data available though MIDAS
6. Ways to help prevent sexual violence in Minnesota
7. Teen dating violence prevention
8. TBI Information for Clinicians and Patients

1. Welcome

If you are receiving Injury and Violence Prevention News for the first time, WELCOME! Please feel free to pass this newsletter along to others who may wish to subscribe. The link to subscribe or unsubscribe is below.
The newsletter is published quarterly by the Minnesota Department of Health Injury and Violence Prevention Unit (IVPU). Its aim is to share new developments and resources in both unintentional injury and violence. Please contact evelyn.anderson@state.mn.us if there are topics, resources, or issues you would like to read about in future issues. Past issues are archived at http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/new/index.cfm.

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2. New Home Safety Checklist

Family home visiting has been proven to be effective in preventing both unintentional injury and violence. For the past year, Minnesota state and local public health staff have been working on a revision of the checklist that has been used for nearly 20 years to help families keep their homes safe for their young children. The Checklist includes new illustrations and new guidance on sleep safety, window safety, poisoning, and other topics. An accompanying Reference Guide for home visitors is also updated.
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/mch/fhv/safety.html

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3. Childhood Injury Prevention Resources

Following the first-ever Childhood Injury Prevention Summit in September 2009, Safe Kids Minnesota assembled an online library of prevention resources. Topics include agricultural injury, child passenger safety, fire prevention, injury research, multicultural resources, and more.
http://www.minnesotasafetycouncil.org/safekids/summit/resources.cfm

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4. Protect the Ones You Love: New Materials for Parents

Based on messaging research, CDC has prepared fact sheets, podcasts, and e-cards for parents on preventing these childhood injuries: burns, drowning, falls, poisoning, traffic injuries, and sports injuries. Each fact sheet also includes a few tips for preventing the other types of injuries.
http://www.cdc.gov/safechild/
CDC also has prepared brief podcasts, some with video as well as audio, on these and other injury prevention topics. Listen to Podcasts: CDC Injury and Violence Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/injury/podcast.html. The general CDC Injury and Violence Prevention page is at http://www.cdc.gov/injury/index.html

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5. Updated injury data available though MIDAS

The Minnesota Injury Data Access System (MIDAS) is a “goldmine” of information that enables people to gather information from their own county or statewide, data on one gender or both, specific injuries, and other unique criteria. MIDAS has now been updated with 2007 and 2008 data.

In addition to Minnesota counties, the system has been improved to report on injuries that occur in:
  • Geographic regions
  • Trauma regions
  • The five larges cities in the state
  • Community Health Board cities


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6. Ways to help prevent sexual violence in Minnesota

The MDH Sexual Violence Prevention Program, through its Leadership Team, has selected a focus for activities in the next 18 months: Create a healthy, respectful environment in Minnesota that does not sexually exploit children.

People from throughout Minnesota are joining new 18-month projects to prevent sexual violence, an issue that costs an estimate $8 billion per year in the state and affects about 61,000 persons. The projects are:
  • Community Prevention Champions
  • Prevention through Faith Communities
  • Healthy Environments in Schools
  • Media
  • Resource Group
To join the diverse and multi-disciplinary participants in any of these projects, contact: amy.kenzie@state.mn.us. Please invite others as well.

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7. Teen dating violence prevention

MDH coordinates a CDC-funded project to prevent teen dating or relationship violence in Minnesota. With the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women as primary partner with MDH, a multi-agency team currently is conducting an environmental scan to learn about programs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. It will be followed by policy and evaluation scans. In 2011, a plan will be developed to identify strengths and gaps and to make policy and other recommendations. For further information, contact evelyn.anderson@state.mn.us

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8. TBI Information for Clinicians and Patients

CDC and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently released Heads Up to Clinicians: Updated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Management Guideline for Adults, which includes: Other CDC resources on TBI:

Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations and Deaths 2002–2006, a recently updated report. The report showed that:
  • About 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the U.S. each year. This is about 4,700 TBIs each day.
  • Fifty-two thousand people die each year from traumatic brain injuries, representing nearly one-third of all injury deaths. This is about the same number of people needed to fill the new Yankee Stadium.
  • The majority of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.
Get the Facts about Concussion and Brain Injury, brochure and fact sheet.

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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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