HIPRC News and Notes -- April 2019
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Study: Do parents support tackle football age limits?

More than 60 percent of 1,025 parents surveyed in the United States reported they would support age restrictions for tackling in youth football, similar to limits in soccer and hockey. An analysis of the survey results are published in the May 2019 Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study was led by HIPRC core faculty member Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH. Other affiliated co-authors include associate faculty member Emily Kroshus, Sc.D., MPH, associate faculty member Stan Herring, M.D., and core faculty member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.

Read more about how parents responded to the poll in a release, available at the HIPRC website.

INSIGHT interns selected, mentors sought

Purple states, representing the current cohort, are WA, CA, MO, IN, WV, NY, HI and MA. States in gold, indicating past cohort, are OR, TX, LA, IL, MI, OH, PA, VA, NC, TN, GA and RI.

Twenty-one undergraduate and graduate interns from 18 schools in eight states, Puerto Rico, and Canada will join HIPRC this summer for the INSIGHT Injury Research Training Program. During this paid internship, students will work closely with faculty mentors and HIPRC staff on independent research projects focused on many aspects of injury prevention and control.

Do you have an interesting project that would benefit from a student researcher? HIPRC is seeking faculty and fellow mentors to facilitate research projects and/or clinical shadowing experiences for the program. 

The eight-week program runs June 17 – August 9, 2019, and interns provide a guaranteed 35 hours a week dedicated to research. Desk and computer space is provided at HIPRC, and projects requiring IRB approval have it prior to the start of the program in June.

If you're interested in mentoring, please fill out the INSIGHT Faculty Interest Form.

Pictured above, dark purple states indicate locations of schools for the 2019 INSIGHT cohort. Light gold states indicate schools of INSIGHT alumni from the 2014-2018 cohorts.

HIPRC research on health equity, firearm injury, transportation research and more featured at SAVIR Conference

The Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, featured a number of Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center faculty, staff and trainees at their 2019 conference. The event, held April 1-3 in Cincinnati, OH, was themed around research and policy translation.

HIPRC was represented at SAVIR by Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., core faculty member Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW, associate faculty member Stephen Mooney, Ph.D., Research Scientist Brianna Mills, Ph.D., Research Coordinator Kelsey Conrick, MPH, trainee and doctoral candidate Erin Morgan, and trainee and doctoral candidate Vivian Lyons. Other affiliates who co-authored work presented at the conference include associate faculty member Molly Fuentes, M.D., associate faculty member Thomas Rea, M.D., MPH, INSIGHT alumna Madeline Herrenkohl, and former HIPRC student research assistant Divya Patel.

HIPRC trainee selected as SOPHE fellow

HIPRC trainee and epidemiology doctoral candidate Vivian Lyons has been selected as a Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)/CDC Student Fellow in Unintentional Injury Prevention for the year 2018-19. Her project is titled "Unintentional Injury and Long-Term Opioid Use" and aims to identify injury characteristics associated with long-term opioid use and assess if long-term opioid use following initial injury increases risk for subsequent injury.

Pictured, Lyons, right, presented a research poster on her project and was recognized at the SOPHE 2019 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, March 26-29.

Learn more from the SOPHE award announcement.

Associate member wins international volunteer recognition

HIPRC associate faculty member Wil Van Cleve, MD, MPH, was part of a four-person volunteer editor team that received a 2019 Golden Apple Award from Health Volunteers Overseas. The team put together the text International Partnerships for Strengthening Health Care Capacity: Models of Collaborative Education, which was published as a Frontiers in Public Health Special Research Topic eBook. The collection included 33 articles by 163 authors representing 28 countries, the HVO reported.

Learn more from the HVO Golden Apple Award website.

Event Calendar

April 13, (Saturday) 9-11 a.m. PST: Stop the Bleed training at Harborview Medical Center. This free course teaches bleeding control first aid. Stop the Bleed Registration is required.

April 17, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: "Twitter for Researchers" with Kelsie Cleboski, MFA

April 24, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: “Why How We Study a Policy Matters: Study Design, The Earned Income Tax Credit, and Violence" with Stephen Mooney, Ph.D. 
May 3, (Friday) 1-2 p.m. PST:  Journal Club – Global Injury with Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D., MPH

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

View the full calendar. 

Stop the Bleed Washington
In the News
  • Core faculty members Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, and Ron Maier, M.D., were featured in coverage exploring how physicians at Harborview Medical Center are working toward social justice through healthcare. The Stop the Bleed program was also featured in the article from The Daily.
  • Associate faculty member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, was quoted by the Columbia Basin Herald from a talk he gave as part of a regional summit on understanding and preventing addiction to opium-based pain medication.
Photo from KUOW

King County Car Seat Checks

Safe Kids Seattle South King will host six free car seat inspection events this year, partnering with King County EMS and UW Neighborhood Clinics for April and partnering with King County EMS and AAA for the May – September events.

The first inspection will be held April 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the UW Neighborhood Kent/Des Moines Clinic parking lot, 23213 Pacific Highway South. For more information or to make an appointment, contact

Funding Opportunities

UW Graduate Funding Information Service
University of Washington libraries offer resources to help graduate students locate both internal and external funding sources for research, field work, conference travel and more. Includes a frequently updated blog with new announcements.

Other Opportunities 

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.
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