A Safe and Healthy Environment for Children
To provide expertise and resources, and advocate for
to prevent childhood injuries.
Can Be Prevented
The Injury and Violence
Prevention Program of the California Chapter 4, American
Academy of Pediatrics provides expertise, evidence-based guidelines
and public policy advocacy for childhood injury and violence
Local pediatricians participate in the
and advocacy efforts aimed at reducing childhood injuries.
In its short history the Injury and Violence Prevention Program
has achieved local, state and national recognition.
Injury, both intentional and unintentional,
is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States
for children beyond the first year of life.
incurred in 2000 by children and adolescents age 14 and younger
will have lasting impacts, including total
lifetime economic costs of more than $50 billion in medical expenses
and lost productivity. 
However, injuries can be prevented
through enabling system changes (public policy and laws, environment
and engineering), as well as changes in community and individual
facts: Orange County 
- Each day, 1 child under 5 years is seriously injured.
- Each month, 2 die as a result of injury.
- Assault (homicide) is a leading cause of
death among children less than 1 year of age.
- Drowning is the leading cause of death for
- Pedestrian injuries are a leading cause
- Motor vehicle occupant injuries are leading causes of death
and serious injury among most age groups, and the leading cause
of death among adolescents, followed by suicide and homicide
 Finkelstein EA, Corso PS, Miller TR,Associates.
Incidence and economic burden of injuries in the United States.
New York: Oxford University Press; 2006  State of California,
Department of Health Services, Epidemiology and Prevention for
Injury Control Branch
and Violence Prevention Program Materials
Choose from a wide variety of materials
and media that the Injury and Violence Prevention Program has to
offer pediatricians and other child health specialists.