VIOLENCE AND INJURY PREVENTION
Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) aims to prevent death and
disability from intentional and unintentional injury by assessing the
incidence of injury and developing programs that reduce risk of injury.
Services are provided through a contracting process with various grantees from across Pennsylvania. The
goal of these funding initiatives is to focus on policy, environmental and
systems changes supplemented with evidence-based individual behavior change,
when appropriate, to improve the overall health and safety of our communities. Below
is a list of the VIPP focus areas and initiatives.
Child Abuse and Neglect: To decrease the
prevalence and risk of child abuse and child sexual abuse by implementing PCAR’s Parents in the Know program through
the funded CMHDs.
Falls Prevention: A Matter of Balance (MOB): Managing Concerns about
Falls program. Currently, we partner
with eight county/municipal health departments (CMHDs) Allegheny, Allentown,
Bethlehem, Chester, Erie, Montgomery, Wilkes-Barre and York and three regional
tobacco primary contractors in North Central, Northeast, and Northwest regions
to implement MOB.
Motor vehicle safety: Based upon the communities
needs the funded CMHDs chose to focus on teenage and/or mature drivers and some
also provide car seat distribution and education on the latest child restraint policy.
Pennsylvania Violent Death Reporting System (VDRS): To create and implement a plan to collect and
disseminate accurate, timely, and comprehensive surveillance data of all
violent deaths in the selected target areas using the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
and Injury Prevention Program
Department of Health