The John Rex Endowment has identified injury prevention as a new area of funding and approved three injury prevention grants totaling more than $460,000. Recipients include the North Carolina Division of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, the Salvation Army of Wake County and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.
The North Carolina Division of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch will receive a grant for $259,188 over three years to improve and expand surveillance of child maltreatment by developing a surveillance system and exploring potential linkages between existing systems. The project includes partnering with Wake County agencies to assess current data, identify data gaps and implement changes that could serve as the basis for a comprehensive child maltreatment prevention surveillance system in Wake County.
The Salvation Army of Wake County will receive a grant for $56,495 for 14 months for assessment and planning related to child trafficking in Wake County. The project will assess the extent to which child trafficking is happening in Wake County and create a plan of action to address this hidden crime.
The UNC Highway Safety Research Center will receive a grant for $147,647 for 25 months to concentrate on training, capacity building, and technical assistance in underserved areas within Wake County and work with a range of partners to target and address child pedestrian crashes and injuries.