NH DHHS - State Receives Injury Prevention Grant

Concord, NH – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded grants to assist State health departments in maintaining and enhancing systems for determining the best ways to prevent injuries and to share that information with the public and then evaluate the outcomes. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, Injury Prevention Program is one of the recipients of the grant and will receive $221,363.

The CDC’s Division of Injury Response, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), is awarding the funds under cooperative agreement CE11-1101 “Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program (Core VIPP).” This cooperative agreement begins August 1, 2011 and has a five-year project period. NCIPC is committed to working with their partners to promote action that reduces injuries, violence, and disabilities by providing leadership in identifying priorities, promoting tools, and monitoring effectiveness of injury and violence prevention and to promote effective strategies for the prevention of injury and violence, and their consequences.

“Every segment of the population is affected by injuries,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “From young to old and every demographic, injuries are a preventable cause of disability, death, hospitalization, and lost productivity. This grant will enable our Injury Prevention Program to make great strides toward determining the causes and prevention steps for injuries in New Hampshire.”

Injuries are a major public health problem in the United States. In 2007, injury was the leading cause of death among people ages 1-44 and every year more than 180,000 people die as a result of an injury. Injuries can include motor vehicle accidents, falls, domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect. NCIPC’s vision is to put injury and violence prevention on the map as the premier public health achievement of the decade. Its mission is to prevent injuries and violence and reduce their consequences so that people can live to their fullest potential.

For more information, visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/mch/injury or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/injury/overview/ .