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​PREVENT was originally supported by a Cooperative Agreement from the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation ( is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.

PREVENT is currently operated by the Colorado School of Public Health, building on the work of PREVENT founder Dr. Carol Runyan while she was at the University of North Carolina. PREVENT was launched in 2003 with support from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at CDC. To date, practitioners in 44 states have been trained in the primary prevention of different types of violence.

The PREVENT project emanated from the National Training Initiative (NTI), an effort to connect science and practice in injury and violence prevention. ​Other work done by NTI included developing the Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention.

PREVENT was originally operated by the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center.

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