The Ohio Department of Health Violence & Injury Prevention Section (VIPS) is a comprehensive, state-level injury prevention program aimed at helping every Ohioan live his or her life to its fullest potential by reducing death and disability associated with intentional and unintentional injury. VIPS coordinates surveillance systems that collect and disseminate injury data; assesses the burden of injuries and violence and communicates that information for the purpose of action; promotes evidence-based, injury prevention intervention for at-risk populations; coordinates and collaborates with partners in building program infrastructure; encourages the adoption of evidence-based policies and programs that lead to the prevention of injury and violence; and provides technical support and training as needed. Priority areas are child/youth injury, drug overdose and falls among older adults.
Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone)
Project DAWN is a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program. Project DAWN participants receive training on recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose, distinguishing between different types of overdose, performing rescue breathing, calling emergency medical services and administering intranasal naloxone.
The Ohio Department of Health's Child Injury Prevention Program is focused on preventable injuries for Ohioans ages 0-18 related to occupant protection (car/booster seats, teen driving), concussions related to sports, child maltreatment and youth suicide.
“Injury is probably the most under recognized major public health problem facing the nation today, and the study of injury represents unparalleled opportunities for reducing morbidity and mortality and for realizing significant savings in both financial and human terms—all in return for a relatively modest investment.”
Injury Prevention: Meeting the Challenge, The National Committee for Injury Prevention and Control. New York: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 1989, p. 1.
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for Ohioans ages 1 through 44 and the third leading cause of death for all Ohioans. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Violence & Injury Prevention Section (VIPS) is a comprehensive, state-level injury prevention program aimed at helping every Ohioan live his or her life to its fullest potential by reducing death and disability associated with intentional and unintentional injury.
Coordinate surveillance systems that collect injury data
Assess the burden of injuries and violence and communicate that information for the purpose of action
Promote evidence-based, injury prevention interventions for at-risk populations
Coordinate and collaborate with partners in building program infrastructure
Encourage the adoption of evidence-based policies and programs that lead to the prevention of injury and violence
The VIPS is a data driven program that uses population-based surveillance systems and additional data sources to inform prevention activities, policies and program evaluation efforts. The VIPS assesses the impact of violence and injury on Ohio’s population by analyzing morbidity, mortality and survey data.
VIPS has launched a naloxone campaign which features Ohioans who have been saved by naloxone. It includes stories from individuals and their families about the dangers of opiate abuse as well as posters and a radio spot that can be used in local communities.
Take Charge Ohio
VIPS has launched a comprehensive education and awareness campaign to combat the epidemic of prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose. The campaign provides information directed toward health professionals, patients and the general public; it also includes a public awareness toolkit.
Click here for a link to external resources related to injury. These resources cover all injury topics. Additional external resources for injury-specific topics may be found on the Child Injury, Drug Overdose and Falls Among Older Adults pages.
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Ohio Department of Health
Violence and Injury Prevention Section
35 E. Chestnut Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215