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Injury Prevention Plan: Oregon Injury and Violence Prevention Program

Injury is the third leading cause of death in Oregon, behind only cancer and heart disease. It is also among the leading causes of hospitalization. It is typical to consider some causes of death—cancer, heart disease, stroke—as mainly affecting Oregonians in older age groups. However, everyone is affected by injury, regardless of age, sex, race, or ethnicity. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death among Oregonians 1 to 44 years of age. In 2015, 3,009 Oregonians died as a result of injury.

It is common to consider injuries as accidents or random events. However, this implies that injuries are unpredictable and unpreventable. Many injuries are preventable.

Injuries are preventable at the population level through public health actions like policy change or interventions.

The Public Health Approach to Injury

Priority Areas

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