Welcome to the Trauma/Injury and Violence Prevention Branch web page. This Branch was created on October 4, 2009, following the passage of the Trauma System Act by the Arkansas Legislature earlier that year. The Act directs the Arkansas Department of Health to implement the trauma system per the Act, and the Branch was created to do just that. There were two primary reasons the Legislature chose to create the trauma system. First, injury was the leading cause of death for Arkansans between the ages of one and 44. Second, Arkansas was the only state without a designated trauma center and one of three states without a trauma system. The Branch has two Sections. The Trauma Section is responsible for overall implementation of the system. The Injury and Violence Prevention Section focuses on reducing the incidence of injuries in our state through a variety of evidence-based programs. If we can prevent injuries on the front end, there will be fewer people who need the clinical services provided by the system. The documents listed below provide an excellent overview of the trauma system, both from a historical perspective and a description of the progress we’ve made to date. As you will see, there are a lot of “moving parts” to the system. Please explore the entire website at your leisure and let us know if you have suggestions to make it even more useful. Now, let’s get started!