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About the Injury Prevention Center

The Injury Prevention Center programs are developed in collaboration with other community organizations.

The Injury Prevention Center’s current active programs are:

  • Drive ALIVE
  • Operation: Street Smart
  • Violence Prevention Initiatives
  • Alcohol Education Fairs/Driving Simulator Demonstrations

The Injury Prevention Center measures outcomes of these programs and provides research findings to county and state officials as well as to peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Our History

In 1995, the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) developed a community-wide Injury Prevention Center to assess injury prevention needs in the community. The Injury Prevention Center was developed to address the following areas:

  • Epidemiology (studying factors that affect the health and wellness of a community)
  • Community needs assessment
  • Intervention

The initial focuses of the Injury Prevention Center were bicycle safety, gun violence, teen motor vehicle safety and falls in the elderly. In 1996, the Injury Prevention Center received the American Hospital Association award for its collaborative efforts in injury reduction. The Injury Prevention Center was physically relocated to Miami Valley Hospital in 2002.

Injury Prevention Center Milestones:

  • Received 2005 Montgomery County Safe Communities Innovative Community Project award 
  • EAST (Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma) John M. Templeton Injury Prevention Paper Competition Finalist 2007 for the research findings on the Drive Alive program.
  • Received the 2008 Health Care Heroes Award from the Dayton Business Journal for Community Outreach for the Drive Alive program 

Today, the Injury Prevention Center is a part of the Miami Valley Hospital Level I Trauma Program and Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Surgery.