• 02 Oct 2015 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    Pediatric Injury Research Training Program Opportunity

    Seattle, Washington, USA

    The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA are offering post-doctoral training in Pediatric Injury Research, with positions available for summer/fall, 2016. This training program is funded through a US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH) T-32 grant.

    The goal of this training program is to prepare US investigators to specialize in pediatric injury research and develop productive academic scientists and scholars in this field. We define injury research broadly to include intentional violence and unintentional injury. Relevant research areas include elucidating the risk factors and causes of injuries, injury prevention strategies, acute and chronic care of injured patients, outcomes from trauma, and interventions to return the injured individual to their full potential.

    The Program includes coursework, seminars and an intensively mentored research experience. We will provide trainees with methodological knowledge and practical skills for conducting high quality interdisciplinary research in an environment that infuses them with the excitement of research, and nurtures early career development. We believe that our graduates will become research leaders prepared to conduct interdisciplinary research using the highest ethical standards and capitalizing on state of the art research methods.

    The Training Program is two years in length, with the option of a third year for exceptionally productive trainees. A Master of Public Health or Master of Science degree is available as part of the Training Program.

    Post-doctoral level scholars are welcome from all health professions, and specialties within those professions including pediatrics, surgery, dentistry, urology, rehabilitation medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesia/critical care, psychiatry, psychology, epidemiology, health services, public health, social work, nursing and health economics. Applicants must be US citizens or non-citizen nationals, or an individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence who possesses an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551), or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident prior to appointment. Individuals with temporary or student visas are not eligible.

    Interested individuals should contact Dr. Fred Rivara ( 206-744-9449 or Dr. Monica Vavilala ( 206-744-9454.

    Click here for an application form

    Click here for a referree evaluation form

  • 08 Sep 2015 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    Director, Injury Control Research Center

    West Virginia University

    West Virginia University (WVU) seeks a proven and dynamic leader who is an accomplished researcher in the fields of injury and/or violence control and prevention, to serve as the next Director of the WVU Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) – one of ten CDC-funded injury centers nationwide.  This recruitment is intended to facilitate a smooth transition in leadership, as the current Director will remain on the WVU faculty and will work closely with the new Director following selection of the successful applicant.  

    The ICRC is located within the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center (HSC), in Morgantown, West Virginia Within the HSC, the ICRC is co-sponsored by the Schools of Medicine and Public Health.  The ICRC maintains a specific focus on serving the populations of West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian region, and the associated injury priorities of drug overdoses and poisonings, motor-vehicle-related injuries, and falls among the elderly. Applicants with experience with these priority populations and expertise in these focus areas are highly desired and strongly encouraged to apply. However, applications from those with expertise in any of the seven focus areas of the ICRC will also be accepted.  Additional information on the research, education and outreach activities and priorities of the ICRC, and our affiliated faculty members can be found at:

    WVU is a comprehensive, land-grant institution with approximately 22,500 undergraduates plus 6,600 graduate and professional students. The HSC includes the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health.  Patient care facilities include a 460-bed teaching hospital, a Level I trauma center, and a 70-bed psychiatric hospital.  Morgantown is within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest. 

    As Director of the ICRC, the selected applicant will assume the role of principal investigator on our existing CDC-supported center grant (pending approval from CDC).  The Director has specific authority to carry out all requirements of the center grant and primary oversight for all aspects of the Center’s operation including its research agenda, training and education program, and community outreach activities. The Director is expected to lead a program that successfully integrates research, intervention development, evaluation and translation efforts in a holistic approach to fatal and nonfatal injury prevention.  The Director is also expected to maintain his/her own active research portfolio and guide the further development and expansion of the Center.  Candidates should have a record of excellence in research and teaching in relevant areas, as well as a track record of leadership within an academic setting.  The position comes with a competitive salary and start-up package.  A faculty appointment in an appropriate school and department within the WVU HSC will be provided, commensurate with the individual’s background and experience.

    The Director position will remain open until filled.  Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, electronically to Carol Smith, Executive Recruiter, at with a cover letter of interest, current CV, and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references. Interested candidates may contact the chair of the search committee, Mr. Herbert Linn, at or (304) 293-0226 with any further questions about this position.

    WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran.  

