According to Healthy People 2020, “unintentional injuries and those caused by acts of violence are among the top 15 killers for Americans of all ages.” (17) Unintentional injuries accounted for 5.5% of deaths in the Panhandle in 2009 and were considered the fifth leading cause of death that year. (13) In addition to their immediate impacts, injuries and violence can result in premature death, disabilities, poor mental health, high medical costs, and lost productivity. (17)
This is a broad issue with multiple risk factors and a range of consequences which makes it a challenge to entirely address. Therefore, to make the most impact, the Panhandle developed strategies that focus on strengthening and implementing policies and programs, community engagement and education to enhance the safety of the Panhandle community.