HIPRC News -- November 2019
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INSIGHT 2020 summer research applications open 

The INSIGHT Research Program is accepting applications for summer 2020. 

These paid summer research internships are open to undergraduate, graduate, and first-year medical students and will run June 15-Aug. 7, 2020 at Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center in Seattle. Applications close Jan. 15. 

Over the course of eight weeks, INSIGHT student interns conduct mentored research projects and engage in injury seminars, academic skills workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours of medical facilities across UW Medicine. Student interns also participate in injury and health-related shadowing experiences with physicians. 

Interested Mentors

INSIGHT is also recruiting faculty and fellow mentors with research projects that would benefit from the contributions of an INSIGHT student intern. Student intern stipends are funded by an NIH grant and other sources and administered through HIPRC, which also provides office space, computer access, and other support opportunities.

Think you might be interested in being an INSIGHT Mentor? Please fill out the interest form.

If you have any questions on project suitability, what mentorship looks like, or any other questions or concerns, please contact or

HIPRC forms Community Advisory Board 

Attendees at the inaugural HIPRC Community Advisory Board meeting.The HIPRC Community Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting on Sept. 30, with representatives from several organizations dedicated to community safety and injury prevention. 

At the meeting, Mariel Torres Mehdipour from Public Health Seattle King County Injury Prevention was elected to co-chair the CAB with HIPRC core member Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW, who is also co-director of the Outreach Core. Other organizations represented in the CAB include Seattle Children’s Hospital, UW Medicine, Forefront Suicide Prevention, Urban Indian Health Institute, YMCA, The Arc, Montana State University, Valley School District, the Seattle Police Department, the Washington State Coalition For Language Access, Odessa-Brown Children's Clinic, the Washington State Medical Association, and the King County Heroin and Prescription Opioid Task Force. 

In addition to advising HIPRC on research, education, and outreach projects and initiatives, the CAB will also facilitate a community survey over the next year to identify top injury priorities. 

For more information on the CAB, contact Christina Umali at or Khadija Mohamed at

UW president spotlights firearm research program 

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce highlighted HIPRC’s Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program during her annual address in October. FIPRP is one of several new initiatives at the UW seeking to improve policy in a range of topic areas. 

FIPRP’s focus is to reduce firearm injuries and deaths through better research and policy. 

HIPRC’s Vivian Lyons earns doctorate 

Vivian Lyons, Ph.D., MPH, successfully defended her dissertation “Firearm Injury: Recidivism and Subsequent Behavior Change” on Nov. 5 to earn her doctorate in epidemiology. Starting Jan. 1, Lyons will continue at HIPRC as a Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens postdoctoral fellow through the University of Michigan. In her role as a fellow, she will continue studying firearm injury prevention and working with HIPRC’s Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program.  

Firearm program researchers featured at national symposium

Researchers from the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program were featured at the FACTS Research Symposium on Oct. 21 in Ann Arbor, MI put on by the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens Consortium.

Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, moderated the panel "Preventing Firearm Violence in Communities and Schools." Two posters by FIPRP researchers were presented at the symposium's poster session:

"Acquired Capacity and Lethal Means Selection Among Youth Suicide Attempt Survivors," by trainee Vivian Lyons, Ph.D., MPH; faculty member Christopher DeCou, Ph.D.; Director Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH; trainee Elizabeth Niehoff; and Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH.

"Efficacy of a Behavioral Intervention Among Patients with Gunshot Wounds: A Comparison of Analytic Methods," by trainee Vivian Lyons, Ph.D., MPH; Director Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH; Research Coordinator Anthony Floyd, Ph.D.; faculty member Kevin Haggerty, Ph.D., MSW; faculty member Lauren Whiteside, M.D., M.S.; and Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH.
Rows of electric scooters in Austin, TX.
In the News
  • Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, explored the many factors that impact electric scooter safety with Boise State Public Radio; personal behavior is part of the equation, but design, infrastructure, and policy are critical to consider.
  • Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., and FIPRP faculty Jen Stuber, Ph.D., were interview on firearm storage and its impact on risk of firearm injury for the In Sickness and In Health Podcast.
  • Global Injury section lead Charles Mock, M.D., was part of a workshop focused on improving emergency care in Ghana alongside leaders from a number of Ghanaian organization and universities working in injury prevention and care. The workshop was covered by the Ghana News Agency. 
  • Core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, discussed a UW study with KUOW on how integrating technology might help older adults maintain a higher quality of life as they age.
  • Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., discussed the nature of addiction in a special issue of Variety focused on substance abuse.

