HIPRC News -- March 2020
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With current public health recommendations for COVID-19 suppression, HIPRC has moved to fully remote work and online events until further notice. To contact the center or our faculty, email is best.   

We encourage you to follow recommended practices: wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and cancel unnecessary trips and in-person social interactions. We appreciate your partnership and commitment to the critical mission of injury prevention and control.

To learn how you can help UW Medicine, visit the UW Medicine Emergency Response page. 

Washington firearm safe storage map unveiled 

A new interactive map is now available to help people in crisis find temporary firearm storage facilities in their community. Currently, 59 locations in Washington state are listed. This is the first map of its kind created in the state. 

Researchers in the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program at UW Medicine’s Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center created this map to help people in need, such as those feeling suicidal, locate an out-of-home firearm storage solution. The businesses and law enforcement agencies listed on the map are willing to consider requests for temporary or voluntary firearm storage. 

A press release from HIPRC & UW Medicine was picked up by the Kent Reporter and the Enumclaw Courier-Herald.

Call for Applications: Exploratory Research Projects and Injury Research Awards 

The University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) is pleased to announce two new funding opportunities: one for UW graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, and one for UW faculty. All submitted projects should engage with injury or injury prevention. 

Applications for the Rivara Endowment Injury Research Award Program, for UW graduate students, fellows, and postdoctoral trainees, are due April 17, 2020

Applications for the Exploratory Research Program funding for UW faculty are due June 26, 2020 (Note: This deadline reflects an extension, compared to earlier communications about this application).

Population Health Initiative pilot research grants awarded 

UW’s Population Health Initiative has awarded seven pilot research grants, two of them to projects including HIPRC faculty. 

“Ensuring equal access to trauma care in Washington State through system modeling” is led by core member Rebecca Maine, M.D., MPH, also an assistant professor in the UW Department of Surgery, and includes Eileen Bulger, M.D., Global Injury section lead Charles Mock, M.D., MPH, and Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., as co-investigators. Shan Liu, Ph.D., an associate professor in UW's Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, is also a co-investigator on the grant. The project seeks to develop a mathematical modeling approach to determine the optimal locations for trauma centers, with the potential to improve existing trauma networks and developing trauma care in low-resource settings. 

“PATHSS Study: Participatory Active Transportation for Health in South Seattle” includes HIPRC core member Stephen Mooney, Ph.D., as one of the investigators. This project will use participatory research methods to explore transportation options, safety, and comfort in and around the Beacon Hill Trail. Their findings will help support and lay research groundwork for planned transportation improvements in the area. 

Read more at the Population Health website.


UW funds collaborative stove injury project with Ghana, Nepal 

The project “Cookstove-Related BURN Injury Investigations in Nepal and Ghana (BURNING),” led by core member Barclay Stewart, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H, has received a Global Innovation Fund award from the UW Office of Global Affairs. The project will collaborate with burn centers and communities in Nepal and Ghana to research stove-related injuries, identify opportunities for prevention, and support post-doctoral training.

Other HIPRC faculty on the project include Global Injury section lead Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, and associate member Tam Pham, M.D., director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center. Within the university, the project is a collaboration between HIPRC and UW Surgery, Global Health, Epidemiology, Mechanical Engineering, Pediatrics, and the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center.

Photo credit: Possible Health (CC BY 2.0)

HIPRC-led paper recognized by Injury Epidemiology 

A paper led by HIPRC researcher Vivian Lyons, Ph.D., is the winner of the 2019 Jess Kraus Award, which honors the best paper published for the year in Injury Epidemiology. The paper, “Use of multiple failure models in injury epidemiology: a case study of arrest and intimate partner violence recidivism in Seattle, WA,” was selected based on criteria around “novelty, simplicity, clarity, and potential impact on population health,” the editorial board wrote.

Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D. was a co-author on the paper. UW-affiliated co-authors include Mary Kernic, Ph.D., MPH, and Victoria Holt, Ph.D., MPH, in the Department of Epidemiology and Marco Carone, Ph.D., in the Department of Biostatistics. 

Featured Faculty: Associate member finds a challenging, varied field in urology 

When HIPRC associate member and urologist Judith Hagedorn, M.D., M.H.S., started her journey in medical education, she wanted a discipline that offered variety. 

“I really wanted to have a field where I operate, but I also have continuity of care,” Hagedorn said.  

