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image of state Study: Half of Youths Admitted to NYC Jails Suffered Brain Injury before Incarceration | US News

About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

image of state Alert: Unsafe Sleep Related Deaths Are the Leading Cause of Preventable Deaths of Infants in Connecticut

The number of Connecticut infants who died between 2001 and 2013 where unsafe sleep conditions were present was almost three times the number of infants who died from child abuse.

image of state Ohio to Require Reporting of Drug-Addicted Babies | Newsobserver.com

Hospital maternity units and newborn care nurseries would have to report the number of infants born addicted to drugs under a bill headed to Ohio's governor.

image of state Massachusetts: Communities Address Suicide Prevention | Wicked Local: Marshfield

A suicide has a far-reaching effect on a community, and Marshfield and Scituate are moving forward in looking for ways to prevent suicides, and to offer support and assistance to those at risk, and their families and friends.

Last week Representative Cantwell brought together community leaders from Scituate and Marshfield, including the police chiefs and school superintendents from both towns, as well as members of the clergy, healthcare workers, educators, students, and those who have survived the death of a loved one from suicide, to a public forum to discuss what can be done to raise awareness about what services and resources are available.

image of state Connecticut: Basketball and the Brain: Concussions Aren't Just a Risk in Football | CBS News

To help protect their players, the University of New Haven men's basketball team is turning to technology. During practice, players wear Triax head sensors that are small enough to be slipped into a headband. The sensors track the g-force of a hit to the head, which can cause jarring movement of the brain inside the skull.

image of state Illinois Poison Center to Close without More Funding | Chicago Tribune

Illinois was the first state to get a poison center about 60 years ago. In a few months, it could be the only state without poison control services.

The Illinois Poison Center answers thousands of calls from hospital professionals and concerned family members every year, trains hundreds of toxicology experts, and creates educational material on poison prevention and treatment.

image of state New Data Show Impact of Dating Violence on Utah Teens

New data from the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS) show that in 2013, one in four (28%) high school students who dated or went out with someone in the past year report they were emotionally, verbally, physically, or sexually abused by that person. This percentage goes down as students get older, especially for female students. 

New data from the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS) show that in 2013, one in four (28%) high school students who dated or went out with someone in the past year report they were emotionally, verbally, physically, or sexually abused by that person. This percentage goes down as students get older, especially for female students. 

image of state Dangerous Prescriptions Fell in Ohio in 2013, Reports Show | Columbus Dispatch

There's fresh evidence that opiate painkillers are slowly losing their stranglehold on Ohio: More than 200,000 fewer patients were prescribed dangerously high levels of addictive drugs last year compared with 2010.

New reports from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, through the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, mean physicians “can look at one number and have a clear understanding of how vulnerable their patients are to an overdose situation,” said Orman Hall, head of Governor John Kasich’s opiate-action team.

image of state Weapon Carrying, Physical Fighting & Gang Membership Among Youth in Washington State Military Families | Maternal & Child Health Journal

The object of this study was to examine associations between parental military service and school-based weapon carrying, school-based physical fighting and gang membership among youth. We used cross-sectional data from the 2008 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey collected in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades of public schools (n = 9,987). 

image of state Public Health Model Reduces Violence, Says Baltimore Health Commissioner

Street outreach and violence interruption can prevent shootings and killings, and cities say it is a key strategy for preventing violence. In this publication, Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot describes the success of the Safe Streets Baltimore program. 

image of state Colorado Initiative Addresses Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens | Drugfree.org

A new campaign in Colorado, to be unveiled Wednesday, aims to reduce prescription drug abuse among teens, The Denver Post reports.

The campaign, called Rise Above Colorado, includes educational programs and outreach efforts. It builds on the experience of the Colorado Meth Project, the article notes. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Attorney General John Suthers are supporting the effort.

image of state One in Five NYC High School Students Bullied, Report Says | Metro

Nearly one in five students at New York City public high schools are bullied, according to a report released this month by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

In 2011, 18 percent of NYC public high school students reported that they had been bullied either on school property or online, the study found.

image of state Iowa: Improving Safety the Focus of Two New Juvenile Driving Laws | Muscatine Journal

Two new laws that take effect January first are meant to improve the safety of new drivers and the streets that they drive. But some think the laws will be difficult to enforce.

Both of the new regulations are changes to the state's existing graduated licensing program.

image of state State-Funded Program to Target Youth Violence through Media Literacy | Concord Monitor

Educating children about media violence is an important step toward reducing real-world violence.

