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On April 25, 2021, the SE & SW IPN will be launching a national survey to better understand our country’s current child abuse and neglect prevention landscape. This survey is being conducted by our Senior Fellow, Rachel Kappel.

While the public may typically view the child abuse and neglect response as the responsibility of child protective services, public health departments also play an important role in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. Therefore, this survey will be administered to representatives from state and local health departments to identify how health agencies are using evidence-based practices to mitigate risk and promote protective factors with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect, fostering healthy child development, and enhancing family resiliency. Representatives from health departments will also be asked to identify existing barriers in surveillance, evaluation, and resource allocation that may be limiting the current capacity. This study will also present exploratory data about community-based organizations to highlight existing capacity and barriers to community-based child abuse and neglect prevention across the country.

The de-identified findings from this study will be valuable to the nation’s understanding of the existing landscape of child abuse and neglect programs, practices, and policies. The anonymous data from this study will be shared across state and local health departments, CDC-funded Injury and Violence Prevention Networks, the CDC, Health Agencies, and community-based organizations to determine how best to address existing gaps in capacity with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect across the country.

This survey is by invitation only. You will receive the survey via email if you fit eligibility requirements. If you have any questions, please email Belinda-Rose Young, SE & SW IPN Director at or Rachel Kappel, Senior Fellow at

Learn more about the SE & SW IPN here.

Learn more about the SE & SW IPN Fellowship here.