is damage or harm to the body resulting in impairment or destruction of health. Examples are broken bones, cuts, brain damage, spinal cord injury, poisoning and burns.
- Is the leading cause of death and disability for Michiganders, ages 1-44
- Leading causes of death include: motor vehicle crashes, falls, and for infants less than 12 months of age, unsafe sleep environments.
- Occurs in very predictable patterns, with recognizable risk factors in identifiable populations
- Is preventable