HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 1.2 - Reduce the Incidence and Impact of Injuries and Violence in American Society


How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will help develop and improve public and private injury and violence prevention programs. Take a Stand program logoElements of this strategy include:

  • providing information and technical assistance to hospitals and public health agencies on how to standardize and expand the collection of mortality, hospital, and emergency department data to improve surveillance and monitoring.

  • directing resources to help tribes develop risk identification and intervention programs.

  • directing resources to help states develop the basic capacity for state injury and poison prevention programs.

  • providing technical assistance to state and local health departments, state and agency networks on aging, and other organizations serving the elderly to help implement fall prevention programs.

  • providing financial and technical assistance to community injury and violence prevention programs, such as programs that focus on preventing suicide, youth/school violence and violence against women, fire safety, and bicycle safety.

We will widely disseminate information on preventing injuries and violence. Particular areas of focus will be:

1.2 Implementation Strategies
  • Injury/Violence Prevention Programs
  • Information Dissemination
  • Promoting Safety Legislation
  • Research
  • children: disseminating information from demonstration programs to safety organizations such as the National Bicycle Safety Network, local bicycle safety programs, and the National Fire Protection Association, on how to prevent childhood injuries.

  • the workplace: disseminating information to industry on ways to improve workplace safety.

  • the elderly: launching a nationwide campaign to educate older Americans about how to modify their home environment to avoid potentially harmful and debilitating falls.

  • youth: in collaboration with the Departments of Education and Justice, disseminating information on school and community youth violence prevention programs.

  • communities: in conjunction with the Departments of Education and Justice, providing communities with current information on the incidence of school, street, and gang violence, domestic violence, and substance abuse and violence.

We will foster the development and improvement of state safety legislation by supplying current surveillance data that highlight safety issues; e.g., providing data from our Traumatic Brain Injury surveillance system to help states develop motorcycle helmet, safety belt, and snowmobile legislation.

We will conduct research and demonstrations to:

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:


  • identify the causes and risk factors (e.g., alcohol consumption, workplace hazards, socioeconomic factors) for violence and injuries to help develop more effective prevention programs.

  • design better interventions for controlling aggressive behavior and violence in youth.

  • design better strategies for preventing injuries in the home, childcare environments, and the workplace.

  • understand the pathology and effective treatment of injuries to lessen their impact.

  • study the effectiveness of health care interventions for victims of domestic violence.