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Center for Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention Research Summary

The Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention is active in several areas of injury prevention. Most activities center on the reduction of injury, public education and the development/translation of best practices.  Many of the activities are accomplished through developed collaborations within our local healthcare system units and with our local and regional community-based partners allowing the center to participate in a wide breadth of collaborative, multi-site, and independent research projects.

Research Interests

  • Traffic/Motor Vehicle safety which covers child passenger safety, teen driving, seatbelt use, policy changes, and education.  
  • Childhood Injury prevention
  • Translational and Dissemination based injury prevention research across the ages
  • Healthcare and community-based injury prevention research across the ages

Major Research Activities

Past research activities have included:

  • Evaluation of the Health and Safety Councils
  • Teen Driver Safety Guide, development of a DWI educational intervention for the Hispanic Community for North Carolina
  • Evaluation of Boating Injuries and Evaluation of utilization of nurses to increase Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions in an Emergency room as multi-site studies with the Emergency Nurses Association
  • Evaluation of a direct mail pieces' impact on a pool barrier education campaign.

Current work includes:

  • Evaluation of a teen driving outreach program
  • Evaluation of a behavioral intervention to increase screening and brief intervention in a specific healthcare setting (a technique to reduce alcohol-related injuries through screening by healthcare professionals and referral of those patients interested in treatment)
  • Translational research of the NICHD pediatric office based Safe and Sound injury prevention program and the parameters that will increases its utilization in the healthcare setting (parents answer questions about safety activities in their homes and any identified problems are printed on a document that is handed to the primary care physician who counsels the parent on needed safety actions in the home)
  • One of six nationwide sites for the evaluation of utilizing public health techniques for increasing the dissemination of the Safe Routes to School Program
  • Evaluation of a Multi-Factorial Falls Prevention Program in a Healthcare system
  • Evaluation of the development and dissemination of an injury prevention policy (safe sleep) in a healthcare system

Recent Publications

Weaver N, Williams J, Botello-Harbaum M, Jacobsen H, Nansel T. Translation of a pediatric injury prevention program into pediatric office settings. J Healthc Manag 2008; in press.

Current, Recent and Pending Grant Support

Grant Title: Development of Pool Barrier Campaign, Development of Safe Kids Week, Development of a Bike train the trainer session, Development of a Child Passenger Outreach Program with law enforcement, Development of a Walk to School Day Program
Funding Agency: National Safe Kids
Role: Development and Implementation of Programs
Years: 2006-Present

Grant Title: Safe N Sound
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Child Health and Development 
Role: Coordinate and Conduct Translational Research
Years: 2006-2009

Grant Title: Can Public Health make a difference in development of a Safe Routes to School Program
Funding Agency: State Territorial and Directors Association
Role: Co Coordinator of the Project
Years: 2007-2008

Grant Title: DWI outreach in a Spanish Speaking community and Behavioral Interventions influencing SBIRT in an Emergency Room
Funding Agency: Mecklenburg County Alcohol Beverage Control Board
Role: Coordinate and Conduct Research and Program Development
Years: 2003, 2007

Grant Title: Utilizing SBIRT in an Emergency Room and Boat Injury Causality
Funding Agency: Emergency Nurses Association
Role: Coordinate and conduct research study and data collection
Year: 2006

Grant Title: Evaluation of a Teen Driving Guide
Funding Agency: Centers For Disease Control as a contract with University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Role: Coordinate community based research study
Years: 2005, 2006

Grant Title: Highway Safety Interventions
Funding Agency: Governors Highway Safety Program
Role: Coordination and Development of Programs
Years: 1998-2006

Grant Title: Development of an Injury Prevention Training Program
Funding Agency: Duke Endowment
Role: Development and Delivery of a Program
Years: 2003-200

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