Hawaii Injury Prevention Plan, 2018-2023


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To provide statewide leadership in preventing death and disability associated with injuries in Hawaii by educating, supporting and mobilizing individuals and organizations to incorporate comprehensive injury prevention strategies in their daily activities.[/one_half]



A safe Hawaii from the mountains to the sea.[/one_half_last]

How the Injury Prevention Plan Can Be Used

This Hawaii Injury Prevention Plan (HIPP) 2018-2023 reflects the current thinking of public health professionals and community partners. Developed in collaboration with injury prevention partners and EMSIPSB staff, the HIPP will be maintained as a “web-based strategic plan” that evolves with state of Hawaii. This web-based strategic plan, aligned with Governor David Ige’s priorities to convert to paperless systems, is beyond a static report, interactive, dynamic and will be regularly updated.

Analyzing the burden of injury and violence in Hawaii is the first step used to determined focus areas for Hawaii. Having high, moderate or low capacity and infrastructure within the EMSIPSB for engagement are also factored into prioritizing injury prevention focus areas.

Core focus areas are identified with having high capacity and infrastructure for engagement by EMSIPSB. Core areas include five web-based components 1) the goal statement, 2) the problem statement, 3) long-term indicators, 4) SMART objectives, and 5) recommended strategies. Special and emerging focus areas are identified with having moderate to low capacity and infrastructure for engagement by EMSIPSB. While the EMSIPB lead core areas, the Maternal and Child Health Branch (MCHB), Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD), and Hawaii Concussion Awareness Management Program (HCAMP) are the lead agencies and community partners for special and emerging areas.

The Social Ecological Model is used as a guiding approach for EMSIPSB’s work to prevent injuries in Hawaii. Therefore, to frame our impact, strategies within each focus area are aligned across the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels of influence.


Core Focus Areas

  • Drowning prevention;
  • Fall prevention;
  • Suicide prevention; and
  • Traffic safety.



Special and Emerging Focus Areas

  • Poisoning prevention (substance abuse prevention);
  • Intimate partner violence;
  • Sexual assault prevention;
  • Child injury prevention; and
  • Sports traumatic brain injury prevention.


The HIPP can be used in a variety of ways by local agencies, businesses, community organizations, advocacy groups, planners, decision-makers, researchers, and others interested in preventing injuries. Examples include:


Groups and individuals interested in addressing a particular injury area can use HIPP to assess the current thinking, get an understanding of the key players involved, and build consensus for implementing priority activities.

Policy making

Advocacy groups working in injury prevention can use HIPP to support and act on prioritized areas of concern and identify key partners to collaborate with.

Program planning

Organizations and individuals interested in addressing an injury area can use HIPP for priority setting and action planning.


Researchers, including graduate and medical students, can use HIPP to develop studies to adapt and evaluate evidence-based practices for Hawaii.