|UNC center recognizes leaders in injury prevention|
|Wednesday, May 04, 2011|
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Injury Prevention Research Center has recognized leading children’s advocates for their contributions to preventing injury and violence in the state.
The recipients of the center’s 2011 Injury Prevention Impact Awards are Tom Vitaglione and the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force.
The award honors individuals and organizations who have made significant and durable contributions to injury and violence prevention, which result in nearly 5,000 deaths in the state annually.
Vitaglione, currently a senior fellow with Action for Children NC, was recognized for his many years of statewide leadership in child injury prevention, conducted in large part in his roles with the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force.
A second award recognized the task force, a state-mandated legislative study commission. Since its inception in 1991, the child death rate in North Carolina has declined 30 percent, resulting in an estimated 8,000 children living to adulthood who otherwise would have died. Achievements made in part due to the task force’s recommendations include contributions to the passage of child booster and infant car seat laws, graduated drivers’ licenses and child welfare restructuring.
An honorable mention was presented to Fred Brason, president of the Lazarus Project, a community-based drug overdose prevention program serving Wilkes County and western North Carolina.
The center also awarded its inaugural John D. Butts Scholarship to Gillings School of Global Public Health doctoral student Lawrence Scholl to facilitate his work on youth suicide. The $1,000 award honors Butts, who recently retired as chief medical examiner.
For more information, see http://www.iprc.unc.edu/pages/events/IAF.pdf.