Injury-related Health Equity Across the Lifespan (iHeal)

Together, we have the power to prevent injury and violence.

At HIPRC, multidisciplinary researchers, medical providers, and community stakeholders work together to identify and address disparities in injury-related healthcare.

Due to limited progress, health equity has been called the forgotten aim of the Institute of Medicine’s influential report on the new healthcare system of the 21st century.

Achieving health equity for all patients requires intervention at many levels. This work focuses on injury prevention, violence prevention and intervention, improving communication, care transitions, community capacity building, and culturally relevant engagement for our most vulnerable patient populations who experience disproportionate rates of injury and multiple socioeconomic barriers to health and recovery after injury.

iHeal is the first program of its kind to leverage existing partnerships and build new coalitions to create the national agenda for health equity and expand our work toward measurable, large-scale, and sustained impact. The program has also been integral to shaping HIPRC’s center-wide focus on health equity.

We are committed to creating a respectful workspace together as we seek to identify and correct structural biases that perpetuate inequities in health and well-being. We aim to dismantle biases based on age, disability, ethnicity, indigenous group membership, gender identity, linguistic differences, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and social class.

HIPRC Group of Volunteers Photo

iHeal Symposium, May 23, 2017

The iHeal symposium at the University of Washington brought together researchers from the UW Schools of Social Work, Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, and College of Arts and Sciences, researchers from across the WWAMI region and country, and our community partners to create synergistic, innovative research, training, and practice agendas aimed at achieving injury-related health equity. Learn More about the symposium here > >

iHeal Co-Directors

Edwin Lindo, JD

Edwin Lindo, JD

Dr. Megan Moore

Dr. Monica Vavilala

The iHeal initiative at HIPRC hosted its first Book Club meeting. This book club will help further conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion within Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. We also hope that it will expand our knowledge of the history of race and racism in the U.S. and to take steps to uproot racism in society, in our center, and within ourselves.

Health Equity News

NEW Tele-buprenorphine Hotline serving King County

  The UW Department of Emergency Medicine recently launched a Tele-buprenorphine Hotline in partnership with Public Health—Seattle & King County to provide low-barrier medication for opioid use disorder. This NEW Telebup Program offers on-demand treatment…

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NEW Community Health Toolkit Launched

The Rural Health Information Hub recently released their Rural Community Health Toolkit. A toolkit is meant to help organizations and public health sectors learn how to identify community needs, find evidence-based models, plan and implement…

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April Pools Day 2024

April Pools Day is right around the corner & so is summer, let’s make it a safe one! This nationwide initiative aims to teach water safety and competency – skills that can save lives –…

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Clinical Epidemiology of Extracranial Injuries in Severe Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury in South America

Severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a leading cause of child deaths and disability, with a disproportionate burden on low and middle-income countries (LMICs).  Children in these countries often require long-term rehabilitation and care, which…

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K99 Grant Selected for Funding from NICHD

HIPRC postdoctoral scholar, Keith Hullenaar, PhD, received a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to analyze state resource officer (SRO) programs and their impacts on…

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Picking Your Brain Podcast: Bridging Barriers in TBI Care

In episode 13 of the Picking Your Brain podcast, Department of Veterans Affairs researchers and Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (TBICoE) clinical experts discuss the “Improving Health care Engagement and Access to Optimize Long-Term…

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iHeal is supported by the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, the University of Washington School of Social Work and School of Medicine, and Harborview Medical Center. Funding sources for specific health equity projects at the center include the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.