HIPRC News and Notes -- November 2018
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TBI Webinar Series to Launch

HIPRC and the Washington State Department of Health are partnering to present a series of interactive TBI webinars and online discussions designed for medical and public health professionals.

Core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, CNRN, from the UW School of Nursing and community health provider Paige Denison of Sound Generations in Seattle will launch the series with a webinar on fall prevention among older adults.

Webinar: Fall Prevention & TBI Among Older Adults
Dec. 6, 2018
8:30-10 a.m. PST
Broadcast via Zoom
Register online

The TBI webinar series will continue in the spring, with more details to come.

INSIGHT Applications Open

The 2019 INSIGHT Summer Research Program has opened applications from undergraduate, graduate and first-year medical students looking for a hands-on, paid summer internship with injury research.

INSIGHT is an intensive eight-week program with a focus on developing the next generation of injury researchers. Participants work with faculty mentors on a research project throughout the program, and projects in the past have covered a broad array of injury topics. Learn more or apply online by Jan. 15, 2019.

Firearm injury initiatives presented to national audiences

In October, HIPRC leaders discussed firearm injury research and projects with audiences from across the country.

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, presented “Learning Our Best Lessons and Outcomes by Studying Our Worst Incidents” in a webinar with the American Hospital Association in partnership with the Hospitals Against Violence initiative. The audio recording and slides are available from the AHA.

Rowhani-Rahbar, pictured below at far right, also presented “Helping Individuals with Firearm Injuries: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” also known as HIFI, to members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in October. The talk, given in Washington D.C., is available to view at the NASEM website.

Volunteers needed for Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway

HIPRC is co-sponsoring a firearm storage giveaway with Seattle Children’s Hospital and other community partners, and we’re seeking volunteers to assist at the event. All volunteers will be oriented and trained the morning of the giveaway.

Research indicates that safe firearm storage lowers the risk of firearm injuries, especially among children, teens, and individuals who are at-risk of suicide, and we encourage all firearm owners to practice safe storage in the home.

Safe Firearm Storage Event
Dec. 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Outdoor Emporium
1701 4th Ave. S., Seattle WA 98134

 To sign up to volunteer, contact Harriet Saxe,

Event Calendar

Nov. 28, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Developing a Tool to Support Shared Decision Making about Pain Management Following Athletic Injury” with Emily Kroshus, Sc.D., MPH

Dec. 3, (Monday) 2-3 p.m.: Journal Club – Global Injury with Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D., MPH

Dec. 3, (Monday) 3-4 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: "Capacity building for injury control globally" with Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D., MPH

Dec. 6, (Thursday) 8:30-10 a.m.: TBI Webinar - Fall Prevention and Older Adults. Registration Required.

Dec. 12, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Barriers to Care of Sexual Dysfunction Following Pelvic Trauma” with Niels Johnson, M.D.

Dec. 15, (Wednesday) 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway at Outdoor Emporium on 1701 4th Ave. S., Seattle. Volunteers needed - contact for details.

Dec. 25, (Tuesday): University Closure

Jan. 1, (Tuesday): University Closure

Jan. 2, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Faculty Meeting

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

View the full calendar. 

In the News
  • Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MSc, MPH, spoke at the Washington Public Interest Research Group release of their annual Trouble in Toyland report highlighting safety concerns parents should consider during holiday shopping. Ebel also highlighted the importance of modeling safe driving behavior to help keep your family safe. The press conference was covered by KIRO 7, KOMO News and King 5.
  • Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center and HIPRC core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, is a co-author on a new paper from the American College of Surgeons focused on bringing a public health approach to reducing firearm death, injury and disability. She shared her thoughts on the issue with the UW Medicine Newsroom.
  • A study on public perceptions of firearm violence vs. firearm violence statistics by doctoral student Erin Morgan and Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, was covered by Fortune Magazine, UW News, and The Daily.
  • Stop the Bleed training at Harborview Medical Center, and the campaign to add the training to the high school curriculum in Washington state, was covered by KOMO News, KIRO 7, and the UW Medicine Newsroom. The program is led by Harborview Medical Center Chief of Trauma Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, who is also a core member at HIPRC.
  • Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discussed his views as a pediatrician on new firearm laws in Washington state with the UW Medicine Newsroom.

AAST adds new membership category

The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma has added a new associate membership category open to surgical residents, fellows, and junior faculty within five years of achieving FACS designation. More information is available from the AAST.

Funding Opportunities

NIJ Research Assistantship Program
Eligibility: Doctoral students interested in applying their research to criminal justice
Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2019

The NIJ Research Assistantship Program (RAP) offers highly qualified doctoral students the opportunity to bring their expertise to NIJ to work across offices and program areas to obtain a practical and applied research experience. We welcome students from all academic disciplines to apply and connect their research to the criminal justice field.
NIJ provides funds to participating universities to pay salaries and other costs associated with research assistants who work on NIJ research activities.

NWCPHP 2018-19 Student Project Stipends
Eligibility: Undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and doctoral students enrolled public health, psychology, sociology, and social work degree programs 
Application Deadline: Any time during fall or winter quarter of 2018-19 school year

The Northwest Public Health Training Center at NWCPHP is now accepting applications to support health professions students completing field placements and collaborative projects in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon. A total of 20 proposals will be funded up to $3,500 each during the 2018–19 school year. Stipends are paid directly to students with the intention of defraying living expenses.

Proposals will be evaluated based on public health practice focus, attention to underserved areas and populations, and feasibility. Students are strongly encouraged to submit projects that address opioid misuse and improving mental and behavioral health.

Other Opportunities 

Job Opening: Research Analyst III 
Alaska Mental Health Board
One Year Appointment in Anchorage, AK

The researcher will work closely with the senior epidemiologist of this project and contribute substantially to data analysis and research. This position will organize and develop comprehensive data dictionaries, conduct complex statistical analyses, and develop a variety of publications including online interactive products. Being comfortable using relational data systems and coding in R is vital to success of this position.

If interested, contact Contact: Jared Parrish, Ph.D. at (907) 269-8068 or
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Chicago, Illinois
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Jan. 31, 2019

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April 1-3, 2019
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