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State Health Department IVP Standards & Indicators - Infrastructure
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Standards & Indicators for Model State Health Department Injury and Violence Prevention Programs - Infrastructure

State IVP programs need certain elements to function effectively - whether small or large, new or long established. These elements include:

  • A stable and supportive organizational home — typically a state health department
  • Core staff that includes a director, an injury epidemiologist, and program staff
  • Leaders who can identify and make the most of complex challenges and opportunities
  • Planning capacity and visibility that give IVP programs a place at the table when funding and other decisions are made
  • Stable funding drawn from multiple sources and commensurate with the size of the problem

 

Click on the standards below to identify specific indicators measuring progress within the Infrastructure Core Component. 

  1. The state health department has a designated, functioning program and staff responsible for providing leadership and coordination for injury and violence prevention efforts
  2. Within the state health department, there is a stable program and qualified staff that support a comprehensive IVPP and the staff receive core competency-based, IVP topic-specific training and regular assessments to identify professional development needs and opportunities
  3. The IVPP actively pursues funding from multiple sources to support its core functions and to be commensurate with the nature and scope of the injury problem in the state
  4. The IVPP assesses training needs of students and professionals (state and local) and facilitates IVP core competency-related training to support these groups
  5. The IVPP assesses training needs of students and professionals (state and local) and facilitates IVP core competency-related training to support these groups
  6. The IVPP provides technical support to local and state partners
  7. The IVPP integrates IVP principles into the training of other disciplines
  8. The IVPP program collaborates with external partners to advance the IVPP, build and enhance its own capacity, and extend overall IVP capacity throughout the state
  9. The IVPP program communicates regularly, purposefully and effectively with internal and external partners to increase the program’s visibility and capacity

Standards and Indicators to Build and Sustain a Solid, Stable Infrastructure 

 

I-1. The state health department has a designated, functioning program and staff responsible for providing leadership and coordination for injury and violence prevention efforts

 

Indicators

Example(s)

The IVPP program develops and implements an internal data-driven plan to prevent injury in the state, including specific objectives, strategies, target populations, implementation activities, and evaluation.

 

Stand-alone IVPP plan(s)

Separate IVP section in a larger health plan

Stand-alone injury/violence plan(s) such as TBI, SVP, falls, etc.

Expanded program: evidence of how the program builds and maintains its capacity

Any other relevant strategic plans and documents

Plan is on IVPP Website

Other (please describe)

The IVPP director and staff routinely monitor progress against the IVPP plan objectives.

Documentation of plan review, frequency and adjustments

Progress reports (preferably annual) posted on IVPP Website and distributed to internal/external partners (i.e., inside and outside the IVPP and state health department)

Other (please describe)

IVP objectives are included in a health department strategic plan, a statewide health plan or other relevant health and safety planning documents.

Statewide health plan

Statewide IVP plan

Health Department’s plan

Health Department’s IVP plan

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant needs assessment and service plan

Preventive Health Services Block Grant needs assessment and service plan

Transportation plan

Substance abuse/mental health plan

Home visitation plan

Criminal justice plan

State Health Assessment

Local health department or government plans

Accreditation documentation

Other (please describe)

There is statutory language for an IVPP.

Statute that mandates a public health IVPP

Appropriations language that specifies designated funding

Other (please describe)

The IVPP provides leadership and coordination to ensure that other internal and external partners and grantees receive financial and technical support from the staff.

 

Technical assistance logs

List of local grantees

Description of the state program’s role in administering and coordinating local grantees

Written procedure for local grantees to obtain financial and technical support from the state program

Other (please describe

New IVPP staff members receive IVP orientation that includes basic IVP information as well as specific information about the IVPP regarding its infrastructure, data collection and analyses, programmatic and policy strategies and evaluations, and partnerships.

 

Evidence of components completed from the Safe States Training Center

Evidence of completion of the IVP orientation

Evidence of completion of Safe States -Injury Prevention 101

Other (please describe)

 

 

The IVPP director assesses the training needs of IVPP staff and creates professional development plans using the National Training Initiative Core Competency Assessment Tool and other development tools.

 

 

Records of training topics and sessions scheduled/completed for staff through the Safe States Training Center

Resumes of staff members

Completion of National Training Initiative Core Competency Assessment Tool

Professional development plans

Training completed by IVPP staff

Other (please describe)

 

IVPP staff keeps abreast of the field and demonstrates continuous improvement in IVP knowledge and skills.

