Injury prevention efforts of the Injury Prevention and Control Program (IPCP) have been successful in the venue of training and education. Workshops and conferences have increased the knowledge and skills of health and safety professionals (e.g., emergency medical services providers and front-line practitioners) as well as coalition members with respect to the language and field of injury prevention. (Workshops presented include “Hawai‘i Injury Prevention Workshop” 1991; First and Second Annual Hawai‘i Injury Prevention Conferences, 1991 and 1992; “Hawai‘i Injury Prevention Emergency Medical Services Workshop” 1999; and “Injury Prevention – Can We Make a Difference?” 2002.)
More specific training and development have accomplished the following:
Creation of a core of certified instructors to offer a standardized child passenger safety course (from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) within each county. As a result, more than 250 certified child passenger safety technicians are available statewide.
Three child passenger safety specialists from Hawai‘i were sent to a national training on passenger safety for children with special health needs. As a result, in 2001, the team conducted a workshop for those who serve children in this special group. In addition, a child passenger safety inspection station for children with special health needs was developed at the Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children.
Training of 150 elder-serving professionals, caregivers, and seniors on fall prevention strategies and information through IPCP co-sponsored annual statewide Fall Prevention for Older Adults conferences.
Special training of medical coders from all major hospitals statewide to code discharge records for injury-related hospital admissions and emergency department visits. Since this training in 2002, more detailed data on injury have become available to more accurately describe the injury outlook in Hawai‘i.