HIPRC job openings 

With recent growth at HIPRC, we are hiring a number of positions for researchers, communicators, and administrators. Apply through UW Job Website:

Program Manager – Req # 173926 
Education: BA in health sciences, business, public policy or similar  
Experience: 4-5 Years’ (with minimum of 4 years) progressive experience working in academic or research environment or combination of education and experience. 

Public Information Specialist – Req # 172432 
Education: Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English, public health or related discipline 
Experience: Minimum 3 years in communications positions of increasing scope, complexity and diversity of responsibility. 

Research Consultant (Mixed Methods) – Req # 173682  
Education: Bachelor’s degree in public health, education, health sciences, statistical analysis or related field 
Experience: 2 years’ experience in study design, research data management and data analysis 

Research Scientist (Firearms Program) – Req # 170186  
Education: Master’s degree in quantitative health or social sciences, or related field.  
Experience: Minimum of 4 years of increasingly responsible and relevant experience in writing grant proposals and scientific papers, study design conceptualization, conduct of research and research data management and analysis, preferably in firearm violence research or other injury research. 

SAVIR Conference calls for submissions 

The Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) 2020 conference, to be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia, will focus on the theme “Promoting Health Equity through the Science of Injury and Violence Prevention.”

SAVIR welcomes proposals on diverse topics including sessions on design innovations, practice, policy, methods related to different injury and violence mechanisms, analytical strategies, advocacy, and theory. HIPRC is a member of SAVIR. 

Scientific Abstract submissions are due Dec. 2. 

Event Calendar

Nov. 28-29, (Thursday & Friday):  University Holiday, HIRPC offices closed
Dec. 6, (Friday) 1-2 p.m. PST:  Journal Club – Injury Care with Lynn Stansbury, M.D., MPH, MFA

Dec. 11, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: “A Systems Modeling Approach to Improve Trauma Care in South Africa” with Rebecca Maine, M.D. 

Dec. 25, (Wednesday): University Holiday, HIPRC offices closed 

Jan. 1, (Wednesday): University Holiday, HIPRC offices closed 

Jan. 10, (Friday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Journal Club – Safe & Active Transport with Beth Ebel, M.D. 

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

View the full calendar. 

Study: Child firearm injuries more severe than other types of traumatic injury

A new study led by Ashley Wolf, M.D., a Critical Care Medicine Fellow at Seattle Children's Hospital, set out to compare firearm injuries to other penetrating injuries (such as cutting and piercing) in children, and researchers examined national data from 2007-2016.

“Evaluation of Injury Severity and Resource Utilization in Pediatric Firearm and Sharp Force Injuries,” published in JAMA Network Open on Oct. 9, found that while both firearm injuries and other types of trauma can lead to severe injuries in children, firearm injuries tend to be more severe and require more time and resources to treat. The authors said the findings indicate that the cause of injury should be considered when studying and treating severe injuries, and prevention measures around firearm injuries specifically, are important to reducing severe injuries and associated costs in child and adolescent trauma.

Co-authors from the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program include Research Scientist Brianna Mills, Ph.D., and Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH.

Tracheal intubation studies co-authored by associate member 

HIPRC associate member Itay Bentov, M.D., Ph.D., was a co-author on two recent studies aimed at improving tracheal intubation for critically ill adult patients. 

“Effect of a fluid bolus on cardiovascular collapse among critically ill adults undergoing tracheal intubation (PrePARE): a randomised controlled trial,” published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, found that the administration of an intravenous fluid bolis had no effect on the overall incidence of cardiovascular collapse. 

