- Mission: The mission of the Injury Prevention Advisory Council (IPAC) is to work with the Indiana State Department of Health to reduce injury-related morbidity and mortality in Indiana.
- 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.
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.
- Indiana currently ranks 45th in Public Health Expenditure
- 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 (the CDC, APHA, Safe States Alliance, SAVIR, and WHO).
- 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 IP professionals to excel and strengthen the field as a whole.
- Fall 2008 Injury Prevention Survey Presentation
- Fall 2008 Injury Prevention Survey Report
- Fall 2011 Injury Morbidity and Mortality
- Spring 2012 Addendum to Injury Morbidity and Mortality
IPAC will meet four times in 2014 in Rice Auditorium at Indiana State Department of Health (2 N Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46204):
- Thursday, March 20: 1 pm-3 pm EST
- Thursday, June 12: 1 pm-3 pm EST
- Wednesday, September 10: 10 am-12 pm EST
- Thursday, November 20: 1 pm-3 pm EST
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 Skiba, email@example.com, 317-234-6325.