About the Project

Skills & Knowledge for Injury Prevention Partners (SKIPP) is a four-year project supported by the John Rex Endowment, to provide networking and training opportunities to injury and violence prevention practitioners who serve children and youth in Wake County. 

The purpose of SKIPP
is to increase the capacity of childhood injury and violence prevention (CIVP) stakeholders to prevent childhood injury and violence by providing networking and training to strengthen CIVP competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, commitments) and their application through increased use of evidence based practices.

The SKIPP project will offer a series of training opportunities for CIVP practitioners in Wake County, including (click on each to learn more): 

Networking Events:  held annually generally for half a day, these events will offer the opportunity for Wake County CIVP stakeholders to meet, share lessons learned, and learn new information about injury and violence prevention activities occurring in Wake County and in NC.

CORE Training Series:  a 5-day series of 1-day training workshops conducted over nine months to a cohort of individual practitioners interested in building CORE competencies for injury and violence prevention (series to be offered twice over four years)

ENHANCED Training Program:  a series of training events (# and duration TBD) for teams of practitioners interested in building ENHANCED competencies for a particular project that addresses one of the leading five childhood injuries in Wake County (MVC-occupant, Assault, MVC-pedestrian, Self-harm, and Falls).

For additional information about the SKIPP Project, please contact Robert J. Letourneau, MPH at robert_letourneau@unc.edu.

Why is the SKIPP Project being conducted...

Building on the successful publication of A Profile of Childhood Injury Prevention, and the first annual childhood injury and violence prevention practitioner networking event, Building to Impact: Preventing ChildhoodInjury held in May 2014, The SKIPP Project is being conducted because…
  • Injury remains the leading cause of death and disability for children and adolescents (age 0-17) in Wake County, in North Carolina, and in the United States.
  • Injuries are often labeled by the general population as “accidents” and perceived as something “we can’t do anything about.” On the contrary, injuries are not random, uncontrollable events; injuries are predictable, preventable incidences with identifiable causes, and an area in which, in terms of the health of our children, we can address and make positive changes. 
  • Whether unintentional or intentional, childhood injuries have wide-ranging effects on the child’s life, both short-term and often long-term, as well as on the community. Injury affects everyone.
  • In Wake County, the top five leading causes of injury for children are: motor vehicle crashes (occupants), assault (physical violence, child abuse, sexual violence), motor vehicle crashes (pedestrian), self-inflicted harm, and falls.
  • When it comes to preventing childhood injury, there is something that can be done at every level within our community to improve the outcomes for the health of our children.
  • While strengthening individual knowledge and skills is important in preventing injury, the greatest impact results from educating the community and practitioners, and influencing organizational practices, policy and legislation.
  • We know these approaches work, based on a track record of historical successes – think seat belts, kids’ bike helmets, smoke detectors, child-resistant packaging, fire-retardant children's sleepwear and more.