The 2020 Annual Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP) Symposium, “Science in Service to Safety”, was held virtually by webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2020. The Center Director, Dr. Charles Branas, welcomed more than 160 attendees to this year’s violence-focused symposium.
A conference highlight included the keynote address titled “Mass Shootings: What We Know and Why It Matters” delivered by renowned professor and author of Rampage Nation, Lou Klarevas.
Dr. Sonali Rajan, faculty at Teacher’s College and Mailman SPH, moderated a lightning round on Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): Issues and contributing factors. Her session included presentations on cognitive control performance and fMRI correlates that vary by ACEs in children, ACEs and criminality, child maltreatment, gender and sensation seeking trajectories, an examination of the proportion of US deaths attributable to ACES, and gun violence prevention through amplifying the voice of urban youth.
Several CCISP partners and collaborators provided updates from their organizations. Of particular interest to attendees was an update from Lauren Paterno of AAA Northeast who announced a new high school curriculum on teen marijuana use and driving developed in a AAA collaboration with Brown University. Originally developed to be delivered in the classroom, the curriculum has now been adapted for on-line virtual delivery. Preliminary evaluations using a pre-post test format have shown a dramatic change in the proportion of teens who recognize the dangers that driving after smoking marijuana poses.
The symposium’s traditional lunch topic roundtables were held via of zoom breakout sessions using gallery mode so that roundtable attendees could network “face-to-face”. Several attendees requested to continue the networking on a regular basis post conference. The evaluation form provided space for attendees to enroll in post conference networking virtual zoom meetings. Approximately 80% completing the evaluation survey said they would like to continue to network with roundtables. The proportion of those who said they would like to continue to network via of roundtables by table topic were: gun violence/firearms (79%), transportation safety (68%), older adult falls (65%), adolescent depression/suicide (62%), ACES (59%), and overdose (54%).
These are expected to begin in August and September.
The six breakout topics included:
- Adverse and positive childhood experiences (led by Sonali Rajan/Virginia Rauh)
- Adolescent depression/suicide (led by Katherine Keyes)
- Gun violence and advances in firearm safety (led by Kara Rudolph and Pina Violano)
- Advances and challenges in transportation safety (Led by Michael Bauer and Joyce Pressley)
- Drug overdose (led by Silvia Martins)
- Older adult falls (led by Thelma Mielenz)
Future Symposium Format Suggestions
Attendees were asked about their preferences for the format of future symposiums. Surprisingly, only 19% indicated a preference for an in-person only format. Nearly 38% reported a preference for in-person (19%) or a blended in-person and virtual format (19%). Two-thirds reported a preference for a virtual format– either using zoom (48%) or a blended in-person and virtual format (19%). Several respondents reported lack of travel funds to come to the symposium and said the virtual format allowed them to attend.
Outreach Director, Dr. Joyce Pressley, worked with the CCISP outreach team and core faculty to organize and moderate the symposium. The symposium was co-sponsored by CCISP in the Department of Epidemiology and the Columbia University Seminar in Injury Prevention and Control.
A Transportation Research Board sponsored workshop titled Strategic Approaches for Advancing Infant- and Child-Occupant Protection: Birth to 15 Years on will be held on Sunday, January 12th from 9:00 am to noon in Washington, DC. This workshop was organized by Joyce Pressley of Columbia University and Maria Vegega, who recently retired from NHTSA. The workshop brings together CDC, NHTSA, academics, consultants, and private industry to discuss existing and emerging issues in infant, child and adolescent motor vehicle occupant protection.
This workshop will examine strategic approaches and best practices for addressing current and emerging issues in infant and child motor vehicle occupant safety across the four critical stages of pediatric occupant protection, from birth to 15 years of age. A broad array of speakers will provide updates and a framework to guide discussion of current and emerging factors contributing to infant and child endangerment, effective interventions, expanded social media communication tools, knowledge gaps, and research needs. Speakers and discussants include research and policy institutions, practitioners, university researchers, government agencies and private consulting organizations.
Registration for the TRB Annual Conference is required for attendance. http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting/AnnualMeeting.aspx.
Contact for questions: Joyce Pressley, PhD, MPH, Chair of ANB45 Occupant Protection, firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop organized by: Joyce Pressley, Columbia University and Chair of ANB45, Occupant Protection and Maria Vegega, Road Safety Consulting
Sponsored by Standing Committee on Occupant Protection (ANB45)
All of the seminars listed below will be held from 11:30 – 12:30 pm in the Hammer Health Sciences Building (701 West 168th Street, Rm HSC 322). Lunch will be served. Webinar link also listed with each talk.
