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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.

Indiana Injury Prevention Advisory Council Terms of Reference

Working Premises of the Council

  • 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.

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,, 317-233-7716.


Comprehensive Education for Injury Prevention Coordinators

The American Trauma Society will offer the Injury Prevention Coordinators Course, developed in collaboration with members of the Trauma Prevention Coalition - the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) and American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), and by seasoned injury prevention professionals from across the country.  The two-day course will cover 14 chapters related to establishing and expanding a comprehensive Injury Prevention Program within hospitals and trauma centers.

Course Locations – 2015:

  • September 20th & 21st – Louisville, KY(In conjunction with the Trauma Center Association of America's Annual Conference)
  • November 7th & 8th – Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA

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Upcoming IPAC Meetings

 Date  Meeting Location   Room Time 
  • Meeting 3 2015
  • Agenda TBD
 2 N Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46204

 Rice Auditorium

 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EST
  • Meeting 4 2015
  • Agenda TBD
 2 N Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46204

 Rice Auditorium

 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EST


Previous IPAC Meetings-

 Meeting Date Agenda  Presentations and Handouts Meeting Notes & Minutes
 6/18/2015  Agenda  Notes

Strategic Communications Plan for the Indiana Injury Prevention Guide: Introduction and Slides

 3/13/2015  Agenda

 Conference Invitation

Parking Information

  3/12/2015  Agenda    Notes
 11/20/2014  Agenda  Notes
 9/10/2014  Agenda  Notes
 6/12/2014  Agenda  Notes
 3/20/2014  Agenda  Notes
 11/21/2013  Agenda    
 6/21/2012   Spring 2012 Addendum to Injury Morbidity and Mortality  
 11/17/2011   Fall 2011 Injury Morbidity and Mortality  
 3/17/2011  Agenda    
 11/18/2010  Agenda    Minutes
 8/10/2010      Minutes
 6/10/2010      Minutes
 3/18/2010     Presentation  Minutes
 11/19/2009      Minutes
 8/7/2009      Minutes
 5/14/2009      Minutes
 3/19/2009  Agenda    Minutes
 1/15/2009  Agenda   Presentation  Minutes
10/3/2008  Agenda


 8/15/2008      Minutes
 3/20/2008  Agenda    Minutes
 10/18/2007  Agenda    Minutes
 6/7/2007   Drowning in Indiana Report  
 3/15/2007  Agenda Brain Injury Awareness Month  
 12/7/2006  Agenda    Minutes
 6/22/2006  Agenda    Minutes
 3/2/2006  Agenda    Minutes
 12/1/2005  Agenda    Minutes
 6/9/2005  Agenda  Minutes
 3/17/2005  Agenda    Minutes
 1/21/2005      Minutes
 9/9/2004  Agenda    Minutes
 6/10/2004  Agenda  Handout  Minutes
 3/25/2004  Agenda    Minutes
 12/18/2003      Minutes
 9/11/2003      Minutes
 7/10/2003      Minutes
 5/8/2003  Agenda    Minutes

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