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Standards and Indicators for Local Health

Department Injury & Violence Prevention Programs


Guidelines for Local Health Departments

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Safe States Alliance convened 35 local, state, and national representatives to develop standards and indicators for model local health department (LHD) injury and violence prevention (IVP) programs.Standards and Indicators for Local Health Department Injury and Violence Prevention Programs was developed as a tool for LHDs to describe what would exist in a model LHD injury and violence prevention program in rural, suburban, and urban jurisdictions.  Standards for LHDs related to IVP have been set with the following goals:

  1. Increasing the visibility of injury and violence as public health issues;
  2. Multiplying the number of LHDs that focus on IVP;
  3. Enhancing the effectiveness of LHD IVP efforts; and
  4. Spurring the development and dissemination of new tools and resources for LHDs to effectively address the causes of injury and violence.

The standards, indicators, and methods of documentation are not inclusive but are meant to help the LHD IVP program review its current efforts and identify potential areas for strengthening the program and future growth. Likewise, all standards may not be appropriate or applicable to all programs.

"I was very humbled this past year to have participated on the task forced that developed the LHD Injury Standard and Indicators. I was also reminded that, no matter the size of a local health department, great things are happening around the country with regard to violence and injury prevention. The standards will be a great tool to help us continually evaluate our prevention efforts.”

Kevin Condra, MPA, CHES
Injury Prevention Program Manager
Salt Lake Valley Health Department 

Additional Training on the Standards and Indicators

Safe States and NACCHO also hosted a webinar to share additional background on the Standards and Indicators, including examples of how LHDs can utilize the Standards & Indicators and links to additional resources and tools.

Watch the webinar.


Safe States Local Injury Prevention Special Interest Group

This group develops reports on best-practices, current research, standards/guidelines for identified program areas of interest to local and county health departments and others interested in local health department injury and violence prevention activities and issues. The discussions occur monthly in an organized forum in which local health department partners share professional activities and studies. The scope of interest includes programs available for local health departments and partners to be utilized in communities.

Interested in joining the Local Injury Prevention Special Interest GroupClick here for more information      

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