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    INJURY-FREE NC ACADEMY Using A Shared Risk And Protective Factors Approach To Prevent Multiple Forms Of Violence


  • WH AT I S O U R G O A L?

    WH AT I S I N J U RY- F R E E N C ? The University of North Carolina’s Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) and North Carolina Division of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) jointly developed Injury-Free North Carolina (IFNC) to facilitate networking among people who work in different injury and violence prevention areas. The goal of IFNC is to train the injury and violence prevention workforce in North Carolina to incorporate best practices, promising strategies, and innovative programming into their work.

    Prepare new or existing community-based coalitions and teams to prevent violence by focusing on shared risk and protective factors

    that are common to multiple forms of violence and by implementing evidence-based/evidence-informed strategies.

    WHAT IS THE INJURY-FREE NC ACADEMY? The Injury-Free NC Academy is a training and program development resource for injury and violence prevention practitioners in North Carolina. Each cycle of the IFNC Academy focuses on a timely topic affecting North Carolinians. We are pleased to announce a 2019 Academy that focuses on using a shared risk and protective factors approach to prevent multiple forms of violence. Training activities focus on developing skills in primary prevention (preventing violence before it occurs), program planning, and the implementation and evaluation of evidenced-based and evidence-informed strategies to prevent violence among diverse populations.

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  • Teams will participate in a total of 5 in-person training days (two, 2-day sessions and one, 1-day session) to be held in/near Chapel Hill, NC between March and October 2019, and complete some preparatory work before the Academy begins and in be- tween sessions. At each in-person session, teams will learn from subject matter ex- perts during presentations and participate in exercises and activities to apply what they are learning. Teams will be assigned a coach for the duration of the Academy and will receive support as they develop their own projects, both during and in-be- tween Academy sessions, as well as through other opportunities for interaction (e.g., webinars, conference calls). Teams will also have opportunities to network with and learn from each other.

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    What Do We Mean by a “Shared Risk And Protective Factors Approach” to Prevent Multiple Forms of Violence?

    Many forms of violence share a common set of risk and protective factors and health outcomes. Understanding the overlapping contributing factors and the fac- tors that can protect people and communities against violence can help us develop more effective and comprehensive strategies to prevent violence. This will allow us to have a greater reach and impact in our local communities. For an introduction to the shared risk and protective factors framework to preventing violence, take a look at Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence, which was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Also, check out Prevent Violence NC for a listing of risk and protective factors and how they are connected to multiple forms of violence.

    Risk factors INCREASE the likelihood a person will perpetrate violence. “They are contributing factors and might not be direct causes.” They ARE NOT determinative. “Not everyone who is identified as ‘at risk’ becomes a perpetrator of violence.” (CDC)

    Protective factors BUFFER against risk. They are conditions, characteristics, and influences that may decrease the likelihood of violence. They ENCOURAGE a positive, health-promoting focus and are at the core of asset-based or strengths- based prevention strategies. (CDC)



    • Child Fatality Prevention Team • Clinics/health systems • Community Child Protection Team • Community college/university campuses • Community organizers/violence

    prevention activists • Coordinated community response team • Domestic violence center • EMS/fire departments • Exchange Clubs or civic organizations • Faith communities • Health department • Homeless shelters • Housing authority • Judicial system • Law enforcement • LGBTQ+ resource centers • Local management entities (LMEs)/

    managed care organizations (MCOs) • Prisons/jails • Rape crisis center • School system/PTAs • Smart Start • Social services • Suicide prevention programs • Women’s centers • YMCA/Parks & Rec/community

    recreation centers

    2 Are using, plan to use, or want to adopt a relevant, evidence-based strategy for your community to collectively address shared risk and protective factors.

    1 Are a North Carolina community group/coalition, county, district, or region focusing on the prevention of violence (e.g., sexual or intimate partner violence, sexual abuse of children, child maltreatment, youth violence, suicide), whose members represent multiple organizations, backgrounds or disciplines.

    3 Have or are willing to form a committed, core team of three to six members with an identified lead representative.

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  • The creation of a community resource

    center that brings together a number of

    supports and opportunities for residents in a high

    poverty neighborhood.

    Protective Factors: “Coordination of resources

    and services among community agencies”

    and “Community support/ connectedness”

    The preparation of a successful application for Rape Prevention and Education funding based on content learned at the Academy.

    Skill learned: Preparing for grant opportunities and leveraging funds

    Examples of Key Knowledge & Skill Development Areas

    • Mobilize and sustain a community coalition • Find and use data from NC and in your local community to describe the

    problem and identify assets • Identify interventions that decrease risk and increase protective factors

    to prevent violence • Use a strategic planning model to develop an implementation plan • Design a plan for evaluating and reporting on program outcomes • Identify ways to sustain effective programs

    The enhancement of a “youth

    enrichment zone” that stretched over multiple blocks of a

    city and empowered residents to identify

    and develop their own violence

    prevention strategies.

    The establishment of a mental health

    clinic at a local health department.

    Protective Factor: “Access to mental

    health and substance abuse services”

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    After we receive your initial team application, each member of your team will be asked to provide more information in a follow-up survey about their background

    and interest in participating. This will help us to tailor the Academy activities to best meet the skills and needs of the participants.



    Need more information? Visit us at or contact Kim Dixon at or Ingrid Bou-Saada at

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    W H E N (In-Person) Session I

    2-day training March 20-21, 2019

    Session II 2-day training June 25-26, 2019

    Session III 1-day interactive workshop September 26, 2019

    W H E R E The in-person Academy sessions will be held in or near Chapel Hill, NC. If accepted, your team must be able to meet on these dates in/near Chapel Hill.

    • No cost for registration, tuition, or materials

    • No cost for breakfast, lunch, and drinks during in-person sessions

    • Each team will be responsible for their own travel costs: lodging (if necessary), meals (dinner only), and transportation

    C O S T S

  • INJURY-FREE NC ACADEMY APPLICATION Using a Shared Risk and Protective Factors Approach to Prevent Multiple Forms of Violence

    (Note: This document is only for your reference. You must apply through the online form here.)

    Thank you for your interest in applying to participate in the 2019 Injury-Free NC (IFNC) Academy focused on the Using a Shared Risk and Protective Factors Approach to Prevent Multiple Forms of Violence.

    Thank you for your interest in applying to participate in the 2019 Injury-Free NC (IFNC) Academy focused on Using a Shared Risk an


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