“Bag-Mask Ventilation during Tracheal Intubation of Critically Ill Adults,” published in The New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year, found that using bag-mask ventilation improved oxygen saturation and saw a lower incidence of severe hypoxemia than those who didn’t. 

Both studies were multicenter, randomized control studies. 

CDC releases report on Adverse Childhood Experiences 

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control have put together their first ever comprehensive estimates of the potential to improve Americans’ health by preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs and their harms are preventable using the best available evidence to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families. 

These findings examine the associations between ACEs and 14 negative outcomes. CDC analyzed data from 25 states to estimate long-term health and social outcomes in adults that contribute to leading causes of illness and death and reduced access to life opportunities. The findings indicate that preventing ACEs has the potential to reduce leading causes of death such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and have a positive impact on mental health and life opportunities like education and employment.

Funding Opportunities

ITHS Early Investigator Catalyst Awards
Next Application Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020
Eligibility: Early Stage Investigators at ITHS Partner Institutions, including the University of Washington, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and other academic institutions affiliated with the University of Washington through the ITHS in the WWAMI.

The ITHS Early Investigator Catalyst Award program is designed to provide “just-in-time” resources to investigators looking to complete a project or collect pilot data for a larger grant application. Investigators can receive a maximum of $5,000 (direct costs only) toward the purchase of supplies or core services not provided by ITHS. If your research includes Human Subjects or Animals, you can apply if your IRB or IACUC is currently approved or exempt.

ITHS Early Investigator Voucher Awards
Next Application Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020
Eligibility: Early Stage Investigators at ITHS Partner Institutions, including the University of Washington, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and other academic institutions affiliated with the University of Washington through the ITHS in the WWAMI

The ITHS is offering Voucher Awards as “in-kind” service vouchers in support of outstanding translational research. Our goal is to provide translational research studies with critical support needed for a project. Most facilities/resources that provide services on a fee-for service basis are eligible for participation in this program (see table below). These services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each investigator and can include assistance with biostatistics, bioethics, research coordination, data and safety monitoring, regulatory monitoring, biomedical informatics, or clinical support. Research involving human subjects or animals must have their IRB and/or IACUC protocols approved or have proof of exemption in order to be eligible for this award.

Other Opportunities 

Call for Papers: AJPH: Rural Public Health, A New Frontier
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020 

The American Journal of Public Health is seeking paper describing rural health research, analyzing the status of rural governmental public health and health care, reporting interventions in rural settings, assessing the impact of laws and policies aiming at revitalizing rural health, and the human health impact of climate change specifically in rural areas. They also invite editorials and commentaries proposing ways of applying public health methods that have been successful in metropolitan areas or in rural health in other regions of the world to US rural settings, describing potential sources of funding, and depicting a vision for a rural public health of the 21st century. 

Faculty Development: SER Course Workshop
Application Deadline: Feb. 3, 2020 
Eligibility: Post-doctoral and early career faculty teaching/planning to teach a course in epidemiologic methods 
Cost: $25 

The Society for Epidemiological Research Education Committee will sponsor a half day workshop on June 16, 2020 in Boston at the 2020 Annual Meeting focused on course development and revision. This workshop is targeted to post-doctoral scholars and early career faculty members who are planning to or in the process of teaching a course in epidemiologic methods. Workshop participants should have a specific course targeted for revision and be committed to making revisions to their course in response to the workshop. 

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. 

Webinar: Violence and Health Briefing by Health Affairs
Presentations by authors featured in the latest issue of Health Affairs, including a talk by Research Scientist Brianna Mills, Ph.D. in HIPRC’s Firearm Injury and Policy Research Program.

MOOC: Impacting the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Education, and Practice for Non-Prescribing Providers

A free online course on opioids designed for non-prescribing healthcare providers and interested students at the graduate level is now available from the University of Michigan. The course was designed by the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), Michigan-Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan OPEN) and the CDC-funded University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center.

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