In 2011, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center created the Center for Injury Prevention and Policy (CIPP). The CIPP represents a multidisciplinary team focusing on injury trends, and developing prevention education programs for the State of Maryland. The established mission of the CIPP is "to reduce preventable injuries and violence and reduce the consequences while establishing a culture of injury prevention in Maryland." Our vision is to put an end to preventable injuries for Maryland citizens. This initiative is part of a defined partnership with the community, school systems, legislators, and businesses. Injury is a public health issue and efforts need to be made to keep Marylanders and all Americans safe from preventable injuries and violence.
The Center for Injury Prevention and Policy has been in partnership with the Department of Juvenile Services, Department of Parole and Probation, public and private schools, the State's Attorney's Office, and community organizations. The educational programs are targeted to middle and high school students, and high risk youth. Programs are also available for adult DUI/DWI offenders.
The Trauma Prevention Program has reached high risk teens in many Maryland Counties and Baltimore City. This on-site program consists of a discussion on high risk behaviors and good decision making, a video and visual presentation, followed by a tour of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Teens follow the course of a patient through the trauma center. Tours are conducted for SADD groups, high school health or science classes, and high risk youth who are court ordered to attend. Thousands of teens have been reached through these on-site programs.
Members of the Center for Injury Prevention & Policy accept a check from Maryland Automobile Dealers.
High School assemblies are provided focusing on impaired and distracted driving. The assemblies are scheduled around prom, tailgating and holiday seasons. More than 50 high school assembly programs have been conducted annually. These programs are well received by the students, educators and parents.
The prevention staff participates in various committees, task forces and coalitions on distracted driving, impaired driving, violence and injury prevention and fall prevention. Our commitment to prevention is apparent and our outreach is completely funded by grants and donations. With your support and partnership we will reach more people with this prevention message and help reduce preventable injury or death in Maryland.