critical to the continued education of injury professionals; however, additional opportunities are needed.
An interesting interdisciplinary model currently under development is a national satellite training program on violence prevention for education, public health, justice, and community-based professionals. Each of the six parts of the curriculum will involve a three-hour national broadcast supplemented by two hours of facilitated training on site and a website for follow-up. The primary sponsors are the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools in the U.S. Department of Education, MCHB, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NCIPC, and IHS. This unique collaboration recognizes that practitioners with a different perspective need a common language and approach. A teleconference offered in June 1997 through the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center shows promise as a method for providing education.
Federal leadership is needed to prepare a cadre of trained injury prevention practitioners and to continue to keep them informed of best practices. The 1993 agenda-setting report Injury Control in the 1990s: A National Plan for Action identified the training of injury professionals as one of its 22 recommendations (NCIPC, 1993). Specific elements of the proposed approach included the following:
the development of a national injury control training plan;
collaboration among federal agencies that fund training of professionals (e.g., engineers and police) to incorporate an injury prevention component;
funding for Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs) to enable them to provide training to state and local safety professionals, as well as to faculties of health professional schools;
designation and funding of a resource center to collect and disseminate curricula and learning materials; and
support for the inclusion of injury in the core curricula of medical schools.
These recommendations have not been fully implemented and appear stalled because several federal agencies bear the responsibility for coordination, funding, and implementation. The committee believes that the 1993 NCIPC training recommendations should be implemented and that training should be a key mission of NCIPC (see Chapter 8), in collaboration with other federal agencies.
In addition to focusing on specific injury topics, training should emphasize program development, implementation, and evaluation processes. Further, practitioners should be integrally involved in research on the practice of prevention. While this may be considered the primary function of researchers, practitioners are ideally positioned to provide feedback about the effectiveness and utility of prevention interventions through the evaluation process. This role may require expanded training and would necessitate greater two-way communication be-