About the Injury Prevention and Control Program

Mission and Strategies

The mission of the Injury Prevention and Control Program (IPCP) is to reduce the rates of injuries at home, at school, in the community, on the road, and at play, and to improve emergency medical services for children. The program covers unintentional injury. We conduct research, develop policies and programs, and provide services to communities, groups, and individuals by offering training and health education; data collection, analysis, and reports; coalition and task force leadership; program development assistance; and public information materials.

Note that intentional injuries are covered by Division of Violence and Injury Prevention.

Brief History

The Injury Prevention and Control Program is one of the oldest and most comprehensive injury prevention programs located within a state health department. Formerly known as the Statewide Comprehensive Injury Prevention Program (SCIPP), the IPCP was established at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in 1979. The IPCP has a longstanding collaborative relationship with many partners including public and private agencies, product manufacturers, the media, policymakers, health care providers, researchers, educators, law enforcement, fire safety personnel, advocates, survivors, private citizens, and other stakeholders.

Data Analytics and Decision Support

IPCP data staff uses data from various sources to understand the incidence and risk factors for injury in Massachusetts. IPCP staff provides technical expertise in the interpretation of data, produces data bulletins and reports, presents data findings to audiences around the state, works to improve injury data collection and quality, provides the results of custom data analyses to prevention partners for use in program planning, and evaluates the effectiveness of injury prevention programs and materials. For more information or to request data, contact Holly Hackman at 617-624-5466 or holly.hackman@state.ma.us.

Injury Prevention and Control Topics


This program is part of the Division of Violence and Injury Prevention.

Contact Us

To learn more about injury prevention, please contact us.