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In 1985 the Institute of Medicine report Injury in America recommended that a centre for injury control be established at the Centers for Disease Control and that funding for research on injury should be commensurate with its public health burden.1 In 1992 the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) was created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), setting up a federal organisation whose sole focus is on injury—preventing injury and mitigating the consequences of injuries, using a public health approach to research and practice. Since then the USA has made significant progress in decreasing injury-related death and disability while continuing to develop a national infrastructure to support these efforts. Much of this progress has been done with little fanfare, working with our partners to translate evidence-based strategies to help communities and change environments, …
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