Strategies For Unintentional Injury Death

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Unintentional Injury Death
Introduction
In the world there is an alarming trend where what seems to be harmless accidents take the lives of thousands of people every year. However, the loss of life and human potential is unacceptable. These unintentional injury deaths take on a myriad of forms that are brought out by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With the guidelines provided by these organizations Public Health Nurses (PHN) can help develop and execute strategies in an effort to decrease the lives lost to unintentional injuries.
Framework
In the ongoing war to achieve better population health in the United States, there is a developing resource for Americans. Healthy People 2020 (HP 2020) is an extensive combined effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Agencies, Public Stake Holders, and an Advisory Committee that utilizes the Social Determinants for Health as its framework, to aid the transformation of the United States to a society in which people live long and healthy lives. The HHS utilizes HP 2020 to seize a renewed focus in the identifying, measuring, tracking, and reducing health disparities via a determinant of health approach. HP 2020 is based on 4 previous Healthy People initiatives: 1979 Surgeon General’s Report, Healthy People: The Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Healthy People 1990: Promoting Health/Preventing Disease: Objectives for the Nation; Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives; and Healthy People 2010 (HP 2010): Objectives for Improving Health. The multiyear process that is HP 2020 reflects the input from a diverse group of organiza...

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...cally, many of these programs once existed in Schools and Community Centers but because of the lack of funding were cut or deemed unessential. By focusing on Schools and Community Centers, the PHN can affect change in younger generations and by doing so affect change in older generations by the spreading of interests and concerns for personal safety through education and mentorship, which would positively influence development of Personal Responsibility. Companies that show positive changes or maintain a high degree in Safety Program proficiency/effectively could receive tax breaks or other financial rewards. The development of these programs shall effect changes due to repetition and familiarity from on the job performance, and trickle down to the younger generations through proper mentorship with the overall effect increasing individual personal responsibility.

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