Injuries Can Be Prevented
AAP-OC’s Injury and Violence Prevention Initiative provides expertise, evidence-based guidelines and public policy advocacy for childhood injury and violence prevention. Our goal is to reduce childhood injuries in Orange County.
Injury, both intentional and unintentional, is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States for children beyond the first year of life. These injuries will have lasting impacts, including total lifetime economic costs of more than $50 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity.
Injuries can be prevented through enabling system changes (public policy and laws, environment and engineering), as well as changes in community and individual behaviors.