Kentucky Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (CORE SVIPP)



Injuries are the leading cause of death for persons ages 1–44 in Kentucky. The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center is a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health that combines academic investigation with practical public health initiatives. Kentucky is working to decrease injuries and violence by implementing evidence-based programs and  strategies.

Base Component

Kentucky is addressing all required focus areas using injury and violence prevention  strategies.

Preventing child abuse and neglect

Kentucky is implementing an evidence-based pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT) education program for emergency medical services. This education program focuses on risk factors and prevention of PAHT.

Preventing intimate partner violence/sexual violence

Kentucky is working with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) to implement the Green Dotexternal icon Strategy. This is a violence prevention program designed to increase positive behavior, change social norms, and reduce sexual and other forms of interpersonal violence perpetration and  victimization.

Preventing motor vehicle crash injury and death

Kentucky is working with the Office of Highway Safety to implement evidence-based Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law improvement. The goal is  to increase the number of policy briefs that focus on GDL law improvement. Kentucky is implementing localizes Checkpoints™, a parent-teen driver safety program.

Contact Info

State Website: icon

State Contact: Terry Bunn,

CDC Core SVIPP Project Officer: Tracey Hardy,