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Injury and Violence Prevention Workforce Development Strategic Plan

Goals & Strategies for FY 2015 - 2019 




Injury and violence prevention (IVP) includes unintentional injury (e.g., motor vehicle crashes, drowning, traumatic brain injury, poisoning/prescription drug overdose, fires and falls) and intentional injury/violence (e.g., suicide, homicide, child abuse/maltreatment, domestic/intimate partner violence, elder abuse).

Likewise, IVP professionals include individuals who are the diverse and ever-expanding group of professionals who comprise the IVP field and address safety across the lifespan. They work in a variety of settings, from national organizations and agencies, to state, tribal or local health departments; colleges and universities; hospitals; fire departments; and many other settings.

This strategic plan uses the term “workforce development”, a working definition developed by the IVP Workforce Development Strategic Plan Steering Committee. The term acknowledges that, in general, workforce development includes a variety of strategies that are aimed at turning awareness and knowledge into mastered skills and practices to prevent injury and/or violence, and expanding the field. Specifically:

  • A workforce development opportunity is an all-inclusive term that includes (1) training,
    (2) professional development and (3) other learning opportunities.
  • These opportunities may be in-person (e.g., meeting/conference sessions, on-the-job in-services, workshops, courses offered through an academic institution) or computer-based (e.g., webinars, online trainings/self-study, CD ROMs/DVDs).
  • They may address specific IVP topics (e.g., child passenger safety, traumatic brain injury, suicide) and/or skill-related areas (e.g., evaluation, surveillance, health communication).

Workforce development opportunities include those offered by many diverse organizations and agencies at national, state, tribal, and local levels, and not only those offered by Safe States or SAVIR.

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