Mission: The mission of the Injury Prevention Advisory Council (IPAC) is to reduce the number and severity of preventable injuries in Indiana through leadership and advocacy.
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.
Vision: Working together to create a safe and injury free Indiana.
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.
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.
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 injury prevention professionals to excel and strengthen the field as a whole.
IPAC will meet in Rice Auditorium at Indiana State Department of Health (2 N Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46204):
Thursday, March 12, 2015: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EST
Thursday, June 18, 2015: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EST
Thursday, September 17, 2015: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EST
Thursday, December 10, 2015: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. 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, 317-233-7716.