From April 4 to April 8, Jessamine County recognizes National Public Health Week by encouraging everyone to work together to make our community safer. This year’s theme, “Safety is No Accident: Live Injury Free,” lends inspiration to the new Jessamine County Health and Safety Coalition. Injuries at play, at work and on our roads are the leading cause of death among Americans ages 1 to 41 and the fifth-leading cause of death overall. During 2009 in Kentucky, the total charges for injury-related hospitalizations and emergency-department visits were over $1.2 billion. In Jessamine County, the total charges for injury-related hospitalizations and emergency-department visits were more than $11 million in 2009. As staggering as these numbers are, they only represent a portion of the total cost injuries represent to individuals, their families, businesses and to our community. These numbers still do not include property damage, doctors’ visits, medication and rehabilitation, lost wages for victims and their families and disability and lost productivity for employers. Furthermore, no dollar amount can reflect the enormous amount of pain and emotional suffering experienced by individuals and families affected by injuries.