That’s the message behind a new public-private partnership announced yesterday that will encourage media literacy in classrooms across the state. Media Power Youth, a Manchester-based nonprofit, has received $50,000 in state money to develop free curricula and teacher training and to develop youth programs in a handful of communities. 

image of state Michigan: Fewer Children In Car And Booster Seats In 2013 | Fox 17

A study shows that children in Michigan could be more at risk for injuries in the car than in the past.

An observation survey by the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group shows that fewer children are riding in car seats and booster seats in the state.

image of state Massachusetts Schools Report 4,400 Sports-Related Head Injuries | Boston Globe

Students across Massachusetts suffered more than 4,400 concussions or other head injuries while playing school sports during the last school year, according to surveys submitted to the state by about 360 public and private schools.

image of state Injury Prevention and Death Review: Keeping Kids Alive in Wisconsin

The Alliance leads the Keeping Kids Alive in Wisconsin program in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Maternal and Child Health, Title V Program. Keeping Kids Alive is comprised of child death review (CDR) and fetal infant mortality review (FIMR) teams in each county or region. The teams are multidisciplinary and prevention focused. Both types of teams share information learned from their review processes to improve the health and safety of communities. Learn more about both teamsLearn more about the history of CDR and FIMR. The Alliance has released a new video.

image of state Views of New Jersey Teenagers about Their State's Policies for Beginning Drivers | Journal of Safety Research

Three New Jersey licensing policies are unique in the United States: (a) minimum licensing age of 17; (b) applying full graduated driver licensing (GDL) rules to beginners younger than 21; and (c) requiring license status decals on vehicle plates of drivers in GDL. 

image of state In Massachusetts, Fewer Teen Accidents and Drivers | Boston Globe

The number of accidents involving newly licensed teenagers has dropped by half since Massachusetts raised the training requirements for young drivers and boosted penalties for teens who speed or commit other infractions.

image of state Tennessee: First Statewide Bullying Count Confirms 5,478 Cases | WBIR.com

Tennessee's first statewide count of school bullying incidents found 5,478 cases last school year, shocking the lawmaker who asked for the study.

The Department of Education report turned up 7,555 reports of bullying. Investigations confirmed acts of bullying in 73 percent of reports.

image of state Massachusetts: Less Risky Behavior by Teens – Except Cyberbullying | Boston Globe

Across area communities, high schoolers are engaging in risky behaviors in fewer and fewer numbers, according to the latest MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey out of Education Development Center (EDC). But climbing rates of cyberbullying — coupled with slight upticks in stress and mental health issues — have worried some administrators and youth health advocates.

image of state Florida: Schools Play Key Role in Telling About Texting-While-Driving Ban | Tampa Bay Times

With the ban on texting-while-driving taking effect Tuesday, the outreach by schools will be key. Florida is going without a major campaign to alert the public about the law after Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a $1 million expenditure intended in part to help promote the ban.

image of state Connecticut: No Easy Solutions in the Fight Against Bullying | The Courant

A Courant review of state education records shows that more than 1,250 incidents of school bullying were reported to the state from 2005 to 2012. The state's largest cities — Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven — reported the most incidents in the period, with Hartford reporting 91 verified incidents, the state's statistics indicate.

image of state Florida: How Many Guns Are Found in Our Schools? | Miami Herald

For three months, the Miami Herald collected and reviewed — for the first time — hundreds of police reports compiled by the school districts’ police departments that documented the presence and investigation of guns over the past four years, beginning with the 2009 school year. 

image of state Boston-Area Campuses Warn Students about Dangers of Molly in Wake of Recent Overdoses | Boston.com

Campus administrators, police, municipal leaders and public health officials are warning college students in the Boston-area about the dangers of Molly in the wake of a string of overdoses and arrests related to the so-called “club drug” in recent weeks.

Molly, an illegal stimulant which is said to be a purer form of ecstasy or MDMA, has become increasingly popular around college campuses because the drug can deliver a quick, long-lasting high at a relatively low cost, according to substance abuse experts.

image of state Abusive Head Trauma among Children in Alaska: A Population-Based Assessment | International Journal of Circumpolar Health

Serious physical abuse resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been implicated as an underreported cause of infant mortality. Nearly 80% of all abusive head trauma (AHT) occurs among children 2 years of age, with infants experiencing an incidence nearly 8 times that of <2-year olds.

image of state Washington: Rise in King County Teen Suicides Prompts Call to Action | Seattle/LocalHealthGuide

A committee of experts convened to review child deaths in King County is calling for action to prevent suicides among teenagers, after a high number of youth suicides in 2012. Last year, eleven children died by suicide, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s office. That compares to four suicides in an average year among children younger than 18 years of age.