Born and raised in Germany, Hagedorn (pictured, right) came to the U.S. on a tennis scholarship to Rice University in Houston, Texas. As she progressed into the medical field, her passion for urology grew. Read more about Dr. Hagedorn's journey on the HIPRC blog

HIPRC faculty recognized by International Swimming Hall of Fame 

Associate member Linda Quan, M.D., is the recipient of a 2020 Paragon Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The organization recognized her long-standing work in drowning prevention in King County and beyond.  

Her recent study on open water swimming regulations was featured on the HIPRC blog. 

HIPRC graduate student selected for national violence prevention internship 

Department of Epidemiology master's of public health student Sixtine Gurrey, a trainee in HIPRC’s Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program, has been selected for an internship with The National Center for Injury and Prevention. This summer, she will be researching media and cultural narratives about youth and youth violence prevention. 

Event Calendar

March 25 (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress – “Self-Efficacy in Caregivers of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury” with Mark Sodders, DAOM, L.Ac. 

April 3 (Friday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Journal Club – Global Injury with Jonathan Meyer 

April 8 (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress – “Benchmarking Injury and Trauma Death Patterns to Support Blood-Resource Planning: A Registry-Based Retrospective Cohort Study” with Lynn Stansbury, M.D., MPH, MFA 

April 15 (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress – “DUI and Subsequent Firearm Deaths - The Role of DUI Laws in Decreasing Firearm Deaths” with Rob Tessler, M.D., MPH & Miriam Haviland, Ph.D. 

To support social distancing, all center events have been moved to online formats. Please contact for access instructions for specific events. 

View the full calendar. 

In the News
  • An article in U.S. News & World Report featured a study led by Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., that explores firearm behavior among rural youth. 

  • Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., co-authored an op-ed on how the COVID-19 outbreak reveals underlying issues with federal requirements around opioid addiction treatment published in The Hill

  • Associate member Linda Quan, M.D., is quoted in a story on drowning prevention from HealthDay News

  • HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., was interviewed by The Daily on a machine learning tool for the operating room called Prescience. 

High-Powered Magnets Put Children of All Ages at Risk 

Since restrictions on the sale of high-powered magnets were lifted in 2016, injuries relating to magnets have skyrocketed, and experts are concerned that parents might not realize how serious injuries from these magnets can be. When swallowed, high-powered magnets are strong enough to connect inside the body, which can create holes in the intestines, requiring emergency surgery to fix.

To help parents and caregivers keep their children safer, Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center joined other advocates across the country to raise awareness about the dangers of high-powered magnets.

Funding Opportunities

Grant Application: CDC Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Preventing Interpersonal Violence Impacting Children and Youth (K01)
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an amendment to RFA-CE-20-002, Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Preventing Interpersonal Violence Impacting Children and Youth.
The purpose of this amendment is to increase the number of awards NCIPC intends to fund from two to five, and to accommodate funding of research that examines firearm-related behavior, crime, injuries and deaths among children and youth or includes firearm-related behavior, crime, injuries and deaths among children and youth as outcomes. All five (5) awards are intended to support research that addresses at least one of the interpersonal violence prevention research gaps in the NCIPC Research Priorities as they relate to violence impacting children or youth (ages 0 to 17 years)

Other Opportunities 

Call for Papers: Gun violence epidemiology and prevention
Deadline: Ongoing

This collection from Injury Epidemiology aims to bring together a selection of the latest research and developments surrounding gun violence and gun violence prevention.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Domestic violence
  • Mass shootings
  • The long term health effects of gunshot wounds
  • The spatial patterns of injury incidence as a result of gun violence
  • The cost associated with firearm related injuries
  • The role of firearms in suicide

Call for Webinar Proposals: SAVIR Webinar Series
Deadline for Fall 2020: April 1, 2020

The purpose of the SAVIR webinars is to improve the scope and quality of injury control research by providing a regular forum for increasing interaction and skills among key injury stakeholders: researchers, trainees, organizations (e.g. ICRCs, NCIPC, SAVIR, Safe States, etc.), and practitioners. The webinars will showcase injury and violence research in order to:

  • Increase attention to injury issues among those new to the field
  • Exchange methods and approaches
  • Disseminate and discuss research findings

We welcome presentations on any injury topics, special populations, methodological issues, policy dilemmas, etc. We are especially interested in presentations that showcase collaborations among centers, across disciplines, and between researchers and practitioners. 

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