National Injury Prevention Day is November 18
National Injury Prevention Day 2023 is Saturday, November 18th! Join the UI Injury Prevention Research Center as we “shine a green light” on injury prevention along with our partners across Iowa and the U.S. including Injury Free Coalition for Kids; University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital; University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics; and the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services.
On November 18th, as the sun goes down across the nation and a day of community outreach comes to a close, city landmarks will take on a new look. Trauma Centers, businesses, bridges, government buildings, and neighborhood homes will shine a green light to raise awareness of the importance of injury prevention. Injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 – 44 and are preventable.
*Coming soon: Read our National Injury Prevention Day blog post: Drug overdoses among youth
Here are some ways to get involved in this day of action:
Share a message on social media. Wear green, take a photo, and share it on social media along with why you think injury prevention is important. Use the hashtag #BeInjuryFree
Be part of a Twitter/X Chat. A one-hour Twitter/X chat will take place at 12:00 pm CT on Friday, November 17th to highlight the urgent need to prevent injuries and how everyone can play a role. To join the conversation, follow @InjuryFreeKids and use the hashtag #BeInjuryFree. Topics discussed will include firearm safety and storage, opioid and cannabis poisoning, product recalls, among others. Go here for more information about the Twitter/X chat.
Use a green Zoom background in meetings. Go here to download a Zoom background promoting Injury Prevention Day.
Launch new initiatives/ Share new research. Are you planning a new program or have a new publication? Consider launching your new initiative or sharing your new research on social media on November 18th and take advantage of the increased attention on injury prevention. Use the hashtag #BeInjuryFree.
Participate in a national media contest (students). The Trauma Association of America is sponsoring a media contest to spread the word about preventing injuries in our modern communities. Winners will receive a $150 Visa gift card.
Injury and violence is a diverse field. Read about our research in interpersonal violence, drug overdoses, adverse childhood experiences, road safety, trauma care, workplace violence, falls prevention, bicycle safety, and disaster preparedness. Read more about the injury & violence prevention field.