Online Program

Financing state injury and violence prevention programs: Findings from the 2011 state of the states finance and personnel survey

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Jamila Porter, DrPH, MPH, Safe States Alliance, Atlanta, GA
Shenee Bryan, MPH, MPA, Safe States Alliance, Atlanta, GA
Amber Williams, Safe States Alliance, Atlanta, GA
Purpose: Infrastructure is a critical element of capacity that impacts how state injury and violence prevention programs (IVPPs) operate, are sustained, and can succeed at achieving health outcomes. However, state IVPPs must have sufficient funding to support their infrastructure. This includes the staff and activities necessary to implement and evaluate programs and policies. Understanding how state IVPPs are funded is an essential step in increasing their ability to reduce injuries and violence. Methodology: The first survey of its kind, the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011 State of the States Finance and Personnel Survey was administered to the directors of all U.S. state IVPPs. A total of 47 states responded to the survey. This presentation will include descriptive analyses of funding types and amounts, state and national per capita comparisons, primary staff roles of full-time equivalents (FTEs), and anticipated impacts of budget cuts. Results: In FFY 2011: $101.5 million was invested nationally in state IVPPs — a national average of $0.32/person. Twenty-three funding sources supported 342.96 FTEs working in state IVPPs. Five funding sources accounted for 65% ($66 million) of total funding. Sixty percent of states expected reduced funding in FFY 2012. The most common anticipated impacts of these budget cuts were reductions in services and a loss of staff. Conclusions: While state IVPPs fund their efforts through a variety of funding sources, their per capita investments are relatively small. There may be opportunities to diversity these sources and cross-train staff to strengthen the infrastructural capacity of state IVPPs.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss infrastructural components of state injury and violence prevention programs, including how states finance, staff, and operate their injury and violence prevention programs Describe the national picture of funding for state injury and violence prevention programs relative to the cost of injuries and violence Present results of the 2011 State of the States Finance & Personnel Survey

Keyword(s): Infrastructure, Funding

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Assistant Director of Programs at the Safe States Alliance and provide senior-level strategic leadership of organizational initiatives, programs, and projects related to all areas of injury and violence prevention.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.