Injury is a major, but under-recognized, public health problem worldwide. In the US alone, about 150,000 people die of injuries each year, resulting in more years of life lost before age 65 than any other single health problem. In addition to loss of life, the pain, suffering, and long-term disability associated with injuries are enormous. Most of these injuries are preventable, but we have much to learn. We need to understand more about the factors that influence when, how, where, and to whom injuries will occur and determine how to design and implement effective and appropriate intervention strategies.
We envision a world in which injuries are reduced as a result of important discoveries made and disseminated in a scholarly manner to guide policies and program development. Our vision includes a leadership role for UNC IPRC in effecting change both nationally and internationally.
Our mission is to build the field of injury prevention and control through a combination of interdisciplinary scholarly approaches to research, intervention, and evaluation as well as through the training of the next generation of researchers and practitioners.
Our Organizational Values
The UNC IPRC strives to be an innovative, nurturing, efficient, highly productive and versatile organization that believes in: