Lessons Learned about Core State Injury and Surveillance Programs

Over a five-year period (2000–2005), CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), funded 28 state health departments to develop, implement, and evaluate core injury prevention and surveillance programs. At the conclusion of the five year period, states were asked to share with CDC and other states, lessons learned during the implementation of these programs. The lessons learned were submitted to CDC in the state’s “Final Progress Report.” NCIPC’s Division of Injury Response aggregated and synthesized the lessons learned, which are presented in this brochure. They provide useful tips to help state health departments and their partners in planning and conducting injury prevention activities.

The lessons learned in this brochure are sorted into eight categories: Collect, Analyze, and Report Injury Data; Implementation and Evaluation; Organizational Strength; Staffing; Funding; Establishing Partnerships, Advisory Groups, and an Injury Strategic Plan; Providing Technical Supportand Training; and Affect of Advocacy, Education, and Program Visibility on Public Policy.