HIPRC News and Notes -- July 2019
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Grant seeks to improve health disparities data

Core members Megan Moore, Ph.D., and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., are co-principal investigators on a project recently awarded a $428,000 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to develop better tools for studying health disparities and equity. With the grant, Moore and Rowhani-Rahbar will develop a culturally sensitive tool for capturing data that is currently often missed in trauma registries and databases, including primary language, income level, longer-term discharge data and other variables.

This project grew out of the 2017 iHeal conference, a joint effort of HIPRC, Harborview Medical Center, UW Medicine, the School of Social Work, and the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. At the conference, focus groups identified gaps in data and information as a major barrier to effectively studying health disparities.

Read more about the project on the UW School of Social Work website.

Medic One Foundation awards research grants

HIPRC surgery postdoctoral fellow Elissa Butler, M.D., on left, and trainee Kate Stadeli, M.D., have each received grants from the Medic One Foundation on research projects to prevent injury and improve care.

Stadeli’s project was awarded $24,997 to support “Working Toward Equity in Emergencies: Bringing Communities and Emergency Responders Together to Exchange Skills and Cultural Knowledge.” The project is a collaboration with the Somali Health Board to improve understanding and relationships between King County’s emergency responders and Somali community.

Butler’s project, titled “Evaluation of Pre-Hospital Blood Product Use by Air Medical Services,” was awarded $8,700. Her study will examine outcomes for Airlift Northwest patients who received blood products before arriving at the hospital.

A project by psychiatry postdoctoral fellow Christopher DeCou, Ph.D., “Suicide Assessment and Intervention via Emergency Responders,” was funded by the foundation in 2018.

INSIGHT Research Symposium set for Aug. 6

The 2019 INSIGHT Summer Research Program launched June 17, welcoming twenty-one undergraduate and graduate students for the eight-week intensive research internship.

INSIGHT interns will conduct research on a broad range of injury topics, and they will present their work at the INSIGHT Research Symposium.

INSIGHT Research Symposium

  • Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • UW Medicine at South Lake Union (Building C)
  • 850 Republican St., Seattle, WA 98109

To learn more, visit the INSIGHT website.

Two-year postdoc opportunity taking applications at HIPRC

We are recruiting outstanding investigators for an intensive two-year postdoctoral program of mentored, applied research on firearm injury and policy. We are seeking individuals who have completed a doctoral degree program (MD, PhD, or equivalent) and have made a long-term commitment to firearm violence research as their primary career research focus.

The fellowship is offered through the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) of the University of Washington (UW). Learn more about the position at the HIPRC website.

HiFi study completes milestone

The Helping Individuals with Firearm Injury study has reached an important milestone, having completed recruitment and follow-up with more than 200 firearm injury patients at Harborview Medical Center. Study researchers will continue to analyze the collected data and work to disseminate their findings.

During the study, participants were enrolled in a community-based intervention to link them to services they desired, such as housing, employment, mental health, substance use treatment or education. The intention of the study is to compare the recidivism of gun shot wound victims who received the intervention to those who didn’t.

The study is being led by Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D. Pictured, above, is part of the research team of faculty, staff, and trainees that have worked on the study.

Through the power of story, high school student raises support for HIPRC

A Bellevue high school student with a mission to reduce the harms of prejudice and hate crimes used his passion for storytelling to raise funds for Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center this spring.

As Arjan Dillon looked ahead to his graduation this summer from Bellevue’s International School, he knew he wanted his senior project to make a difference. Arjan Dillon chose to combine his love of theater and strong sense of justice to write, direct, and star in the play “Places Call.” The production was performed on April 25 to about 130 audience members, and donations raised by the play will go toward HIPRC programs.

Research explores impact of motorcycle taxi safety program in Uganda

A new study examining motorcycle taxis in Uganda found that both drivers and passengers of a safety-conscious company generally engaged in safer behaviors when compared to other drivers and passengers.

