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West Virginia Violence and Injury Prevention Program (WV VIPP)

 

West Virginia Violence and Injury Prevention Program (WV VIPP)

Partnership Activities:

WVU ICRC provided data, strategic planning, literature, and grant proposal support to WV VIPP. In August 2013, WVU ICRC leadership attended a statewide prevention meeting organized by WV VIPP. In December 2013, WVU ICRC met with the new WV VIPP Advisory Board, which developed a vision statement and draft mission statement, and identified four injury topic areas for further strategy development: 1) unintentional injury (with focus upon motor-vehicle-related injury, unintentional drug overdoses, older adult falls, and fire-related deaths); 2) suicide, 3) intentional injuries/violence, and 4) child and elder abuse/neglect. Planning workshops for the first three injury topics were conducted. During the last 3 months of the reporting period, WV VIPP (as project lead), the WV Bureau of Medical Services, and the WVU ICRC collaborated in the development of a successful proposal for a Prescription Drug Overdose: Boost for State Prevention grant from the CDC.

Public Health Impact of Partnership:

At 98.7 deaths per 100,000 population, West Virginia had the highest overall fatal injury rate (all injuries, all intents) among all U.S. States and the District of Columbia in 2012. Until 2010, West Virginia had not had a functional injury prevention program in the Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) since the early 2000s. The creation of the West Virginia Violence and Injury Prevention Program in the DHHR Bureau of Public Health’s Office of Child and Maternal Health filled a significant need in a state that critically needed injury prevention leadership. The WVU ICRC has been an active partner and supporter of the WV VIPP from its inception as a fledgling program, to its initial steps to become a viable state-level program, to its leadership in securing the 3-year, $1.2 million award for prescription drug overdose prevention in West Virginia.

 

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