2015 Conference

Innovations in Translating Injury Research into Effective Prevention

May 22, 2015

Agenda | Speaker biographies

Many of the Physicians and Injury Prevention Specialists who participated have made their presentations available. Links to available materials are found next to the title of each session below.

Audio and video of many sessions will be available shortly. Please check back at a later date.

Course Director

Joyce Pressley, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management at CUMC
Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, Outreach Co-Director

Welcome and Introductions

Guohua Li, MD, DrPH
M. Finster Professor of Epidemiology and Anesthesiology
Director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University 

The Vision Zero initiative: An update on NYC’s approach to reducing traffic fatalities and injuries

(Powerpoint, PDF)

Kim Wiley-Schwartz
Asst. Commissioner for Education and Outreach
NYC Department of Transportation

The magic formula for driving down injury and fatalities in the traffic environment has often been reported as one part engineering, one part enforcement and one part education. The year-old Vision Zero initiative is living proof that these factors combined with huge political support and a clear legislative agenda can create the alchemy that successfully drives down traffic-related fatalities and injuries. In this presentation Kim Wiley-Schwartz will discuss some of the key elements of the Vision Zero initiative and examine the data-driven evidence-based approach to educating the general public on these issues.

Prescription drug initiatives in NYC

(Video and presentation not available)

Hillary Kunins, MD, MPH, MS
Assistant Commissioner
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use – Prevention, Care and Treatment

Similar to many jurisdictions, New York City is experiencing rising rates of opioid overdose deaths. During this presentation, Dr. Kunins will review New York City overdose epidemiology and provide an overview of the multipronged strategy and evaluation that the Health Department is undertaking to address the problem. The New York City multi-pronged approach includes: monitoring and surveillance; raising public awareness; promoting judicious opioid prescribing; distributing naloxone; and promoting access to effective treatment for opioid addiction.

Using the Framework of Community Resilience to Mitigate Gun Violence

(Powerpoint, PDF)

Pina Violano

Living in communities with persistent gun violence is associated with negative social, behavioral, and health outcomes. Solutions to reducing gun violence are mostly reactive and rarely include community members. Because the community effects of gun violence are analogous to those of a natural disaster, we adapted a disaster-preparedness framework that identifies levers for community action to respond to and prevent gun violence. Our community-academic partnership theorized that by strengthening levers in this framework, the community may anticipate, prevent, and respond effectively to gun violence. We found that consequences of gun violence go beyond numbers of victims wounded or killed. A novel, community-based approach adapted from the disaster preparedness literature may be an effective means of preventing and mitigating the widespread effects of gun violence. This talk was also presented at the Institute of Medicine in Washington DC with our community folks and academic partners.

New York City window falls

(Presentation not available)

Joyce Pressley, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management at CUMC
Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, Outreach Co-Director

This session will employ the window fall prevention initiative in NYC as an example of a multipronged approach that can be used to address a variety of injury prevention initiatives. It will demonstrate the incremental improvements in window fall injury and mortality attained with legislation alone and in combination with varying types of enforcement. Attendees will be exposed to situations where injury surveillance can be accomplished through existing data and where it is essential to have a mandatory injury reporting system for tracking the impact of health regulations/injury prevention legislation. The potential options for enforcement of injury prevention regulation/legislation (complaints, citations, civil fines, criminal prosecution, and expanded liability) will be discussed. Attendees will be able to identify agencies and governmental groups that can play key roles in optimizing improvements in injury incidence and mortality following passage of injury prevention legislation.

E-injury prevention

(Powerpoint, PDF)

Steven Rogers, MD, CPST
Division of Emergency Medicine Attending Physician
Emergency Mental Health Services Coordinator
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center Research Scientist
University of Connecticut School of Medicine Assistant Professor

This presentation will introduce the participants to the Pediatric E-Network, a tablet based educational platform designed to supplement/improve pediatrician anticipatory guidance efforts focused on injury prevention with a goal of providing patients with reliable, up-to-date injury prevention content without further burden for the busy pediatrician. This network is being developed with a flexible platform that is able to incorporate education as well as having the ability to serve as a screening/research portal.

Goods for guns – Gun buy backs

(Powerpoint, PDF)

Michael Hirsh, MD, FACS, FAAP
Surgeon-in-Chief, UMASS Memorial Children’s Medical Center (UMMCMC)
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics UMASS Medical School (UMMS)
Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery and Trauma (UMMCMC) UMASS Memorial Health Care System (UMMHC)
Medical Director of the Worcester Department of Public Health
Co-Principal Investigator, Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Worcester (IFCKW)

Gun buyback programs can be used as a tool to enhance public awareness about the need for safe gun storage practices and they can serve as a common ground strategy for gun safety that does not challenge 2nd amendment rights by emphasizing responsible storage requirements that go along with the right to own firearms. In addition, they give individuals without the capability or desire to store weapons in the home a safe way of disposing firearms. This presentation looks at the development of the Pittsburgh and Worcester gun buyback projects and their track records.

Teen driving

(Powerpoint, PDF)

Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH
Injury Prevention Center Director,
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center/Hartford Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Public Health
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

In the United States, the fatal motor vehicle crash (MVC) rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds is nearly 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over. This presentation will review the epidemiology and prevention of MVCs. The patterns, characteristics of teen MVCs, risk factors, and evidence supporting graduated driver licensing systems will be discussed during this presentation along with recent advances in the field.

Safe sleep

(Powerpoint, PDF)

Beverly Miller, MEd
Associate Director of Research
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Arkansas Program Coordinator

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation account for more than half of all Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) and are leading causes of post neonatal deaths in infants age 28 days to 1 year in the United States. Universal adoption of risk reduction strategies, including supine sleep position and safe sleep environment, is critical for prevention, but adoption among certain high risk groups is low. This presentation will describe two outreach strategies and a research study, all of which target high-risk populations for sleep-related deaths. Successes, challenges, and lessons learned will be discussed.

Geographic information systems (GIS) mapping of injury

(Powerpoint, PDF)

Wendy J. Pomerantz, MD, MS
Professor of Pediatrics University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Division of Emergency Medicine

Data drives prevention efforts. Therefore, it is critical to create as complete a picture as possible showing the incidence and factors contributing to local injuries. GIS and geo-mapping can be an effective tool in this effort. This presentation will demonstrate what GIS is, its role in injury surveillance and practical applications of GIS.