Injury Prevention in Your Community: National Public Health Student Day

Apr 8, 2011

Today is Injury Prevention in Your Community and the second annual National Public Health Student day.  Did you know youth violence is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10 to 24? It doesn’t have to be this way. You can protect yourself, your family and community by taking action, both big and small, to prevent injury and violence. Help promote safety, prevent injuries and violence across the nation by taking action within your community. Here are just a few ways to become involved in your community:

Start small…

  • Work with school leaders to implement school violence and bullying programs.
  • Model respectful communication in your interactions with children, family members and in the community.
  • Call the police or local child protective services if you suspect an older adult has been abused or a child neglected.

Think big…

  • Work with community leaders to establish a community safety task force.
  • Work with local authorities to initiate violence intervention and prevention efforts.
  • Develop a suicide prevention program that encourages community members to inquire and respond to potential suicide situations.
  • Work with local officials to ensure access to services for youth and families living in communities most impacted by violence.

Get Involved

Live tweets from the National Public Health Week Prevention Road Tour: “Panel Discussion on Preventing Youth Violence.” Today

Tune into to today’s Prevention Road tour “Safety is No Accident: Live Injury-Free” panel discussion about youth violence prevention by following (@NPHW) and hashtag #NPHW.

A dynamic panel will discuss how we can end violence and bullying among teens and young adults. Prominent safety and violence prevention advocates, health professionals, law enforcement officials and community leaders will encourage teens to speak up about violence among their peers and find a solution, not only in Chicago but across the nation. Panelists include: Carl Bell, MD,  Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago and Member of the Chicago Board of Health (moderator); Ronald M. Holt, Director of the CAPS Implementation Office,  Chicago Police Department; Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics , Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; Christopher Mallette, Director of Community Initiatives, Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago; Tio Hardiman, Director of CeaseFire Illinois; Monique Brunson, LCSW, Director of the Office of Violence Prevention Coordination, Cook County Department of Public Health; Anne Parry Director of the Office of Violence Prevention, Chicago Department of Public Health; and Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association.

Spread the Word and Inspire Others

The Nation’s Health, APHA’s award winning-newspaper, will feature coverage of NPHW events held across the nation in its July issue. Let us know how you celebrated! Send us a short summary of your activities (300-500 words is a good range, but we’ll take summaries of any size!) when it was held, who was involved and what was accomplished, and we’ll incorporate it in our coverage. National Public Health Week photos and artwork are also welcome.

Submissions must be e-mailed by Friday, April 22, or mailed to Editor, The Nation’s Health, 800 I St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001-3710. Everyone who sends their information via e-mail will receive a submission confirmation by April 22.

Digital photos should be sent as JPEG attachments to your e-mail. (Do not embed them in Word documents.) Do not send more than five photos, and note if a photo credit should be given. Send the highest resolution photos you have, as they will look better in the paper.

For more information on submitting your news to The Nation’s Health, visit The Nations Health website, e-mail or call 202-777-2488.

What’s Happening Today

NPHW event map

Want to know what is happening in your community? Visit the NPHW Event Calendar for a complete list of submitted events that are taking place around the nation. You can also get the word out about any NPHW activities that you are organizing by adding your event to the NPHW calendar.