About Us

Injury Free Nova Scotia
 
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BOARD MEMBERS
Angela Davis
Dan Steeves
Dr. Matthew Bowes
Sarah Hergett
Felicia Rushton



OUR MISSION

To reduce risk of serious injury for Nova Scotians.


OUR VISION

Nova Scotia free of serious and fatal injuries.


Injury Free Nova Scotia is a provincial organization that operates as part of the social impact sector. We were established in 2006, and are registered as a non-profit. We are not a part of government, and operate as an independent voice on issues of injury.  We do work in respectful partnership with government, federally, provincially, municipally, and with other diverse stakeholders, including other social impact organizations.

What we share as partners, coming from diverse backgrounds, is the evidence-informed belief that serious injuries and injury-related deaths are largely preventable. By working together, reviewing the evidence to understand the causes of serious injuries and injury-related deaths we can put into place policies and other interventions (the 4 E's of injury prevention's Engineering, Enforcement, Economics and Education) that will prevent them. 

We know that evidence-informed efforts made in the area of injury prevention yield positive results, and save health care dollars as well as lives. We are confident that effective injury prevention is a vital component to effective management of resources within our overall health care system.   

Our organization is powered by a leadership team that engages on a volunteer basis, working in partnership with one staff person and a diverse host of community partners throughout the province. We realize that issues of preventable injury affect us all and efforts that engage us to work together to find solutions have the greatest merit. 

By working together, we can ensure that all Nova Scotians are able to experience the best that life can offer.

To ensure that we are credible in the stance that we take on all injury prevention issues, we must speak with an independent voice.  To do this we must steer clear of any real or perceived conflict of interest.  We do this in part by ensuring that we are not in receipt of any funding by any organizations, businesses or industries that by their practises hold some responsibility for the same preventable injuries that we strive to eliminate.  By doing this and following conflict of interest guidelines, we work hard to ensure that our voice is informed by evidence, and not sullied by self-interest.

We do this acknowledging that this precludes us from benefitting from some significant funding streams. We adjust for this by pursuing project dollars that enable us to take on specific pieces of injury prevention work, by keeping our overhead at a minimum and by accessing the significant passion and skill provided through our volunteer board and partners.



OUR APPROACH

Aligning with the Nova Scotia Injury Prevention Strategy.


Working actively in strategic partnership.

Building on community strengths.