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

Spring 2023 UW Population Health Initiative Pilot Research Grant Awarded

    Title: Assessing for Violence Exposure and Other Health-related Social needs in Children by Pediatric Health Care Providers Investigators: Those awarded included various HIPRC members. Anna Bender, Department of Pediatrics Frederick Rivara, Department of…

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2023 HIPRC Rivara Endowment Grant awarded

HIPRC is excited to announce Aldina Mešić, MPH & Lars Almquist, MAPJ as awardees of the 2023 HIPRC Rivara Endowment Grant!   AWARDEES: Aldina Mešić, MPH Mešić is a PhD Candidate in Implementation Science in…

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6th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) proudly presents its 6th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium on Thursday, May 11th beginning at 7:00a PT with its Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Emmy award-winning Montel…

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Innovative Approaches to Injury & Violence Prevention (The Huddle)

Originally posted to UW Medicine’s The Huddle by: Huddle Editorial Team The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC), a joint venture founded in 1985 between Harborview Medical Center and UW School of Medicine, is actively working…

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NEW 2023 WA State Injury & Violence Prevention Laws

As the 2023-2024 WA State legislative session comes to an end, here are some of the Injury and Violence-related bills signed into law by WA Governor Jay Inslee. These laws will go into effect 90…

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In May, we honor AA & NHPI Heritage Month

Its Origin AA & NHPI Heritage Month originated with Congress in the late 1970s. Since its origin, it has honored many different populations, countries and islands that it collectively represents. In June 1978, Representative Frank…

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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.