The research was published in Injury Prevention and took a two-pronged approach to study the issue: surveys and roadside observation of motorcycle taxi drivers. Researchers surveyed 400 drivers and observed 3,000 over the course of the study. Drivers employed by the company SafeBoda, which actively promotes safety among its employees, accounted for half of the surveyed drivers and 1.6 percent (49) of the observed drivers.

The lead author on the study was Kennedy Muni, MPH, a 2017-2018 Fogarty Fellow in global health and doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology in the University of Washington School of Public Health. HIPRC Global Injury section lead Charles Mock, M.D., MPH, was a co-author on the study,

Conference set for World Suicide Prevention Day

Presented by Forefront Suicide Prevention and co-sponsored by Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center and other partners, this one-day conference will focus on practical, evidence-based strategies for suicide prevention in behavioral health, higher education, and school-based settings, including workshops on safety planning, caring contacts, and other topics.

World Suicide Prevention Day Conference
Sept. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University of Washington - Kane Hall
Cost $50, includes meals

Surgeon General meets with HIPRC trainees

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., met with graduate students and fellows to discuss their research on pressing national health issues, including opioid abuse, suicide, and other topics. Pictured from left are epidemiology doctoral student Erin Morgan; Pain Fellow Lis Powelson, M.D., M.S.; Adams; geography doctoral student Emma Gause; and epidemiology doctoral student Vivian Lyons.

High school football coaches surveyed on VICIS Zero1 helmet use

Researchers from Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center conducted a survey examining use by high school football coaches using a specific football helmet, the VICIS Zero1. The survey examined helmet use, reported concussions, general feeling following games and headaches among players. The full helmet report is available on the HIPRC website, and was authored by core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, and geography doctoral student Emma Gause. 

Event Calendar

July 15, (Monday): INSIGHT Summer High School Program Begins

Aug. 6, (Tuesday) 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. PST: INSIGHT Research Symposium, UW Medicine at South Lake Union (Building C), 850 Republican St., Seattle, WA 98109

Aug. 7 (Wednesday) Noon- 4 p.m. PST: HIPRC Summer Picnic, Waterfront Activity Center, University of Washington campus

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices. Remote options are available for some events - contact for details.

View the full calendar. 

Fireworks in red and green explode over a night sky.
In the News
  • Associate member Kari Keys, M.D., was featured discussing what we know about serious firearm injuries with several news outlets, including the UW Medicine Newsroom, Q13 Fox, KUOW, and KPQ.
  • Core member Brian Johnston, M.D., explained the characteristics of pediatric window falls he sees at Harborview Medical Center in an article from The Seattle Times. For prevention, he recommends using window guards or window stops and moving furniture away from windows to make them less accessible to small children.
  • Research fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., says that teen intimate partner violence should be taken just as seriously as adult intimate partner violence in light of the results of a recent study she led, which was featured in HuffPost.

Funding Opportunities

Travel Funding to D&I Conference or TIDIRH

The Global Health Implementation Science Program is offering financial support to up to six faculty and students to increase UW’s presence in the global health section of the D&I Conference. If your abstract gets accepted by the D&I Conference or you get accepted to participate in TIDIRH, apply for support by contacting Elspeth Nolen (

Other Opportunities 

Conference: National conference on American Indian/Alaska Native Injury and Violence Prevention
Denver, CO; July 23-25, 2019
Registration is Free and ends July 15

The conference will feature tribal, federal, and state injury prevention practiioners in Indian Country, injury researchers, and others working in the theme of “Bridging Science, Practice and Culture” to reduce disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Program focuses include community and culture, program development, program evaluation, and linking clinical and community injury prevention.

Call for Abstracts: Injury Prevention supplement on ICD-10-CM
Deadline: Aug. 9           
The CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is seeking manuscripts describing the use of ICD-10-CM coded hospital and emergency department billing/discharge data for injury epidemiology and surveillance. The articles will be published in a themed supplement of Injury Prevention.

Call for Papers: Suicide: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Manuscript Submission Deadline: Aug. 31, 2019

This Special Issue is open to any subject area related to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. We strongly encourage submissions that demonstrate collaborative practices, with people with lived experience of suicide, service providers, and researchers.
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