Health Improvement Strategy

Injury & Violence Prevention

Goal: Safe environments support that unintentional injuries and violence (physical, sexual, and emotional) are rare and responded to appropriately.

Strategy Description: Injury and Violence Prevention is a key public health issue that is especially relevant in the District of Columbia. The public health approach to violence prevention applies a focus on the social determinants of health to ensure that the root causes of violence, including housing, economic stability, education, criminal justice, social services, and environmental justice, are addressed holistically. IVP-1 Prioritize transportation infrastructure improvements related to bicycle and pedestrian safely using injury and crash data. IVP-2 Use YRBS data to inform school policy and decision-making and reduce disproportionate number of school suspensions by race. IVP-3 Implement restorative justice practices for individuals upon initial contact with the criminal justice system.

Level of Change: Systems

Primary Focus Area: Community Safety

Data Category Tag: Equity and Justice

Estimated Implementation Date: 2010-04-01

Estimated Completion Date: 2020-01-01

Estimated Ease of Implementation: Hard

Estimated Cost of Implementation: High

Potential Community Benefit: Very High

Research: Unintentional injury is the 3rd leading cause of death for District residents and homicide the 8th leading cause.

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