Indiana Injury Prevention Advisory Council
Mission: The mission of the Injury Prevention Advisory Council (IPAC) is to reduce the number and severity of preventable injuries in Indiana through leadership and advocacy.
Goal: Through improved collection and dissemination of data and coordination of injury prevention and control efforts, the Indiana State Department of Health will reduce injury-related morbidity and mortality in Indiana.
Vision: Working together to create a safe and injury free Indiana.
Indiana Injury Prevention Advisory Council Terms of Reference
Working Premises of the CouncilInjuries are the leading cause of death for Hoosiers 1 to 44 years of age; the third leading cause of death for Hoosier 45-54; the fourth leading cause of death for those 55-64; and in the top ten causes of death for Hoosiers 65 and older. Indiana is consistently in the top five states for unintentional suffocation deaths for infants less than one year of age. As such, the prevention of such injuries (and subsequent cost savings) should be a priority for the State of Indiana. Injuries are a public health issue, and as such, should be framed within the Public Health Model using guidelines developed by national/international public health organizations.
- Injury prevention activities need to be scientifically, evidence-based whenever possible using national guidelines/evidence if available.
- Evaluation is an essential component of injury prevention to ensure that the intervention is effective.
- Intentional and unintentional injuries will be included, excluding hospital patient safety issues.
- The work needs to be rewarding and useful at the individual, organizational, and state level.
- The group needs to be representative of injuries that encompass all ages, state geographic locations (rural and urban), and ethnicities/cultures/races/religions.
- Our vision for the future of injury prevention in Indiana must begin with a framework that will ensure that professionals are properly trained with the skills and knowledge necessary to reduce the burden of injury. A curriculum for injury prevention, i.e. core competencies, is necessary for injury prevention professionals to excel and strengthen the field as a whole.
The Injury Prevention Advisory Council is expanding its membership to include more stakeholders from across the state. Interested partners will receive email updates about news and research in injury prevention throughout the year to stay up to date. If you are interested in becoming a member of IPAC or would like to receive more information about IPAC, please contact Jessica Schultz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 317-617-4155.
3rd Annual IPAC Conference:
Making Connections: Community, Programs, and Progress
The third annual IPAC conference was held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park.
2017 Conference Presentations
- Keynote: Preventing Violence in Indiana through Collective Impact: How Connecting the Dots will Create a Rainbow - Kate Gasiorowski, MPH & Laurie Gerdt, LMHC
- Intimate Partner Violence in Marion County: Critical Concepts for Prevention/Intervention - Andrew Campbell, MPHc
- Unpacking the Prevention Toybox: Activities for Engaging Community Partners - Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams, MA
- A Collaboration to Address ATV Safety for Indiana's Youth - Lynn Herr, RN, BSN, CPN, TNS, Mary Raley, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, TNSCC, Lu Weil, EMT, PI, LI, Ashlee Bruggenschmidt & Captain William Browne
- Water Awareness in Residential Neighborhoods (W.A.R.N.) - Captain Jerry Richert
- Stop the Bleed - Catana Philipps, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN
- Fall Prevention: Implementing Community-wide Prevention through Partnerships - Preston Harness, MPH, CPST
2nd Annual IPAC Conference
The 2nd Annual Injury Prevention Advisory Council (IPAC) Conference was held on May 19, 2016 at the Rapp Family Conference Center at Eskenazi Health. The Conference was organized by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Indiana Injury Prevention Advisory Council and focused on educating injury prevention coordinators, first responders, and others about evidence-based prevention programs and best practices. The Conference featured a presentation from Angela Marr, MPH Branch Chief for the Practice Integration and Evaluation Branch, Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and a presentation from Dr. Donald Teater, Medical Advisory for the National Safety Council on The illusion of opioid pain medications: Why do we love these pills?
2016 Conference Presentations
- Overview of Injury Resources for Trauma Centers: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - Angela Marr, MPH
- The Illusion of Opioid Pain Medications. Why Do We Love These Pills? - Donald Teater, MD
- Social Inclusion as Sexual Violence Prevention: A Public Health Project in Collaboration with Adults with Developmental Disabilities - Kate Gasiorowski, MPH & Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams, MA
- Analysis of Bicyclist Involvement in Indiana Motor Vehicle Collisions - Dona Sapp, MPI & Seth Payton, PhD, MPA
- E-Cigarettes and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: An Emerging Public Health Challenge - Katelin Ryan, MA
- Zero Suicide Initiatives: Prevention and Data - Laurie Gerdt, MA, LMHC & Julia Clement, BSN, RN
- Off Road Vehicle Laws, Accidents and Safety Practices - Scott Johnson
- ThinkFirst to Prevent Falls: A Program Overview - Catana Philipps, BSN, RN CEN
- Safe Transportation of Children with Behavioral Issues - Jason Skinner, MOTR, CPST
Upcoming IPAC Meetings
Date Meeting Location Room Time 9/15/2017
- Meeting 3 2017
2 N Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Rice Auditorium 10 a.m. -12 p.m. EST 11/17/2017
- Meeting 4 2017
- Agenda TBD
2 N Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Rice Auditorium 10 a.m. -12 p.m. EST
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