HIPRC Weekly Bulletin - August 17, 2015
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HIPRC Study Examines Costs Following Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children

Every year, more than 600,000 children visit U.S. emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  Many more children are treated in office settings for less severe TBI, such as concussions. The immediate health care costs to treat pediatric TBI can be substantial, but, until now, there were no data that accounted for longer-term follow-up treatment expenses across the spectrum of TBI severity, especially for care received outside of the hospital.

On August 13, the 
American Journal of Public Health
published a study by HIPRC's Janessa Graves, PhD MPH (now with College of Nursing, Washington State University Spokane), Frederick P. Rivara, MD MPH and Monica S. Vavilala, MD. 

Read more and find a link to the journal article »


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"Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change."
-- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

We welcome your contribution to the weekly bulletin. Please email us with any news, events or announcements. Submissions are due every Thursday by 12pm. 
HIPRC is pleased to welcome Emily Kroshus, MPH, to its research staff. Her research will focus primarily on social and contextual determinants of risk- and prevention-related behaviors, with particular interests in help seeking for sport-related concussion and interpersonal communication. Previously, Kroshus was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow based jointly at the Harvard School of Public Health and the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Sport Science Institute. She completed a doctoral degree in public health at Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, a Master's Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics at Princeton University.  As an undergraduate at Princeton University she was a three-time Division I All-American in cross-country running and track and field. Kroshus is also affiliated with the University of Washington Department of Pediatrics and Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development.

Huge Thanks to Summer Student Mentors

HIPRC would like to recognize the mentors, listed below, for their valuable assistance with the summer student research program. 
Sam Arbabi, MD, MPH
Linda Boyle, PhD, MS

Rachel Capote, DMD, MSD
Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH
Giana Davidson, MD, MPH
Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH
Rosemarie Fernandez, MD
Kathleen Fink, MD
Molly Fuentes, MD
Jessica Giordano, MA
Debra Gordon, RN-BC, MS
Janessa Graves, PhD, MPH
Jeanne Hoffman, PhD
Nithya Kannan, MD
Katherine Keck, RN, BSN, CNOR
Katherine Keck, RN, BSN, CNOR 
Vijay Krishnamoorthy, MD

Debra Milek, MD, PhD, MPH
Megan Moore, PhD, MSW
Mahmud Mossa-Basha, MD
Grant O’Keefe, MD, MPH
Fred Rivara, MD, MPH
Ellen Robinson, PT
Ali Rowhani, MD, PhD, MPH
Joe Simonetti, MD, MPH
Hilaire Tompson, PhD, RN
Monica Vavilala, MD

Bryan Voelzke, MD, MS
Lauren Whiteside, MD, MS

HIPRC Announcements

UW Medicine EMS & Trauma Conference
Topic:         Current Issues in Trauma Care
When:         Monday, September 28–Tuesday, September, 29
Where:        Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
Speaker:     Monica Vavilala, MD, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and Pediatrics, Director, HIPRC
                   Sam Arbabi, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., Professor, Department of Surgery
                   Eileen Bulger, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor, Department of Surgery
                   Brian Johnston, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Department of Pediatrics
                   Samuel Mandell, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
                   Jamie Shandro, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine
                   Nam Tran, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
                   Lauren Whiteside, M.D., M.S., Acting Instructor, Division of Emergency Medicine
                   Douglas Zatzick, M.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Cost:           $225–400

This two-day multidisciplinary conference highlights current issues in trauma care throughout the continuum: pre-hospital, emergency, critical care, acute care and rehabilitation. Nationally recognized speakers and local experts in trauma care will present topics pertinent to nurses, physicians, paramedics, social workers, program managers and other healthcare providers. The course is sponsored annually by Airlift Northwest and Harborview Medical Center. Learn more and register.

