vi vi Unintentional injuries have been among the leading causes of death of children in the United States for as long as most of us have been in practice. However, the amount of attention to this public health crisis, whether it be in medical training or in practice, has remained relatively low compared with other issues that affect the well-being of kids and communities. The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention (COIVPP) has developed dozens of evidence-based policies to help address the effect of injury and violence on children, youth, and communities. The council also helps child health care practitioners implement and disseminate practical and realistic interventions to translate the science of injury prevention to the system, community, and individual levels. Commensurate with the horrible effect of injuries and violence, the output of COIVPP has been voluminous, and the number of policy statements and clinical and technical reports might seem daunting. As the chair of COIVPP, I am excited to introduce this compendium in an attempt to curate the breadth of our work and deliver to our colleagues a single resource housing state-of-the-art recommendations for preventing injury to children. Over the past 4 decades, the work of COIVPP has driven innovations in policy at the local, state, and federal levels and changed product design, regulations, marketing, and how child health care practitioners communicate with patients, families, and communities. I could not be prouder of our colleagues’ work or more excited to share it with you. My fondest wish would be that all readers fi nd something transformative within the text of this compendium and strive to partner with their community to help ensure the health and well-being of every child, youth, and family. Our work begins with data and the best available evidence. This is absolutely the foundation of our credibility and standing as advocates for child health. While necessary, however, the data are insuffi cient to truly change the status quo. To effect change in our communities, we must marry that evidence with the stories of those for whom we care. Start with the evidence, tell the stories, and ensure that the voice of your community is heard. With that approach, together we can make the world a better place to be a kid, one story at a time. What will your story be? Benjamin Hoffman, MD, CPST-I, FAAP Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention FOREWORD
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