Advocate for injury and violence prevention and promote education and surveillance in Maryland through statewide partnerships.
The Partnership for a Safer Maryland was formed in September of 2005 in response to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene receiving a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Core Injury Grant. This five year grant supports the State’s capacity to address injury and violence in Maryland and seeks to establish a self-sufficient injury program that will continue to address the safety needs of our residents long into the future. In May 2016, CDC announced that the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Environmental Health Bureau, Center for Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention (CISAP), a unit of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), would be the grant recipient for an additional five years. The Partnership applied once again and received the funding as a Injury Community Implementation Group (ICIGs).
The Partnership offers technical assistance to both members and non-members in regards to injury prevention. We recommend injury priority areas for the State, serve as a resource for program design, implementation, evaluation, and provide additional data, surveillance and training to members. Further, we have assisted in writing “Planning for the Future of Injury and Violence Prevention in Maryland” a strategic plan for statewide injury prevention.
The Partnership is comprised of individuals representing local, state and federal agencies, universities and research institutions, injury care providers, as well as private, professional and non-profit organizations. Our quarterly meetings serve as a forum for highlighting successful Maryland injury prevention programs as well as an opportunity for our partners to network with each other and share information and resources. Membership in the Partnership is open to all who are committed to the reduction and prevention of injury and violence in Maryland.
Finally, the promotion of injury and violence as a serious yet preventable public health concern is at the core of all we do. Identifying and promoting evidence based injury and violence prevention programs is a priority for the Partnership and our goal is to be able to provide funding to these recognized programs in Maryland in the near future.
As outlined in our new non-profit structure and recently accepted by-laws, several standing committees in conjunction with several Councils and task forces featuring expertise in each of six injury priority areas (Poisons, Motor Vehicle/Pedestrian, Violence, Occupational, Home & Burn, and Recreational & Sports) will guide the Partnership as it becomes a non-profit. The executive committee will focus on the day-to-day operations of the organization, while further guidance will be provided by the Board of Directors, which consists of some of Maryland’s (and the Country’s) premier authorities on injury and violence prevention.