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Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Injury Research and Prevention Program

Injury Research and Prevention Program mission is to reduce fatal and non-fatal injuries among the residents of Louisiana by collecting and analyzing data, developing prevention strategies, implementing interventions, providing education, raising awareness, affecting public policy, and performing ongoing evaluation.

Highlighted Facts

  •   From 2000-2004 the average number of injury deaths per year in Louisiana was 3,299.
  • During that time period, unintentional injuries were the leading cause of death for Louisianans 1-44 years old while homicides were the second leading cause of death for residents 15-34 years old.
  • From 2000 to 2004, Louisiana was among the states with the highest rate of unintentional motor vehicle, suffocation, drowning, and fire and burn deaths in the country.
  • For the same years, Louisiana had the second highest homicide death rate, the third highest traumatic brain injury-related death rate, and the third highest firearm-related death rate in the country.
  • In 2004, 134 Louisianan children younger than 15 years old died from unintentional injuries.
  • Data from a recent telephone survey in conjunction with data from the US Census, lead to estimates that 40,281 women residing in Louisiana were raped or physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the past 12 months.

Featured Services

  • Injury Epidemiology Program 
  • Community Injury Prevention 
  • Violence Prevention Program