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Maryland Center for Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention

 

Maryland Center for Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention

 

Partnership Activities:

The MD Center hosted the WVU ICRC outreach director for an initial meeting on June 20, 2014 in Baltimore. Participants exchanged program overviews, and discussed potential collaborations. Maryland serves as the Regional Network Leader for Region 3 (including West Virginia), but this meeting (and a subsequent conference call) focused upon potential collaborations between the state program and WVU ICRC, not the RNL. Topics discussed included prescription drug overdose (the western, Appalachian counties of MD experience high OD rates like much of WV); work-related injury risks (including trucking and pedestrian safety) associated with hydraulic fracking (WV and PA allow fracking, but MD does not); health care system level interventions for older adult falls; commercial driving, including service occupations that use private vehicles, such as home health aides. Potential collaborations involving NIOSH Division of Safety Research in Morgantown were discussed for the work-related topics.

 

Public Health Impact of Partnership:

A major goal of WVU ICRC outreach is to develop and sustain partnerships with injury practitioners, especially state health department based violence and injury prevention programs. Already partners with WV and PA, WVU ICRC projects that the next tier of state partnerships to be developed should be with states contiguous to WV and that have counties that fall within the Appalachian Region. Because there are injury risks associated with demographic, and socio-economic factors characteristic of Appalachia, and there are overlapping injury prevention topics and needs, states such as MD, KY, VA, and OH are considered by WVU ICRC to be strong candidates for partnership development.

 

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