CDC Core

CDC Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (Core SVIPP)

The leading cause of death of Georgians ages 1– 44 years old is unintentional injuries, and across all ages it ranks third behind only heart disease and cancer. On average, nearly 4,300 Georgians die from unintentional injuries each year, 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 SVIPP grant from the CDC’s Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The four (4) focus areas of the CDC Core SVIPP grant include: child abuse and neglect; motor vehicle crashes; traumatic brain injury; and intimate partner/sexual violence. The Georgia Core SVIPP Team works to address these 4 injury focus areas by utilizing a Download this pdf file. Shared Risk and Protective Factors approach. The ten (10) strategies for the GA Core SVIPP grant are also outlined below.

Strategy 1: Educate health department leaders and policymakers about public health approaches to injury and violence prevention.

Strategy 2: Engage, coordinate and leverage other internal (state health department) and external partners (including other state agencies and non-governmental organizations) and Injury Control Research Centers (ICRC) – or other injury research institutes.

                External Partners:

Strategy 3: Enhance statewide injury and violence prevention plan and logic model for the four (4) focus areas.

Strategy 4: Implement three (3) strategies for four (4) focus areas, one must address shared risk and protective factors across two areas.

                Focus area 1: Child Abuse and Neglect

                Focus area 2: Intimate Partner/Sexual Violence

                Focus area 3: Traumatic Brain Injury

                Focus area 4: Motor Vehicle Crashes

Strategy 5: Develop evaluation plan reflecting process and outcome measures.

Strategy 6: Disseminate surveillance and evaluation information to stakeholders and use to inform continuous quality improvement.

Strategy 7: Enhance surveillance systems to capture injury and violence prevention data.

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, 2013-2017.[ii] CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Cost of Injuries and Violence in the U.S. Available at:  

Page last updated 11/22/2019