  • 18 Aug 2015 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at CHOP is hosting a free webinar, Counseling Families on Gun Safety in the Home, Thursday, September 10, 2015 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00).  Gun violence is a complex public health issue in the U.S., and those who counsel families about child access to guns in the home play a pivotal role in keeping children optimally safe.

    This webinar will provide: 

    • Facts and statistics about firearm injury among children and factors that place them at increased risk
    • Policy landscape related to the prevention of child access to guns
    • Appropriate ages and messages for anticipatory guidance
    • Practical strategies start the conversation with parents about safe storage of guns and ammunition
    • How to access resources on this topic


    • Joel Fein, MD, MPH, co-director of VPI and CHOP attending physician in Emergency Medicine with expertise in violence prevention


    • Michael Nance, MD, FACS, FAAP, director of Pediatric Trauma Program, attending surgeon in CHOP's busy level 1 trauma center, and a VPI Fellow
    • Mary Fabio, MD, general practice attending physician in the CHOP Care Network, practicing in West Philadelphia, and co-director of CHOP's Refugee Health Program

    Date and Time:

    Thursday, September 10, 2015 

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

    Click here to register for the webinar and for more information.

    Please share this opportunity with others who may be interested in attending.

  • 12 Aug 2015 11:56 AM | Anonymous

    The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) is pleased to announce a new Community of Practice (CoP) on the development of collaborative research projects that will improve the understanding and prevention of suicide. Answering the call of The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention's "A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention" to promote research collaborations in order to reduce the burden of suicide, this CoP is intended for suicide researchers and injury, suicide or violence prevention practitioners from state, tribal or community agencies and organizations. 

    During the first CoP webinar on Friday, September 18, 2015, participants will learn about the goals and expectations for the CoP, be introduced to the case studies the CoP will explore, and receive the call for applications for the 2016 ICRC-S Research Training Institute.

    Learn more about the CoP

    Register for the first CoP webinar

    Friday September 18, 2015

    01:00:00 PM CDT - 02:00:00 PM CDT

  • 27 Jul 2015 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    Building Effective Mentoring Relationships

    Date and Time
    Thursday, October 29, 2015, noon-1:00 ET

    Mentoring is a dynamic reciprocal relationship in a work environment between an advanced career incumbent (mentor) and a less experienced professional (mentee) aimed at promoting the development and fulfillment of both (Healy 1990). All of us have likely served as both a mentee and a mentor at various times in our careers. Effective mentoring is identified as one of several determinants of success in an academic research environment. Effective mentors are not born that way. Effective mentoring consists of a set of skills that can be learned. Using materials from a proven effective curriculum in mentor training, this webinar will review some of the essential skills of effective mentors and introduce participants to resources that they can use to improve their research mentoring.

    Who Should Attend
    • Public health and mental health professionals
    • Medical care providers
    • Harm reduction advocates
    • Injury prevention specialists and researchers
    • Law makers/Legislators

    Learn to identify different communication styles, including their own, and how to adapt their style to meet the needs of their mentee.
    Learn how to effectively establish expectations for a mentoring relationship and to clearly communicate those expectations.
    Identify web-based resources to enhance their mentoring practice.


    Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE. Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Director, Office of Clinical and Translational Research, The Children¹s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. 

    Dr. Durbin is an internationally recognized injury epidemiologist whose research has focused on the prevention of motor vehicle occupant injuries to children and the prevention of teen driver crashes. He served as the co-principal investigator of Partners for Child Passenger Safety, an innovative academic/ industry partnership that resulted in the world’s largest child-focused motor vehicle crash surveillance system. He was also the co-PI of the CIREN site at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the PI of several studies done in collaboration with NHTSA known as the National Child Occupant Special Study. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, has given lectures at dozens of scientific meetings and academic institutions worldwide, and has served on the Committee for Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention of the American Academy of Pediatrics during which time he was the lead author on the Academy’s revised policy statement on child passenger safety. His research has been recognized by a number of organizations with several awards, including the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the University of Pennsylvania.

    Please contact the SAVIR Executive Office for more information.
    (205) 823-6106

  • 17 Jul 2015 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    Leon S. Robertson's new edition of Injury Epidemiology (2015) is available free in PDF format at Those who do not like to read on the computer will find a link to purchase on that website.

