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Worldwide, 5.8 million people die each year from injuries. More than 180,000 fatal injuries occur in the U.S. alone. Motor vehicle crashes, falls, homicides, suicides, domestic violence, child maltreatment, and prescription drug overdoses are just some of the tragedies we hear about every day that affect us all, regardless of sex, race, or economic status. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death for people in the U.S. between the ages of 1 – 44. Beyond the toll these tragedies take on the lives and health of people, there is also a significant economic and societal burden – every year more than $400 billion is spent on medical expenses and lost productivity due to injuries. While many people accept these events as “part of life,” most events resulting in injury, death or disability are predictable and therefore preventable.

This session of Public Health Grand Rounds explores the role of public health in the prevention of injury and violence, and provides a comprehensive picture of the science of injury and violence that has been used to develop and implement solutions such as suicide prevention programs in Oregon and the adoption of the .08 blood alcohol limit for U.S. drivers. The session also looks at future public health challenges and opportunities in reducing the number of preventable tragedies caused by injury and violence.

Presented By

Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN
Director
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
Melvin Kohn, MD, MPH
Director and State Health Officer, Public Health Division
Oregon Health Authority
David A. Sleet, PhD, MA
Associate Director for Science, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), FNAPA, Hon FRSPH
Excutive Director
American Public Health Association

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director

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  • Page last reviewed: February 28, 2018
  • Page last updated: February 28, 2018
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