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

2023 Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award

Originally published by UW Insider on 11/8/2023. The University of Washington will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 10th at 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the UW Seattle, Medal of Honor…

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Honoring Native American Heritage

Native American Heritage Month 2023 Each November, we honor the Strength, Culture, and Healing of our nation’s Native people. Historically, our nation’s observance of Native American Heritage has focused on the role Native people have…

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2023 Recipient of the Lyndon Haviland Public Health Mentoring Award

Originally published by UW Tacoma on October 16, 2023 “SIMPLY SOMETHING I DO” Dr. Sharon Laing is an associate professor in the UW Tacoma School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership and an adjunct associate professor…

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Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2023

On Monday, October 9th, we honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a day of reflection of our history in the U.S., the role Native people have played in it, the impacts that history…

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In observance of Orange Shirt Day 2023

Why do we observe Orange Shirt Day? / On September 30, our nation will observe Orange Shirt Day in memory of the hundreds of thousands of Native children who attended Indian boarding schools since 1819,…

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HIPRC participates in CDC Core SIPP and ICRC Joint Awardee Meeting

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Division Injury Prevention, Core State Injury Prevention Program (Core SIPP) and the Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) Program, hosted a joint Reverse Site Visit on September 13-14,…

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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.