The 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:
Increasing the visibility of injury and violence as public health issues; Multiplying the number of LHDs that focus on IVP; Enhancing the effectiveness of LHD IVP efforts; and 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.