U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Injury Prevention

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - NCIPC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In June 1992, CDC established the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). As the lead federal agency for injury prevention, NCIPC works closely with other federal agencies; national, state, and local organizations; state and local health departments; and research institutions.

Review Date: June 30, 2011

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transportation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established in 1966. Its highest priority is to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes, improve highway safety by promoting both safer vehicles and safer driving practices, sets and enforces Federal safety standards for all new motor vehicles, investigates alleged safety defects and orders recalls where necessary, and conducts extensive research on improving vehicle safety. The NHTSA provides financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, awards grants to states for highway safety and to help combat drunk driving, works closely with private organizations to promote a broad range of driver and traffic safety programs, including programs to combat drunk driving, encourages use of safety belts and child safety seats, improve emergency medical services, driver licensing, traffic recordkeeping and traffic law enforcement, investigates odometer fraud, sets bumper, fuel economy and vehicle theft standards and develops crashworthiness of new cars. The NHTSA maintains a toll-free hotline for consumer complaints on auto safety, reporting alleged defects, requests for auto safety recall information, and consumer publications on traffic and highway safety.

Review Date: July 29, 2015

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National Injury Information Clearinghouse, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the clearinghouse disseminates statistics and information relating to the prevention of death and injury associated with consumer products. The Clearinghouse provides injury data from electronic data sources and distributes publications including hazard analyses, special studies, and data summaries. Each year the Clearinghouse responds to 6,000 requests for information from the American public. Information specialists search agency data bases to tailor responses to each customer's needs.

Review Date: June 26, 2015

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - NIOSH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is a Federal agency established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 with responsibility for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illness and injuries. The Institute's day-to-day functions include: investigating potentially hazardous working conditions as requested by employers or employees; evaluating hazards in the workplace, ranging from chemicals to machinery; creating and disseminating methods for preventing disease, injury, and disability; and conducting research and providing scientifically valid recommendations for protecting workers.

Review Date: July 20, 2011

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to encourage employers and employees to reduce workplace hazards and implement new or improved safety and health programs; establish separate but dependent responsibilities and rights for employers and employees to achieve better safety and health conditions; maintain a reporting and record-keeping system to monitor job-related injuries and illnesses; develop mandatory job safety and health standards and enforce them; and provide for the development, analysis, evaluation, and approval of State occupational safety and health programs. The Act provides six distinct provisions for protecting the safety and health of Federal workers on the job. OSHA also encourages a broad range of voluntary workplace improvement efforts, including consultation programs, training and education efforts, grants to establish safety and health competence, and a variety of similar programs.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division

The Office of Boating Safety oversees the program for the prevention of recreational boat casualties. Activities of the Office include enforcement of Federal laws and regulations, establishment of pleasure craft safety standards, administration of public education and training programs, and maintenance of liaison with others concerned with boating safety. The Program Development and Implementation Division develops and administers a public information program, which includes distribution of literature to the general public and public service announcements for radio and television. The Office maintains a toll-free customer infoline, which provides access to safety information.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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United States Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency

The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is to provide leadership, coordination and support for the Nation's fire prevention and control, fire training and education, and emergency medical services activities. USAF's priorities and responsibilities include reducing fire deaths, injuries, and property losses in partnership with State and local fire communities, developing and delivering training programs for the fire service and allied personnel that help them better protect their local communities, assisting State and local governments in their efforts to prevent and control fire-related incidents, especially arson, enhancing the capability of the fire service to respond to all types of emergencies, including emergency medical and hazardous materials incidents and wildland fires, promoting firefighter health, safety, and efficiency and reducing firefighter deaths, nitiating research and evaluation procedures to improve fire prevention and protection nationwide, and collecting, analyzing, and disseminating fire data to identify national and local trends.

Review Date: June 13, 2011

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Academy for Sports Dentistry

The Academy was founded in 1983 as a forum for dentists, physicians, trainers, coaches, dental technicians, and educators interested in exchanging ideas related to Sports Dentistry and the dental needs of athletes at risk to sports injuries. Activities include the collection and dissemination of information of dental athletic injuries and the encouragement of research on the prevention of dental injuries to athletes.

Review Date: February 05, 2009

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American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine serves to advance the understanding, prevention and management of lower extremity sports and fitness injuries. AAPSM believes that providing such knowledge to the profession and the public will optimize enjoyment and safe participation in sports and fitness activities. AAPSM accomplishes this mission through professional education, scientific research, public awareness and membership support. Today, the AAPSM has over 700 members and is the second largest affiliate of the American Podiatric Medical Association (previously known as APA or American Podiatry Association).

