Future Directions

Injuries continue to be the leading cause of death and hospitalization for children and young adults in the United States. Most of these injuries are preventable. Through the use of research, the Trauma Foundation is converting sound science into action to reduce the annual, tragic toll of injuries. The Trauma Foundation is committed to making our nation a healthier and safer place to live. During the coming years, the Foundation will undertake the following activities to further prevent injuries. 

Develop a Survivor Advocacy Network
Grief resulting from a personal, traumatic loss can come in an instant, without warning, into anyone's life. A small number of people who survive the traumatic loss of a loved one channel the force of their grief and shock into preventive action--they become "survivor advocates," working to save others from having to experience a similar loss and trauma. Survivor advocates have been central to some of the major advances in the prevention of injury. The Trauma Foundation has worked with injury survivors to advocate for the prevention of injuries for 28 years.  The Trauma Foundation intends to continue working on survivor-led advocacy issues and to build a national network of survivor advocates, helping to facilitate communication and networking between those in the victim/survivor services fields and those working on injury prevention..

Pursue Injury Prevention Work Worldwide
In 2001, The Trauma Foundation received its Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status from the United Nations. In July 2001, extending its work on gun policy into the international arena, the Trauma Foundation sent two representatives to the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects in New York. Our NGO status will enable the Trauma Foundation to continue to pursue injury prevention worldwide. 

Develop a national policy training and technical assistance center
The Trauma Foundation provides policy training and technical assistance to all participants in the Violence Prevention Initiative. Building upon the experiences and relationships established through this process, the Trauma Foundation plans to offer similar services to communities and leaders outside California. The Foundation will continue to train young researchers and policy advocates through internships and training grants. 

Coordinate the research and policy agenda for alcohol-related injuries and death
Alcohol-related injury and violence form a complex web of intersecting problems. However, researchers and policy analysts have remained compartmentalized, working independently on alcohol, injury or violence. The Trauma Foundation has brought together eminent researchers and policy analysts from these fields to develop a coordinated research and policy agenda, and plans to pursue further collaborative work in preventing alcohol-related injuries and violence. 

Provide technical assistance to regulate cigarettes as a fire-hazard
The Trauma Foundation will continue to guide national efforts to eliminate cigarette-ignited fire deaths, the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. It will provide technical assistance to national legislators to regulate cigarettes as a fire hazard under the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and to State Legislators interested in regulating cigarettes within their own states. 

Create a legal center to provide technical assistance on injury control
Trauma Foundation staff have developed the legal justification for cities and counties to ban Saturday Night Specials, or "Junk Guns." The findings of this legal research have encouraged dozens of local communities in California to prohibit the sale of these guns within their borders. The Trauma Foundation plans to establish a legal center which will support legal research on injury control issues, such as gun control, and provide technical assistance to communities and decision makers interested in preventing injuries. 

Influence national injury control policy through collaboration
By serving on Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees for a variety of national injury control organizations, Trauma Foundation staff are able to influence national injury control policy, as well as benefit from the expertise of these organizations. These groups include:

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