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Our Vision:
A Safe and Healthy Environment for Children

Our Mission:
To provide expertise and resources, and advocate for
public policy to prevent childhood injuries.

Injuries Can Be Prevented

The Injury and Violence Prevention Program of the California Chapter 4, American Academy of Pediatrics provides expertise, evidence-based guidelines and public policy advocacy for childhood injury and violence prevention.

Local pediatricians participate in the Chapters’ programs and advocacy efforts aimed at reducing childhood injuries. In its short history the Injury and Violence Prevention Program has achieved local, state and national recognition.

Injury, both intentional and unintentional, is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States for children beyond the first year of life.

The injuries incurred in 2000 by children and adolescents age 14 and younger will have lasting impacts, including total lifetime economic costs of more than $50 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity. [1]

However, injuries can be prevented through enabling system changes (public policy and laws, environment and engineering), as well as changes in community and individual behaviors.

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Key injury facts: Orange County [2]

  • Each day, 1 child under 5 years is seriously injured.
  • Each month, 2 die as a result of injury.
  • Assault (homicide) is a leading cause of death among children less than 1 year of age.
  • Drowning is the leading cause of death for toddlers.
  • Pedestrian injuries are a leading cause of death
  • Motor vehicle occupant injuries are leading causes of death and serious injury among most age groups, and the leading cause of death among adolescents, followed by suicide and homicide

    [1] Finkelstein EA, Corso PS, Miller TR,Associates. Incidence and economic burden of injuries in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press; 2006 [2] State of California, Department of Health Services, Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control Branch

Injury and Violence Prevention Program Materials

Choose from a wide variety of materials and media that the Injury and Violence Prevention Program has to offer pediatricians and other child health specialists.

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