HIPRC News and Notes -- June 2019
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Somali, medical community collaborate to Stop the Bleed

A collaborative community outreach program, “Working toward Equity in emergencies: WE Stop the Bleed,” has launched to help keep Seattle’s Somali community safer during emergencies. Using the American College of Surgeons’ Stop the Bleed emergency bleeding control course as a starting point, leaders from the Somali Health Board, the UW Department of Surgery, Harborview Medical Center, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, and King County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are working to both improve first aid skills and build trust between the Somali community and emergency responders. Surgery resident and HIPRC trainee Kate M Stadeli, M.D., developed the initiative in partnership with Ahmed Ali, PharmD and Anisa Ibrahim, M.D., of the Somali Health Board, which involves Somali community members, and emergency first responders.

Pictured above, first responders teach Stop the Bleed techniques at a community training. At right, HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., guides Somali health professionals on teaching tourniquet techniques to members of the public. Read more about the program's first training classes on the HIPRC blog.

Inaugural Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention releases proceedings

Proceedings from the first-ever Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention have been released and published on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website as an article in press in advance of print publication.

Leaders from the 43 national medical organizations and the American Bar Association attended the historic meeting on February 10-11 in Chicago, which was hosted by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT). The first coauthor on the proceedings is Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma and Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, also attended the summit and co-authored the proceedings. Read the full summit press release on the HIPRC blog.

Study: How close to home do firearm injuries actually occur?

When it comes to firearm assaults, the neighborhoods where people live are not necessarily where they are shot. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health found that nearly three-quarters of firearm injuries and deaths in King County occurred beyond the immediate area surrounding the victim’s home.

Previous research has found that assaults involving a firearm are clustered in ‘hotspots’ within particular neighborhoods or cities, which has implications for the individuals who live in those areas. Using the same methodology, HIPRC Research Scientist Brianna Mills, Ph.D., found that more injuries happened in certain neighborhoods to people who don’t live there than to the residents of that area. When residential addresses are used as proxies for injury location regardless of how geographically accurate they may be, it introduces bias to the data, possibly underestimating the number of firearm assaults in those areas.

Infrastructure changes found to reduce pedestrian injury in Ghana

Traffic calming devices in Ghana were effective at reducing vehicle speeds and pedestrian injuries, a new study has found. Reducing pedestrian injuries is a pressing need in Ghana in West Africa, where pedestrian fatalities account for more than 40 percent of all road casualty deaths nationally.

The study, published last week in Traffic Injury Prevention, compared vehicle speeds and pedestrian injuries in 19 Ghanaian settlements with traffic calming devices against 19 settlements without any calming devices. Read more about the injury study on the HIPRC blog.

Lead author was James Damsere-Derry, Ph.D., of the CSIR-Building & Road Research Institute in Kumasi, Ghana, a former Fogarty Fellow at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in partnership with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Other co-authors include HIPRC’s Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc, and HIPRC Global Injury section lead Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D., as well as Francis Afukaar, M.Sc., also of CSIR, Dr. Peter Donkor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, and Thomas Ojo Kalowole, Ph.D., of the University of Cape Coast in Cape Coast, Ghana.

HIPRC fellow wins grant to study acupuncture for TBI rehabilitation

Complementary and Integrative Health research fellow Mark Sodders, DAOM, L.Ac., has been awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to support a three-year project: “Acupuncture for Headache Post-Traumatic Brain Injury: A Feasibility Study.” Specifically, Sodders’ work will examine the feasibility of evaluating acupuncture to treat headache pain, depression, and cognitive difficulties for individuals with chronic moderate TBI. His research seeks to close gaps in current rehabilitation methods and improve care for individuals with TBI, and the award is supported by the National Center For Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number KL2TR002317.

Core member authors book about recording police

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center core member Mary Fan, J.D., M.Phil, has authored a new book examining policy questions and implications around recording police. Her book, “Camera Power: Proof, Policing, Privacy, and Audiovisual Big Data,” which was released by Cambridge University Press earlier this month, is the first of its kind to examine this aspect of the police surveillance strategies of copwatching and police-worn body cameras.

