HIPRC News -- May 2020
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With current public health recommendations for COVID-19 suppression, HIPRC has moved to fully remote work and online events until further notice. To contact the center or our faculty, email is best.   

To learn how you can help UW Medicine, visit the UW Medicine Emergency Response page. 

COVID-19 rapid response grants awarded 

Two projects led by HIPRC faculty are among 21 COVID-19 rapid response grants awarded by the University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative.

“Using Machine Learning on the UW Medicine Electronic Health Record to Optimize COVID-19 Response” will be led by HIPRC core member Steve Mooney, Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology. Co-investigators include associate member Dustin Long, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology; HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology; Jimmy Phuong, Ph.D., UW Medicine Research IT; Sean Mooney, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education; and Janet Baseman, Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology.

“Mitigating the Mental Health Consequences of the COVID-19 Crisis” will be led by Jonathan Katner, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. HIPRC associate member and Firearm Injury Research Program researcher Christine Liebbrand, Ph.D., M.A., Department of Sociology, is a co-investigator.

Read more about the COVID-19 rapid response projects involving HIPRC faculty on the blog.

Exploratory Research Project Frequently Asked Questions  

HIPRC has released an FAQ on the Exploratory Research Projects program, with applications due June 26. 

The program aims to fund innovative, community-engaged research projects around injury prevention and control. A University of Washington faculty member must submit the application, but projects that will be conducted in partnership with fellows, graduate students, or community organizations are welcome. 

For more information, contact Steven Mooney at

Inaugural Rivara Endowment Injury Research Grant to support firearm research

Kelsey Conrick, MPH, a doctoral student in the University of Washington School of Social Work, has been selected to receive the inaugural HIPRC Rivara Endowment Injury Research Grant for her project “Exploring Influences on Firearm Safety Behaviors.” 

She is being mentored by core member Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW, University of Washington School of Social Work, and Firearm Injury & Policy Program Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., University of Washington School of Public Health. Read more about Conrick's project on the HIPRC blog.

Trainee award will fund violence studies in Colombia  

Caitlin Moe, M.D., a trainee in HIPRC’s Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program and doctoral student in epidemiology, is the recipient of the Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellowship. The funding will support her continued studies into violence in Colombia. 

The award is from the UW Department of Global Health, which funds initiatives all over the world and collaborates with HIPRC’s Global Injury section. 

New violence prevention course available fall 2020 

UW has added a one-credit course on violence prevention that will feature several HIPRC faculty.  

GEN ST 297 J - Violence: Approaches to Response and Prevention will be available for enrollment for the fall 2020 quarter and feature HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., and Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., as speakers. 

Suicide, adverse childhood experience research fellowship opens at CDC 

CDCA research fellowship is currently available with the Division of Injury Prevention (DIP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The selected participant will conduct research under the direction of a mentor who is the Division Associate Director for Science and will engage with CDC scientific, programmatic, and communications staff. The participant will engage with two topical focus areas for NCIPC: suicide and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). 

Applicants should have a master’s or bachelor’s degree in a related field of study or have completed one by June 2020. Applications are due by July 3, 2020. For more information, visit the research fellowship application page.

Event Calendar

June 5 (Friday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Journal Club – TBI

June 10 (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress – TBD 

June 17 (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m. PST: Work-in-Progress – "Injury, Prescription Opioid, and Benzodiazepine " with Vivian Lyons, Ph.D., & Miriam Haviland, Ph.D. 

To support social distancing, all center events have been moved to online formats. Please contact for access instructions for specific events. 

View the full calendar. 

In the News
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CDC Hub for Injury Prevention 

CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control studies injuries and violence – from child abuse and neglect and intimate partner violence to suicide and overdose, traumatic brain injury, older adult falls, motor vehicle safety, and more – and research the best ways to prevent them.  

The new Hub for Injury Prevention (HIP) is a collection of resources from the Injury Center and partner organizations that you can use to inform programming and help keep your communities safe.  

Resources Include:

  • Fact Sheets 
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Training & Webinars 
  • Technical Packages 
  • Data and indicators 

Funding Opportunities

HIPRC Exploratory Research Projects 

Application Deadline: June 26, 2020 

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. 

Other Opportunities 

Call for Papers: Gun violence epidemiology and prevention
Deadline: Ongoing

This collection from Injury Epidemiology aims to bring together a selection of the latest research and developments surrounding gun violence and gun violence prevention.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Domestic violence
  • Mass shootings
  • The long term health effects of gunshot wounds
  • The spatial patterns of injury incidence as a result of gun violence
  • The cost associated with firearm related injuries
  • The role of firearms in suicide
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