Crisis Amidst COVID-19: The state of injury and violence prevention in health departments and hospitals

Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the United States on January 21, 2020, national and localized responses to the outbreak have had considerable implications for injury and violence prevention (IVP). The pervasive community- and family-level stressors associated with the pandemic and response activities have led to anticipated and observed increases in injuries and violence. At the same time, much of the IVP workforce is being called to pause their day-to-day IVP efforts to contribute to the COVID-19 response. To identify the professional challenges created by these circumstances and produce recommendations for needed infrastructure enhancements to best equip IVP programs in handling future unforeseen scenarios, the Safe States Alliance conducted an evaluation to gather information from state and local health departments and hospital-based IVP programs about the impact of the COVID-19 response on IVP infrastructure and activities, with particular emphasis on ensuing effects on equity.

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