Maryland: Baseline Concussion Testing Starts in County | Gazette.net

Thousands of Montgomery County Public Schools high school student-athletes underwent mandatory baseline concussion testing for the first time, a major step forward in providing awareness and education and ensuring the safety of the county's athletes, said Dr. Michael R. Yochelson, the vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer for the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

Washington: Coroner Offers Cribs to Combat Accidental Baby Deaths | Kitsap Sun

To help reduce the number of accidental infant deaths, Coroner Sandstrom has partnered with the national nonprofit Cribs for Kids, which is dedicated to getting the message out about safe sleep environments for babies.

To help reduce the number of accidental infant deaths, Coroner Sandstrom has partnered with the national nonprofit Cribs for Kids, which is dedicated to getting the message out about safe sleep environments for babies.

Tennessee Drug-Dependent Newborns This Year Totals 350 | Grundy County Herald

The Tennessee Department of Health this month recorded a troubling milestone:  For the 350th time this year, a baby was born in Tennessee dependent on powerful drugs taken during pregnancy. That baby has to endure the painful and often prolonged and very expensive process of withdrawal from addictive drugs.

The Tennessee Department of Health this month recorded a troubling milestone:  For the 350th time this year, a baby was born in Tennessee dependent on powerful drugs taken during pregnancy. That baby has to endure the painful and often prolonged and very expensive process of withdrawal from addictive drugs.

Most Drowning Deaths in Washington Occur in Rivers and Streams | FederalWayMirror.com

The Washington State Department of Health reported that recent analysis of drowning deaths in the state show that nearly half of the 100 annual average for drowning deaths occur in rivers and streams.

The Washington State Department of Health reported that recent analysis of drowning deaths in the state show that nearly half of the 100 annual average for drowning deaths occur in rivers and streams.

Snowmelt from mountains can cause unexpectedly chilly water temperatures, even at the height of summer. According to the DOH, "cold water can affect even strong swimmers' muscles and nervous system within 10 minutes, overriding strength and endurance."

Pennsylvania: A Philadelphia School's Big Bet on Nonviolence | The Atlantic

Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia's infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, they did something a lot of people would find inconceivable. The school was known as "Jones Jail" for its reputation of violence and disorder, and because the building physically resembled a youth correctional facility. Situated in the Kensington section of the city, it drew students from the heart of a desperately poor hub of injection drug users and street level prostitution where gun violence rates are off the charts. But rather than beef up the already heavy security to ensure safety and restore order, AmMemphis Street Academy also credits the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a noncoercive, nonviolent conflict resolution regimen originally used in prison settings that was later adapted to violent schools. erican Paradigm stripped it away. During renovations, they removed the metal detectors and barred windows.

Massachusetts’ Simple Solution for Preventing Domestic Homicide | Slate

In theory, domestic homicide should be easy to prevent, since men who kill their wives or girlfriends (85 percent of victims are female) generally give us lots of warning by beating, stalking, and even raping their victims, usually for years before they finally kill. In reality, it's surprisingly hard to stop someone who really wants to murder you, especially if he has easy access to a gun. Restraining orders don't create a magic force field around the victim. 

Push for Solutions Underway to Utah's Suicide Problem | Deseret News

The number of suicides in Utah are running apace with the number of similar deaths from the same time last year. But suicide prevention efforts are about to take a giant step toward solving one of Utah's crushing problems.

Maryland’s Ban on Sale of Crib Bumper Pads Takes Effect

On June 21, 2013, Maryland’s statewide ban on the sale of crib bumper pads took effect.

The new policy was adopted by regulation of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) in November 2012 following 18 months of expert and public consultation.  Because crib bumper pads offer no meaningful benefit and pose potentially serious risks to infants, including suffocation and death, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health all advise against their use.

Domestic Violence and Same-Sex Relationships: An Interactive Map from The Network for Public Health Law (NHPL)

Domestic Violence (DV) affects millions of individuals across the U.S. The law can help provide protection, however, the law treats same-sex couples differently in many states. This resource contains an interactive map. Click on the map for details about the coverage of DV laws, protection of DV laws and civil protective orders in every state and D.C.

Anti-Bullying Statutes: 50 State Compilation | Network for Public Health Law

This chart from the Network for Public Health Law (NHPL) compiles anti-bullying legislation by state into a table. 

Football Safety at Core of Program Adopted By Virginia Schools

Heads Up Football, a national youth program aimed at teaching beginner-level kids a safer way to tackle in efforts to limit concussions and ease concerns of parents who question whether their children should play the game, is graduating to the high school level.

