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Injury Prevention

The Population & Public Health Program provides leadership for enabling coordinated injury prevention initiatives in British Columbia.

To access any of our Injury Prevention documents, please see the Reports & resources tab and visit the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit. 

Overview

The Population and Public Health program aims to reduce the burden of injury in British Columbia through partnerships and coordinated efforts for increasing awareness, strategic planning, building capacity, and implementing and evaluating injury prevention interventions.

Injuries are predictable and preventable. However, injuries are the fourth leading cause of death and contribute to 40% of all Potential Years Life Lost. For ages 1 to 44 years, injuries are the leading cause of death and account for over 70% of Preventable Years Life Lost.

The cost of injuries in British Columbia was $3.7 billion in 2010.  Injuries also exact a burden both socially and economically on British Columbians in the form of distress, lost income, extended care needs, rehabilitation costs, and gaps in the family unit.

Our activities

Building Capacity

We work with the Ministry of Health, regional health authorities, academic institutions, and non-government community organizations to integrate research, policy, and practice for injury prevention. 

Strategic Planning and Policy Development

We are involved in coalitions to advance public policy on injury prevention in British Columbia.

BCCDC co-chairs the BC Injury Prevention Committee, which provides guidance and recommendations on injury prevention to the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer.  Priority areas include Seniors Falls and Injury Prevention, Road Safety and Youth Suicide and Self-Harm.  The committee:

  • Informs the development of provincial (Ministry of Health or cross-government) policies and guidelines
  • Makes recommendations for implementation of programs for injury prevention

  • Makes recommendations for use of specific indicators to monitor injury prevention programs and burden of injury
  • Makes recommendations for training of healthcare practitioners
  • Makes recommendations for research priorities

BCCDC co-chairs this independent strategic alliance of organizations supporting injury prevention priorities and activities across British Columbia.  The BCIPA aim to create coordinated, collaborative and integrated leadership and action on injury prevention across British Columbia that supports a decrease in preventable injuries.  Specifically the BCIPA: 

  • advise and assist one another regarding research, strategies, policies and programs that member organizations are undertaking
  • identify and promote injury prevention priorities where evidence supports that progress can be made in injury prevention
  • coordinate and collaborate together on activities addressing significant injury issues
  • provide collaborative leadership thinking and action on injury prevention
 

The BCCDC Chairs the BC Fall and Injury Prevention Coalition (BCFIPC), a multisectoral collaborative of individuals or organization members whose work has the ability to influence the reduction falls and fall-related injuries among older persons in British Columbia.  Through networking, education, research and the implementation of evidence-based prevention, BCFIPC members seek to reduce the rate and severity for falls by collaborating to effect change in policy and programming at local, regional and provincial levels.


Working as a cohesive network, BCFIPC has the opportunity to maximize the potential of existing programs, collaboratively develop new programs, and effectively allocate resources through reduced duplication of efforts and exchange of resources and information.


 

Injury Surveillance

The iDOT© is an easy-to-use, menu-driven system that makes injury data available to injury prevention practitioners and professionals, as well as the public. It is an effective and efficient way for users to access injury data including mortality, morbidity, traffic accidents, and sports.  Access the data.

Increasing Public Awareness

Did you know that every 10 minutes in Canada a senior is hospitalized for a fall?  Did you know falls account for 40% of all nursing home admissions? In BC, 37 seniors are hospitalized everyday due to falls.

 

November is Seniors' Fall Prevention Awareness Week in British Columbia. Since 2015, the BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition has held a month-long provincial public awareness campaign called Finding Balance BC.  The purpose of this campaign is to help community-dwelling seniors to remain safe in their homes by encouraging them to take action to reduce their risk of falling.  The multi-platform campaign uses the web, social media, and other tools to help reduce falls among seniors.

 

To promote this campaign you can download posters and self-checklist from the Finding Balance BC website as well as access falls prevention information and resources.

 
 

Reports & resources

Provincial Injury Prevention Priorities: Report of the BC Injury Prevention Committee

This report details the findings from a prioritization process to provide guidance and recommendations to the Provincial Prevention and Health Promotion Policy Advisory Committee and the Provincial Public Health Executive Committee.  This work was the result of a collaboration between the BC Injury Prevention Committee, all BC regional health authorities, Trauma Services BC, BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition, and BC Ministry of Health.  Released: November 2017





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