 

Participation in state and national forums with colleagues

Participation in professional associations, meetings (e.g., Safe States Alliance, APHA, SAVIR)

Safe States STAT visits (team membership as professional development)

Other (please describe)

The IVPP staff is familiar with, has access to, and uses current information resources on strategies that are proven effective.

 

Documentation of participation in SIG’s, other topic-based national listservs

Internet access, subscriptions to IVP journals and list-serves, resource library and teleconferences

Agendas from training sessions on topics (e.g., how to locate journal articles, useful websites, search engines)

Documentation of contacts with national resource centers (e.g., Children’s Safety Network, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, National Sexual Violence Resource Center)

Other (please describe)

 

 

I-2. Within the state health department, there is a stable program and qualified staff that support a comprehensive IVPP and the staff receive core competency-based, IVP topic-specific training and regular assessments to identify professional development needs and opportunities

 

Indicators

Example(s)

The IVP is visible to and supported by department leaders.

Organization chart

Frequency of meetings with IVPP director’s supervisor

Résumé of IVPP director’s supervisor

Minutes of DOH leadership meetings that show discussion on IVP topics

Other (please describe)

The IVPP has a qualified, full-time director.

Position description for the IVPP director, percent of time devoted to the IVPP, qualifications required

Resume of director

Participation in state, regional, and national associations, organizations, advisory committees (public health and injury specific)

Participation in internal management structures within the health department

Other (please describe)

Core staff members have permanent positions.

Documentation of funding source, employer (e.g., health department, partner, contractor) and physical location of all IVPP staff

Organizational chart that denotes FTE status (part-time, full-time, temporary)

Descriptions for all positions, regardless of funding source, including documentation that positions are permanent

Other (please describe)

Staff demonstrate diverse skills and knowledge for basic public health activities/competencies.

 

Consultant contracts

Organization chart

Evidence of relationships with other PH staff who possess basic competencies

Evidence of members of advisory group(s) who possess skills needed

Evidence of support/knowledge from other organizations (state or national) who possess skills needed.

Other (please describe)

 

The IVPP director establishes mechanisms for regular communication among staff.

List or flow chart of systems to facilitate communication

Notes of unit meetings and or/individual meetings with staff

Staff meeting schedule

 

I-3. The IVPP actively pursues funding from multiple sources to support its core functions and to be commensurate with the nature and scope of the injury problem in the state

 

Indicators

Example(s)

Dedicated funding is in place in the state budget for the IVPP.

Evidence of the program’s informing state budget processes (e.g., memos, meeting minutes)

Copies of relevant pages from the state budget that show support for the IVPP

If the state has a statutory requirement for an IVPP, funding is included

Completion of IVPP Funding template

Chart showing program funding for previous five years

Evidence of working through recognized channels/ processes and with appropriate stakeholders/committee to develop a plan to explore/address dedicated funding

Revenue from state fees, fines or other sources

Other (please describe)

The IVPP participates in the priority setting processes of other programs and funding streams.

Evidence of the program’s informing meetings, budgeting and grant processes (e.g., memo, meeting minutes) of programs/processes (e.g., Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant, the Title V (MCH) Block Grant, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “402” grant process, the federal surface transportation spending grant processes, 1805 grant, the Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) process, and/or other relevant state and local level budget and grant processes)

Evidence that program implementation and funding have been integrated with complementary public health programs

Other (please describe)

The IVPP tracks seeks out potential funding opportunities and maintains funding from diverse sources (i.e., state, federal and private sources).

Multi-year budgets and list of current grants and contracts applied for and received, including funding level

List of funding sources utilized and others that may be available

List of current grants and contracts applied for and received, including amounts

Other (please describe)

The IVPP maintains funding from diverse sources (i.e., state, federal and private sources)

Pursuit or establishment of reimbursable funding streams

Examples of braiding funding with other grants such as MCH, chronic disease, PHHS

Budgets or documents of funding from all sources

Funding is available for implementation of IVPPs at the local level.

Requests for proposals (RFP) for local IVPPs

Contracts to local agencies or organizations

Budget allocations to the IVPP

In-kind resources offered

Other (please describe)

 

Training and Technical Assistance Standards/Indicators Related to Infrastructure

 

I-4. The IVPP assesses training needs of students and professionals (state and local) and facilitates IVP core competency-related training to support these groups

 

Indicators

Example(s)

New IVPP staff members receive IVP orientation that includes basic IVP information as well as specific information about the IVPP regarding its infrastructure, data collection and analyses, programmatic and policy strategies and evaluations, and partnerships.

