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About Injury Control and Emergency Health Services

The ICEHS section embraces all professionals interested in unintentional injury, violence, emergency health services and emergency preparedness.


Professional members from the U.S. and throughout the world bring a global perspective to the work of the section. Our membership reflects the diversity of the field:

  • Epidemiologists, educators, and public policy makers
  • Specialists in emergency medicine, acute care, rehabilitation, and disaster preparedness
  • Injury control practitioners in state and local health departments
  • Researchers and academicians
  • Direct health care service providers
  • Biomechanical engineers, administrators and attorneys


Promote the Exchange of Knowledge and Experience

  • Scientific programs at the APHA Annual Meeting
  • Workshops, round table discussions, continuing education and training courses
  • Methodological advances in injury science
  • Approachable expert speakers
  • Interactive poster sessions
  • Current information on injury, violence, and data issues of national significance through monthly electronic newsletters
  • Networking socials
  • Identification of and advocacy for key issues in the field

Recognize Scholarship, Leadership and Service

  • Present annual awards to outstanding students and professionals


The benefits of ICEHS and APHA membership include:

  • Camaraderie with colleagues with similar interests
  • Recognition and awards
  • Opportunities to represent ICEHS on national committees and working groups
  • Section newsletter
  • American Journal of Public Health
  • The Nation’s Health
  • Discounted rates for the largest public health meeting in the U.S.
  • Continuing education
  • Discounts on APHA publications
  • Networking opportunities in a congenial atmosphere
  • ICEHS awards dinner
  • Lively socials with talented ICEHS band


  • Educate policy makers on the impact of injuries, violence and injury-related health disparities
  • Communicate advocacy opportunities to section members
  • Promote coding of external causes of injury in medical data
  • Encourage federal and state funding levels that reflect the relative societal burden of injury and violence
  • Support policies, programs, and agencies whose goals include reducing injury and violence related health disparities
  • Promote access to comprehensive injury and violence prevention and rehabilitation for injury across the lifespan
  • Highlight neglected injury, violence, and preparedness issues



Monthly Newsletters, at the End of Each Month 

  • A calendar of upcoming events in the field
  • Highlights from national and international meetings
  • Special features
  • Updates of injury research and people in the What’s New section
  • Job opportunities and internships
  • Funding opportunities in the field of injury control, violence prevention, emergency services, and preparedness

Audio Leadership and Committee Conference Calls

  • Membership on most committees is open to all members
  • Call frequency ranges from monthly to quarterly
  • Committees accept new members at the annual meeting and in between meetings as members indicate an interest

Periodic Section Wide E-mails

  • Advocacy issues that are too time sensitive for the newsletter
  • Opportunities and recruitment for committees


ICEHS members who have made outstanding contributions to the section and/or to broader the field injury control, violence prevention, emergency services and preparedness may be recognized through:

  • Distinguished Career Award
  • International Distinguished Career Award
  • Excellence in Science Award
  • Public Service Award
  • Best Student Paper Award
  • Special Service Awards


  • ICEHS student paper competition
  • Mentoring
  • Committee participation
  • Leadership positions
  • National, state and local advocacy efforts
  • Publication of their articles in the section newsletter
  • Financial assistance to attend annual APHA meeting
  • Offer student memberships to APHA and ICEHS
  • Free tickets to annual awards dinner