Trainee earns public health communication recognition

Doctoral candidate and HIPRC researcher Erin Morgan received the UW School of Public Health’s Communicating Public Health to the Public Award. Morgan was nominated based on her consistent, sustained efforts to prepare for and respond to media interviews and inquiries that helped disseminate vital new research around firearm behaviors and injuries in Washington state.

Morgan’s interviews about her research have been quoted by Reuters, Fortune, the Seattle Times, KIRO Radio, the UW Medicine Newsroom, and other news outlets.

Associate member awarded scholarship to study health leadership

Associate member Bryce Robinson, M.D., M.S., was awarded the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Health Policy Scholarship by the American College of Surgeons/Eastern Association. The scholarship will support his attendance to the Executive Leadership Program for Health Policy and Management in June 2019 through The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Read more from the University of Washington Department of Surgery.

Event Calendar

June 7, (Friday) 1-2 p.m. PST:  Journal Club –Safe and Active Transport with Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH

June 12, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: TBD with Jeanne Hoffman, Ph.D.

June 17, (Monday): INSIGHT Summer Research Program Begins

June 19, (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: “Experiences and Strategies to Cope with the Impact of Violence Research” with Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Ph.D., Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., and Christopher DeCou, Ph.D.

June 26, (Wednesday) Noon-4:30 p.m.: WA Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network meeting. Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee, WA 98801. RSVP requested.

July 4, (Thursday): University Holiday, HIPRC office closed

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

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

View the full calendar. 

WA Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network to meet

Join Seattle Children’s, the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lock-It-Up and Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center with support from Confluence Health and Columbia Valley Community Health for the next WA Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network meeting.

This is a non-political gathering of individuals and organizations to learn about research, community programs, interventions, legal statutes, and other topics around firearm injury prevention.

Among several speakers, the next meeting will feature HIPRC T-32 fellow Christopher DeCou, Ph.D., and Renton School District’s Director of Health Services Laura Widdice discussing a recent HIPRC collaboration to develop a means safety toolkit for school counselors and nurses.

WA Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network Meeting
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Noon- 4:30 p.m.
Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee, WA 98801
Attendance is Free, RSVP requested

HiFi: Helping Individuals with Firearm Injuries. A Violence Prevention study is testing community-based intervention to support gunshot wound victims.
In the News

Neuroscience conference to feature HIPRC faculty

Several HIPRC faculty will feature at the Transcranial Doppler Conference at Harborview Medical Center on June 14-15. The conference is designed for medical professionals who work with patients with neurological diseases, including neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, neurologists, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, critical care nurses and vascular technicians.

The course director for the conference is associate member Deepak Sharma, M.D., DM. To learn more, contact Abigail De Jesus, or Anne Moore,

Funding Opportunities

Alcohol Research Group Predoctoral & Postdoctoral Fellowships
Emeryville, CA
Applications due June 30, 2019 to start between August 2019 and May 2020

The Alcohol Research Group is seeking applications for two-year fellowship appointments. ARG is a National Alcohol Research Center that conducts research in a broad range of topics and methodologies with the goal of understanding, preventing, and treating alcohol and drug problems.

Other Opportunities 

Call for Abstracts: FACTS Research Symposium
Ann Arbor, MI; Oct. 21, 2019
Abstract Deadline: June 15

Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens will host its inaugural research symposium on preventing firearm injuries and violence. They are seeking poster abstracts on innovative research and strategies to enhance evidence-based prevention efforts. Registrations are set to open June 15.
Call for Abstracts: 2019 TQIP Annual Meeting and Scientific Training
Dallas, TX; Nov. 16-18, 2019
Abstract Deadline: June 15

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) Trauma Quality Improvement Program is seeking abstracts for poster presentations at their scientific meeting. Submissions are open for any improvement topic, but the group as a number of topics of high interest, including traumatic brain injury, pediatrics, orthopaedic trauma care, hemorrhage control, geriatrics, data validation, and others.
Professional Development: Urban Health Summer Institute
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; June 24-30
Drexel University’s Urban Health Summer Institute will feature courses on a wide range of research topics and skills, including multilevel analysis, Bayesian analysis, data visualization, community-based participatory research, and more. The institute will be held June 24-30 in Philadelphia, PA. The institute focuses on short courses designed for research students, researchers, public health professionals, and other allied professionals.

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 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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