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CDC Gives AZ $1.25 Million to Prevent Violence, Injuries

The CDC has awarded Arizona a grant to develop safety programs, such as teaching parents how to properly install and use child safety seats. (Halfpoint/iStockphoto)
The CDC has awarded Arizona a grant to develop safety programs, such as teaching parents how to properly install and use child safety seats. (Halfpoint/iStockphoto)
July 15, 2016

PHOENIX - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded Arizona a five-year, 1.25 million grant to prevent critical injuries and violence. The money is part of a $30 million program to distribute funds to 23 state health departments, so they can develop local programs to decrease violence.

The CDC's public health analyst, Ted Castellanos said the program is ultimately aimed at preventing unnecessary deaths.

"Violence and injuries are the leading cause of death for the first four decades of life for Americans," he said. "In fact, for the first half of life, more Americans die from violence and injuries than from any other cause."

The CDC requires each of the states to develop programs to address four core issues: child abuse and neglect, traumatic brain injuries, motor vehicle safety and intimate partner and sexual violence, and to collaborate with partner organizations to develop their strategies.

Castellanos said Arizona will spend its grant money on a range of safety programs. They include promoting the use of child seats and seat-belts in cars, and developing "Safe Date," a program to teach families and other bystanders how to intervene to prevent sexual assaults. He said another area of focus is keeping children safe at home.

"Arizona, for child abuse and neglect, is going to focus on safe-sleep procedures, everything around safe sleep, making sure the guidelines are in place, and education, for both licensed and unlicensed child-care centers," he said.

Mark Richardson, Public News Service - AZ