Injury & Violence Prevention Program  (IVPP)
Contact Information
Injury & Violence Prevention Program
695 S. Vermont Avenue
South Tower, 14th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: (213) 351-1901
Fax: (213) 637-4879
Email: ivpp@ph.lacounty.gov
Injury & Violence Prevention Program  (IVPP)
The Injury & Violence Prevention Program (IVPP) of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is a part of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. IVPP monitors the occurrence of intentional and unintentional injuries among the residents of Los Angeles County and implements prevention programs to reduce morbidity and mortality due to injuries. The goal of the program is to reduce the leading causes of injury related death and disability for the Los Angeles County population.
IVPP Highlights

ENHANCE YOUR ORGANIZATION'S CAPACITY TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND TRAUMA

We invite nonprofit leaders working on violence prevention in the communities of West Athens/Westmont, Willowbrook, East Compton, and Florence-Firestone to join us for a free 2-hour workshop.  You will have the opportunity to assess the capacity of your nonprofit organization and learn about additional workshops and customized, one-on-one, technical assistance available to nonprofits addressing violence and trauma.

Choose a location convenient to you:

Florence-Firestone: October 3, 2017 from 10am-Noon OR 6-8pm Franklin D. Roosevelt Park (7600 Graham Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90001)

Willowbrook:
October 4, 2017 from 10am-Noon OR from 7-9pm Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (1731 E. 120th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059)

West Athens/Westmont:
October 10, 2017 from 10am-Noon OR 6-8pm Helen Keller Park (1045 W. 126th St. Los Angeles, CA 90044)

East Compton:
October 11, 2017 from 10am-Noon OR from 6-8pm East Rancho Dominguez Park (15116 Atlantic Ave. Compton, CA 90221)

Limited spots are available! Please register here: http://bit.ly/pacitybuildingworkshop
Questions? Contact Daniel Healy at (213) 351-1906 or dhealy@ph.lacounty.gov

Download Flyer: TPI TTA Introductory Workshop

Are you interested in requesting one-on-one technical assistance for your organization? If so, please complete this online assessment and request form by October 27, 2017:

Nonprofit Capacity Self-Assessment Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tpinonprofitassessment

Request for Training and Technical Assistance
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tpitarequestform

Free workshops and technical assistance available in the coming months:

  •  Developing an Effective Board of Directors
  •  Strategic Planning: Where Do We Go from Here?
  •  Resource Development: How to Keep the Lights on and the Doors Open
  •  Data & Surveys 101
  •  Measuring Success: Evaluating Your Efforts
  •  What Have We Done? Managing Operations, Staffing and Budgets
  •  Free and Low Cost Web-Based Communication Tools
  • Outreach Strategies to Strengthen Residents’ Power
  • Capturing the Story: Sharing Powerful Stories to Create Real Change
  • Building Effective Local Campaigns: Organizing for Immediate & Long-term Social Change
  •  Getting There Together: How to Implement a Collaboration

Walking and Bicycling Safety for Children

Walking and bicycling are a great way for both children and adults to be physically active, see their community, connect with friends, and remain independent. In fact, just 30 minutes of brisk walking or bicycling, 5 days a week, can help adults lower their risk for chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, relieve stress, and help them stay flexible. For children and adolescents, just 60 minutes of activity each day can help them grow into healthy adults.

Walking and bicycling are great forms of exercise but it is important to make walking and bicycling as safe as possible. Children are particularly vulnerable on our streets. In Los Angeles County, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14. In 2013, 20 County children (age 18 and under) were killed and 162 were severely injured due to a crash with a motor vehicle while walking and/or bicycling.
Bike
Taking a comprehensive approach can improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists through re-engineering streets to create better places to walk and bike; education of all road users on how to walk, bike, and drive safely; enforcement of traffic laws; encouragement to have more people walk and bike; evaluating what works and what doesn’t; engage the community about their streets and programs to improve transportation; and implementing all actions with equity in mind. The following tips show how you can help to maintain safety and create a better environment for walking and biking:

  •  Look in all directions when walking and bicycling. Most crashes occur at intersections, so it is important to teach kids at an early age to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Make eye contact with drivers when possible.
  • Do what you can to be seen. Help drivers see you by wearing lighter or brighter colors, reflective clothing, or reflective tape while walking or bicycling, and use lights (red in back, white in front) on your bicycle at night.
  • Be a good role model. Most children under age 10 are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars, so modeling good walking and bicycling behavior is critical. Teach kids to walk on sidewalks or paths, cross at marked crosswalks and/or corners, and if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far left as possible. Bicycle with the flow of traffic whether you are on the sidewalk or street, and be extra cautious of turning cars at driveways and corners.
  • Advocate for safer, slower streets. The risk of being killed increases substantially if you are hit while walking or bicycling by a fast-moving (30 mph or more) car. Fortunately, streets can be built in many ways so that people are encouraged to drive safer and slower by narrowing lanes, planting trees, and adding other design features. Tell your local government that safe streets are important to you and consider getting involved in local efforts like, “Vision Zero,” a countywide effort to eliminate traffic fatalities.

For More Information and Resources
1. Safe Kids Worldwide: https://www.safekids.org/tip/bike-safety-tips and https://www.safekids.org/walkingsafelytips

2. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/place/
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ivpp/

3. League of American Bicyclists
http://www.bikeleague.org/content/find-take-class

4. National Center for Safe Routes to School
http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/
http://archive.saferoutesinfo.org/

5. City of Los Angeles’ Vision Zero
http://visionzero.lacity.org/

6. Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/programs/education.cfm

References
Centers for Disease Control. Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Adults. https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/children/index.htm and https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm (Accessed June 30, 2017)
Safe Kids Worldwide, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Tips. https://www.safekids.org/walkingsafelytips and https://www.safekids.org/sites/default/files/documents/bike_safety_tips.pdf
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, County 2013 Leading causes of death and premature death with trends for 2004-2013. October 2016. http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/dca/data/documents/mortalityrpt13.pdf (Accessed June 30, 2017)
Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, University of California, Berkeley. 2017. https://tims.berkeley.edu/ (Query: 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013, victim age-0 to 18, victim role- 3-Pedestrian or 4-Bicyclist, victim degree of injury-1 Killed or 2-Severe Injury; accessed June 30, 2017).
Richards, D.C. Relationship between Speed and Risk of Fatal Injury: Pedestrians and Car Occupants. Transport Research Laboratory, Department for Transport: London. September 2010. https://nacto.org/docs/usdg/relationship (Accessed June 30, 2017)
Crash Modification Factors Clearinghouse. http://www.cmfclearinghouse.org/ (Accessed June 30, 2017)
Vision Zero Los Angeles Collision and Countermeasure Analysis: Literature Review. March 2016. http://visionzero.lacity.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/VisionZeroLosAngeles_LitReview.pdf (Accessed June 30, 2017)

Trauma Prevention Initiative

The Westmont/West Athens Unity Summit was planned by community stakeholders with support from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH). DPH is partnering with the Department of Health Services (DHS) and other county and community partners to implement a Trauma Prevention Initiative.

The goal of the Initiative, established in December 2015, is to reduce trauma visits and deaths throughout Los Angeles County, beginning with reducing the high rates of violence in South Los Angeles. The Initiative will build a foundation for a comprehensive approach to violence prevention and intervention by coordinating strategies across the lifespan, leveraging resources of existing programs and developing innovative programs, policies, and partnerships.

IVPP REPORTS

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Impact of Suicide in Los Angeles County, 2013
   
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