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The Safe States Alliance, in partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), is pleased to announce the release of the Standards and Indicators for Model Level I and II Trauma Center Injury and Violence Prevention Programs. This new publication is the first to outline the core components of a model injury and violence prevention (VIP) program within Level I and II trauma centers.

To access the document, click on above link.



Airbag Recall
July 1, 2017

Do you have a high-risk vehicle?

Tens of millions of airbags are defective.  Even a minor fender-bender can cause these airbags to rupture, spraying metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

In response, vehicle manufacturers are conducting the largest safety recall in U.S. history.  Authorized dealerships are replacing defective airbags for free.



The Injury Prevention Committee of the Texas Governor's EMS & Trauma Advisory Council has conducted an extensive literature review among peer-reviewed journals, government resources, injury prevention outlets and private corporations' websites and developed documents that provide information on effective strategies, interventions and countermeasures to prevent texting and driving.  The documents also provide information on ineffective strategies that should be discontinued.  The purpose of the project was to provide easy-to-read information on interventions to guide injury prevention programs addressing texting and driving.  The documents are available under the Publications tab as:

What Works and Doesn't Work for Preventing Distracted Driving

Evidence-Based Strategies/Interventions Review for Distracted Driving

Check out our two newest data reports on Unintentional Poisoning Deaths and Unintentional Motor Vehicle Deaths in Dallas County. Both reports are available under the Medical Examiner data tab. 

Check out our latest blog post about "health and safety in all policies."


The 12th Annual


Tuesday, May 12, 2015 

Are you shopping for toys this holiday season? If so, be sure you know the top five tips for choosing the right toy. Read our latest blog post to on how to keep safety in mind when picking out that special gift.

The staff of the IPC thanks our founders and all of our partners for 20 years of saving lives.

Check out for the best science about injury and violence prevention strategies focused on improving population-level health in Texas. The site’s content is designed to convey information about evidence-informed or evidence-based injury and violence prevention strategies, and to encourage the adoption and implementation of initiatives that are proven to save lives. Other beneficial sites are and

From 1997-2013, the pedestrian death rate in Dallas County was 23 times higher in homeless persons, compared to non-homeless persons. This finding is similar to a recent report from Clark County, Nevada. Between 2004 and 2008, the annualized pedestrian death rate for the homeless was 81.4 deaths per 100,000. From 2009 to 2013, the annualized death rate declined to 39.1 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 population This may be due to Dallas County’s effort to house the chronically homeless.   

Read about how the Injury Prevention Center and Dallas Fire-Rescue are saving lives through Operation Installation, a highly successful residential fire injury prevention program.

Check out the Injury Prevention Center's newest publication from the Dallas County Child Death Review Team!

Check out the Injury Prevention Center's latest fact sheet on deaths due to injuries in Dallas County from 1997-2013!

Dr. Anderson
September 19, 2014

The Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas joins the thousands of people in Dallas County, the state of Texas, and the nation in celebrating the life of our founder, Dr. Ron Anderson. For the people whose lives he saved and the thousands more whose lives he touched, we will forever be in his debt. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Anderson family.

Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly?  Join us Saturday September 20th for the largest car seat check event in Texas!

Photovoice 2014
July 24, 2014

Check out photos and the CBS 11 news clip from our 2014 PHOTOVOICE project in Vickery Meadows! 

News clip

Photo gallery

Babies and young kids can sometimes sleep so peacefully that we forget they are even there.  It can also be tempting to leave a baby alone in a car while we quickly run into the store.  The problem is that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke.  Young children are particulary at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult's.  These tragedies are completely preventable.  Here's how we can all work together to keep kids safe from heatstroke. 

The It Takes A Village Partnership* is hosting a highly interactive conversation with fellow North Texans who are committed to helping our communities become safer and healthier. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 26 from 8:00 -- 10:00 AM.

 Please register for this event at


Data collected by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than 67,000 children under age 18 are seen in an emergency department for unintentional medication exposures. To keep kids safe around medications in the home, Prevent Child Injury is promoting safe storage, use, and disposal of medications and vitamins during National Poison Prevention Week (March 16-22, 2014). 

The SafetyLit Foundation and the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) announce the creation of a new database and library to assist injury and violence scientists and practitioners. 

2014 marks the 20thanniversary of the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas (IPC). I like to think of anniversaries and milestones as a time of reflection – a time to celebrate past accomplishments and embrace future direction. A lot can happen in 20 years. During the past 20 years, we have witnessed triumph, as well as tragedy. 

February 4th, 2014 is It's Time to Talk Day.  Click the link to take the pledge to talk to your kids about teen dating violence. 

New Partner Blog Posted
December 19, 2013

The IPC is sharing this guest editorial that appeared in the Iowa City Press Citizen. The editorial was written by our friend and colleague, John Lundell, who is the Deputy Director of the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center.

Read our latest blog post on why we believe more mixed-use areas should be available in urban, suburban and rural areas.

November 22, 2013 marks the 50thanniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, a dark day in the history of a city that I have come to love. However, Dallas citizens and leaders are commemorating the anniversary by honoring the life of the late President by doing something befitting his legacy and commitment to service – they have organized the Dallas County JFK Day of Serviceto encourage volunteering at more than 50 area civic organizations in Dallas.  

The Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas has responded to the new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revised child restraint guidelines. The new guidelines are categorized by age rather than by type of child seat in order keep pace with the latest scientific and medical research and the development of new child restraint technologies. Under the new guidelines, NHTSA is advising parents and caregivers to keep children in each restraint type, including rear-facing, forward-facing and booster seats, for as long as possible before moving them up to the next type of seat.


Check out the latest publication from the Prevention Instiute -- “Championing Change: Elected Officials Act Locally to Make their Communities Healthier” 

Check out the new blog post on Halloween safety from the Children's Safety Network.

October 20-26 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Check out resources at Prevent Child Injury on how to prevent teen driver deaths and injuries.

Safe States President, Carol Thornton, will be joining Jeff Levi, Executive Director of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), for the release of the new report: Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic. The report has been released by TFAH, and was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Carol and Jeff will be guests on a series of nationwide radio interviews talking about the report and the role of prescription drug overdose in America and in relation to injuries and deaths. Jeff will provide an overview of the report, and Carol will discuss a public health response to this growing national problem. 

 A copy of the full report – including state specific information – is available at 

Tripp Bailey arrived at 3:59 a.m. on Oct. 3, weighing in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches. Congratulations to Amy and Richard!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to ensuring all Americans, especially those at risk for intimate partner violence (IPV), live their lives to their fullest potential. A key strategy in preventing IPV is the promotion of respectful, nonviolent intimate partner relationships through individual, community, and societal level change. 

DALLAS — Is your child in the right car seat? That’s the question child passenger safety experts at the Injury Prevention Center (IPC) of Greater Dallas at Parkland Health & Hospital System want parents to think about. To help them find out, the IPC is offering a free car seat safety inspection on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Vickery Health Center, 8224 Park Lane, Dallas 75231 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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