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What is the Injury-Free NC (IFNC) Academy?

The IFNC Academy is a training and program development resource for injury and violence prevention practitioners in North Carolina. Each cycle of the IFNC Academy focuses on a timely topic affecting North Carolinians. Since 2014, the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) have been working to bring timely and critical training to the injury and violence prevention workforce in North Carolina to incorporate best practices, promising strategies, and innovative programming into their work.

Past Academies

In 2018, the Safe States Alliance published a case study highlighting North Carolina’s work using a shared risk and protective factors approach to address priority injury topics, including a spotlight on the Injury-Free NC Academy.

Read the case study.  

Upcoming Academies

In 2022, we will be hosting the Injury-Free NC Academy on Harm Reduction as Transformative Practice. If you have questions about this academy or would like to be notified when the application is announced, please email Megan Lueck at