State Health Assessment

The Core Components of a model State Injury & Violence Prevention (IVP) Program, are six essential, foundational elements that describe IVP program capacity as defined by the Building Safer States: Core Components of State Injury & Violence Prevention Programs. For each core component, a team of IVP experts developed consensus-based standards to help IVP programs understand how a model IVP program operates within the core component. Each standard has a corresponding list of indicators that serve as examples to support how a program is performing relative to that standard. For this self-assessment, three of the core components (Collaboration, Communication, and Training/Technical Assistance) have been woven into the three other sections– Infrastructure, Injury and Violence Data, and Program and Policy Strategies. State IVP Programs can use these standards and indicators to assess opportunities to strengthen their programs and ultimately reduce the burden of injury in their state. They are designed to be measurable, relevant, understandable, and applicable across different sizes and capacities of IVP programs.
Instructions on using assessment tool:
  1. Read the indicators below and identify your program’s performance relative to the standard in question.
  2. Rate the indicator based on the descriptions listed:
        1=No activity occuring
        2=Some activity occuring
        3=Consistent activity occuring
  3. At the end of the assessment, review the score summary provided. Higher scores indicate exceeding what is recommended for each standard based on its indicators, while lower scores indicate need for improvement meeting the standard.
NOTE: This tool is designed to provide a snapshot of the program and provide data to determine ways a state department can grow its program.