INFORMATION RESOURCES ON AVOIDABLE INJURY
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Regional Policies and Action Plans
Investment for Health
The regional health strategy, Investment for Health, recognises that reducing the number and severity of avoidable injuries is one of our key public health challenges.
Investment for Health (I4H) was launched by the East Midlands Regional Assembly in May 2003. Developed following extensive consultation, I4H provides a clear framework for action to improve the health of people living in the East Midlands and reduce health inequalities between individuals and communities. It takes an holistic approach that recognises the interdependence of economic, social, environmental and health factors – and how these have significant effects on health status. Thus, the ‘Investment for Health’ strategy aimed to improve the health of East Midlands residents by reducing health inequalities, year-on-year, through:
- Addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health
- Supporting healthy lifestyles
- Protecting health
- Improving access to, and provision of, local health and health related services
I4H contained 16 objectives organised within the four themes above, each representing significant public health concerns within the East Midlands. The objective relating specifically to avoidable injury is:
Objective 8 Accidents: Reduce the incidence of accidental death and injury.
Improving Health in the East Midlands
This 2005 report provides an overview of progress with the Regional Public Health Strategy, Investment for Health, and reflects on the implications in the context of local needs and the national public health agenda. The report informs the future work programme of its Boards, partners and the groups tasked with developing and implementing the Investment for Health Action Plan.
The East Midlands Avoidable Injury Strategy: Promoting a Safer East Midlands
Accidents are a major cause of death and serious injury but they are avoidable. The East Midlands has a relatively poor accident record compared to the national average and to the other English regions. The regional health strategy, Investment for Health, recognises that reducing the number and severity of avoidable injuries is one of the key public health challenges.
There is a body of evidence to show that many accidents are preventable and the impact of those that do occur can be reduced. Often simple interventions and common sense behaviour can ensure that the environment is safer for us and for those around us. For example, a hand rail on a staircase or a properly fitted carpet can prevent an elderly person falling in their home.
This Strategy document summarises the main points of that evidence and signposts to further sources of information and advice. It has been developed following widespread consultation throughout the East Midlands.
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