Violence and Injury Prevention

Unintentional and intentional injuries are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 44 in Michigan, and account for several thousands of hospitalizations annually.  Many of these are preventable by identifying and eliminating risks and behaviors that can lead to injury and death.

Passenger Safety Help your patients stay safe on the road by encouraging seat belt and car seat use. The Office of Highway Safety Planning has videos and free materials to help you and your patients learn about traffic laws and seat belt use for special circumstances like pregnancy.  

Sports Concussion Concussions are serious, and can even be life-threatening. Someone suspected of having a concussion, should be seen by an appropriate health professional right away. The CDC HEADS UP campaign encourages parents, coaches, health care providers to learn the signs and symptoms of concussion. According to Michigan law, coaches must remove youth athletes from play if concussion is suspected, and proof of medical clearance must be obtained to resume play.

Falls Prevention – Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. CDC’s Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) toolkit includes provider materials, such as falls risk screening tools, medication review templates, exam room information posters and fact sheets, as well as patient brochures, fact sheets, exercise sheets and more.

Suicide Prevention  The CDC's Injury Prevention & Control Center has factsheets, information on risk and protective factors, prevention strategies, policy documents, data/statistics and more. Consider posting the national suicide hotline number 1-800-273-TALK (8255) in exam rooms.

Rape/Sexual Violence Prevention – Because sexual violence is so common, most health care providers likely will come into contact with both male and female victims. Many leading health organizations recommend universal screening and education for sexual violence. Start the conversation with community and setting-specific resources from Futures Without Violence.  CDC resources, including tools and training, can help you better understand and prevent sexual violence.

Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose Prevention – prescribers are encouraged to register with Michigan’s Automated Prescription System (MAPS) to assure patient safety, and also to follow CDC prescribing guidelines for Opioids for chronic pain.  Encourage patients to properly dispose of their unused medications. 

For more information about injury or violence prevention, please contact Laura Rowen, MDHHS Injury and Violence Prevention Unit, 517-335-9519.

Toll-free Injury and Violence Hotlines

Poison Control Center Hotline:  1-800-222-1222

National Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline:  1-866-331-9474 or text loveis to 22522

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 or online chat (hotline.rainn.org/online)