The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health has received nearly $2 million over five years in funding to implement evidence-based programs to evaluate violence and injury related fatalities across the Commonwealth. The competitive grant comes from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, and the process was facilitated by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. KIPRC is a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health.
The funding will allow KIPRC to continue and enhance programs aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect, traumatic brain injury, motor vehicle injury, and sexual assaults.
In 2014, Kentucky ranked fifth highest in unintentional injury fatality rate and twelfth highest in motor vehicle fatality rate in the nation.
“Over the next five years, the Kentucky Violence and Injury Prevention program will partner with a multitude of agencies and organizations to implement, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based programs to prevent child abuse and neglect, traumatic brain injuries, motor vehicle injuries, intimate partner violence/sexual violence, and falls among older adults,” said Dr. Terry Bunn, KIPRC director.
The competitive grant was awarded by the CDC and Prevention’s Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program.