HIPRC Co-Sponsoring Injury and Violence Prevention Summit
Topic:          Innovations in Policy, Practice, and Partnerships
When:         Friday, November 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where:        Seattle Airport Marriott
Cost:            $195

Decision-makers, leaders, and researchers from public health, health care, and community-based organizations are invited to a one-day summit, Transforming Injury and Violence Prevention: Innovations in Policy, Practice, and Partnership. Attendees will network and share information, learn about new initiatives, and hear from national, state, and local leaders on collaborative efforts to build safer communities. This summit is coordinated by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice - Public Health Training Center, Washington State Department of Health, and HIPRC.
Learn more and register.

Heart Walk for Heart Health

On October 17, 2015, UW Medicine will participate in the Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk to support American Health Association’s battle against cardiovascular disease and stroke. Harborview Medical Center aims to raise $20,000 with 150 participants. Please consider joining the effort by registering online at the UW Medicine Company Heart & Stroke Walk page.

Please let us know if you're interested in joining an HIPRC team by Sept 1. If there is enough interest, we will start an HIPRC team and send out further information.  

ICRC-S Begins Community of Practice

The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) announced a new Community of Practice (CoP) on the development of collaborative research projects that will improve the understanding and prevention of suicide. This CoP is intended for suicide researchers and injury, suicide or violence prevention practitioners from state, tribal or community agencies and organizations. 
There will be a kickoff webinar on Friday, September 18, 2015.
Learn more

Work in Progress

Most Wednesdays, HIPRC hosts weekly research seminars focused on injury control activities. Anyone is welcome to join us in the HIPRC Conference Room (#4075), HMC Patricia Steel Building. Please RSVP by emailing

Upcoming WIPs

There are no WIPs schedules for the rest of August. 

NOTE: The next Faculty Meeting is September 2 at 1 p.m.

September 9, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Speaker:      Abraham Bergman, MD
Topic:        Personal Failures in Injury Prevention

External Events

Anatomical and Physiological Challenges in Child Passenger Restraints
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 18, 1–3 p.m.
Location:     EvergreenHealth Surgery and Physician’s Center, Tan 119
Speaker:      Cynde Rivers, RN, MD, CEN, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, MultiCare Health

Learn the science and reasoning behind car seat safety recommendations. In this presentation, Cynde Rivers will explain the anatomical and physiological support for why children are placed in vehicle restraints during certain developmental stages of their lives. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians can earn 1.5 CEU’s. Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated. For registration and directions, email or call 425-899-2675. This program is sponsored by Safe Kids Eastside Coalition. Learn more.

Journal Club Seminar

There are no Journal Club Seminars in August. These will resume in September. Stay tuned for more details.

Funding Opportunities

UW Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children – Small Change Awards
Deadline:     Monday, August 17
Amount:       Given according to need; requests of less than $1,000 are encouraged and given preference.

The University of Washington Center for Integrated Health of Women, Children and Adolescents (Global WACh) aims to contribute to scientific discoveries, develop and nurture future leaders in science and foster collaborative approaches to improving the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents. As part of these commitments, Global WACh is offering Resource Awards to improve the patient experience in low and middle income countries by improving clinical care, patient satisfaction, workforce empowerment, and health service delivery for programs benefitting the health of women, adolescents and children. Awards of less than $1,000 are strongly encouraged and will be given preference due to the scope of the award. Proposals must address unmet needs and improve the experience of women, adolescents, and children receiving healthcare services.
Applicants must meet the following three requirements to apply:
  • Applicant is employed by a current UW-Global WACh collaborator OR partnering organization in a LMIC. Learn more.
  • Applicant is a staff or faculty member working in a health program/clinical setting serving women, adolescents or children
  • Member of UW Global WACh
Learn more about how to apply.

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Deadline:     Tuesday, August 25, 5 p.m. ET
Amount:       Given according to need; requests of less than $1,000 are encouraged and given preference
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has issued two new Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for projects titled: "Case Studies by Independent Highway Crash Investigation Teams" and "Safety Benefits of Highway Infrastructure Investments". These RFPs address several identified research needs. Please visit the Foundation's "Request for Proposals" webpage for links and full details for each project. Early submissions are highly encouraged.
Questions may be addressed to Jurek Grabowski, Director of Research, at

Job Opportunities

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