Southeastern & Southwestern Injury Prevention Network

The Southeastern and Southwestern Injury Prevention Network (SE&SW IPN) is made up of 13 state injury and violence prevention programs, university-based injury research centers, national injury prevention resource centers, and hospital-based injury prevention centers. The network offers facilitated activities to its members and the wider injury prevention community including webinars and in-person trainings focusing on increasing knowledge around a variety of injury and violence prevention topics, expanding leadership skills, and establishing and strengthening professional network connections to promote peer-to-peer learning that can enhance the practice of injury and violence prevention at the state level. Additionally, the SE&SW IPN holds an in-person annual meeting.

  • Forge partnerships among injury and violence prevention (IVP) professionals
  • Offer professional development opportunities to IVP professionals
  • Build member state capacity to develop strong and effective IVP programs
  • Promote opportunities for networking, support, and education available from the CDC, Children’s Safety Network, Safe States Alliance, Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, and other appropriate sources

Annual Meetings
Training Resources and Webinar Archive

Member statesAlabamaArkansasFloridaGeorgiaKentucky, LouisianaMississippiNew MexicoNorth CarolinaOklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Member OrganizationsEmory University Center for Injury Control, the Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center, the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center, the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, and the Children’s Safety Network.

Membership is open to injury and violence prevention professionals working in any of the 13 member states.

Leadership: 2018/19 leadership consists of Jane Herwehe from the Louisiana Department of Health, Chinyere Nwamuo of the Injury Prevention Program within the Georgia Department of Public Health, Sharon Nieb of the Emory University Center for Injury Control, and Amy Bailey of the Texas Department of Health. Belinda-Rose Young from North Carolina’s Division of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch serves as the coordinator of the network, and Ingrid Bou-Saada of North Carolina’s Division of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch serves as the Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program liaison to the network.

To be added to the mailing list or for more information please contact: Belinda-Rose Young, NC Division of Public Health,

Training Resources and Webinar Archives

Improving your Injury and Violence Prevention Practice with the Core Competencies Webinar Series

The Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention were developed by professionals with a long history of working in public health and injury and violence prevention (IVP) in hospital, health department, community, and academic settings. The competencies can provide a roadmap for gaining or strengthening the essential knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to grow professionally, and also strengthen the field and practice of IVP.

In this series of webinars, you will learn from experienced professionals in the field about how they use the competencies to develop and advance their own skills, as well as those of staff they manage. In addition to personal professional development, the competencies can be used to understand what knowledge and skills are needed in the continuum of developing, implementing and evaluating IVP programs and policies.

The first webinar will provide the rational for this series, highlighting the ways the competencies can help participants in their work. Webinars two through six will address core competencies for IVP one through seven, with core competencies eight and nine addressed throughout each presentation.

Access the webinar series here.

Systems for Safe Sleep: Purposefully Building Programs for Effective Public Health Partnerships

This series explores the topic of safe sleep through the lens of the Multi-Sectoral Influences Matrix (M-SIM), a tool that helps broadly scope programs and meaningfully engage the full spectrum of partners and perspectives that are affected by an intervention.

Webinar 1: Systematically Assessing Safe Infant Sleep Interventions Using the Multi-Sectoral Influences Matrix (M-SIM)
Participants will learn about the M-SIM, a tool developed by Dr. Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University. The M-SIM is used for assessing feasibility, relevance, challenges and opportunities, as well as for generating stakeholder-informed question strategies that can facilitate effective and thoughtful public health program design. Dr. Fowler provides an overview of the M-SIM, Merissa Yellman of Synergy America, Inc./CDC discusses a community safe sleep program analysis using the M-SIM, and Jane Herwehe shares how the tool is being used in the Louisiana Office of Public Health/Bureau of Family Health’s safe sleep work. Access the webinar here.  

Webinar 2: A Public Health Approach to Safe Sleep: Implementing and Evaluating a Multi-Level Program 
Presenters discuss Tennessee’s approach to safe sleep and provide ideas on how to apply their approach at the community level. Tennessee has had a great deal of success with its safe infant sleep programming, and has worked with hospitals, parents, providers, and the business community to implement a multi-faceted prevention campaign that has shown positive results. Importantly, these results are known because each arm of the program has included an evaluation that captures what and how the work was done, as well as its impact. Access the webinar here.  

Webinar 3: Walking the Line Between Public Health Messages and Lived Experience: Constructive Conversations and Unlikely Alliances
Presenters address how safe sleep communication campaigns can cause conflict between public health and other professionals involved in infant and family health (i.e. breastfeeding advocates). Terri Miller from the Georgia Department of Health shares her story about the positive working relationship that developed between public health and maternal and child health in relation to Georgia’s Safe to Sleep Campaign. Linda Smith, co-author of Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, shares her perspectives on the balance between women and baby’s need for sleep, nourishment, safety, and closeness. Jane Herwehe of the Louisiana Department of Health provides final commentary on the webinar series, connecting each presentation back to the M-SIM. Access the webinar here.

Getting Inspired about Injury Prevention with Dr. David Hemenway

This presentation focused on why the work we do in injury and violence prevention is important, relevant. Available now for 1.5 CEU credits by going to this link. Speaker, Dr. David Hemenway, is a Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, and author of the book, While We Were Sleeping: Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention. He outlined how the public health science behind injury prevention has enabled the field to accomplish great things in the past, and helps us understand the possibilities for the future. This presentation will help ground your work in a broader context and help you understand the wider field of injury prevention. Access the presentation here

Access the full SE&SW IPN webinar archive here.

Annual Meetings

Each year the SE&SW Injury Prevention Network holds an in-person meeting to highlight the work of our host state, provide learning opportunities about injury prevention practice, and of course build the relationships that are key to our network’s success. You can find past meeting agendas and presentations here.