Ohio: Operation Safe Summer: Police Reward Kids For Wearing Helmets With Ice Cream (With Cute Video)

Police officers in Brimfield, Ohio are on a very serious mission this summer and are handing out tickets to kids 12 and under. If a cop spots a child wearing a bike helmet while riding, that suspect will be stopped and issued a ticket...for a free ice cream cone.

Tweens at Risk: Examining Car Safety Practices in Four Economically Disadvantaged Urban Elementary Schools in Virginia

Children aged 8- to 12-years-old (“tweens”) are at high risk for crash injury, and motor vehicle crashes are their leading cause of death. Multiple methods revealed low rates of occupant protection among low-income tweens.

Tennessee: Tennessee "Battle of the Belt Competition" to Increase Seatbelt Usage

The Tennessee Department of Health Injury Prevention Program, in partnership with the Tennessee Trauma Centers, sponsored the first-ever statewide competition for Tennessee high schools designed to increase seat belt usage. The Battle of the Belt program was taken statewide in Missouri by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety in conjunction with American Family Insurance. 

Utah: Utah Bans Teen Drivers from Using Cellphones | Daily Herald

The rule bars 16- and 17-year-olds from talking on the phone while driving. Under the new state law, teens who talk on the cellphone while driving could be ticketed and fined $25. The rule is a primary offense. 

Washington: Tribes Fight Suicide, a Leading Killer of Native Youth

State Department of Health statistics released this month show that in Washington, the rate of suicide among native youth from 10 to 24 years old was more than double the rate of any other ethnic population.

Colorado: Firearm Injuries of Children and Adolescents in 2 Colorado Trauma Centers: 2000-2008
New Mexico EMSC Releases Safe Transport of Children in EMS Vehicles

New Mexico EMS for Children (EMSC) has released two new online modules: "Safe Transport of Children in EMS Vehicles Part 1 and Part 2." The modules address the specific issues, concerns, recommendations, and guidelines to improve current practice regarding the safe transport of pediatric patients in emergency vehicles. 

Maryland: Cyberbullying at Montgomery Schools Raises Alarm

In the last month, some Montgomery County students have made threats to school safety, harassed their principals and teachers, made racial comments and bullied their peers — yet some of them have gone unpunished.

Massachusetts: Hospital Treats Violence as a Disease with Help of ‘Trauma Love’

Some local hospital are now treating urban violence like a disease. Rather than just patching up victims and sending them home, they’re treating gunshots and knife wounds as symptoms of a larger illness that can be managed — and maybe even cured — with the right treatment.

New York: Study Details Injuries to Pedestrians and Cyclists in NYC: Crosswalks Are Not Havens

Pedestrians struck by cars are most often hit while in the crosswalk, with the signal on their side.

Taxicabs pose a disproportionate threat to cyclists, who often compete for the same sliver of curbside roadway.

And as New Yorkers brace for contact, an unexpected factor may protect against serious injury: being overweight.

Recent Trends in Adolescent Alcohol Use in Hawaii: 2005–2011

Monitoring trends in adolescent alcohol use over time is important for planning, allocation of resources, and evaluation of alcohol prevention and treatment programs. This article is an update of previously reported trends in adolescent alcohol use in the State of Hawai‘i utilizing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Survey. 

Montana: Unlicensed Driving and Other Related Health Risk Behaviors: A Study of Montana High School Students

Health risk behaviors, both car driving/riding related as well as others, are common among high school students in Montana. Unlicensed drivers tend to disclose health risk behaviors to a greater extent than their licensed driving and non-driving peers.  In general, male students more often reported health risk behaviors than females with small effect between the sexes on driving practice.

South Carolina: State Teen Driver Deaths Drop, Local Programs Cited

The number of traffic deaths involving teen drivers has dropped statewide, according to officials, and several local high school programs are cited as contributing factors.

Indiana: Babies Born Hooked On Mom's Prescription Drugs

The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs by pregnant women -- whether intentional or unknowingly -- is on the rise in East Central Indiana.

New Jersey's License Plate Decal Requirement for Graduated Driver Licenses

New Jersey's License Plate Decal Requirement for Graduated Driver Licenses: Attitudes of Parents and Teenagers, Observed Decal Use, and Citations for Teenage Driving Violations discusses the NJ law requiring teens with learner's permits  to display reflective decals on the license plates when they drive.

Teaching Children About Bicycle Safety: An Evaluation of the New Jersey Bike School Program

An evaluation of the New Jersey Bike School program was undertaken using a convenience sample of participating children. A behavioral survey of bicycling behavior and pre-training and post-training tests were administered.

