They are the leading cause of nonfatal injury for all age groups in the United States, as well as the leading cause of death nationally for individuals aged 1 to Public health also looks at injury across the whole population - not just individual cases.
This grant allows us to collaborate with public and private partners to develop, implement and evaluate programs to reduce death and disability resulting from injuries identified as priorities in our state injury prevention plan. Older Adults. An important public health goal is for society to understand that we cannot afford the human and monetary costs of injuries; we must invest in their prevention.
In this special volume of Epidemiologic Reviews , we have invited both academic researchers and public health practitioners to examine some of the major methodological and prevention problems in the field of injury and to highlight the contributions that epidemiologists might make.
Cummings et al. Public health surveillance—the ongoing collection, analysis, and dissemination of data to public health practitioners—has long been regarded as the cornerstone of public health practice. Horan and Mallonee 6 describe the state of the art of injury surveillance from both the state and federal perspectives. The role of the epidemiologist in program evaluation is undervalued, and Doll et al. Runyon 8 introduces the section on prevention by bringing the landmark contributions of Haddon into the current day and shows how epidemiology contributes to a multifaceted approach to preventing injuries.
The basic strategies for preventing both unintentional injuries and those secondary to interpersonal violence remain behavioral and environmental. The efforts taken regarding behavioral interventions, including activities ranging from encouraging helmet use to changing social norms about drinking and driving, are summarized by Gielen and Sleet 9 , who clearly report important, but limited success. Historically, environmental interventions have proven very successful in preventing injuries from motor vehicle crashes, consumer products, home fires, and many other areas; however, as documented by Peek-Asa and Zwerling 10 , many challenges remain.
Finally, Vernick et al.
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People around the world continue to accept injury as a necessary evil, an unavoidable fact of life. We, as epidemiologists, need to make the message on public health clearer—that injury is no more a necessary part of life than polio, measles, and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Epidemiologists have a critical role in meeting this challenge. This special volume provides a glimpse of the avenues open to epidemiologists to do their part to make this a safer world. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.
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