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April 2020, Vol. 3, Issue 2
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Our COVID-19 Response
Dear Violence and Injury Prevention Partners,

We are experiencing unprecedented and uncertain times, both with unique and shared challenges. We want you to know that we are here to help navigate the very real and complex impact COVID-19 is having on our communities. Though we are all working remotely and have been re-assigned to assist with the COVID-19 response effort, we’re still very much available, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
Please visit the Safe States Alliance COVID-19 Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Hub. We are all very aware of the increases of violence and injury incidents across the US and throughout Utah - this site provides tools and resources available to public health professionals to continue prevention work and to mitigate these increases. Together we can ensure that practices we know to prevent injuries and violence and support resilient, healthy communities, remain part of the ongoing conversation. Safe States will continue to add resources as they become available, so be sure to check back often. If you have tips, tools, or resources related to the COVID-19 response to share, please contact Safe States Alliance to have them added.
 
Stay Safe and Stay Healthy,
Violence and Injury Prevention Program Staff
Staff Highlights
Jason Clark (top left), Gary Mower (top right), and Kacy Robinson (bottom left) were both awarded employee of the month during this past quarter for their dedication and hard work for the Violence and Injury Prevention Program.
News and Resources
CDC HUB for Injury Prevention
The CDC's HUB for Injury Prevention (HIP) is a collection of resources that support injury and violence prevention work in organizations and communities. It is a powerful resource to find the information you need.
Visit the HUB for Injury Prevention
Protect Utah's Mental Health
COVID-19 has caused a significant increase in stress and anxiety in many Utahns. This has led to a rise in mental health challenges including an increase in suicide and suicidal thoughts. The National Institute of Mental Health has put together an excellent list of helpful tips and advice for all of us during these challenging times.
Read the Advice from NIH
Safe States: COVID-19 Response

As injury and violence prevention professionals, we know that the drastic changes in everyday life we are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 can lead to increased incidents of injuries and violence. These changes also take a tremendous toll on economic stability, community connectedness, and mental health. Safe States developed and will maintain the COVID-19: Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Hub to support IVP professionals and advance the practice.

View Resources
Earned Income Tax Credit and Direct Client Service Work
Economic instability and financial stressors are a significant risk factor for child maltreatment and domestic violence. The Federal Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax benefit for hardworking Americans that can improve the financial safety net for the clients your serve every day.
Click Here to Learn More
Naloxone Reporting
The UDOH wants to know the number of opioid overdose reversals taking place in Utah. If you or someone you know has used naloxone on a friend, family member, or stranger, please anonymously fill out the reporting form by clicking the link below.
View the Reporting Form
Share Your COVID-19 Story
De Beaumont along and partners just launched a new campaign collecting video stories about how public health workers are responding to COVID-19.  If you, colleagues, or students are involved with the COVID-19 response and would be willing to submit a short video, please do! 
 
It’s easy to submit and Rachel Locke with De Beaumont is happy to help coordinate/with talking points too. You can learn more here by clicking the link below.
Learn More
New Alcohol Misuse Video
The Utah Department of Health released a new video to increase awareness of alcohol use guidelines and how to avoid overconsumption.
Watch the Video
New Alcohol Misuse Fact Sheet
The 2019 Alcohol Misuse Fact Sheet highlights key information related to alcohol misuse in Utah as well as giving prevention tips.

To learn more about alcohol misuse and its effects on Utahns, click the link below.
Learn about Alcohol Misuse in Utah
Violence and Abuse
During the Time of COVID-19
These are challenging times and, unfortunately, with increased stress often comes an increased risk of abuse. Utilize the resources below to help Utah overcome these difficult challenges.
A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development
Resources from the Academy on Violence & Abuse
New Child Maltreatment Materials
The Utah Department of Health recently released a new fact sheet and brochure on child maltreatment. These materials give an overview of child maltreatment issues as well as the Utah Department of Health's plans to combat this pressing issue.
Learn More About Child Maltreatment
Concussion in Utah School 2019 Fact Sheet
The Violence and Injury Prevention Program released a new fact sheet covering head injuries in Utah schools. Click the link below to learn more about student injuries.
Learn More About Student Injuries
Upcoming Events
Park RX
April 20th-May 2nd: Enjoying nature improves physical and mental health! Walk, run, bike, hike, garden, build a fort and play nature sounds, or even look at photos of nature.

Learn more by clicking below.
Celebrate Park Rx
Mental Health and COVID-19: How the Pandemic
Complicates Current Gaps in Care
and What Can Be Done
On May 6th Trust for America's Health's President and CEO, John Auerbach, will be accompanied by other speakers for a webinar to discuss the unique challenges for mental health in the wake of COVID-19. Learn more and register by clicking the link below.
Register Now
Age+Action Virtual Conference
Join the Age+Action Virtual Conference on June 8-10. This is the nation's first major event for aging services professionals since the pandemic. Every day, you're on the front lines serving older adults in your community. In the age of COVID-19—now more than ever—we must stay professionally connected to support each other, learn, and share. REGISTER NOW
Learn More
Successful Events from
Last Quarter
The Utah Department of Health (UDOH), in partnership with the Utah Coalition for Protecting Childhood and Utah Tax Help, met to draw attention to the benefits the Earned Income Tax Credit can bring to Utah.

"Families experiencing economic instability and poverty are at a greater risk of experiencing difficulties with mental and physical health, substance use, domestic violence, and child abuse.” - Joey Thurgood, Child Abuse Prevention Specialist with VIPP.

Currently, only 1 in 4 eligible Utahns are claiming the credit.

To learn more, click the link below.
Visit Utah Tax Help
Reports
Utah Traumatic Brain Injury Fund Legislative Report
The Utah State legislature established the Utah Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Fund in 2008. The TBI Fund educates Utahns on TBI treatment and prevention and provides assessments to determine eligibility for services.
Utah Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Fund Legislative Report
The contractors provided an intake assessment of 55 individuals. Because the Fund is the payor of last resort each individual goes through a screening process. The contractors found alternative funding sources for 9 of the 55 individuals screened making it a total of 46 people served by the fund.
Opiate Overdose Outreach Pilot Program Legislative Report
From 2017 to 2018, there was an observed increase in the number of opioid-related deaths in Utah. The number of prescription opioid overdose deaths excluding heroin increased by 1.8%. The number of heroin overdose deaths excluding prescription opioids increased by 17.2%.
For more information about VIPP, please visit our website by clicking here.

If you have any feedback, suggestions, or would like to have something included in our October edition, please email Tom Schleiffarthat tschleiffarth@utah.gov.

 






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