Massachusetts: Community-Based Intervention Education Programs Are Associated with Decreased Opioid Overdose Death Rates

Overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) was associated with a significant decrease in opioid overdose death rates, according to a recent study published in the British Medical Journal.   The report evaluated the impact of state-supported OEND programs that were run between 2006 and 2009 in 19 communities in Massachusetts.

Illinois: Illinois Poison Center Sees Increase in Calls for Prescription Drug Poisoning

More people are hospitalized in Illinois for poisonings than for injuries from guns and car crashes combined. That's according to the Illinois Poison Center, which released its stats on the calls it received in 2012 this week.

Georgia: University of Georgia Finds One-Third of Dating Teens Report Violence in Their Relationships

Nearly a third of those dating in middle and high school report abusive relationships, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. The dating violence, which the researchers first measured in sixth grade, is a cycle that increases over time.

New York: Pedestrian Safety Program Prevents Student Injuries, Based on Pediatrics Study

Fewer kids were injured during early morning and after school hours once new traffic lights, pedestrian signals and speed bumps were put around New York City schools, according to a new study.

Evaluation of a Standardized ATV Safety Education Intervention for Youth in Rural Central Illinois

This study investigates the effectiveness of a standardized adolescent ATV safety program in changing the safety knowledge and safe ATV riding practices reported by rural Central Illinois youths.

California: Tapping the Power of Friendship to Boost Teen Mental Health

The Sources of Strength suicide prevention program in place at Palo Alto high school has been successful at changing social norms so far, according to the results of an evaluation of the first year of the three-year program.

Wisconsin County Makes Cyberbullying a Crime

Cyberbullying isn’t just wrong in Vernon County, Wisconsin. After this week, electronic messages that annoy, offend or ridicule are now criminal.

Georgia: Teen Driver Program in Georgia Gets National Recognition

A Georgia parent-teen driver education program has been selected for inclusion in a national publication highlighting innovative programs helping reduce crashes involving teen drivers.

Tennessee: Tennessee to Require Reporting of Addicted Babies

The Tennessee Department of Health will begin requiring hospitals to report babies born with addictions Jan. 1 so it can better monitor a rising epidemic caused by mothers taking prescription narcotics.

Texas: Acute Occupational Injury among Adolescent Farmworkers from South Texas

This combined cross-sectional/cohort study from Injury Prevention addressed research gaps by estimating the rate of non-fatal occupational injury and identifying potential determinants among a population of adolescent farmworkers who are largely Hispanic and migrant. 

Minnesota: 'We Have More Methadone-Addicted Babies' -- Minnesota Statewide Plan to Tackle Substance Abuse Presented

“We have more and more methadone-addicted babies in our community,” said Phil Norgaard, human services director of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, citing one of the many concerns raised during the 90-minute meeting. “We have the highest per-capita death rate for methadone (in Carlton County).”

New Jersey: Identifying Teen Drivers Curbs Crashes in NJ, Study Finds

The red decals that young drivers in New Jersey must display on their license plates have prevented more than 1,600 car accidents, a new study suggests.

North Carolina First State to Make Bullying Teachers a Crime

In North Carolina, any and all bullying of teachers by students will be outlawed as part of a broad anti-bullying legislation that goes into effect on December 1st of this year. 

Analysis of Pediatric All-Terrain Vehicle Trauma Data in Middle Tennessee: Implications for Injury Prevention

This article analyzes trauma registry data to describe the nature and distribution of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) injuries in Middle Tennessee. 

South Dakota: Ad Campaign Takes Aim at Teen Suicide on Pine Ridge Reservation

A collaborative effort between the American Advertising Federation of the Black Hills and Oglala Lakota College has created a public service campaign called the Lakota Voice Project to help stem a tide of suicide among reservation youths that is twice the national average.

Texas: Should Teachers Spank Students? A Texas School District Expands Its Corporal-Punishment Policy

Corporal punishment in schools is a thorny issue, as highlighted by a Texas school district’s recent decision to change its spanking policy. 

Ohio: High School Football Saving Brains as Game Goes On

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has devised rules to immediately remove a player and provide him medical attention upon showing signs of a concussion, said Hank Zaborniak, the association's assistant commissioner.

Delaware: New Child Abuse Law Takes Effect in Delaware

Legislation aimed at strengthening prosecution of child-abuse cases is now law in Delaware.  

Delaware: Adults Learn about Signs of Teen Suicide

More than 100 families in Kent and Sussex counties have a young family member who attempted suicide earlier this year -- and who will need extra support from school, family and peers as they return to school in the coming days, experts say.

Kentucky: Area Schools Spread the Word about Suicide Prevention

In 2010, legislation was passed in Kentucky that mandated the dissemination of suicide information to teachers and students.  