Review Date: June 14, 2011

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American Burn Association

This is an international, multi-disciplinary organization of health professionals that provide care and rehabilitation to burn patients, conduct burn-related research, educate burn team members, develop/implement burn injury prevention programs, fight fires, and address the psychosocial needs of burn victims. The ABA sponsors a variety of educational programs, fellowships, and grants.

Review Date: January 02, 2009

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American College of Emergency Physicians

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), founded in 1968, is a medical specialty organization of over 22,000 members, 53 chapters, and 26 sections that focus on critical issues, such as injury prevention, trauma care, pediatric emergency medicine, EMS, toxicology, cruise ship medicine, and disaster medicine. The organization monitors and advocates on emergency medicine issues, conducts continuing medical education, produces public education materials on a wide variety of health and safety topics, recommended clinical standards for emergency medicine and EMS, and funds research fellowships in emergency medicine.

Review Date: August 26, 2010

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Center for Injury Research & Control

The Consortium for Injury Research and Community Action (CIRCA) is a university-wide comprehensive Injury Control Research program that provides community based injury prevention, research, training, and service through an extensive collaboration with a broad range of university, state and local organizations. The consortium conducts and promotes injury control research, gathers and disseminates information on injuries, provides training for health professionals, and informs public and community leaders on injury control issues. The unifying theme is a unique focus on social, public policy, environmental change and community participatory-based approaches to injury research and prevention.

Review Date: March 30, 2012

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. The primary mission of the FMCSA is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

Review Date: October 28, 2009

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Home Safety Council - Safe Kids Worldwide

The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages to be safer in and around their homes. The Home Safety Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Washington, DC. The merger of Safe Kids Worldwide and the Home Safety Council was completed in 2011, bringing together top experts in public health and safety with a common goal of preventing accidental injuries to children. The merger builds on the more than 40 years of combined experience of the two organizations in providing education and advocacy for preventing unintentional injuries, a leading cause of childhood deaths. Under the Safe Kids Worldwide name, the organization is solely dedicated to the prevention of accidental injuries to children ages 0-14. Most Home Safety Council programs have been consolidated within the Safe Kids USA organization.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries, and property damage that result from crashes on the nation's roads. The IIHS’s research focuses on three main areas: human factors, or preventing crashes by changing driver behavior; vehicle factors, or reducing deaths and injuries by improving vehicle design; and environmental factors, or changing roadway design, signs, and signals to reduce crashes. The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shares and supports this mission through scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles and by publishing insurance loss results by vehicle make and model.

Review Date: January 19, 2012

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National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research

The National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research collects and analyzes data on severe high school and college sports injuries--those resulting in death or permanent severe functional disability. The Center prepares annual reports in three areas: football fatalities; permanent paralyzing injuries from football; and catastrophic injuries in all other sports. The purpose of the research and analysis is to recommend rule changes, safer coaching techniques, and improved equipment.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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National Safety Council

The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy. From OSHA compliance and workplace safety, to motor vehicle safety and first aid, NSC offers products and training to educate your employees, their families and your community on preventing and responding to emergency situations.

Review Date: July 29, 2015

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SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Founded in 1981 as Students Against Driving Drunk, SADD's focus initially was to combat teen deaths due to drinking and driving. SADD has expanded its mission and name and now sponsors chapters called Student Against Destructive Decisions. SADD now focuses on prevention of all destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, violence, reckless driving, depression and suicide. SADD's unique approach involves young people delivering education and prevention programming to their peers through school- and community-wide activities and campaigns responsive to the needs of their particular locations. Projects may include peer-led classes and theme-focused forums; teen workshops; conferences and rallies; prevention education and leadership training; awareness-raising activities; studen/parent programming and legislative work. Since its formation, SADD has spread to all 50 states, Canada, New Zealand and many other international locations.

Review Date: June 10, 2010

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Spinal Cord Injury Information Network

The SPINALCORD Injury Information Network offers educational and research information relevant to persons with spinal cord injuries, their families, and others of interest. Within this site, there is original information managed by the UAB Model SCI System along with the links to web sites around the world that contain SCI educational and research information along with the general disability related information.

Review Date: July 28, 2010

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The American Trauma Society

The American Trauma Society (ATS) is dedicated to the elimination of needless death and disability from injury. For over 40 years, ATS has served as an advocate for the trauma care system, trauma prevention programs, and the victims of trauma and their families throughout the United States. ATS’ goals are to prevent injury whenever possible, and to ensure optimal treatment of trauma when it does occur.

Review Date: December 20, 2011

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