Twenty years of scientific progress in injury and violence research and the next public health frontier

J Safety Res. 2012 Sep;43(4):249-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2012.08.005. Epub 2012 Aug 20.


The establishment of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC or Injury Center) in 1992 as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) firmly established the Injury Center as the lead federal agency for non-occupational injury prevention and control (Sleet et al., 2012). Since then, it has provided leadership and a strong scientific base for intramural and extramural-investigator funded injury research. The Injury Center's scientific mission encompasses efforts from primary prevention to treatment and rehabilitation. Early CDC efforts were primarily focused on describing the extent of the problem, identifying risk and protective factors that affect the extent of violence and injury in our society, and gaining visibility for violence and injury as a major public health problem. Efforts such as the development of injury-based surveillance systems provided population-based surveillance data regarding the extent and distribution of fatal and non-fatal injuries, helped to identify demographic characteristics for those who were most at risk, and identified risk and protective factors that influence that risk. Celebrating the Injury Center's 20th anniversary presents an opportunity not only to reflect on past accomplishments but also to look ahead at what still needs to be done.

MeSH terms

  • Anniversaries and Special Events
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Population Surveillance
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Risk
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Violence / prevention & control*
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Wounds and Injuries / rehabilitation