HIPRC News and Notes -- July 2017
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Only 61% of gun owners have formal training with firearms, new HIPRC study estimates

A new study by HIPRC researchers estimates that only about three out of five gun owners in the United States have received formal firearm training.

“Formal firearm training among adults in the USA: results of a national survey” was published July 11 in Injury Prevention. HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, was the lead author on the paper, and HIPRC Graduate Research Assistant Vivian Lyons was a co-author. Read more about the firearms study on the HIPRC blog.

U.S. Air Force Photo/David Poe

Researchers connect with families at Latino health fair

Approximately 60 families learned about keeping kids safe at home, in the car and at play from Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital at the annual “Feria de Salud y Recursos Comunitarios” Tacoma  Health Fair on June 3.

HIPRC information booths covered two key topics: injury prevention and concussions related to sports. The fair, which was organized in conjunction with a youth soccer tournament, offered an ideal opportunity to reach families. The outreach effort included HIPRC faculty Nathalia Jimenez, M.D., MPH, and program staff Monica Sanchez Avila and Margot Strouss as well as HIPRC faculty Emily Kroshus, M.D., ScD, MPH, and Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPHRead more on the health fair at the HIPRC blog.

iHeal lecture, Pediatric TBI webinar recordings available online

HIPRC’s iHeal Symposium kick-off lecture by Adil Haider, M.D., and the “Hot Topics and Best Practice in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury” webinar featuring several HIPRC experts are now available to view online. The webinar is a joint initiative of HIPRC and the Washington State Department of Health.

For the webinar on pediatric TBI, CNE credit continues to be available for a $45 administration fee, either for attending the live webinar or viewing the recorded sessions.

Event Calendar

July 24 (Monday) 4:30-7:30 p.m.: HIPRC Summer Picnic. Join us for a bring-a-dish meal and canoeing at the UW Waterfront Activities Center. Please RSVP.

Aug. 4 (Friday) 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: 2017 INSIGHT Research Program Symposium at the Harborview Research and Training Building, 300 Ninth Ave.

Wednesday WIP sessions and faculty meetings will resume in September.

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

Click here to see the full calendar. 

INSIGHT Research Program hitting its stride

The INSIGHT Research Program's 38 interns are hard at work for the summer at HIPRC. The interns, who range from high school students to graduate school students, are engaged in hands-on research, data analysis and interpretation on a range of projects. In between research work, the interns have also heard from a number of excellent speakers and visited the Airlift Northwest helipad at Harborview Medical Center.

The interns will present their work at the 2017 INSIGHT Research Program Symposium on Aug. 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Harborview Research and Training Building (300 Ninth Ave.), and all are welcome to attend and learn about their fascinating projects.
Christine MacDonald was featured in a King 5 story on her research into veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
In the News
  • A recent study on severe fireworks injuries saw 290 mentions in international media, with an estimated 65 million potential viewers. Many of the articles quoted HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and Division of Plastic Surgery Resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D. The study was featured in The Seattle Times, KIRO 7, Fox Q13 and Seattle PI, among others.
  • Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, was featured in a number of outlets regarding his recently published study examining training among firearm owners, including the UW Health Science NewsBeat, The Trace, Science Medicine Newsline and others. Graduate Research Assistant Vivian Lyons is a co-author on the paper “Formal firearm training among adults in the USA: results of a national survey,” published in Injury Prevention July 11.
  • An HIPRC-supported study by UW epidemiology Ph.D. student Maayan Simckes examining firearm access among bullied adolescents was featured in Newsweek, Reuters and The Conversation, among others. Co-authors on the study include HIPRC faculty Megan Moreno, M.D., M.S. Ed., MPH, Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., MPH.
  • Core faculty member Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH, was quoted in a Reuters article about poor concussion monitoring in the soccer World Cup and what that might mean for young athletes.
  • Safe & Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., MPH, sat down with the podcast Seattle Mama Doc to discuss how easy, and important, it is to keep kids in car seats and booster seats until they’re tall enough for an adult seat belt.
  • Core faculty member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, talked the value of bicycle helmets in a story for Fox Q13. When people say helmets were less of a focus “when I was a kid,” Rivara points out that children also experienced higher rates of fatal injuries back then, too.

Family of young patient advocates for fire pit safety

Three-year-old burn patient Shane Dutton isn’t waiting until he’s grown up to help people lead safer lives. As a recent “State Trooper for a Day” – his dream job – he patrolled Harborview Medical Center’s UW Medicine Regional Burn Center, watching for “bad guys” and reminding his fellow patients of the importance of fire pit safety.

His family is hoping their experience can help others remember to stay safe around fire pits this summer.

Read more about Shane's story on the blog.

Image from King 5.
"Biomarkers of Brain Injury" Lecture
Aug. 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Magnuson Health Sciences Center (HSB) T-612
Featuring Jessica Gill, Ph.D., RN, tenure track investigator at the National Institutes of Health.

Co-sponsored by the UW School of Nursing Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics and the Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management.
Download Lecture Flyer (.DocX file)
WA distracted driving law takes effect July 23

Driving? Drop that phone or face a ticket under a new state law taking effect July 23.

Under the law, any interaction with a cell phone other than single-touch activation and deactivation - even while at a stop light - can result in a ticket and a report to your insurance company. Advocates expect the new law will improve enforcement and encourage drivers to make safer choices behind the wheel.

Read more about the new law on the blog.

HIPRC fellow wins education scholarship

Departing research fellow Cordelie Witt was awarded an American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Research and Education Scholarship to attend the group’s 76th Annual Meeting in September in Baltimore, Maryland.

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