HIPRC News and Notes -- May 31, 2016
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We are pleased to announce the launch of a digital resource center for suicide prevention. The website and associated social media campaign (#EndSuicideWA) offer suicide resources and prevention tools, particularly targeting teenagers, in Washington State. In addition, we are surveying public schools in Seattle and King County to identify suicide resource needs.The outcomes of the campaign and resource center will be shared in the fall. Visit the website today. 

King County Council Tackles Suicide

HIPRC's associate faculty member Joe Simonetti, MD, MPH spoke about suicide before King County Council's Health and Human Services Committee. Dr. Simonetti presented current suicide data and challenges faced  by Washington and King County reduce suicide rates. In particular, Dr. Simonetti spoke about the role of firearms in suicide. HIPRC's Pacific Northwest Suicide Resource Center  (see above) was also presented to the council. We are hopeful that this is another step forward in a coalition effort to reduce suicide in our communities. 

In the Headlines

HIPRC core faculty member Megan Moore, PhD, recently published research showing disparities in pediatric traumatic brain injury treatment for low-income patients. Her work was featured on UW Today and UPI, among other news outlets. 

Frederick Rivara, MD, MPH and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD, both HIPRC core faculty, spoke at length with UW Medicine's Pulse podcast about researching gun violence and an ongoing study to reduce future death and injury rates for gun shot victims. Listen to it here

Dr. Rivara was also featured extensively in news outlets across the country after publishing a report on bullying and the serious toll it takes on children and our society. The report was featured in more than 25 news outlets nation-wide, including NBC News and USA Today

HIPRC Faculty Receive Awards, Accolades

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD - Outstanding Faculty- Teaching. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, head of HIPRC's Violence and Research Methods sections was honored at the 2016 UW School of Public Health awards banquet. Said one student, "Professor Rowhani-Rahbar epitomizes what it means to be a teacher."

Photo: Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar (second from right) is joined at the UW SPH awards banquet with three of his HIPRC mentees (left to right) Vivian Lyons, Brianna Mills, MA and Alex Quistberg, PhD, MPH. 

Vijay Krishnamoorthy, MD: Dr. Krishnamoorty received honorable mention from the UW Department of Anesthesiology for his research presentation on "Incidence and Longitudinal Trajectory of Systolic Dysfunction After Traumatic Brain Injury." Congrats!

Raquel Capote, DMD, MSD, MPH, a current T-32 Fellow, was accepted for a fellowship with the Certificate Program in Practice-Based Research Methods at the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland. Awarded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the fellowship will allow Dr. Capote to apply the learning from the program in the development of a pilot project on dental trauma.

Event Calendar

June 3, 1pm: Work-in-Progress: Impact of Physical Frailty on Trauma Outcomes with Tam Pham, MD

June 8, 1pm: Work-in-Progress: A Drosophila model for genetic variation in the response to TBI with Daniel Promislow, PhD

June 13, 1pm: Journal Club: Global Injury w/ Charlie Mock, MD, PhD, MPH

June 15, 1pm: Faculty Meeting

June 20 – July 8; July 11 – 29: HIPRC high school summer research program

June 20 – August 12: HIPRC graduate and undergraduate summer research program

June 22, 1pm: Work-in-Progress: Persistent Pain After Trauma: Predictors and Clinical Correlates with Elisabeth Powelson, MD, MS

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

Click here to see the full calendar. 

What We're Reading

A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America's drug overdose epidemic - The Guardian (fascinating map visualization!)

A Drumbeat of Multiple Shootings, but America Isn’t Listening - The New York Times

Why Are Ski Towns Seeing More Suicides? - National Geographic

Only one person left on earth born before 1900 - USA Today (If only there was more injury research back then!)

When Mass Shooting Lead to Looser Gun Restrictions - Harvard Business School

A Psychiatrist Debunks the Biggest Myths Surrounding Gun Suicides -  The Trace


Postdoctoral Position Available at University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Neuroscience of Driving. Details.

Washington DOH  is seeking an Epidemiologist to conduct analysis and evaluation of the EMS and Trauma system in Washington State. Qualifications call for a Master's degree and one or more years of experience. Details.

Public Health Seattle & King County is accepting applications for a Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Manager. - find the details here


Earlier this month, Andrea Martin, HIPRC Research Assistant, presented a poster at the American Geriatrics Society on relationships between falls, age and alcohol levels as presented in the ED. Co-authors are HIPRC's Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, CNRN, and Jin Wang, PhD, MS. Great work!

Gun Safe Giveaway

Seattle Children’s has partnered with Providence Everett, Safe Kids Snohomish and the Tulalip Tribe to host a Safe Gun Storage Giveaway Event at the Cabela’s Tulalip on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Event Volunteers will be asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. If you want to help out, email us
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