As communities experience stress and isolation during the current public health crisis, many individuals and families may face increase risks of certain injuries.
Learn more about prevention and local Washington resources from HIPRC’s COVID-19 injury prevention briefs on:
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Safely Storing Medications and Firearms
Preventing Violence in the Home
Helping Families Cope with Stress
Downloadable pdfs in English and Spanish are available at HIPRC's COVID Safety Website – please distribute widely.
INSIGHT High School Program Now Online
For 2020, the INSIGHT High School Program has been adapted to an online format to follow public health guidelines. As it will be conducted remotely, the program is now accepting applications from across the country.
The INSIGHT High School Program is an intensive four-week program designed to introduce students to public health and biomedical research and medicine. Students will take a deep dive into injury prevention research through various activities.
HIPRC seeks to lower the burden of injuries globally, including for people who live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Injury is a leading cause of death and disability around the world, and HIPRC partners with universities, health organizations, and other agencies to better understand injury in varied contexts.
The Global Injury section at HIPRC is led by Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of global health, surgery, and epidemiology at the University of Washington.
Partial List of Current Projects:
Estimation of population-based rates of surgery: defining benchmarks for global surgery. (PI: Adam Gyedu, MD, MPH)
Strengthening Injury Control Research in Ghana and West Africa, funded by Fogarty International Center at NIH.
PEGASUS Project: Argentina, which aims to improve outcomes after severe pediatric traumatic brain injury with support from a grant by the National Institutes of Health. (PI: Monica Vavilala, M.D.)
“Ensuring equal access to trauma care in Washington State through system modeling,” with potential application toward developing trauma care in low-resource settings around the world, funded by the UW Population Health Initiative. (PI: Rebecca Maine, M.D., MPH)
Graduate Certificate in Global Injury & Violence Prevention
The Global Injury section works closely with the existing Global Initiative for Violence and Injury Prevention, a collaboration of HIPRC, the Department of Global Health, and other departments and schools at the University of Washington. This initiative created the Graduate Certificate in Global Injury & Violence Prevention.
Firearm deaths in the home due to suicide and criminal homicide are more common than self-defense homicide
Availability of firearms at home have been repeatedly associated with an increased risk of suicide and homicides inside the home.
The study was led by HIPRC postdoctoral research fellow Elissa Butler, M.D. INSIGHT alumna Hanne Boveng, whose work during the 2019 INSIGHT program contributed to the study, is a co-author on the paper. Other HIPRC-affiliated co-authors include FIPRP Director Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, FIPRP Co-director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., and HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D.
States don’t define legal liability for returning firearms to a suicidal person
A new study explains the widespread gaps in laws regarding temporary transfers of firearms.
The lead author on the study is Molly Gibbons, a researcher in HIPRC’s Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program and a UW School of Law student. Co-authors include core member Mary Fan, J.D., FIPRP Co-director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., and FIPRP Director Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.
Featured Staff: Navigating research during COVID-19
As Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center’s research scientist, Brianna Mills, Ph.D., works closely with faculty, staff, trainees, and students to stay on top of any research question that may arise and answering it as well as possible.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Mills immediately switched gears to accommodate research activities going on at HIPRC.
Core member Elizabeth Killien, M.D., MPH, has received an Early Investigator Catalyst Award from UW's Institute of Translational Health Sciences. The funding will support a project on the epidemiology of pediatric intensive care use over time, which will be conducted in collaboration with researchers at Washington University in Saint Louis.
April 29 (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress – "The Development of Guidelines for Treatment of Chronic Pain After TBI" with Jeanne Hoffman, Ph.D., and Jennifer Zumsteg, M.D.
May 8 (Friday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Journal Club – Injury Care with Sam Mandell, M.D., MPH, FACS
May 13 (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress – "Estimating time to reinjury among injured workers using state wage data: Does choice of timescale substantially affect reinjury risk estimates?" with Jeanne Sears, Ph.D.
May 20 (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress – "Religiosity and Firearm Safety Behaviors" with Kelsey Conrick, MPH
May 25 (Monday): University Holiday
To support social distancing, all center events have been moved to online formats. Please contact email@example.com for access instructions for specific events.
Core member and pediatrician Beth Ebel, M.D., discussed coping strategies and injury prevention, including locking up firearms and medication, for families during COVID-19 with KOMO News.
Core member Steve Mooney, Ph.D., discussed the importance of epidemiologists using the data they have access to, with recognition of its flaws, in an article at Fast Company.
HIPRC trainee Vivian Lyons, Ph.D., co-wrote an editorial in The Stranger calling for updated blood donation policies to reduce stigmatization of gay and bisexual men.
Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., was interviewed about the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals with opioid use disorder with UW News and Direct Relief.
SAVIR conference moves online
The Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research has moved their annual conference, April 27-29, 2020, to an online platform. Conference registrants will have access to online posters, abstracts, and recorded presentations for one year following the conference.
Individuals who registered for the in-person conference have been automatically registered for the e-conference.
Eligibility: University of Washington faculty or staff; fellows and graduate students eligible to apply with a UW faculty sponsor
The Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) is seeking applications for funds to support pilot projects aligned with our mission to reduce the impact of injury and violence on peopleʼs lives through research, education, training and public awareness. HIPRC has the overarching goal to engage communities in order to achieve health equity across the lifespan.
All submitted projects should engage with injury or injury prevention.