HIPRC News and Notes -- February 2019
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Endowment honors HIPRC co-founder Dr. Fred Rivara

UW Medicine has created the Frederick P. Rivara Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center Endowment to honor and continue the work of a caring pediatrician, visionary researcher, and dedicated educator.
The endowment was publicly announced at an event honoring HIPRC co-founder Fred Rivara’s work on Jan. 22, and the fund has reached $217,000 of its $250,000 goal. The endowment is designed to generate lasting support for injury prevention research and training at HIPRC. The initiative to create the endowment was led by current HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and UW Professor Emeritus in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Ken Jaffe, M.D.

Contribute to the fund at the mobile website, or read more about the fund launch at the HIPRC blog.

New study: Blacks, minorities disproportionately impacted by hate crimes

Hispanic and Black populations have a higher risk of becoming victims of race- or ethnicity- motivated violent hate crimes compared to non-Hispanic Whites (Whites), according to a new study from the University of Washington that looked at the risk and health impacts of these types of crimes.
Model estimates of victimization for Blacks ranged from 30 to 40 percent higher, and 10 to 60 percent higher for Hispanics. These crimes against Blacks tended to be more violent, usually involving a weapon or firearm, and resulted in higher rates of injuries and medical care compared to other races and ethnic groups.
Read more about the study, led by former HIPRC fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., MPH, at the HIPRC blog. The study was also covered by the UW Medicine Newsroom, and co-authors include Lynn Langton, Ph.D., from the U.S. Department of Justice; HIPRC core member Frederick Rivara, M.D., MPH; HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D.

Photo by Anoush Dehkordi

Summer High School Program accepting applications

High school students with an interest in public health and medicine are invited to apply to the 2019 INSIGHT Summer High School Program, which will run July 15-Aug. 9, 2019.

The program emphasizes hands-on learning about public health, research and medicine, including opportunities to learn from medical professionals, tour medical and scientific facilities at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center, and develop and present group projects at the INSIGHT Research Symposium on Aug. 6.

The program is open to students who will enter grades 10-12 or their first year of college in the fall, and applications close March 17. Tuition for the four-week program is $2,400, with some need-based scholarships available.

Learn more and apply at the INSIGHT High School Program website. For specific questions not answered on the website, contact INSIGHT Program Supervisor Smita Stepanova Pednekar at

Fellow recognized by critical care organization

The Society of Critical Care Medicine has awarded HIPRC postdoctoral fellow in pediatrics Elizabeth Killien, M.D., a 2019 Young Investigator Award. Killien won the award for her abstract, “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Following Pediatric Trauma: Application of PALICC Criteria.” She will be presented with the awarded at the Research Awards Presentation as part of the Critical Care Congress on Feb. 19 in San Diego, CA.

Event Calendar

*Cancelled Due to Weather* Feb. 9, (Saturday) 9-11 a.m. PST: Stop the Bleed training at Harborview Medical Center. This free course teaches bleeding control first aid. This course is full, but Stop the Bleed Registration is available for other dates.
Feb. 13, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress:  "SCCM Presentations: ARDS following Pediatric Trauma; HMC Trauma Readmissions; and Outcomes after Organ Dysfunction in Infancy" with Elizabeth Killien, M.D.
Feb. 15, (Friday) 1-2 p.m. PST:  Journal Club – Injury Care with Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH
Feb. 18, (Monday): University Holiday – HIPRC offices will be closed.

Feb. 20, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: “Return to Work after Burn Injury in Alaska: Using a Regional Model for a Global Need” with Barclay Stewart, M.D., MPH
Feb. 27, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: "Geri-T: The Aftermath" with Elisabeth Powelson, M.D., MPH & Kathleen O'Connell, M.D., MPH
March 8, (Friday) 1-2 p.m. PST:  Journal Club – Research Methods with Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.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. 

In the News
  • Core members Megan Moore, Ph.D., and Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, offered both the parent and pediatrician perspective on a recent measles outbreak in Washington state. Their comments on protecting children too young to be vaccinated were covered by HuffPost, the UW Medicine Newsroom, King 5, and KOMO News.
  • Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, discussed the importance of wearing helmets during sledding and other winter activities during Seattle’s recent snow days with the UW Medicine Newsroom. The interview was picked up by Fox Q13, KOMO News, KING 5, and other outlets.
  • Commentary by core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, on a recent scooter injury study in JAMA Network Open was covered by U.S. News & World Report and Web MD.
  • HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., led a recent study evaluating in-hospital care guidelines for pediatric traumatic brain injury, which was covered in the UW Medicine Newsroom.
Photo courtesy of the UW Medicine Newsroom

Funding Opportunities

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: Open to UW Students – Research Assistant
HIPRC seeks current UW student for part-time research assistant position for project regarding bike helmet safety. Up to 10 hours/week through December 2019. Contact:
Job Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor WOT - Epidemiology
University of Washington, Department of Epidemiology
This position is open to candidates with subspecialty expertise in all areas of epidemiology; current areas of growth in the Department of Epidemiology include aging, genetic epidemiology, social determinants of health, injury, or reproductive health epidemiology. Persons with expertise in these areas are especially encouraged to apply.
Webinar: Understanding the Puzzle of Young Drivers
Feb. 15, 10-11 a.m. PST
Washington State Transportation Commission
Meeting number (access code): 809 078 977
Meeting password: 5tSmghQV
In this webinar, we will review many of the important findings on young drivers and the problems they pose for those of us who work in traffic safety, as well as all drivers on public roads in our state. Their brains are developing through crucial stages that adults can neither hasten nor prevent. However, we can focus our efforts more strategically on understanding these developmental events. Learning how these developmental issues show up in our traffic crash data, as well as in many other health and safety categories, can help us to design better injury prevention policies and programs in order to keep them – and the rest of us – safer while these developmental sequences run their course. The webinar will be led by Dick Doane, WTSC Research Investigator, and Zeyno Nixon, Previous WTSC Senior Research Associate.
Conference: 2019 Washington Safety Summit
March 27, 2019
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tacoma, WA
This one-day conference by Safe Kids Pierce County focuses on injury prevention and offers a variety of workshops for continuing education units. Industry experts discuss public policy, traffic safety, community programs, fire prevention, and child passenger safety.
Conference: Washington State 2019 Conference on Suicide Prevention in Postsecondary Education & Training Day
April 15-16, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST, University of Washington
Attendance is free, registration required

Featuring keynote speaker Ben Locke, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health and CAPS at Penn State University, this conference will encompass topics on suicide prevention and mental health promotion that are applicable to four- and two-year institutions, as well as vocational schools.

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.

Free CME Module: The Physician’s Role in Promoting Firearm Safety
The module from the American Medical Association is designed to assist physicians, particularly those who specialize in primary care and emergency medicine, in recognizing risk factors that increase the potential for firearm injury and death, identifying barriers to communicating with patients about firearm safety, and effectively communicating with patients to reduce the risk of firearm injury and death. Per a release, the course qualifies for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
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