Strategies for Preventing Injury and Violence June 2016 Meeting

Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24, 2016
Participating States: Arizona, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin

This invitational meeting, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), brought together teams of key state policymakers to learn about the health, social and economic burdens of injuries and violence, and gain an understanding of state strategies to address these public health priorities.

The meeting covered a range of injury and violence topics, focusing specifically on prescription drug abuse and overdose, motor vehicle injuries, and child abuse and neglect. Speakers from the CDC, health professionals with expertise in these issues, and state leaders who have successfully developed and implemented policies related to these areas were featured.


  • To convene state teams of key policymakers to gain an understanding of the economic and social costs of injury and violence, and successful and innovative strategies to address these public health issues.
  • To provide opportunities for discussion with experts and other state leaders about resources and policies to prevent injury and violence.
  • To facilitate dialogue and collaboration among key state leaders and identify the state’s priority health areas, goals and action steps in injury and violence prevention.
  • To work with other state participants to develop an action plan to address these areas over the next year.
  • To assist participants in identifying ways that NCSL can be helpful in moving forward with the action plan, including future technical assistance.


wednesDay, june 22
Time Sessions
2-2:15 p.m.

Welcome and Meeting Overview


  • Kate Blackman, policy specialist, Health Program, NCSL
  • Lisa Caucci, J.D., M.A., public health policy analyst, Office of Policy and Partnerships, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
2:15-3 p.m.

Injury and Violence Prevention for Policymakers

Why should policymakers and agency officials care about preventing injuries and violence?  This session will provide an overview of the basics of the burden of injury and violence, the roles states play and how emerging evidence might inform policy.



  • Lisa Caucci, CDC


3-4 p.m.

State Team Session #1: Introductions

State teams will meet for the first time to discuss what you hope to gain from the meeting, initial priorities for preventing injuries and violence in your state, as well as initiatives, successes and challenges in the state.

4:15-5:30 p.m.

Reversing the Rise in Traffic Fatalities

Motor vehicle fatalities rose in 2015 for the first time after years of steady declines. This session will explore the reasons for the rise in traffic deaths and trends in traffic safety research and policy. Speakers will highlight innovative state strategies and explore cost effective policies, including those found in the CDC’s Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States (MV PICCS). Participants will also have the opportunity explore the MV PICCS database.




  • Jennifer Ryan, director, State Relations, AAA | "Presentation Powerpoint" (PDF file-34 pages)
  • Erin Sauber-Schatz, Ph.D., M.P.H., team lead, Transportation Safety, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC | "Presentation Powerpoint" (PDF file-60 pages)
5:45-7:15 p.m.

State Teams Dinner and Introductions

This dinner will give state team members the opportunity to get to know each other or be reacquainted, and meet leaders from other states.


thursDay, june 23
8-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Networking

Participants will have the opportunity to informally network and discuss injury and violence prevention topics.

8:30-10 a.m.

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse and Overdose


Abuse of prescription painkillers is a serious problem for states, causing nearly 7,000 emergency room visits for inappropriate use and an average of 44 deaths from overdoses every day. In this session, presenters will discuss current trends in opioid abuse and promising state policy strategies that aim to prevent abuse and overdose.



  • Lynn Chaiken, M.S.W, director, Injury Prevention and Behavioral Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials


  • Sarah Bacon, Ph.D., team lead, Opioid Overdose Prevention State Support, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC | "Presentation Powerpoint" (PDF file-21 pages)
  • Sherry Green, CEO and manager, Sherry L. Green & Associates, LLC | "Presentation Powerpoint" (PDF file-19 pages)
  • Sara Cherico, senior health policy analyst, Office of the Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene | "Presentation Powerpoint" (PDF file-15 pages)
10-11 a.m.

State Experiences Addressing the Opioid Epidemic


For the past several years, states have taken various approaches to curbing the abuse of opioids. During this session, representatives from each state will share some of the strategies they have employed, and all participants will have the opportunity to discuss successes, potential pitfalls and new ideas.



  • Martha King, group director, Health Program, NCSL


  • Representatives from each state (Arizona, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin)
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

State Team Session #2: Goals

Over lunch, teams will discuss their state’s unique challenges around injury and violence prevention and initiatives already in place. Teams will brainstorm and select their goal(s), and may begin discussing strategies to achieve the goals.

1:45-3 p.m.

Connecting the Dots: Evidence-Based Interventions to Address Child Abuse and Neglect

Abuse and neglect have immediate and lifelong consequences for children’s health and well-being. This session will define child abuse and neglect, examine state and community strategies to prevent child maltreatment, and discuss the CDC’s Essentials for Childhood Framework. Teams will also hear about Colorado’s efforts to integrate prevention and intervention strategies across the areas of child maltreatment, social-emotional development, and early care and learning.



  • Rochelle Finzel, group director, Children and Families Program, NCSL



  • Beth Reimels, J.D., team lead, Policy and Partnerships, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC | "Presentation Powerpoint" (PDF file-27 pages)
  • Giorgianna Venetis, program coordinator, Essentials for Childhood, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment | "Presentation Powerpoint" (PDF file-20 pages)
  • Linda Newell, state senator, Colorado | "Presentation Powerpoint" (PDF file-13 pages)
3:15-5 p.m.

State Team Session #3: Action Steps

Teams will brainstorm and select strategies for each goal in the action plan.

FriDay, june 24
8-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Networking

Participants will have the opportunity to informally network and discuss injury and violence prevention topics.

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Sustaining Momentum for Prevention

After working together in Denver, each state team will return home and begin to implement their action plan. But these are challenging times in states, from budget pressure to tense political atmospheres. This session will highlight the value of prevention, provide an overview of strategies to sustain this work, and discuss the importance of data and evaluation in evidence-based policies and programs. Participants will also discuss potential challenges and opportunities in taking action to address injury and violence prevention across policy areas.



  • Martha King, NCSL


  • Shelli Stephens-Stidham, director, Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas | "Presentation Powerpoint" (PDF file-65 pages)
9:45-11 a.m.

State Team Session #4: Finalizing Action Plan

State teams will finalize their action plan and prepare a group member who will provide a short synopsis of the state’s plan to the larger group.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch and State Team Reports

This session will feature state team reports, allow attendees to share their experiences and ideas, and discuss opportunities for follow-up technical assistance.


NCSL Resources

CDC Resources