Injury Prevention Center

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Trauma and Injury Prevention programs that are both age-related and seasonally-oriented are offered throughout the greater Hartford area.

Programs are offered that benefit all ages: infants and preschoolers; young children, ‘tweens, and teens; and adults of all ages. These programs are designed to reduce the incidence of injury and trauma through education and behavior modification.


The Program

Mission, Theme, and Core Activities
The mission of the Injury Prevention Center (IPC) is to reduce unintentional injury and violence among Connecticut residents. The IPC’s theme is to translate research into injury prevention programs and policy. To meet its mission, the IPC implements four core activities: Research, Education & Training, Community Outreach Programs, & Public Policy. Activities related to Pediatric Injury Prevention can be found by clicking here.

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History of IPC
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, the Injury Prevention Center is proud of its record of contributing to the reduction in injuries and death among children and adults of Connecticut. In 1990, leaders at Hartford Hospital had the vision to establish a dedicated Injury Prevention Center within the Department of Pediatrics at Hartford Hospital to reduce unintentional injury and violence among Connecticut’s children and adolescents. In 1996, the IPC became an integral program of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s mission to improve the health and safety of the state’s children.

In 2006, the Trauma Institute was established between Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to enhance trauma care services to children and adults. At the outset, injury prevention was identified as an important component of the Trauma Institute and one that was necessary to meet the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level One Trauma Center requirements.

In 2007, the IPC at Connecticut Children’s re-established its presence at Hartford Hospital by formally resuming injury prevention work among the adult population in support of the Trauma Institute. Today, the Injury Prevention Center serves individuals and families across the age spectrum as part of a very strong collaboration between the adult and children’s hospitals.

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Patient Resources:

National Center for Injury Prevention & Control
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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The IPC has two broad research goals: to design, implement, and evaluate innovative interventions in the field, & to address the significant gap in the translation of evidence based interventions into practical community based programs and policy.

Education & Training

The IPC provides ongoing education and a wide range of training opportunities.

Community Outreach

The Injury Prevention Center provides community outreach in the form of many programs that address Domestic Violence, Adult Fall Prevention and a Gun Buyback Program.

Public Policy

The IPC public policy objective is to advance the field of injury and violence by promoting adoption of laws and regulations that mandate safe behavior.