The South by Southwest Injury Prevention Network (SxSW IPN) is made up of 13 state injury and violence prevention programs, university-based injury research centers, national injury prevention resource centers, and hospital-based injury prevention centers.
  • Forge partnerships among injury and violence prevention (IVP) professionals
  • Offer professional development opportunities to IVP professionals
  • Build member state capacity to develop strong and effective IVP programs
  • Promote opportunities for networking, support, and education available from the CDC, Children’s Safety Network, Safe States Alliance, Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, and other appropriate sources.
Member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Member Organizations: Emory University Center for Injury Control, the Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center, the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center, the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, and the Children’s Safety Network.

Membership is open to injury and violence prevention professionals working in any of the 13 member states.

Leadership: 2014/15 leadership consists of Teresa Belew from the Arkansas Department of Health, Steve Sparrow from the Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center, Shakilya Smith from the Emory University Center for Injury Control, and Claire Nguyen from the Oklahoma Injury Prevention Service. Jennifer Woody from the North Carolina Division of Public Health serves as the coordinator of the network.

Meetings: Held via webinar or conference call on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. An archive of our past presentations is available here

Meeting topics: presentations alternate monthly between injury prevention policy and member highlight presentations designed to increase understanding of knowledge, resources, and organizational structures of member agencies.

The Injury Policy Opportunities Project (IPOP): The Network is engaging with its members to increase capacity to work on injury and violence prevention policy in state health departments. This project involves learning through peer-to-peer networking, analysis of existing state-level injury prevention policies, and technical assistance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Public Health.  

To be added to the mailing list or for more information please contact: Jennifer Woody, NC Division of Public Health, jennifer.woody@dhhs.nc.gov, 919-707-5428