Evidence of IVP orientation

Evidence of completion of Safe States - Injury Prevention 101

Other (please describe)

 

The IVPP director assesses the training needs of IVPP staff and creates professional development plans using the National Training Initiative Core Competency Assessment Tool and other development tools.

Resumes of staff members

Completion of National Training Initiative Core Competency Assessment Tool

Professional development plans

Training completed by IVPP staff

Other (please describe)

The IVPP’s director establishes mechanisms for regular capacity development of staff.

Professional development plans

Other (please describe)

IVPP staff keeps abreast of the field and demonstrate continuous improvement in IVP knowledge and skills.

Participation in state and national forums with colleagues

Participation in professional associations, meetings (e.g., Safe States Alliance, APHA, SAVIR)

Safe States STAT visits (team membership as professional development)

Other (please describe)

The IVPP staff is familiar with, has access to, and uses current information resources on strategies that are proven effective.

Internet access, subscriptions to IVP journals and list-serves, resource library and teleconferences

Agendas from training sessions on topics (e.g., how to locate journal articles, useful websites, search engines)

Documentation of contacts with national resource centers (e.g., Children’s Safety Network, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, National Sexual Violence Resource Center)

Other (please describe)

 

 

I-5. The IVPP assesses training needs of students and professionals (state and local) and facilitates IVP core competency-related training to support these groups

 

Indicators

Example(s)

The IVPP is a resource for IVP training opportunities in the state and has developed a plan for training and maintaining the skill levels of IVP professionals annually.

Training/technical assistance plan

List/inventory of training opportunities and/or links to training

Partners/stakeholders participating in IVPP sponsored or co-sponsored training

Other (please describe)

The IVPP provides IVP training and technical assistance to local partners, including local health departments and coalitions.

Documentation of training needs assessments for local grantees

Training/technical assistance provided to local partners and grantees

Evidence of the technological capacity to participate in or lead distance learning opportunities (e.g., zoom, adobe connect, etc.).

Other (please describe)

The IVPP identifies training needs and opportunities to address the specific needs of various partners, inside and outside the state (e.g., state-level groups, agencies and organizations, state health departments and national organizations).

Evidence of working with groups to identify training needs

Agendas for training programs offered

Obtains PHAP or CSTE fellow

Offers IVP-specific internships or practicums to educational institutions

Other (please describe)

 

I-6. The IVPP provides technical support to local and state partners

 

Indicators

Example(s)

The IVPP program provides technical support on topics that build statewide IVP capacity among partners

Description of technical support resources

Log of technical assistance requests

Sample of technical assistance reports

Presentations at conferences or trainings

The IVPP assesses technical support needs among partners and grantees to identify individual and shared needs and to respond appropriately.

Examples of technical assistance/support needs assessments

Responses to identified needs

Other (please describe)

 

I-7. The IVPP integrates IVP principles into the training of other disciplines

 

Indicators

Example(s)

The IVPP encourages the inclusion of IVP topics in training programs and conferences offered by other partners.

Lists of conferences and training programs offered by other partners

Curricula, agendas, training materials and conference programs showing the involvement of the IVPP

Other (please describe)

The IVPP supports academic and research partners in providing IVP training.

Agendas from academic training programs that used IVPP materials or staff

Class outlines that include evidence of the involvement of the IVPP

Evidence of mentorships or practicum opportunities

Participation or offering of fellowship programs

Other (please describe)

 

Partnership Standards/Indicators Related to Infrastructure

 

I-8. The IVPP program collaborates with external partners to advance the IVPP, build and enhance its own capacity, and extend overall IVP capacity throughout the state

 

Indicators

Example(s)

The IVPP demonstrates evidence of diverse partnerships that advance the program and reflect the state’s diversity.

List of key partners, with rationale for partnership

List of examples of how these partnerships advance the IVPP

Completion of collaboration/partnerships template

Other (please describe)

The IVPP coordinates and collaborates with other state agencies to develop plans and coordinate IVP efforts across state agencies, with partner roles and responsibilities clearly defined.