Maine: Mother Urges Drivers to Put Down Cell Phones

Starting August 30th, people caught texting while driving will be facing stiffer fines in Maine. The fine is going up from $100 to $250.  

Illinois: All-Terrain Vehicle Dealership Point-of-Sale Child Safety Compliance in Illinois | Pediatric Emergency Care

This study from Pediatric Emergency Care identifies safety guidelines and recommendations dealers convey to consumers at the point of sale.  

California: University of California Reaching Out to Depressed Students Online

An online program available to students, residents, and faculty physicians at UC San Diego’s medical school has helped many in the school community overcome their reluctance to visit the counseling center. 

Virginia: Police Rescue Baby From Hot Car

Police broke into a car to rescue a baby boy locked inside Thursday afternoon. 

West Virginia: New Studies Released on Bicycle and ATV Helmet Use and Safety

WV Medical Journal releases two new studies: Pediatric Bicycle Injury Prevention and the Effect of Helmet Use: The West Virginia Experience and Injury Prevention and Recreational All-Terrain Vehicle Use: The Impact of Helmet Use in West Virginia.

Massachusetts: 22 Hub Teachers Band Together to Confront Bullying

A three-day workshop, put on by the Bullying Prevention Research Institute, a program run by the Education Development Center, which is also the home of Children's Safety Network, seeks to  to root out bullying in Boston and replace it with a culture of kindness.

Massachusetts: Online Training Program Helps Spot Child Abuse

Child advocates and prosecutors in Middlesex County have revamped an online training program designed to help people who work with children to recognize and report suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

Alaska: Devastating Impact of Domestic Abuse Revealed in Database Tracking Alaska Natives

A heart-wrenching number of Alaska Native children witness domestic or sexual violence, and many are victims themselves, troubling facts that mean the cycle of abuse is poised to continue, experts say. 

New York: Before Standardized Tests, Teaching Children Not to Drown

Over the last 18 months, 14,385 second graders from 132 public schools have been introduced to the water through Swim for Life.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to Sign Bills Banning K2, Spice, Bath Salts

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has announced he will sign into law a package of four bills that would ban K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs including "bath salts." 

North Carolina: Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina Receives Eshelman Foundation Grant

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) today announced it is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Eshelman Foundation.  

Connecticut Leads Way in Fight Against School Bullying

Last year the Connecticut legislature passed an anti-bullying law which places the state at the forefront of the battle against bullying in schools.

New Poisoning Risk to Children Identified by Carolinas Poison Control Center Leads to Product Repackaging
Massachusetts: Texting-while-driving Trial for Teen Opens in Haverhill

18-year-old  Aaron Deveau is on trial for texting while driving after he plowed into another car, killing the driver and severely injuring a passenger.

Alabama: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Commends Alabama for Enacting Ban on Texting While Driving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today applauded Alabama Governor Robert Bentley for signing a new law that prohibits text messaging while driving.

Vermont Lawmakers Debate Drug Data Access by Police to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

Gov. Peter Shumlin in his State of the State address in January cited an "epidemic" of prescription drug abuse in Vermont as justification for allowing police to get access without search warrants to a Health Department database that tracks the medicines Vermont doctors are prescribing for their patients. 

Florida: Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bills Making Child Abuse Reporting Everyone’s Job and Expanding Protections for Victims of Dating Violence

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed off on a group of bills he said will expand protections for victims of sexual and domestic violence while bolstering penalties for educational institutions and law enforcement agencies that look the other way. 

Arizona Lawmakers OK Booster-Seat Bill

After years of failed attempts, the Arizona Legislature on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would require older children to ride in booster seats. 

Massachusetts Leads Nation with Lowest Rate of Accidental Deaths in Children

Massachusetts had the lowest rate in the nation for pediatric injury deaths in 2009: 4 deaths per 100,000 children up to age 19.

Michigan: University of Michigan Finds that Nearly 1 in 4 Grandparents Store Prescription Medicines Where Children can Easily Find Them

Nearly 1 of every 4 grandparents says that they store prescription medicines in easy-access ways, according to a new poll. 

Idaho Brings Number of States Banning Texting While Driving to 37

The Governors Highway Safety Association commends Idaho for becoming the 37th state to enact a texting while driving ban. 

Kentucky: Louisville Basketball Players with Multiple Concussions Wearing Helmets to Prevent More Injuries

Louisville is taking a proactive approach to preventing multiple concussions: Mixed martial arts helmets.

Missouri: Distracted Driving Campaign Goes Public

Public health advocates in Missouri are taking their campaign against distracted driving to the public after failing to win support in Jefferson City for a ban on driver cellphone use.