  • 07 Jul 2015 7:51 AM | Anonymous

    The Avielle Foundation has announced the availability of funding to support public health research in the area of brain health and violence.

    View The Avielle Foundation's Call for Public Health Research Proposals

  • 01 Jul 2015 12:51 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)

    Concussion Reporters Needed! The Spot Light RIOTM Study is looking for parents, coaches and athletic trainers involved with middle and/or high school football players to help test the effectiveness of a mobile app that assesses concussions and helps manage an athlete’s return to play. Concussion reporters must have an iOS mobile device to participate and will be compensated for their participation.

    To learn more, please go to or contact us at (614)355-5880 or

  • 29 May 2015 9:43 AM | Anonymous

    Injury & Violence Trainees & Scientists:
    CDC now accepting applications for EIS fellowship

    Applications for CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program are currently being accepted through August 17, 2015. CDC’s EIS program is a 2-year fellowship that provides training in applied epidemiology. The program is more than just a training, though. It can open the door to an exciting and rewarding career in public health. EIS officers serve as CDC’s “disease detectives,” the first responders to public health emergencies. EIS officers work in all areas of public health including injury and violence prevention. Officers work to save lives and protect people by solving mysterious outbreaks, detecting new microbes and ensuring global health when natural disasters and other emergencies occur.  

    For more information or if you are interested in applying, visit Or, if you would like to learn more about the injury and violence prevention work that EIS officers do, contact Arlene Greenspan ( at CDC’s Injury Center.

    Contact: Arlene Greenspan, DrPH, MPH, PT

    Associate Director for Science

    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    4770 Buford Highway, MS F63

    Atlanta, GA 30341

    Phone: 770-488-1279


  • 08 May 2015 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    Implementing Project Lazarus in North Carolina:
    Lessons Learned From the Hub Components of the Project Lazarus Model

    A Two-Part Webinar on Lessons Learned from Implementing Project Lazarus in North Carolina - A Clinical and Community Based Intervention to Prevent Prescription Drug Overdose

    DATE May 11, 2015

    TIME 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time


    Register online at


    The purpose of these two 90 minute webinars (May 11, 2-3:30 PM ET and June 29, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET) is to illustrate key issues and challenges related to the implementation of Project Lazarus as a model prescription drug overdose prevention program by highlighting major lessons learned (i.e., 'what went well', 'what did not go well' and 'what needed to change') in both the hub activities (the components of the Project Lazarus model that reflect a community-based, bottom-up public health approach) and in the spoke activities (the components that reflect a medical and law enforcement-based, top-down public health approach). Discussions following didactic presentations on lessons learned by key Project Lazarus stakeholders will be based on personal experiences, concerns and solutions from webinar participants. Materials presented during the webinar, as well as summaries of discussions, will be condensed into a white paper by the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and made available for the general public.

    This webinar will be recorded and archived. The recording will be sent out to all registrants within two weeks after the session.

    We are unable to provide CEU credits or certificates for attendance at our webinars.


    Persons interested in implementing Project Lazarus and/or similar prescription drug overdose prevention programs in their respective communities
    Public health and mental health professionals
    Community leaders
    Law enforcement
    Medical care providers
    Harm reduction advocates
    Injury prevention specialists and researchers
    Law makers/Legislators


    Part 1:

    Christopher L. Ringwalt, DrPH, Senior Scientist, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
    Karin Mack, PhD; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Fred Wells Brason II; CEO, Project Lazarus, Inc.
    Jenni Irwin; DFC Director, Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Cherokee County
    Nabarun Dasgupta; Senior Epidemiologist, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center

    Part 2:

    Michael Lancaster, MD; Medical Director, Behavioral Health Integration, Community Care of North Carolina
    Robert BB Childs, MPH; CEO, NC Harm Reduction Coalition
    Donnie Varnell; Special Agent-in-Charge, NC State Bureau of Investigation
    Kelly Ransdell; Director, Operation Medicine Drop, NC Department on Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshall and Safe Kids North Carolina
    Ashwin Patkar, MD; Pain Management Clinician; topic specialist and consultant for NC
    Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse Project Lazarus Provider Education seminars
    Catherine (Kay) Sanford, MSPH; UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
    Karin Mack, PhD; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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