Violence & Injury Prevention

Chair: Phyllis Agran, MD

Injury is the leading cause of death for persons 1-44 years of age in the United States. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children beyond the first year of age in the United States and in California. Among California children less than one year of age, suffocation is the leading cause of death, followed homicide. Drowning is the leading cause of death 1-4 years of age followed by homicide. Suicide is the leading cause of injury death among children 10-14 and 15-17 years of age. Injury science clearly reveals that injuries are preventable. Our mission is to reduce childhood injury by promoting evidence-based best practices for prevention.