Injury and Violence Prevention News

Summer 2011
In this issue:
1. Note from the editor
2. Register for the Childhood Injury Prevention Summit
3. New Publication from AAA and Minnesota Safety Council
4. New Fact Sheet: Impact of Sexually-Exploitive Media on Children
5. MIDAS: A Gold Mine of Injury Information

1. Note from the editor

I will be retiring June 30, 2011. Injury and Violence Prevention News will no longer be published in a newsletter format. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Injury and Violence Prevention Unit, however, will notify you as new publications or reports become available.

Visit the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit website:

Visit the Sexual Violence Prevention website: 

Thank you for your commitment to preventing injury and violence. Together, we can work toward an injury-free, violence-free Minnesota!

- Evelyn Anderson

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2. Register for the Childhood Injury Prevention Summit

Third Annual Minnesota Childhood Injury Summit
Meeting the Challenge

injury summit photo - children
Thursday, September 22, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Continental breakfast starts at 7:15 a.m.)

Como Park Zoo Visitor Center, Bullard Rainforest Auditorium, St. Paul

Keynote Address: Meri-K Appy, President, Safe Kids USA

This engaging, one-day professional conference brings together national and local speakers as well as key stakeholders from a variety of disciplines, united in the desire to see children live to their full potential, free from unintentional injury. Join us to: 

  • Gain fresh perspectives on key issues.
  • Learn about effective strategies and new resources.
  • Network across a variety of disciplines: health/safety educators; EMS; healthcare; public health; insurance; childcare; community-based youth programs. 

Summit sessions will cover: 

  • Rural safety: Cultural differences, trends and issues
  • Insights into adult supervision and distraction
  • New concepts/tools: The best childhood unintentional injury articles of the year
  • State of the art in preventing sports injuries
  • Peer pressure — positive and negative/effective peer education
  • Adult literacy and the impact on childhood injury
  • Insights from parent advocates

Registration: $40; continental breakfast, lunch and parking provided.
Questions? Contact Erin at 651-228-7314 / 800-444-9150

Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Safety Council, Safe Kids Minnesota, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Emergency Medical Services for Children, Hennepin County Medical Center, Johnson & Johnson, Regions Hospital, and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.


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3. New Publication from AAA and Minnesota Safety Council

Good Going! is a new publication developed by AAA and the Minnesota Safety Council to give children information to keep themselves safe on the road, at home, and at play.
For additional copies, contact:
AAA at
or the Minnesota Safety Council at 

Good Going publication cover image

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4. New Fact Sheet: Impact of Sexually-Exploitive Media on Children

The Normalization of Sexual Harm and the Sexualization of Children (PDF: 140KB/2 pages) describes:
1) The impact of our pop-cultural stew of sexual messages on the development of our children and teens, and
2) How our societal view of what is acceptable has changed over time.

It is designed to serve as a primer for those unfamiliar with the topic. It can be a written or leave behind piece when meeting with anyone (a legislator, an educator, an advertising or retail executive) about these issues. This letter, Normalization of Sexual Harm-Template (DOCX: 18KB/1 page)  introduces the issue.

This fact sheet is based in great part on the work of Cordelia Anderson, the founder of Sensibilities Prevention Services, and has been adopted by the Media Action Team of the Sexual Violence Prevention Program.

Please feel free to share it in any way you find useful. To help us evaluate the effectiveness and “reach” of the fact sheet, please email to describe how you used it, or how you plan to use it.

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5. MIDAS: A Gold Mine of Injury Information

Minnesota is one of the few states with its own searchable injury data systems. To prevent injuries in Minnesota, the MDH Injury and Violence Prevention Unit developed MIDAS , the Minnesota Injury Data Access System. It will enable you to more easily learn about the injury and violence data for Minnesotans, whether for a specific county, for a type of injury, or by gender, timeframe, or other factor.

Databases now available include all causes of all hospital-treated injuries in Minnesota (via our analysis partnership with the Minnesota Hospital Association) as well as all hospital-treated traumatic brain injury (via the authorizing legislation for Minnesota’s Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Registry).

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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

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