Kentucky: House Backs Bill for More Oversight of Child Protection System

The House gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a bill designed to provide more oversight of the state’s child protection system and better track cases in which children die or are seriously injured from abuse or neglect. 

Oklahoma: Home-based Intervention Prevents Abuse

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center found a home-based intervention program aimed at preventing recurrence of child abuse and neglect is working in Oklahoma.

Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention Platform Launched

The Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Center for Health & Learning presented the Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention Platform 2012, a guide for future suicide prevention efforts in the state.

National Internet Safety 101® Program Empowers Utah Parents and Caring Adults to Protect Kids from Online Dangers

Enough Is Enough® (EIE) and the Utah Council for Crime Prevention (UCCP) has launched EIE's Telly award winning, multimedia Internet Safety 101® Program in the state of Utah, empowering parents, educators, law enforcement and other caring adults with the tools to protect their children from the dangers of the digital world.

Oregon OSHA Announces Work Safety PSA Contest for Teens

Oregon OSHA

Oregon high school students are invited to submit videos for the 2012 "Save a friend. Work safe." public service announcement contest. Sponsored by several groups, including Oregon OSHA, the contest is designed to raise awareness among young people about safety on the job. To enter, students must submit a 45-second PSA reflecting the theme "Save a friend. Work safe."

Preventing Drowning in Washington State

Washington State Department of Health and Seattle Children’s Hospital

The Washington State Child and Youth Open Water Drowning Prevention Task Force created a five-year plan to implement policy changes that will prevent open water drowning among children and teens.

Utah Student Injury Reporting System

Utah Violence and Injury Prevention Program, Utah Department of Health

More than 800 public schools participate in Utah’s innovative program to track injuries that take place in school, during school activities, or while students are traveling to and from school.

Using a Community of Practice to Inform Action

Massachusetts Injury Prevention and Control Program and Children’s Safety Newtork

The Rural/Agricultural Injuries Community of Practice was a Children’s Safety Network initiative that brought together six Northeastern states to reduce rural injury rates. The MA team focused on legislation to raise the age at which children ride ATVs.

Preventing Sexual Assault Among Teens

Rhode Island Department of Health and Day One

Rhode Island’s Your Voice, Your View is centered on an annual contest in which teens create public service announcements to educate their peers about sexual violence prevention.

Teaching Teens & Parents about Traumatic Brain Injuries

Washington State Injury & Violence Prevention Program

Each year, more than 260 teens in Washington State are hospitalized as a consequence of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The Washington State Injury & Violence Prevention Program created a video to educate teens and their parents about TBIs.

ATV Safety in Arkansas: Disseminating the Message to Rural Communities

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH)

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) formed a community work group in 2001 to begin a dialogue on ATV safety. Through this partnership, innovative safety information has been disseminated via posters, a video, PSAs, and a tool kit.

Using Health Impact Assessment to Prevent Injuries in Oregon

Oregon’s Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Working Group

Oregon’s Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Working Group concluded that strategies to reduce the use of motor vehicles have the potential to prevent injuries from car collisions, including those to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Preventing Drowning in Alaska: Kids Don’t Float

Kids Don’t Float

While driving home from an injury prevention conference, Homer Fire Chief Robert Painter came up with the idea for Kids Don’t Float, a drowning prevention program that combines personal floatation device (PFD) loaner stations with water safety education.

Preventing Firearms-Related Suicide in Montana

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Firearms are involved in 66% of the suicides in Montana. In response, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services launched an initiative in which free gun locks, accompanied by suicide prevention information are distributed to the public.

Involving Fathers in Hawaii

Family Health Services Division
Maternal and Child Health Branch
Hawaii Department of Health

Hawaii’s Hui Makuakane Father Support Program was an innovative effort in which Father Facilitators provided home-based support services—with an emphasis on father-child involvement—to families with young children.

Creating an Injury Prevention Basic Certificate Course in Delaware

Division of Public Health, Delaware Health and Social Services
Delaware Coalition for Injury Prevention
University of Delaware

Recognizing a critical need for injury and violence prevention training for health professionals, Delaware created an Injury Prevention Basic Certificate Course on CD-ROM that can be used at times and in places convenient to the learner.

Training Role Models in Rhode Island

Health Promotion & Wellness Team
Division of Community, Family Health, and Equity
Rhode Island Department of Health

Men2Be is an innovative role model training program that helps men encourage boys to make healthy decisions. The program teaches men to communicate effectively with adolescent boys, recognize risk behaviors, and assist boys in developing good character and habits.

