Child Injury Prevention Alliance

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The Global Injury Prevention Network (GIPN) is a global injury and violence prevention mentoring program organized by the Child Injury Prevention Alliance (CIPA). Through a worldwide network of injury and violence prevention organizations, GIPN seeks to facilitate the creation of mentorships which promote skills development through the exchange of experience and information between successful injury prevention organizations and less experienced organizations seeking to develop and implement injury and violence prevention programs.

GIPN-facilitated mentorships match mentor and mentee organizations based on the strengths and needs of both parties and their shared injury and violence prevention interests, such that mentee organizations develop the skills most relevant to their injury prevention objectives. Once a potential mentorship match has been identified, the details of the mentorship are developed jointly by the mentor and mentee organizations. One of GIPN’s key principles is that mentoring occurs through low-cost means. Accordingly, mentoring is expected to take place primarily through e-mail, social media channels, Skype, telephone, or other similar methods of communication. GIPN recommends that mentorships last a minimum of 12 months.

The central purpose of GIPN is to facilitate the development of key skills among mentee organizations in order to improve the capacity of organizations around the globe to effectively prevent and control injury and violence. Organizations eligible to participate in GIPN include non-governmental organizations, academic injury and violence research and prevention centers, governmental organizations and agencies, and other public or private organizational entities working in the area of injury and violence prevention. 

GIPN shares some characteristics in common with the successful MENTOR-VIP Program of the World Health Organization, but there are also some important differences. There is an overlap in the key skills that serve as a focus of mentorships, and the recommended duration of a mentorship is the same. GIPN and MENTOR-VIP mentorships both occur through low-cost forms of interaction and focus on the needs in low- and middle-income countries. However, GIPN facilitates organization-to-organization mentorships rather than mentorships between persons. GIPN also does not have an application cutoff deadline, and mentorship matches are made throughout the year rather than once per year. GIPN’s matching process is more streamlined, and the time from a mentorship application until initiation of the mentorship is shorter. There is no predetermined limit on the number of GIPN mentorships that are initiated each year.

Prospective mentor and mentee organizations must submit an online application in order to be considered for a GIPN-facilitated mentorship. Potential mentorships are identified through an assessment of the most appropriate match between mentor and mentee organizations based on the strengths and needs of both parties, GIPN’s overall principles, and other factors. Once a potential mentorship match is identified, the mentor and mentee organizations are contacted with information about their potential mentorship partner. A dialogue then occurs between the organizations before a formal agreement to initiate a mentorship is made. The formal agreement consists of a mutually agreed-upon, one-page document outlining the objectives of the mentorship, the respective responsibilities and expectations of both organizations, and quarterly milestones. Organizations entering into a mentorship are urged to be realistic about what can be accomplished in 12 months and make a commitment to frequent ongoing communication. Quarterly progress reports and a final mentorship report are completed by each mentor-mentee pair.

CIPA provides the administrative support for GIPN by promoting the program, maintaining the GIPN website, identifying potential mentorship matches from the applications received, facilitating creation of mentorships, providing guidance to participating mentor and mentee organizations, tracking progress of mentorships, and evaluating the program.

GIPN-facilitated mentorships are based on the following principles:
  • GIPN-facilitated mentorships are an organization-to-organization form of mentoring
  • Mentoring occurs through low-cost forms of interaction
  • There is a clear and shared understanding between matched mentorship participants regarding organization responsibilities and expectations
  • Mentorships are participant-led
  • Mentorships focus on less experienced injury and violence prevention organizations from low- and middle-income countries

GIPN-facilitated mentorships focus on the development of the following key skills:
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Media outreach
  • Design and planning of programs
  • Design, planning and conducting of research
  • Education and training
  • Program implementation and management
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Program sustainability/Funding support 
  • Surveillance
Topics of common interest to participating organizations include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Alcohol/drug-related injury
  • Bicycle-related injury
  • Bullying
  • Child maltreatment
  • Choking
  • Consumer product-related injury
  • Drowning
  • Elder abuse
  • Falls
  • Farm-related injury
  • Fire/Burns
  • Firearm-related injury
  • Injury among children
  • Injury among older adults
  • Injury biomechanics
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Injury in the home
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Motor vehicle-related injury
    • Child passenger safety
    • Distracted driving
    • Impaired driving
    • Motorcycle-related injury
    • Occupant protection
    • Pedestrian injury
    • Teenage driving
  • Occupational injury
  • Playground-related injury
  • Poisoning
  • Rape/Sexual assault
  • Sports-related injury
  • Suffocation/Safe sleep
  • Suicide
  • Trauma systems/care
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Youth violence

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