Research shows that most injuries are predictable and preventable.
Injuries and violence can have a dramatic impact on a person's ability to lead an active, fulfilling life.
From humble beinnings of tracking injuries in schools, the Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years to eliminate needless suffering and death from injuries and violence. Injuries are the leading cause of death for Utahns ages 1-44. Every day in Utah,
- 4 people die from injury or violence
- 31 are hospitalized due to injury or violence
- 444 are treated in an emergency room due to injury or violence
In 2011, the top five injury-related deaths in Utah were suicides, poisonings, motor vehicle traffic crashes, falls, and unintentional suffocations. The rate of injury deaths in Utah increased significantly from 2010 to 2011 (59.8 per 100,000 and 70.6 per 100,000, respectively).
Our mission is to be "a trusted and comprehensive resource for data and technical assistance related to violence and injury. With this information, we help promote partnerships and programs to prevent injuries and improve public health."