Vision: A safer Wyoming free from injury and violence.
Mission: To coordinate state and local efforts to prevent unintentional and intentional injury and violence through public awareness, training, and system change.
Injury is the leading cause of death for Wyoming residents 1-54 years and the third leading cause of death for all ages. More Wyoming residents 1-54 years die from an injury than any other cause including heart disease, diabetes, or cancer; an estimated 486 residents each year. In addition, injury rates in Wyoming are consistently higher than U.S. rates and Wyoming has one of top five highest injury mortality rates in the U.S. In 2016, the Injury Mortality Rate in Wyoming was 92.2 deaths per 100,000 compared to the U.S. Injury Mortality Rate of 71.8 deaths per 100,000.
The leading causes of injury are suicide, motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, and falls. Those top four causes accounted for 76% of fatal injuries (2004-2016) and 60% of non-fatal injury hospitalizations (2009-2015).
Sometimes referred to as “accidents”, unintentional injuries account for the majority of fatal and non-fatal injuries; 68% of fatal injuries and 84% of non-fatal injury hospitalizations. Unintentional injury mortality rates are over two times higher than suicide rates and 18 times higher than homicide rates. The leading causes of unintentional injury are falls, motor vehicle traffic injuries, and poisoning.
Intentional injuries include homicide and assault, injuries related to legal or war activities, and suicide and self-harm attempts. Suicide rates in Wyoming are consistently higher than the U.S. rates and have been increasing since 2004. In 2016 the Wyoming suicide rate was 25.2 deaths per 100,000 residents, almost twice the national rate and the third highest suicide rate behind only Montana and Alaska. On average, one Wyoming resident dies by suicide every two days.
For additional data on injury, please visit the Publications and Resources page.