CDC Core

CDC Core State Injury Prevention Program (Core SIPP)

The leading cause of death of Georgians ages 1– 44 years old is unintentional injuries, and across all ages it ranks fourth behind heart disease, cancer, and COVID-19. In 2020, approximately 5,500 Georgian's died from unintentional injuries, taking a toll on families, friends, neighbors, and the community [i]. In Georgia, more than 74,000 hospitalizations and ER visits result from injuries every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the lifetime medical and work loss costs of nonfatal injuries in the US was over $457 billion [ii]. 

Georgia is one of 23 states funded under the Core SIPP grant from the CDC’s Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The four (4) focus areas of the CDC Core SIPP grant include: child abuse and neglect; motor vehicle crashes; traumatic brain injury; and fall prevention. The Georgia Core SIPP Team works to address these 4 injury focus areas by utilizing a Shared Risk and Protective Factors approach. The three (3) base strategies for the GA Core SIPP grant are also outlined below.

Strategy 1:

  • Engage in Robust Data/Surveillance for Public Health Action
  • Increase partner and stakeholder knowledge and utilization of emerging injury surveillance data sources
  • Increase knowledge, adoption, and utilization of robust data/surveillance best practices
  • Develop fact sheets and presentations for all four focus areas to increase understanding of injury among disproportionately affected populations

Strategy 2:

  • Strengthen Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships for Public Health Action
  • Participate in National Learning Communities
  • Engage and collaborate with partners with expertise and reach into populations disproportionately affected by all for four focus areas
  • Increase inclusion of Georgia stakeholders in program planning, implementation, and evaluation for all four focus areas
  • Increase integration among multi-sectoral partners with a shared commitment to injury prevention

External Partners:

Strategy 3:

  • Conduct Assessment and Evaluation for Public Health Action
  • Complete Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) focused assessments and evaluations for all focus four focus areas that –
  • Increase understanding of risk and protective factors for identified disproportionately affected communities in Georgia
  • Increase understanding of ongoing efforts and gaps in jurisdiction to address all four focus areas in Georgia
  • Increase understanding of appropriate evidence-informed strategies to address identified needs in all four focus areas

Shared Risk and Protective Factors: Every Georgian is affected by injuries and violence, whether through direct experience or from the effects of the injury or death of a family member, friend, neighbor, or other close person. The ripple effects stretch beyond those first few degrees of separation and have social and economic impact on whole communities and our state. 

A risk factor increases the likelihood of an injury or violence. A protective factor decreases this likelihood.

Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program, Strategic Plan[MC5] : Our plan combines fresh ways of looking at the connections between causes of different types of injuries—shared risk and protective factors—with existing building blocks, like evidence-based strategies already being implemented around the state as well as existing and new critical priority areas for intervention and prevention. These critical priority areas include Transportation, Interpersonal Violence, Child Abuse and Neglect, Safe Infant Sleep, Suicide, Falls, Poisoning and Drug Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia as a risk factor for Injury. The plan considers how interventions affect change at four key personal and social levels: individual, relationship, community and societal. This ensures maximum reach and maximum impact.

[i] CDC WISQARS (Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) - 10 Leading Causes of Death by Age Group, Georgia, 2020.

[ii] CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Cost of Injuries and Violence in the U.S. Available at:  


For more information contact:

DeAndre Cain

CDC CORE Grant PI and Program Manager

Suicide Prevention Grant Co-PI

[email protected]


Page last updated 12/21/2022