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The Safe States Alliance supports a State Technical Assessment Team (STAT) project that assesses state level injury and violence prevention programs.  The STAT assembled in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on June 13-17, 2005. For the first day and a half, 31 presenters invited by the Violence and Injury Prevention Program provided in-depth briefings on the injury and violence prevention activities in Pennsylvania. Topics for review and discussion included the following:
  • Infrastructure
  • Data: Collection, Analysis and Dissemination
  • Interventions: Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Technical Support and Training
  • Public Policy
Coordination and collaboration are crosscutting issues and are addressed in each of these component areas. In addition, there is attention to eliminating health disparities in injury outcomes.  The forum of presentation and discussion allowed the team the opportunity to ask questions regarding the status of the Violence and Injury Prevention Program, clarify issues, identify barriers, and develop a clear understanding of how injury and violence prevention functions throughout Pennsylvania. The team spent time with each presenter so as to review the status for each topic.
Following the briefings by presenters from the VIPP, public and private sector partners, and stakeholders in the injury and violence prevention community, the team assessed the status of the PA DOH’s VIPP with respect to the STAT standard, summarized its findings and developed a set of recommendations.
To address the recommendations from the STAT visit, and in support of the CDC grant, the PA DOH developed the Injury Community Planning Group (ICPG).The Injury Community Planning Group (ICPG) convened for the first time on December 1, 2005 , to begin work on a plan, establish priorities and choose appropriate evidence-based intervention strategies.

The group was given the following responsibilities: