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Now Is the Time to End Discrimination in Blood and Plasma Donation – 04/20/2020, The Stranger

HIPRC trainee Vivian Lyons, Ph.D., co-wrote this editorial calling for updated practices in blood donation to reduce stigmatization of gay men.

Deaths From Gun Accidents, Suicides Outpace Self-Defense Cases: Study – 04/17/2020, The Crime Report

Postdoctoral research fellow Elissa Butler, M.D., is quoted in coverage of her study examining firearm deaths in King County homes.

Flawed, incomplete smartphone location data is being used to fight COVID-19 – 04/14/2020, Fast Company

Core member Steve Mooney, Ph.D., discusses the importance of epidemiologists using the data they have access to – with recognition of its flaws.

Large majority of state’s heroin users want to reduce use; syringe programs helping during COVID-19 crisis – 04/10/2020, UW News

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., is a co-author on a study examining the latest survey of Washington residents who inject illicit drugs.

How to help kids (and parents) cope with the coronavirus crisis – 04/07/2020, KOMO News

Core member and pediatrician Beth Ebel, M.D., discusses coping strategies and injury prevention, including locking up firearms and medication, for families during COVID-19.

For People with Substance Use Disorders, Covid-19 Brings New Dangers – and Possibilities – 04/06/2020, Direct Relief

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., discusses how easier access to methadone and buprenorphine due to changes in prescribing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic may be beneficial to individuals using these drugs to treat opioid use disorder.

Nation’s opioid addiction treatment system during COVID-19 needs reform – 03/17/2020, The Hill

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., co-authored an op-ed on how the COVID-19 outbreak reveals underlying issues with federal requirements around opioid addiction treatment.

How to Protect Your Kids From Drowning– 03/15/2020, HealthDay News

Associate member Linda Quan, M.D., is quoted in a story on drowning prevention.

Black Diamond participating in safe firearm storage program – 03/15/2020, Enumclaw Courier-Herald

Coverage of a new interactive map of Washington sites available for voluntary, temporary safe firearm storage from the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program.

Bringing machine learning to the surgical room – 03/11/2020, The Daily

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., is interviewed on a machine learning tool for the operating room called Prescience.

Many Kids in Rural U.S. Are All Too Familiar With Handguns – 02/24/2020, U.S. News & World Report

An article featuring a study led by Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., that explores firearm behavior among rural youth.

Fentanyl overdoses keep increasing in King County – 02/24/2020, Seattle Weekly

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., discusses the stigmas and challenges around opioid addiction and treatment.

A reporter was in a homeless camp when someone overdosed. He left his recorder on – 02/20/2020, The Seattle Times

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., discusses how residents of homeless encampments may help support each other in emergencies.

Initiative launched to train 10 million youth in life-saving skills – 02/18/2020, The News International

Coverage of a new initiative in Pakistan to train life-saving skills to the general public included discussion of bleeding control techniques and quotes from core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., who heads the Stop the Bleed program at Harborview Medical Center.

‘Every five minutes there’s a road accident fatality in Pakistan’ – 02/15/2020, Samaa TV

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., is quoted on the importance of emergency bleeding control to prevent deaths.

Improved data could help Washington state get ahead of gun violence, says bill sponsor – 02/10/2020, The Seattle Times

Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program Co-director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the challenges posed by gaps in firearm data and the benefits of closing them.

King County studies youth gun violence amid rising suicides – 02/10/2020, Seattle Weekly

Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program Co-director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., helped prepare a King County report on youth gun violence and suicides.

Lawmakers move to ban high-capacity magazines | 2020 Legislative SessionBainbridge Island Review, 01/27/2020

Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program Director Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses the dangers of high-capacity magazines.

In many U.S. states, teens can’t file for partner violence protective order – 01/23/2020, Reuters

Postdoctoral research fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., discusses the role laws may play in what help is available to teens experiencing domestic violence.

Late to the Game: Ten years after head injury law adopted, New Mexico school districts lack uniformity in guidelines for student athlete concussions – 01/22/2020, Santa Fe Reporter

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., discusses the challenges and pressures schools face in supporting students with concussion in coverage of schools in New Mexico.

Oops, Don’t Fall! Reducing the Risk of Childhood Brain Injury – 01/22/2020, Brain World

HIPRC is cited on information on the role car crashes play in pediatric brain injuries.

Health experts say you need to wear helmets while sledding – 01/14/2020, KEPR

HIPRC Safe & Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., recommends wearing helmets while sledding for extra protection in collisions.

Non-fatal shooting data now available | Public Health Insider – 01/14/2020, The Courier-Herald

HIPRC core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, is quoted discussing the Stop the Bleed program.

Swim regulations for oceans, lakes tied to lower drowning rates – 01/13/2020, Reuters

HIPRC associate member Linda Quan, M.D., discussed the findings of a new study exploring the impacts of policy on drowning rates among kids and teens.

At gun safety events, 40% of gun owners reported not locking all household guns — even around kids – 01/09/2020, UW News

INSIGHT alumna Aisha King, MPH, discusses a new study on the findings from surveys at local firearm storage giveaway events. Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Ph.D., M.D., was a co-author on the study.

Stricter child car seat law may mean longer booster seat use – 01/07/2020, The Daily Herald

Safe & Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., is quoted in coverage from Everett, WA on Washington’s updated booster seat law taking effect.

Safety Rules: Car and booster seat rules tighten in Washington state on Jan. 1 – 12/30/2019, Yakima Herald-Republic

Coverage of implementation of Washington’s updated booster seat law includes quotes from Safe & Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D.

The future of – 12/27/2019, O, The Oprah Magazine 

Core member Steve Mooney, Ph.D., is cited discussing how artificial intelligence may help shape the future of epidemiology.

Walk-in clinics for opioid addiction offer meds first, fast – 12/18/2019, Various media outlets including The Bismark TribuneMyNorthwest.comBillings Gazetteand AP News

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, advocates that medications to prevent withdrawal symptoms should be broadly available as an early step to address opioid addiction.

High schools struggle to follow state concussion laws – 12/10/2019, Reuters

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., talks barriers high schools face in following state concussion laws with Reuters

Heed safety board’s call for bike-helmet laws – 11/25/2019, The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times cites expertise and research by core members Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, and Steve Mooney, Ph.D., in addressing bike helmet usage and laws in Washington.

Potent Opioid Used to Tranquilize Large Animals Sold on Streets in Seattle – 11/13/2019, MSN.com

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, MSW discusses the potency of Carfentanil.

Storytelling tool can assist elderly in the ICU – 11/12/2019, MD Edge

Associate member Tam Pham, M.D., is quoted as part of a panel presentation on a research project to improve communication with patients at the annual clinical congress of the American College of Surgeons.

The Science of Addiction: How Substance Abuse Changes Brain Chemistry – 11/05/2019, Variety

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green discussed the nature of addiction in a special issue focused on substance abuse.

How Riders, Cities And Companies Can Keep Boise E-Scooter Users Safe – 11/04/2019, Boise State Public Radio

Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, explores the many factors that impact electric scooter safety; personal behavior is part of the equation, but design, infrastructure, and policy are critical to consider.

In Sickness and In Health Podcast: Season 3, Episode 29 – “Lock it Up” – 11/01/2019

Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., and FIPRP faculty Jen Stuber, Ph.D., were interview on firearm storage and its impact on risk of firearm injury.

Stakeholders discuss ways to strengthen first responder care in Ghana – 10/30/2019, Ghana News Agency

Global Injury section lead Charles Mock, M.D., was part of a workshop focused on improving emergency care in Ghana alongside leaders from a number of Ghanaian organization and universities working in injury prevention and care.

Idaho E-Scooter Injuries And Prevention Methods – 10/29/2019, Boise State Public Radio

Safe & Active Transport lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, discusses that wearing a helmet plays an important role in electric scooter safety – but so does data, design, and policy.

We’re living longer. Can Alexa help us live better? – 10/28/2019, KUOW

Core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, discussed a UW study on how integrating technology might help older adults maintain a higher quality of life as they age.

Local psychologist: One conversation could be the difference in saving someone’s life – 10/23/2019, KOMO News

Core member Christopher DeCou, Ph.D., discusses concrete actions you can take if you’re worried a loved one is considering suicide.

Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning during cold spells – 10/18/2019, Tri-City Herald

Core member Beth Ebel, M.D., shares important information on carbon monoxide safety during cold weather.

Anyone can learn suicide-intervention tactics – 10/18/2019, UW Medicine Newsroom

Suicide prevention researcher and core member Christopher DeCou, Ph.D., explains how suicide and self-harm is a complex process – which means there are ways for others to intervene.

Repeat concussions declining in U.S. high school sports – 10/15/2019, Reuters

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., discusses the possible role return to play policies may be having on reducing concussions among high school athletes.

To reduce gun violence, lift roadblocks to firearm data – 10/14/2019, UW News

Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program Co-Director Ali Rowhani-Rahbar discusses that lack of funding hasn’t been the only barrier to firearm research – so has lack of access to data.

Public health officials share information about fentanyl overdoses after deaths of teens – 10/7/2019, KNKX

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, encourages parents of teens to avoid bringing opioids into the home and to seek over-the-counter for pain relief for their teens after medical operations when possible.

Facing breast cancer with friends and support – 10/1/2019, Citrus County Chronicle

Associate member Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH, is quoted discussing the challenges, and benefits, of sharing a cancer diagnosis with friends and family.

91-year-old with dementia surrenders 18 guns after shooting threat, Seattle cops say – 09/30/2019

HIPRC trainee and doctoral student Erin Morgan was interviewed regarding older adults and firearm ownership in relation to a breaking news story. The story was covered by multiple media outlets, including The News Tribune, The Sacramento Bee, The Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, Fox Q13, KOMO News, and others.

With no state guidelines, students struggle in classrooms after concussion – KIRO 7, 09/16/2019

An in-depth feature explores the need for the Return to Learn Program to support students returning to school after a concussion, led by HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D.

Op-ed: Take a public health approach to gun violenceThe Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

Core member and Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center Eileen Bulger, M.D., co-authored this op-ed on the need to bring a public health approach to gun violence.

Stop the Bleed program surpasses one million mark in training people to control major bleeding – News Medical, 09/08/2019

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., was quoted on a major milestone for the Stop the Bleed national campaign to provide first aid bleeding control training.

Teenage Intimate Partner Homicides are a Real Problem – Scientific Inquirer, 09/05/2019

Postdoctoral fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., is quoted on her study regarding intimate partner violence among teenagers.

Meet the Seattle doctor whose work led Congress to block funding for gun research – Crosscut, 08/20/2019

Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, core member and director of the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program, was profiled on the role he’s played over the past several decades conducting firearm research.

Tap know-how to prevent firearm deaths – The Seattle Times, 08/15/2019

The Seattle Times interviews Eileen Bulger, M.D., who is also a core member and chief of trauma at Harborview Medical Center.

Men and boys drown more than women: Why and how to help – Today, 08/07/2019

Associate member Linda Quan, M.D., discusses findings that males account for 80 percent of drowning deaths nationally.

How to soothe feelings of anxiety and helplessness after mass shootings – KTVA, 08/06/2019

Core member and Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center Eileen Bulger, M.D., discusses dealing with the mental and emotional fallout in the general public following a mass shooting.

Seattle trauma specialist discusses solutions to gun violence after mass shootings – Fox Q13, 08/05/2019

Core member and Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center Eileen Bulger, M.D., discusses the importance of bringing a public health approach to addressing all types of gun violence, not just high profile shootings.

A public health approach could address gun violence – UW Medicine Newsroom, 08/05/2019

Firearm violence requires a public health approach, core member and Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center Eileen Bulger, M.D., in a discussion with UW Medicine. The story also ran in the Kent Reporter.

Juul is marketing nicotine addiction right to your kid – The Seattle Times, 08/04/2019

Core member Beth Ebel, M.D., authored this op-ed discussing how marketing can hide the dangerous of vaping among young people.

Preterm births for Latina mothers increased after 2016 election, study findsThe Daily Californian, 08/02/2019

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is quoted regarding a new study examining preterm births.

JUUL vaping causing nicotine addiction among teens, UW study says – KXLY Radio, 07/30/2019

Core member and pediatrician Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., MPH, discusses the dangers of vape products, particularly for teens and children.

Teens falling victim to the Juul effect – UW Medicine Newsroom, 07/29/2019

UW Medicine interviews core member and pediatrician Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., MPH, on why parents should be worried about vaping.

Medicaid expansion may prevent child neglect, UW study shows – UW News, 07/29/2019

Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the analytical challenges of studying child abuse and neglect.

Afraid of enabling drug use, Washington cities push back against needle exchangesThe Seattle Times, 07/28/2019

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, weighs in on proposed changes to local needle exchange programs.

$1M in state money to fund Harborview gun-violence research – The Seattle Times, 07/26/2019

Coverage of the announcement of the formation of the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program.

State funds firearm injury and policy research program – UW Medicine Newsroom, 07/26/2019

UW Medicine featured the announcement of the new Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program by Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Core member and FIPRP Director Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, and state Sen. David Frockt.

Bothell the latest city to test electric scooters – KIRO 7, 07/19/2019

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses the current statistics on electric scooter injuries, particularly when taking helmet use into account.

