HIPRC News and Notes -- May 2019
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Washington state updates booster seat law

The Washington State Legislature approved updated regulations on car seat and booster seat use. The updated law will go into effect statewide in 2020 and aligns Washington with current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. HIPRC’s Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MSc., MPH, testified before Washington legislators regarding the law and attended the law signing by Gov. Jay Inslee.

A UW Medicine Newsroom interview with Ebel was also featured in numerous media outlets, including Fox Q13, King 5, Seattle PI, Yahoo Lifestyle, and others. Seattle Univision, a Spanish-language station, also covered the law and included an interview with UW Medicine resident Pliceliany Perez, M.D.

Free webinar on TBI and health disparities

Free Webinar: Health Disparities and Traumatic Brain Injury with TBI researcher Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW, and Research Case Manager Maria Cole, LMSW, MPH. May 15, 2019 9-10:30 a.m. PST Register NowHIPRC will host a free webinar on May 15 to explore traumatic brain injury in the larger context of health disparities and how health equity work in other fields could apply to brain injury. Featured presenters will be HIPRC core member Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW, and Case Manager - Research Maria Cole, LMSW, MPH, of Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation.

The webinar is designed for public health professionals, medical professionals, researchers and students working with brain injury and/or health disparities, and the event is a joint initiative with the Washington State Department of Health.

Webinar: Health Disparities and Traumatic Brain Injury
May 15, 2019
9-10:30 a.m. PST
Registration is Open

New study: Teens are also victims of intimate partner homicides

Intimate-partner homicide among teens does occur and 90 percent of the victims are girls, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. HIPRC T-32 fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., is lead author on the study, and co-authors include Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH. Read more about the intimate partner violence study on the HIPRC website or in coverage from numerous media outlets, including NPR, Reuters, USA Today, Teen Vogue, and others.

Depression, dementia, and firearm storage studied among households with older adults

Nearly a quarter of adults aged 65 and older in Washington State live in households that store their firearms unlocked and loaded according to a new report by HIPRC researchers. Given the elevated prevalence of dementia and depression in older adults, these findings raise concerns for the safety of older adults living in homes that use unsafe firearm storage practices.

The study was led by epidemiology doctoral student and HIPRC trainee Erin Morgan, and co-authors include core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH and Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D. and has been covered by Reuters, MedPage Today and other media outlets.

Journal’s articles of the year list includes HIPRC co-author

Associate member Steve Mooney, Ph.D., was a co-author on one of the American Journal of Epidemiology’s articles of the year for 2018. He co-authored the paper “Resolving an apparent paradox in doubly robust estimators,” which examined the nuances of a particular method of estimating causal effects.

Read more about the award from the AJE website.

HIPRC welcomes new staff members

HIPRC is delighted to welcome several new team members who will be working in a range of injury topics.
  • Alex Bellenger, MPH, Research Coordinator
  • Emma Gause, MPH candidate, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Solongo Sainkhuu, MPH candidate, Graduate Research Assistant

Event Calendar

May 6, (Monday) 1-2 p.m. PST:  Journal Club – Global Injury with Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D., MPH

May 8, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: “Suicide and self-harm among children: Analysis of data from the Consumer Products Safety Commission” with Christopher DeCou, Ph.D.

May 15, (Wednesday) 9-10:30 a.m. PST: TBI Webinar: Health Disparities and Traumatic Brain Injury. Free Registration Required.

May 15, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: “Keys to Re-Injury Prevention and Sustained Return-To-Work for Disabled Workers” with Jeanne M. Sears, Ph.D., M.S., RN

May 18, (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.

May 22, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: “Development of a novel limb cooling tourniquet to treat acute limb ischemia in the pre-hospital setting” with Shahram Aarabi, M.D., MPH

May 29, (Wednesday) 1 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress: TBD with Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH

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

Free window fall prevention training

A free training on child window fall safety will be offered Tuesday, May 14, 4-5 p.m. at Evergreen Health Medical Center in Kirkland, WA.

The training will be conducted by HIPRC associate member Brian Johnston, M.D., MPH and Tony Gomez, manager of violence and injury prevention with Public Health-Seattle & King County, in partnership with Safe Kids Seattle South King. Health providers and others who interact with children and families will benefit from the training, including EMS and firefighters, child care staff, hospital staff, building officials, apartment and condo operators and others. Both the training and parking are free.

RSVPs are requested to Tony Gomez at or Fran Kwak at

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

Dr. Brian Johnston demonstrates how a window lock prevents a window from fully opening to prevent child window fall injuries.
In the News
  • A serious window fall injury to a Redmond toddler prompted several media outlets to feature prevention information from associate member and Harborview Medical Center Chief of Pediatrics Brian Johnston, M.D., MPH. His advice on window fall prevention was featured in The Seattle Times, The Redmond Reporter, the Snoqualmie Valley HeraldKOMO News and The Miami Herald.
  • Electric scooters are being introduced to cities across the country, but are there enough safety considerations in place? The UW Medicine Newsroom spoke with core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, on scooter injuries and the importance of helmets.
Photo from the UW Medicine Newsroom

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 

Health Equity Lecture Series: Culture and Race in Global Health Research
University of Washington Campus, Hogness Auditorium
May 4, 2019, 4-5 p.m.

Collins Airhihenbuwa is a global expert and a pioneer in centralizing culture in health behaviors. He leads the Global Research Against Non-Communicable Disease (GRAND) initiative at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. He is also a professor of Health Management & Policy.

Researching culture and race, in the context of health, demands a transdisciplinary approach to examining the complexities of individual and collective behaviors relative to disease burdens that weigh on underrepresented minorities. In this lecture, Airhihenbuwa will frame current public and population health challenges by locating culture and race at the core of structurally determined policies and behaviors for the benefit of advancing research and policy on health equity domestically and globally.

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.

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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