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In 2000, the State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors’ Association (STIPDA) and the National Association of Injury Control Research Centers (NAICRC), later reorganized to form SAVIR, formed the Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development with the goal of developing the infrastructure for the field. The group unanimously agreed that there was a significant need to address the training gap in our field, leading to a focus as the National Training Initiative for Injury and Violence Prevention (NTI). In the ensuing eight years, NTI has been instrumental in identifying training needs through several needs assessment activities, identifying existing training programs, and developing new training, including the PREVENT Program operated by UNC (http://www.prevent.unc.edu). The cornerstone of all these efforts was the development of a set of core competencies for injury and violence prevention. …
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