JANUARY 27, 2020
Cannabis impaired driving
Ashley Brooks-Russell, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Community and Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado University Anschutz Medical Campus
Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/225660216
CO-HOSTED BY THE CENTER FOR POLICY AND HEALTH
INITIATIVES FOR OPIOIDS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES
FEBRUARY 24, 2020
Linking criminal justice and healthcare data to address the opioid crisis
Noa Krawczyk, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health,
New York University Langone
Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/135663600
MARCH 23, 2020
Evaluating the Impact of “Stand Your Ground” Self-defense Laws
David K. Humphreys
Associate Professor of Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation Research Fellow, Green Templeton College Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/445356113
APRIL 27, 2020
Substance-related Injury: Random Breath Testing, Alcohol Fuelled Violence and Drug Use
Jason Ferris, PhD
Associate Professor, Centre for Health Services Research, Translational Research Institute, The University of Queensland
Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/995454112
CO-HOSTED BY THE COLUMBIA CENTER FOR INJURY SCIENCE AND PREVENTION (CCISP)
All of the seminars listed below will be held from 11:30 – 12:30 pm in the Hammer Health Sciences Building (701 West 168th Street, Rm HLL201). Lunch will be served. Webinar link also listed with each talk.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
James M. Noble, MD, MS, CPH, FAAN, Associate Professor of Neurology at CUMC, Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain & GH Sergievsky Center, Department of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center
Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/818464536
OCTOBER 14, 2019
Sexual Assault on College Campus- Perceptions, Peer Experience, Victimization
Shankar Viswanathan, DrPH, MSc
Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/576810843
NOVEMBER 11, 2019
Cannabis Policy and Injury
Jennifer M. Whitehill, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion & Policy, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/333178335
DECEMBER 9, 2019
Measuring the opioid epidemic: Surveillance to inform and evaluate a public health approach
Michelle Nolan, MPH
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, MSPH, Epidemiologist, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care, and Treatment, NYCDOHMH
Zoom address: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/545590488
CO-HOSTED BY THE COLUMBIA CENTER FOR INJURY SCIENCE AND PREVENTION (CCISP)
The Columbia SURGE (Scientific Union for the Reduction of Gun Violence) capitalizes on the university’s convening power to generate new science, new scientists, and transformative solutions to the tragedy of gun violence.
During the 7th annual Symposium of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, Svetla Slavova, PhD, of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center received the Jess Kraus award. It is an honor the editorial board of Injury Epidemiology provides annually to acknowledge the paper which best demonstrates novelty, simplicity, and clarity while establishing the potential to impact population health.
Slavova’s paper, “Interrupted Time Series Design to Evaluate the Effect of the ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM Coding Transition on Injury Hospitalization Trends,” raised awareness about how structural and conceptual changes in the ICD-10-CM coding system must be understood to assure accurate interpretation of injury trends.
“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award – particularly for this paper,” Slavova said. “Improving surveillance quality is necessary for our communities to have strong data to inform their prevention activities. This recognition of the work my colleagues and I do to translate data to action confirms the importance of the work and is personally rewarding,” she continued.
Slavova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky. She is currently principal investigator on grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration. Her research interests surround improved injury surveillance data and methodology, drug overdose prevention research, analytical enhancement of prescription drug monitoring programs, and health outcomes associated with substance use and misuse.
Dr. Slavova has authored and co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications highlighting the analytical approaches to understanding and combating the opioid epidemic. In 2018, she was named Lexington Public Health Hero for her work to provide free community supplies of naloxone. She received the 2018 Distinguished Leader Award from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists for her leadership for improved drug overdose mortality surveillance. For her outstanding research achievements, Dr. Slavova was named 2019-2020 University Research Professor by the University of Kentucky.
The Jess Kraus award commemorates Professor Jess F. Kraus, PhD, MPH, a pioneer in injury research. Kraus was appointed and elected to a number of professional societies and organizations. He also served as a member of the Motor Vehicle Safety Research Advisory Committee of the US Department of Transportation as well as the World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel on Accident Prevention. In addition, he has conducted studies on motorcycle crashes, pedestrian injuries, work-related trauma and brain and spinal cord injuries. Kraus has nearly 200 publications. Also, he teaches three graduate courses on injury epidemiology and supervises both PhD and Masters students at UCLA.
Innovations in Translating Injury Research into Effective Prevention
Thursday, May 23, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
722 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Join us at Columbia University on Thursday, May 23, 2019 to meet injury prevention colleagues, network and learn about cutting edge and best practices in injury prevention.
Continental breakfast starts at 9:00 and the program begins at 10:00. During a complimentary lunch you can participate in collaborative round-table discussions on a variety of injury topics. The presentation of the 2019 Jess Kraus award will take place. In addition, the editor of Springer Publishers Collaborative Open Access Journal, Injury Epidemiology, will be available for questions and discussion.
Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University
Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University Medical Center
University Seminars in Injury Prevention
For additional information Contact:
Guohua Li, MD, DrPHM.
Finster Professor of Epidemiology and Anesthesiology
Director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention