Injury Advisory Council
The mission of the Injury Prevention Division for the State Capacity Building Injury Surveillance Program is to reduce the numbers of unintentional and intentional injuries within the state of Alabama by increasing the State’s capacity for injury surveillance; to become the focal point for injury prevention collaboration and surveillance efforts; and to use this information to develop and support public policy and decision-making efforts for injury prevention.
Through the Alabama State Capacity Building Injury Surveillance Program efforts are being directed toward:
- Maintaining an Injury Advisory Council, composed of various state and private agencies having data related to injury and injury prevention programs.
- Identifying the major injury issues/problems through research and analysis to determine areas of priority in injury prevention.
- Collaborating with the Injury Prevention Division and the Injury Advisory Council to develop a Statewide Injury Prevention Plan.
Advisory Council Members
Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Department of Education, Department of Human Resources, Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Department of Public Safety, Department of Transportation, the Alabama Head Injury Foundation, Alabama Hospital Association, the Injury Control Research Center, the UAB Center of Injury Sciences, the Alabama Coalition Against Rape, the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Indian Health Services, Alabama Chapter of the National Safety Council, and Bureau’s within the Health department including Family Health Services, Emergency Medical Services, Health Statistics, BRFSS, Child Death Review, PRAMS.
SAFE KIDS, Children’s Trust Fund, United Way, Voices for Alabama’s Children, Department of Children’s Affairs, UAB Comprehensive Youth Violence Center, Department of Senior Services, Alabama PTA, Montgomery Highway Safety Office, Alabama Suicide Task Force, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Children’s Hospital, Red Cross, State Farm Insurance, YMCA, Montgomery Bicycle Club, Montgomery Metropolitan Planning Office, and the Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Advisory Council Background
Injury is the leading cause of death for Alabamians age 1-34. In response to this alarming problem, The Injury Prevention Division of the Alabama Department of Public Health obtained a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the year 2000 to build the capacity to develop and implement injury prevention and surveillance activities statewide. The term was for four years; an extension was been provided through July 2005. Part of the requirement of the grant was to develop and maintain an Injury Advisory Council. The council was utilized to develop a statewide Injury Prevention Plan, encourage partnerships, support collaboration, sustain injury prevention efforts and build injury capacity. Initial members included Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, UAB Injury Control Research Center, Vital Statistics, Safety Council, BRFSS, Department of Education, Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety, University of Alabama CARE and others.
The injury areas CDC specifically asked states receiving funding to investigate include: motor vehicle injuries, alcohol in motor vehicle deaths, self-reported seat belt/safety seat use, homicide, suicide, suicide attempts, firearm injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fire and burn injuries, smoke alarm use, submersion injuries, traumatic spinal cord injuries, fall injuries and poisoning. National and state specific statistics on all major injuries were gathered using these topic areas and the Healthy People 2010 National Objectives. The council then selected eight topics: bicycle-related injuries, falls in the elderly, motor vehicle crashes, residential fires, domestic violence, sexual assault and youth violence for Alabama’s Plan. Committees were formed to begin plan development. In 2004 the Alabama Injury Prevention Plan was finalized and published. The next major objective of the Injury Advisory Council is to implement the strategies outlined in the plan. As a result, the Injury Advisory Council has been expanded to include additional state agencies, profit and non-profit organizations, agencies and individuals interested in Alabama’s health and a desire to reduce injury in our citizens.
Documents developed with the Injury Advisory Council include: