National Peer Learning Teams (NPLT)

The Regional Network Coordinating Organizations (RNCO) launched National Peer Learning Teams (NPLT) to connect partners across the country to learn about a specific topic area related to injury and violence prevention and identify areas for high-leverage solutions. The topic areas include child maltreatment; intimate partner violence; motor vehicle crash injury prevention; traumatic brain injury; and systems thinking. National Peer Learning Teams are not limited to specific geographic regions.

NPLT Profiles

Child Maltreatment National Peer Learning Team
The Child Maltreatment Prevention National Peer Learning Teamexternal icon is helping public health departments engage with this important topic by learning about successful strategies, exchanging expertise on how to elevate the priority of this work within the realm of public health, and leveraging necessary resources to advance prevention. The team is a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado School of Public Health Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER). The team is currently developing a landscape assessment of the role of public health in child maltreatment through several activities, including a national survey of Injury and Violence Prevention, Maternal Child Health, and social services directors, as well as a series of in-depth interviews with key leaders at the intersection of public health and child maltreatment prevention.

Intimate Partner Violence National Peer Learning Team
The Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Regional Network (GLMARN) coordinates the Intimate Partner Violence National Peer Learning Team is building a network of community-based organizations, public agencies, and researchers. This network is developing an innovative approach to understanding the systems that enable intimate partner violence and identifying how to impact those systems to reduce this type of violence.

Motor Vehicle Related Injury National Peer Learning Team
The Northeast and Caribbean Injury Prevention Network (NCIPN) coordinates the Motor Vehicle National Peer Learning Team aims to understand the systems that help or hinder people using existing and new motor vehicle safety technologies. By understanding those systems, public health practitioners and partners can work towards increasing the acceptance and use of life-saving motor vehicle technologies. This project has three phases. During the first phase, the MV-NPLT Team is conducting a series of listening sessions to hear from partners about the state of technology uptake, barriers, and opportunities. The second phase will consist of a year-long community of practice or webinar series exploring the systems surrounding the uptake of evidence-based technologies, including practical guidance and steps partners can take. Participation in this phase will be open to everyone and participants can add to the knowledge gleaned in the first phase. During the final phase, the MC-NPLT will prepare and disseminate the finding of the first two phases.

The Systems Approach National Peer Learning Team
The Southeastern and Southwestern Injury Prevention Network (SE&SW IPN)external icon coordinates the Systems Approach National Peer Learning Team. This team supports public health professionals from diverse topical and functional areas in applying principles designed to bolster public health. The aim is to identify ways to achieve population-level impact by using tools such as systems mapping, feedback loops, and embracing complexity. The team is working to identify the benefit of these principles to more commonly used approaches, especially in terms of identifying high-leverage prevention opportunities and developing ways to identify previously unknown assumptions that act as barriers to injury prevention. To achieve this endeavor, this team will work to develop a series of web-based trainings that will provide the theoretical background and practical applications for systems thinking. Following the web-based training, the Systems NPLT will engage with small “inquiry groups” designed to provide immersive experience with applying collaborative inquiry skills to public health initiatives the members are working on their communities.

The Traumatic Brain Injury National Peer Learning Team
The Traumatic Brain Injury National Peer Learning Team (TBI NPLT)external icon focuses on the public health work around TBI across the lifespan from infancy through older adults. The purpose of the group is to learn in a collaborative environment by identifying key TBI topic areas. The TBI NPLT will hear presentations on those topics, share best practices peer-to-peer, and engage in rich conversations that are essential elements to learning. The TBI NPLT will engage working groups as they develop projects and products. The TBI NPLT disseminates products to other NPLT and partners’ to reach the general population and enhance the field of TBI Prevention.

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