Kansas Receives CDC Funding for Injury Prevention Work


TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) received $250,000 per year for five years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) to address injuries in Kansas.

The award to Kansas is part of $33 million going to 23 states over the next five years as part of the Core State Injury Prevention Program (Core SIPP), which is a new cooperative agreement funded by CDC’s Injury Center. The funds help states identify, evaluate and disseminate strategies that address populations experiencing disproportionate burden of injuries associated with adverse childhood experiences, traumatic brain injury, and transportation-related injury.

“Injury and violence prevention are top public health priorities in Kansas because injuries are preventable and often lead to disability and death, which are emotionally and financially costly,” said Daina Zolck, KDHE Director of Injury and Violence Prevention programs. “Through the Core SIPP, the Injury and Violence Prevention programs will champion a shared approach to work more effectively and in an upstream manner to determine why injuries and violence are occurring in our state and how we can address the underlying root causes.”

Through a competitive application process, CDC selected the following 23 states to receive Base Component funding: Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

The work Kansas will be doing to address these important public health problems includes focus on robust injury data and surveillance, partnerships and collaboration, and continuous assessment and evaluation for quality improvement. Core SIPP will support evidence-based and evidence-informed programming for Adverse Childhood Experiences, Traumatic Brain Injury and Motor Vehicle Crashes as well as youth suicide.

This work will help Kansas identify and respond to existing and emerging injury threats with data-driven public health actions. To learn more about Kansas’ injury prevention activities, visit Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Injury & Violence Prevention Programs. To learn more about Core SIPP, visit www.cdc.gov/injury/stateprograms/coresipp/index.html.

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