Injury and Violence Prevention News

April 2003
In this issue:
1. Best Practices to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
2. Minnesota Injury Data Access System: Up and Running
3. Men Can Stop Rape: Training and Presentations
4. Sexual Violence Prevention Network Meeting
5. Color Charts: Leading Causes of Injury
6. New Products and Services from CDC
7. Injury Prevention Commemorations Coming Up
8. Want More Information from the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit?

1. Best Practices to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence

How big a problem is intimate partner violence, and what can be done about it? Read Best Practices to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence to learn about MDH recommendations for prevention or intimate partner violence, along with many websites for information on proven strategies.

Best Practices in Injuries Prevention also includes Bicycle Injuries, Motor Vehicle Crashes, Youth Violence, Firearm Injuries, and Falls.

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2. Minnesota Injury Data Access System: Up and Running

  • How many non-fatal hospitalized firearm injuries were there in Minnesota in 2001?

  • How many motor vehicle crashes occurred in Greater Minnesota, in the seven-county metro area, or in just a single county?

  • Compare the injury rates for males and females in Minnesota.

  • Use age adjusting, so you can fairly compare counties that have different age distributions.

    Those are just a few of the tasks you can do with the Minnesota Injury Data Access System, or MIDAS. It's being continually improved, but you can use it now to assess injuries in your part of the state and to begin developing prevention plans. MIDAS is part of the MDH Injury and Violence Prevention Unit site.

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    3. Men Can Stop Rape: Training and Presentations

    Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) is a national organization that supports male youth and the institutions that serve them, in redefining masculinity and building young men's capacity to be strong and empowered without being violent. You can learn more at a free full-day training April 30 or May 1 in St. Paul. MDH is co-sponsoring the event. Contact Amy Kenzie to register.

    Two other upcoming MCSR presentations in Minnesota are at the conference of the Center for Reducing Rural Violence in Deerwood April 28-29 and the Sexual Violence Prevention Network in St. Cloud May 2.

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    4. Sexual Violence Prevention Network Meeting

    All interested people are invited to the next meeting of the Sexual Violence Prevention Network from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2003 at Michael's Steak and Seafood in St. Cloud. The program is a presentation by representatives of Men Can Stop Rape. The Network is co-sponsored by the MDH Sexual Violence Prevention Program, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the Minnesota Center for Crime Victim Services. To register for this meeting, or add your name to the mailing list for future meetings, contact Amy Kenzie.

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    5. Color Charts: Leading Causes of Injury

    Causes of injury charts are dramatic, colorful tools for educating people. You can access the charts from the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit:
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal Hospitalized Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001


  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal ED-treated Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001


  • Ten Leading Causes of Hospitalization by Age Group, Minnesota 2001


  • Ten Leading Causes of Emergency Department Treatment by Age Group, Minnesota 2001


  • Ten Leading Causes of Injury-Related Mortality by Age Group, Minnesota 1990-1999


  • Ten Leading Causes of Mortality by Age Group, Minnesota 1990-1999


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    6. New Products and Services from CDC

    What's New at the Injury Center lists the newest products and services, meetings, grant opportunities, and publications from the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

    Visit the CDC for access to Publications and Resources and to create your own Injury Maps, which identify the impact of injury death in your county, Minnesota, or the U.S.

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    7. Injury Prevention Commemorations Coming Up

    All of May:
    National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
    National Trauma Awareness Month

    May 3-10: National SAFE KIDS Week (contact Amy Carroll-Olson at the Minnesota Safety Council 651-228-7314 or 1-800-444-9150)

    May 4-10
    : North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (contact Diane Hurns for more information)

    May 6-12: National Suicide Awareness Week (contact Amy Kulp for more information)

    May 17-23: National Safe Boating Week (contact Virgil Chambers at 740-666-3009).

    May 19-26: Buckle Up America! Week

    May 21: National Employee Health and Fitness Day

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    8. Want More Information from the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit?

    Do you want to know more about any of the items in this issue? The Injury and Violence Prevention Unit staff includes epidemiologists, research analysts, information technology specialists, a systems analyst, a health educator, program administrators, a health program representative, office specialists, and medical records specialists. We're more than happy to answer questions or help you find the answers. Contact us with your questions.

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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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