A free-standing plan with goals and objectives that identify potential opportunities, obstacles and implementation strategies and suggest clearly defined responsibilities for all partners

Documentation that relevant partners were involved in creating a comprehensive plan to prevent injuries

Completion of collaboration/partnerships template

Documentation of other state agencies’ involvement in IVPP advisory or work groups

Documentation of the IVPP’s representation at meetings of state agencies

Memorandums of Understanding, Memorandums of Agreement, and/or Letters of Agreement with state agency partners

Other (please describe)

The IVPP collaborates with other state agencies, non-governmental organizations, committees and groups to develop knowledge and awareness of the various IVP activities in place in the state and coordinate these efforts.

Committee reports

Network activity reports

Participation in state and local committees

Other (please describe)

The IVPP coordinates and uses a statewide committee including key internal and external stakeholders to inform its programmatic efforts.

List of committee members

Memorandums of Understanding/Memorandums of Agreement for committee members

Description of role/responsibilities of key stakeholders/committee

Committee meeting minutes

Committee reports (posted on IVPP Website)

Other (please describe)

The IVPP collaborates with federal agencies; national, state, regional, and local organizations/networks; universities and researchers; and colleagues from other states to inform the state program and have an impact at the national level.

Evidence of participation on boards, commissions, or committees at the federal, state, and local levels

Completion of collaboration/partnerships template

Examples of assistance, guidance and data received from federal agencies, national organizations and colleagues

List of ways that staff participates in national associations and/or regional networks

Examples of information shared with national, regional, state, or local partners

Other (please describe)

 

Communications Standards/Indicators Related to Infrastructure

 

I-9. The IVPP program communicates regularly, purposefully and effectively with internal and external partners to increase the program’s visibility and capacity

 

Indicators

Example(s)

The IVPP has a documented communication plan to coordinate effective communication of key messages.

Communication templates

Message maps

Core messages

Targeted audiences

Guidelines for staff interaction with media (e.g., distributed media guidelines, point person, coordination with Public Information Officers (PIOs))

Other (please describe)

The IVPP coordinates with media and others to disseminate appropriate information.

Media representatives are included in planning groups, advisory councils

Coordinated media placements/messages with Public Information Officers or others

Examples of effective media stories/framing

The IVPP communicates the Return on Investment (ROI) for IVP prevention and strategies.

 

Return on Investment materials (state-specific, if possible) posted on IVPP Website

Other (please describe)

The IVPP uses social media to inform the public.

Facebook, Twitter and other social media used to promote IVPPs and messages

Number of social platforms used

Existence of IVP specific FB page or unique website, etc.

Other (please describe)

The IVPP adapts materials and messages for specific audiences, cultures, and situations.

Examples of fact sheets tailored for specific audiences (e.g., teachers, coaches, clinicians, parents)

Examples of distribution/targeting of messages with appropriate priorities (e.g., communities with high rates of violence receive messages regarding violence prevention first, rather than unintentional injuries)

Other (please describe)

The IVPP highlights IVP root causes and opportunities for prevention/solutions in its communication materials.

 

Examples of framed/re-framed media or other coverage (i.e., belt use in fatal crashes, Shaken Baby Syndrome from a public health/prevention perspective vs. a criminal justice perspective).

Examples of materials that illustrate primary prevention of specific IVP topics

Other (please describe)

The IVPP uses storytelling, visuals, infographics, and social math to make IVP data and messages more compelling.

Examples of presentations, materials, fact sheets, brochures that use these techniques

Other (please describe)

The IVPP enhances statewide visibility, stability, and growth by informing the State Health Director, other health department programs/offices, public, partners and decision-makers about the IVP problem and the program’s value and accomplishments.

Press releases

Program brochure or fact sheet(s) with clear description of the mission of the IVPP, what it does, and why it is needed

Documentation of actions taken to share information about the value and accomplishments of the IVPP and collaborate with decision-makers and partners (e.g., governor; state health director, state health department public information officer (PIO), state health department legislative affairs officer, other department directors and/or staff of other state agencies; consumer and advocacy groups; community coalitions; advisory committee)

Social media presence

Website

Other (please describe)

The IVPP develops and uses culturally appropriate communication strategies based upon input from and testing of materials/messages with the target audience(s).

Social media promotion of IVPPs and messages tailored to target audiences

Mechanism-specific communication strategies tailored to target audiences

Fact sheets tailored to target audiences

Other (please describe)

The IVPP seeks input and uses feedback from its constituency and the general public to improve its performance and programming.

Description of the method used to solicit public input

Records of public hearings and/or circulated draft documents

Description of feedback given and the way in which the information was subsequently used

Results from customer service surveys

Other (please describe)

  


The development of the standards and indicators was supported by CE13-1307 (Safe States Alliance) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

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