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Trauma System/Injury Prevention Program Home > Injury Prevention > Indiana Injury Prevention Advisory Council 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

2nd Annual Injury Prevention Conference

The 2nd Annual Injury Prevention 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. This year’s conference focused on prescription drug overdose, ATV Safety, older adult falls, emerging hazards in child poisoning, sexual violence primary prevention, among other injury prevention topics. The afternoon included two tracks focused on pediatric and adult injury prevention. 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?

Second Annual IPAC Conference Agenda

Conference PowerPoint 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

Working Premises of the Council

  • Injuries 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,, 317-617-4155.

Comprehensive Education for Injury Prevention Coordinators

The American Trauma Society will offer the Injury Prevention Coordinators Course, developed in collaboration with members of the Trauma Prevention Coalition - the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) and American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), and by seasoned injury prevention professionals from across the country.  The two-day course will cover 14 chapters related to establishing and expanding a comprehensive Injury Prevention Program within hospitals and trauma centers.

Course Locations – 2016:

  • April 16th & 17th – Akron, OH
  • June 11th & 12th - San Antonio, TX
  • September 17th & 18th - Washington, DC
  • October 25th & 26th - Harrisburg, PA 

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Upcoming IPAC Meetings

 Date  Meeting Location   Room Time 
  • Meeting 2 2016
  • Agenda TBD

*New Location*

Eskenazi Health Outpatient Care Center

Faegre Baker Daniels

Conference Room (First Floor)

10 a.m. -12 p.m. EST
  • Meeting 3 2016
  • Agenda TBD
 2 N Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46204

 Rice Auditorium

10 a.m. -12 p.m. EST
  • Meeting 4 2016
  • Agenda TBD
 2 N Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46204

 Rice Auditorium

10 a.m. -12 p.m. EST

Previous IPAC Meetings-

 Meeting Date Agenda  Presentations and Handouts Meeting Notes & Minutes

IPAC Agenda

Joint Meeting Agenda

IPAC Presentation slides

Eskenazi Health slides

Pop on Violence slides

12/10/2015 Agenda

ISDH Presentation

Evaluation 101 Presentation

SMART Worksheet

Blank SMART Worksheet

Focus Area SMART objective outline

Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health


 ISDH Presentation

2015 TBI Special Emphasis Report

2015 PDO Special Emphasis Report

MIPA Save The Date

 6/18/2015  Agenda  Notes

Strategic Communications Plan for the Indiana Injury Prevention Guide: Introduction and Slides

 3/13/2015  Agenda

 Conference Invitation

Parking Information

  3/12/2015  Agenda    Notes
 11/20/2014  Agenda  Notes
 9/10/2014  Agenda  Notes
 6/12/2014  Agenda  Notes
 3/20/2014  Agenda  Notes
 11/21/2013  Agenda
 6/21/2012 Spring 2012 Addendum to Injury Morbidity and Mortality
 11/17/2011 Fall 2011 Injury Morbidity and Mortality
 3/17/2011  Agenda
 11/18/2010  Agenda  Minutes
 8/10/2010  Minutes
 6/10/2010  Minutes
 3/18/2010   Presentation  Minutes
 11/19/2009  Minutes
 8/7/2009  Minutes
 5/14/2009  Minutes
 3/19/2009  Agenda  Minutes
 1/15/2009  Agenda   Presentation  Minutes
10/3/2008  Agenda

 8/15/2008  Minutes
 3/20/2008  Agenda  Minutes
 10/18/2007  Agenda  Minutes
 6/7/2007 Drowning in Indiana Report
 3/15/2007  Agenda Brain Injury Awareness Month
 12/7/2006  Agenda  Minutes
 6/22/2006  Agenda  Minutes
 3/2/2006  Agenda  Minutes
 12/1/2005  Agenda  Minutes
 6/9/2005  Agenda  Minutes
 3/17/2005  Agenda  Minutes
 1/21/2005  Minutes
 9/9/2004  Agenda  Minutes
 6/10/2004  Agenda  Handout  Minutes
 3/25/2004  Agenda  Minutes
 12/18/2003  Minutes
 9/11/2003  Minutes
 7/10/2003  Minutes
 5/8/2003  Agenda  Minutes
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