The Office of Injury Prevention

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Since 2000, injuries have been the leading cause of death in Texas for ages 1-44. In 2018, 44 people died from injuries and violence each day in Texas. Injuries are often preventable, and you can help lead the way toward injury prevention.

The Office of Injury Prevention's mission is to improve Texans' health by reducing injuries.

Our vision is to use data, epidemiological principles and public health best practices to inform injury prevention activities and programs.

To Our EMS Partners:

National EMS week honors the contributions of those who work on the medical front line. This year’s EMS Week theme is “Rising to the Challenge,” addressing the courage and perseverance EMS clinicians demonstrate every day. Despite the obstacles, EMS clinicians remain dedicated to treating patients in the face of a continued pandemic response while handling the typical challenges of working in EMS.

We would like to thank you for your commitment to providing high-quality care and compassion to your patients. Your work makes your communities safer and healthier every day. 

Please take a moment to watch this video to hear a special message from OEMS Director Gam Wijetunge expressing his heartfelt gratitude for EMS clinicians nationwide.

Thank you for what you do for Texans each and every day.


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Last updated May 18, 2022