Viewing Resource: Making the Case for Injury and Violence Prevention: A Conversation Starter for State Injury and Violence Prevention Directors to Use with State Health Officials and Other Leaders
This guide is a companion piece to an ASTHO guide for State Health Officials (Spotting Injury and Violence Prevention on Your Radar Screen — Creating a Legacy in Public Health — see link in resource section below). Without repeating the sound advice and examples from that publication, this document focuses instead on advice that state injury and violence prevention directors offer to one another. This document includes:
– A brief overview of some of the obstacles and challenges that state injury and violence prevention directors face in elevating injury and violence prevention as priorities within state health departments
– Descriptions of strategies that the injury and violence prevention directors who participated in interviews for this guide have found useful
– Insights from both SHOs and state injury and violence prevention directors about how they would approach a new SHO with less institutional history within a given state health department and less familiarity with injury and violence prevention programs as well.
Although the guide focuses on the interaction between state injury and violence prevention directors and SHOs, the tips and strategies apply to others within state health department leadership teams as well (e.g., deputies, legislative liaisons, and communications staff).