HIGHLIGHTING INJURY PREVENTION IN ONTARIO
Recommendations and moving forward
Keep this document for preventable injuries on hand to guide your work. If you have not already, put injury prevention on the agenda in your local and provincial arenas.
Look into local regional data and see how it affects your local citizens
Link with other organizations that are likely to have an impact on your issue, such as organizations focusing on mental health, obesity, neurological conditions, etc.
Facilitate discussions or round tables to bring people together around injury prevention
Meet with influential people in your area and bring this document along
Educate yourself about evidence-based initiatives in Ontario and across Canada
Use social media to keep ideas alive
Focus on the three mechanisms of injury that are the highest burden: falls, transportation, and suicide/self-harm.
However, injury is not exclusive to these three mechanisms. There may be others that are relevant to your community.
Look for synergies between strategies in injury prevention and other emerging priority areas of public health such as mental health, diabetes, obesity, cancer, substance misuse and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s in order to make better use of resources and achieve the greatest positive impact.
It is time to work together to implement evidence-informed practices that prevent injuries so that we can live long lives to the fullest