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Indiana Injury Prevention Advisory Council

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 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

Upcoming IPAC Meetings

Each meeting will be online through a video conferencing application called StarLeaf. Please check your email for an invitation or reach out to to be added to the listserv.


May 6th, 2022IPAC+INVDRS10:00 am
August  5th,  2022IPAC+INVDRS10:00 am

Previous IPAC Meetings

Meeting DateAgenda Presentations and HandoutsMeeting Notes & Minutes
2/4/2022Coming Soon IPAC + INVDRS Presentation Minutes
11/19/2021Coming SoonComing Soon 
9/17/2021Coming SoonComing Soon 
7/16/20221Coming SoonComing Soon 
5/14/2021AgendaIPAC  Presentation 
3/19/2021AgendaIPAC Presentation 
11/20/2020AgendaIPAC Presentation 

IPAC Presentation

AFSP Social  Media Posts

7/17/2020AgendaIPAC Presentation
Water Awareness in Residential Neighborhoods (WARN) Program
3/20/2020AgendaIPAC Presentation 
1/17/2020AgendaIPAC Presentation 
11/15/2019AgendaIPAC Presentation 
9/20/2019AgendaIPAC PresentationNotes
5/17/2019AgendaIPAC Presentation 
3/15/2019AgendaIPAC PresentationNotes
1/18/2019AgendaIPAC Presentation 

IPAC Presentation

Links to Resources

7/20/2018AgendaIPAC Presentation 

IPAC Presentation


IPAC Presentation

Indiana Areas on Aging Map

CICOA Seniors and Balance 

Links to Resources from Presentation

Email Updates

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Contact Information:

Emma Heltzel

Injury Prevention Epidemiologist, Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention

317-234- 3265

Page last updated 3/3/2022