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UNC IPRC Recognizes NC Injury Prevention Advocates
In April 2011, the IPRC held its first annual Evening of Recognition, an event honoring injury leaders across the state, and introducing two new awards recognizing the work and innovation of injury specialists in North Carolina: The UNC IPRC Injury Prevention Impact Award and the John D. Butts Student Support and Scholarship Fund.
The Injury Impact Award recognizes the efforts of injury prevention organizations, projects or individuals who have made a significant contribution to North Carolina through practice, policy, communication or advocacy. Mr. Tom Vitaglione and the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force were the inaugural recipients of the award. The Lazarus Project received an honorable mention as an example of a promising innovative program addressing an emerging and significant public health problem.
“Tom Vitaglione has been a tireless advocate for children, child health and injury prevention for decades …His efforts have improved the lives of children through the implementation of traffic safety legislation, fire and burn prevention, youth employment protections, poisoning prevention, and child maltreatment prevention,” said Dr. Carol Runyan, who was then IPRC Director.
The North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force also received the Injury Impact Award for its efforts in creating legislation that has saved the lives of 8,000 children in the state. This notable accomplishment highlights the strengths of the CFTF’s interdisciplinary members, who come from state and local government and governmental agencies, law enforcement, and community groups.
Nominations for the 2012 Scholarship and Award are currently under review.