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 Children’s Safety Network Finds More States Are Selecting Injury-Related Priority Needs and Performance Measures

By Sally Fogerty, BSN, MEd
Deputy Director, Center for Study & Prevention of Injury, Violence & Suicide Director, Children's Safety Network 

With the completion of the 2010-2015 MCH Needs Assessment, the Children’s Safety Network (CSN) National Resource Center for Injury and Violence Prevention began an analysis of the injury-related Priority Needs and State Performance Measures selected by states. We recently published the results of our analysis in a new fact sheet called MCH Program Injury and Violence-Related State Performance Measures and Priority Needs 2011 

Results of Our Analysis 

What we found is that 48 states and the District of Columbia chose 85 injury and violence-related Priority Needs, with 25 states choosing more than one. This represents a substantial increase from the previous Needs Assessment in 2005-2010 in which only 37 states chose injury-related Priority Needs. 

The leading injury-related Priority Need chosen by states in the current Needs Assessment was the prevention of unintentional and intentional injuries, selected by 12 states. Another 11 states selected the prevention of unintentional injuries. Seven states identified the prevention of domestic violence as a Priority Need, while seven states chose to focus on infant safe sleep, which encompasses the prevention of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, as well as the promotion of safe sleep environments.

Forty-six states and the District of Columbia chose 79 injury and violence-related State Performance Measures during their 2010-2015 Needs Assessments, with 19 states choosing more than one. Here too we found an increase from the previous Needs Assessment in which 42 states chose injury-related State Performance Measures. 

The most popular injury-related State Performance Measures selected this time were the prevention of child maltreatment and of unintentional injuries, which were each chosen by 10 states. Seven states identified the prevention of domestic violence as a State Performance Measure, while seven states chose to focus on infant safe sleep. 

The increase in states selecting injury-related Priority Needs and Performance Measures indicates that states are focusing more attention on injuries, which continue to be the leading cause of death for ages 1-44. CSN has begun working with states to help them develop and implement action steps for their new Priority Needs and Performance Measures.  If you are interested in getting help with this, please call us at (617) 618-2918 or e-mail us at jallison@edc.org

The following are some select resources:

  • 2011 CSN State-Specific Injury Fact Sheets: In February 2011, CSN released our third annual series of state-specific injury fact sheets. The fact sheets contain data on major causes of death, injury death, and hospitalization; CDC trend data on injury-related National Performance Measures; and information on injury and violence prevention grants and contacts. Click here to find your state fact sheet.
     
  • Expanded CSN Fact Sheet Series on the Cost Effectiveness of Injury Prevention Interventions: Our expanded fact sheet series, Injury Prevention: What Works, describes the cost effectiveness of 160 injury prevention interventions, including interventions related to motor vehicles, impaired driving and pedestrian safety, open-flame and burn injuries, violence, and substance abuse and health services. It equips you with the data you need to demonstrate how injury and violence prevention saves money and lives.