Preventing Bullying in Virginia

Division of Injury and Violence Prevention, Office of Family Health Services, Virginia Department of Health

The Virginia Office of Family Health Services is expanding the use of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program by providing resources and technical assistance to Olweus programs in 45 elementary and middle schools in an effort that is reaching more than 40,000 students.

Screening for Domestic Violence in Massachusetts

Bureau of Family and Community Health

The Massachusetts Division of Violence and Injury Prevention is working to identify and help victims of intimate partner violence using the Domestic Violence Screening, Care, Referral, and Information Project (DV SCRIP).

New Jersey: Traumatic Loss Coalitions

Division of Family Health Services
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

In 1995, after a tragic year in which eight children and a teacher died by suicide, the Mercer County (New Jersey) Traumatic Loss Coalition (TLC) was created. The TLC developed a model for responding to distressing events, including suicides, which is now used in all 21 of New Jersey's counties.

Using a Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Injury Prevention

Office of Maternal and Child Health, Division of Community and Family Health Washington State Department of Health

Washington's MCH, EMS & Trauma Systems, and Environmental Health & Safety Offices signed a Memorandum of Understanding to sustain their collaboration on injury and violence prevention (IVP), develop an injury prevention plan, and raise the profile of IVP activities.

Integrating Injury Prevention and Adolescent Health: An example in West Virginia

Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

West Virginia's Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health's Adolescent Health Initiative is furthering its mission to promote the well-being of children and youth while also addressing injury prevention challenges identified by the State's Title V Needs Assessment.

Informing Injury Prevention Policy in New Mexico

Office of Injury Prevention, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau
New Mexico Department of Health

The New Mexico Office of Injury Prevention demonstrates how a public health department can inform State injury prevention policy by bringing science and data to policymakers, especially information on the public costs of injuries.

A Health Department/College Partnership to Prevent Injuries through a Social Marketing Campaign in Massachusetts

Injury Prevention and Control Program
Center for Community Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

The Injury Prevention and Control Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health partnered with Emerson College's Summer Institute to develop innovative ideas for an upcoming social marketing campaign to prevent falls among the elderly.

Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health

Injury Prevention Program
Family Health Section, Bureau of Community Health Promotion
Wisconsin Department of Heath and Family Services

Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH) is an online system that allows users to generate statistics on a variety of health indicators, including deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits due to injuries. WISH helped change the way local public health practitioners in Wisconsin look at injuries.

Iowa's Keeping Kids Safe Conference

Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Department of Public Health
University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center

Keeping Kids Safe is an annual injury prevention conference that gives injury prevention practitioners a chance to hear national speakers, meet State decision-makers and advocates, and receive safety training.

California Local Public Health and the Built Environment Network

California Center for Physical Activity
State and Local Injury Control Section
California Department of Health Services                                                                                                                         

California's Local Public Health and Built Environment Network is helping public health practitioners find common interest with transportation planners, community development agencies, and land-use committees in order to make it safer and more attractive for residents to walk and bicycle.  

Alabama Child Death Review System

Bureau of Family Health Services, Alabama Department of Public Health, and partners

The ACDRS State Office in the Alabama Department of Public Health uses data to support and train local child death review teams, initiate and collaborate with State and local injury prevention programs, and support the work of the State Child Death Review Team.

Connecticut Young Worker Safety Team

The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Young Worker Safety Team  

The CDPH and the Connecticut Young Worker Safety Team are training teachers, school-to-work staff, job training instructors, and other adults to use Work Safe!, a curriculum that teaches teens to identify and address workplace hazards.

Preventing Youth Suicide in Oregon

Oregon's Connecting Youth
Oregon Department of Human Service's Injury Prevention and Epidemiology

Oregon's Connecting Youth project identifies and provides services to children and adolescents who have attempted suicide. The project is being carried out by the Oregon Department of Human Service's Injury Prevention and Epidemiology Section with funding from the Northwest Health Foundation.  

Promoting Booster Seats in Colorado

Injury and Suicide Prevention Program, Colorado Department of Health and Environment and the El Paso (Colorado) County Health Department

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment and its partners are using a CDC grant to evaluate a strategy to promote child passenger booster seats. The project targets child care center owners and is also reaching parents through child care centers.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Virginia

Center for Injury and Violence Prevention, Virginia Department of Health

The Virginia Department of Health uses an existing national helpline and a public education campaign to prevent child sexual abuse and provide Virginians with access to an innovative prevention strategy as well as local resources and referrals.

Promoting E-codes in Minnesota

Injury and Violence Prevention Unit, Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Department of Health uses trainings, conferences, and a "pocket card" to encourage health care providers to include External Cause of Injury (E) Codes in their medical records.