Steve Sparrow graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1979 with a BS degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Steve is the Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network (KSPAN) Coordinator for Kentucky’s Integrated Core Injury Prevention and Control project, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Steve also works with the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition (KSAC) in the area of fall prevention for older adults and the Commonwealth Community Safety Network (CCSN) for promoting community safety.
The Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network www.kspan.uky.edu is a diverse group of organizations and members working to improve Kentucky’s core capacity to perform injury surveillance and epidemiology, and to implement and evaluate evidence-based injury prevention and control programs. The member organizations of KSPAN believe that the risk of exposure to injury and violence in our communities can be significantly reduced through collaboration, strategic planning and partnerships among the many organizations who promote injury and violence prevention. In order to assist local communities in developing capacity for injury and violence prevention, KSPAN has partnered with Kentucky’s National Safety Council office to promote a program of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion called Safe Communities. Our goal is to provide injury data, training, technical assistance, and other forms of support to communities that are interested in achieving or have already achieved Safe Community designation. KSPAN in partnership with caring communities across Kentucky is working to build a Commonwealth Community Safety Network (CCSN). CCSN provides support for communities in their quest to be designated as a Safe Community and works with other communities that are interested in doing the hard work necessary to earn designation as a Safe Community.
Steve has been with KIPRC since 2008. Steve previously worked for the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program for 28 years as an industrial hygienist and served as the Director of Compliance from 2003 to 2007 before retiring from State government.