Injury in Utah

Injuries and violence can have a dramatic impact on a person's ability to lead an active, fulfilling life. Injuries are the leading cause of death for Utahns ages 1-44. Every day in Utah,

  • 4 people die from injury or violence
  • 31 people are hospitalized due to injury or violence
  • 444 people are treated in an emergency department due to injury or violence

In 2011, the top five injury related deaths in Utah were:

  1. Suicide
  2. Poisoning (excludes suicides)
  3. Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes
  4. Falls
  5. Unintentional Suffocation

In 2011 alone,

  • 1,773 Utahns died from an injury
    or violence
  • 11,571 Utahns were hospitalized due to an injury or violence
  • 154,047 Utahns were treated in an emergency department due to an injury or violence. That's enough people to fill the Energy Solutions
    Arena eight times!

The rate of injury deaths in Utah increased significantly from 2010 (59.8 per 100,000) to 2011 (70.6 per 100,000).

Thankfully, research shows that most injuries are predictable and preventable.

Our Mission

The Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program is to be "a trusted and comprehensive resource for data and technical assistance related to violence and injury. This information helps promote partnerships and programs to prevent injuries and improve public health."

To accomplish our mission, we collaborate with many partners to:

  1. Collect injury data and conduct injury research.
  2. Conduct education to increase awareness of injury causes and prevention.
  3. Support legislation and enforcement efforts that reduce injury hazards and increase safe behaviors.
  4. Plan and implement community-based injury prevention programs and activities.

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New Resources

Infographic Prescription Pain Medication Deaths, 2012

Suicide in Utah, 2012- new data!

Utah Healthy Relationships Toolkit

Utah Violence and Injury Small Area Report - new data by Utah ZIP Codes!

Share Your Story

utah health story bank

If you or someone you care about has been affected by injury or violence, we want to hear from you. Share your story with the Utah Health Story Bank.