Pair of ACEs Approach for Injury and Violence Prevention

This three-part webinar series looks at the Pair of ACEs and how it interfaces with work in injury and violence prevention.

Webinar 1: Introducing the Pair of ACEs to injury and violence prevention.
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Webinar 2: Finding and using data, and engaging with partners.
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Webinar 3: Applying Pair of ACEs to injury prevention practice
When: February 14, 2019, 3-4:30 PM EST
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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 rationale 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.


January 2016
  • Getting Inspired about Injury Prevention with Dr. David Hemenway. This presentation is about why the work we do in injury and violence prevention is important, relevant, and exciting is here whenever you need a lift! 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 our field to accomplish great things in the past, and helps us understand the possibilities for the future. This important presentation will help ground your work in a broader context, and help you understand the wider field of injury prevention.
May/June 2016
  • Implementing Project Lazarus in North Carolina, a Two-Part Webinar Series. The purpose of these two 90-minute webinars is to illustrate key issues and challenges related to the implementation of Project Lazarus as a model prescription drug overdose prevention program by highlighting major lessons learned in both the hub activities (the components of the Project Lazarus model that reflect a community-based, bottom-up public health approach) and in the spoke activities (the components that reflect a medical and law enforcement-based, top-down public health approach).
    • Part 1: Lessons Learned From the Hub Components of the Project Lazarus Model. Archived recording available here.
    • Part 2: The Medical/Law Enforcement-Based (“Top-Down”) Components of Project Lazarus, a community-based overdose prevention program. Archive available here.
February 2016
  • Communicating about Injury and Violence Prevention Webinar # 4: Using Framing to Improve Program Effectiveness in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention with Lynn Davey (Davey Strategies) and Andrew Leone (Assistant Director of Communication and Outreach for the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Florida) Access the archived webinar recording here and slide set here.

Preparing for Core Funding Webinar Series

  1. Overview of the Core Program: Getting Familiar with the Basics (9/24/14) by Amber Williams (Safe States) and Angela Marr (CDC).
  2. Building Capacity Before you Have Funding (12/3/14) This webinar featured a panel of state representatives from across the country who spoke about their experiences with building an injury program before having Core funding.
  3. Epidemiology and Surveillance Capacity (1/24/15) CDC and state representatives from across the country discussed their experiences with establishing and maintaining epidemiology and surveillance capacity within a state injury prevention program. Review this list of epi-related resources available online from Safe States to locate information mentioned during the webinar.
  4. State Plans and Injury Community Planning Groups (3/25/15) this webinar discusses creating state plans and setting up groups to help carry those plans out. 
  5. Evaluation for Impact (5/27/15) The final webinar in the series addresses evaluation requirements for Core grantees and offers an example of an evaluation plan from Colorado’s injury prevention program.


October 2014
September 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
  • Partner Highlight Webinar: The New Mexico Office of Injury Prevention Program by Robin Swift: Injury in New Mexico: from Epidemiology to Action. This webinar featured information about New Mexico’s epidemiology work, substance abuse prevention, and work with sovereign nations in the state. Access the slide presentation and audio recording and meeting minutes.
April 2014
  • Innovations in Injury and Violence Prevention: Planning for Suicide Prevention. Presenters Adam Chu, Melissa Heinen, and Robert Letourneau discussed planning strategies for state and local organizations interested in comprehensively addressing suicide prevention in their community. The presenters offered:
    • The basic elements of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and other national resources for suicide prevention planning
    • Two approaches to creating state plans for suicide prevention
    • Tools for gaining input from partners and creating buy-in.

Access the slide presentation and audio recording and the meeting minutes.

March 2014
  • The annual in-person S2SW meeting. Click here for minutes and presentations from the meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas March 16-18.
February 2014
  • Partner Highlight Webinar: The Tennessee Injury Prevention Program by Rachel Heitman. This webinar featured information about Tennessee’s infant safe sleep work, including intervention ideas that could be translated to other states. Access the slide presentation and audio recording and meeting minutes.
January 2014
  • Innovations in Injury and Violence Prevention: Online Communication Approaches for Suicide Prevention, the second in the Network’s series on suicide prevention. Presenter Mike Newton-Ward, the social media consultant for the NC Department of Health and Human Services provides a brief tutorial on the basics of health communications, and Jarrod Hindman, the Suicide Prevention Unit Manager, of Injury, Suicide, and Violence Prevention within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment gave an overview of the website mantherapy.org, a website dedicated to preventing suicide in men. Access the slide presentations and audio recording here. Meeting minutes can be reviewed here.


December 2013

October 2013

  • Innovations in Injury and Violence Prevention:The Basics of Suicide Prevention and How to Get Started by Smita Varia (The National Suicide Prevention Resource Center), Richard Burleson, and Brandi Pouncey (Alabama Department of Health). Access slide presentation with audio recording and meeting minutes.
  • Two suicide prevention posters were shared by the Alabama Department of Health–they can be used for inspiration for your own materials!
September 2013
August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

  • Annual Meeting: the network held its annual meeting in Chapel Hill, NC. Click here for resources and other information from the meeting.
February 2013
January 2013


November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
  • Evidence-Based Practice Webinar Series in Partnership with the Safe States Alliance, Part II: Implementing Evidence-Based Programs by Lindsey Myers, MPH. Slide presentation with audio recording.
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
  • Partner Highlight Webinar: Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center. Access meeting minutes.
May 2012
  • In-Person Meeting: At the Safe States Alliance/CDC Joint Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. Access agenda.
April 2012
March 2012
  • In-Person Meeting: Decatur, GA.
February 2012
January 2012


November 2011
October 2011
August 2011
  • Updates Webinar: Administration and Planning. Minutes.
July 2011
May 2011