2017 Injury-Free NC Academy


Goal: Prepare community-based coalitions engaged or interested in implementing evidence based strategies to address shared risk and protective factors to prevent violence in North Carolina

What is the 2017 Injury-Free NC Academy?

1Different types of violence are connected and often share the same root causes. Understanding the overlapping causes of violence and the things that can protect people and communities can help us better prevent violence in all its forms. Some risk and protective factors, often called “Shared Risk and Protective Factors,” are associated with multiple forms of violence and other health outcomes.

9459792438_5bc488e1dd_bRISK FACTORS: INCREASE the likelihood a person will use violence. “They are contributing factors and may or may not be direct causes.” (CDC) They are ARE NOT determinative. “Not everyone who is identified as at risk becomes a perpetrator of violence.” (CDC)

PROTECTIVE FACTORS: BUFFER against risk. They are conditions, characteristics, and influences that may decrease the likelihood of perpetrating or being the victim of violence. They ENCOURAGE a positive, health-promoting focus. They are at the core of asset-based or strengths-based prevention strategies.

Check out www.PreventViolenceNC.org for a listing of risk and protective factors and how they are connected to multiple forms of violence.

To address the work in these areas, the 2017 Injury-Free NC Academy is pleased to announce a focus on risk and protective factors to prevent violence in North Carolina. All learning activities during this academy will focus on developing key public health skills in prevention and program planning, evaluation, and implementation of evidenced-based or evidence-informed strategies to reduce risk and strengthen protective factors among target populations.

We encourage you to apply if you…

  • Are a North Carolina county, district, region, community group, or a coalition focusing on the
  • prevention of sexual or domestic violence, sexual abuse, child maltreatment, or suicide, whosemembers represent multiple organizations, backgrounds or disciplines.
  • Are using, planning to, or wanting to adopt a relevant, evidence based strategy for your communityto collectively address shared risk and protective factors.
  • Have a committed, core team of three to six members with an identified lead representative

What to expect at the 2017 Injury-Free NC Academy….

Each team will receive expert coaching on their own project throughout a 6-month program with two in-person training sessions. Example key skill development areas include…

  • Finding and using data in NC and in your local community
  • Collective impact
  • Utilizing a decreasing risk and increasing protective factor approach to preventing violence
  • Developing, implementing and sustaining effective programs
  • Measuring success with program evaluation built-in from Day One
  • Mobilizing and sustaining a community coalition
  • Preparing for grant opportunities and leveraging funds

The Academy includes two, in-person sessions to be held March 21-22 and July 25-26 in Chapel Hill, NC. If accepted, your team must be able to meet on these dates in Chapel Hill. Though there are no tuition costs for attending the Academy, your team will be responsible for room, board (dinner only), and travel costs. Approximately six teams will be invited to participate following the application review.

Want to learn more about  the 2017 Injury-Free NC Academy?

Join us for an informative webinar January 31, 2017 at 3:00 PM. Learn what risk and protective factors are in prevention, as well as, what to expect from the 2017 Injury-Free NC Academy. Come with your questions or listen in to learn more. Register now for the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4825689844312149762

Don’t Forget!

Applications due February 14, 2017
Please see attached PDF for the application

Questions? Please Email Eva Bland at ebland@unc.edu