$4.2 million CDC grant to expand injury-prevention research – UW Medicine Newsroom, 07/16/2019

Coverage of a CDC grant that makes HIPRC one of nine CDC-funded Injury Control Research Centers in the country. The press release was picked up in a number of news outlets, including the Idaho State Journal, WLNT-TV, Yahoo Finance and others.

Teen Driving – RadioMD, 07/16/2019

Associate member Brian Johnston, M.D., MPH, talks teen driving safety RadioMD’s Health Children podcast.

Wait, Kids Are Supposed to Learn How to Swim at Age One Now? – MSN Lifestyle, 07/11/2019

Associate member Linda Quan, M.D., discusses the benefits of early swimming lessons in preventing child drowning deaths.

Electric scooter safety: How to avoid injuries while riding – CNet, 07/10/2019

Safe & Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., discusses the importance of wearing a helmet while using electric scooters.

World Cup play offers lessons in properly using one’s head – The Spokesman-Review, 07/10/2019

Core member Sara Chrisman, M.D., weighs in on teaching kids how to more safely head the ball during soccer, the way top adult soccer players do.

Millions Of Older Americans Own Guns, Leaving Caretakers To Worry About The Risk – Houston Public Media, 07/09/2019

Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., was interviewed on a recent study about firearm ownership among older adults.

Seattle’s VICIS is bringing its helmet tech to youth football, forcing teams and parents to confront cost – The Seattle Times, 07/09/2019

An HIPRC study on a specific high school football helmet was cited in coverage of the helmet’s development, growth and costs.

It’s Time For Refresher On Boating/Water Safety – The Post-Journal, 07/07/2019

Associate member Linda Quan, M.D., advocates for life jacket use in and around the water to promote summer safety.

Feds warn of black-market fireworks – Q13 Fox, 7/03/2019

In a story on warnings about fireworks, associate member Kari Keys, M.D., is quoted on research related to serious firework injuries treat at Harborview Medical Center.

A simple trick for not blowing off your hand with fireworks – KUOW, 07/02/2019

HIPRC research led by Brinkley Sandvall, M.D., and associate member Kari Keys, M.D., was cited in an article on recommendations for safer fireworks.

Fireworks Can Lead to Serious Injury – KPQ, 07/01/2019

Associate member Kari Keys, M.D., was quoted in an article discussing the dangers of fireworks, citing HIPRC research on serious injuries at Harborview Medical Center.

As July 4 nears, remember: Fireworks are explosives – UW Medicine Newsroom, 06/28/2019

Associate member Kari Keys, M.D., discusses the dangers of fireworks – especially shell and mortar type fireworks – and the injuries seen at Harborview Medical Center around 4th of July.

Study Suggests VICIS Helmet May Have Reduced High School Football Concussions – Sport Techie, 06/21/2019

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is quoted on the findings of a research study he led exploring high school football use of a particular helmet.

Open windows are dangerous for Seattle-area kids, even with screens, officials adviseThe Seattle Times, 06/19/2019

Associate member Brian Johnston, M.D., discusses characteristics of pediatric window falls he sees at Harborview Medical Center. For prevention, he recommends using window guards or window stops and moving furniture away from windows to make them less accessible to small children.

Teen Dating Abuse Is A Public Health Crisis. Here’s How To Change That. – HuffPost, 06/03/2019

Research fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., says that teen intimate partner violence should be taken just as seriously as adult intimate partner violence in light of the results of a recent study she led.

Teenage Girls and Dating Violence: Why We Should Be Paying AttentionThe New York Times, 05/21/2019

The New York Times column on women, gender and society featured a recent study by postdoctoral fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., on intimate partner violence and homicides among teens.

What you need to know before getting on an electric scooter – King 5, 05/13/2019

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses the risks of using electric scooters, especially without a helmet.

Going beyond Band-Aids for gunshot victims: How a group of UW researchers is attempting to break the cycle of gun violenceThe Daily, 05/13/2019

The University of Washington’s student newspaper profiles the Helping Victims of Firearm Injuries project, or HiFi, which strives to improve the lives of people who have been treated at Harborview Medical Center for gunshot injuries.

The Potentially Lifesaving Difference in How a Gun Is StoredThe New York Times, 05/13/2019

Coverage of a new study on safe storage quotes Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., and cites a number of HIPRC studies related to firearm storage and injury.

Ride a scooter helmet-less? Maybe get your head examined. – UW Medicine Newsroom, 05/03/2019

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, weighs in on a new report on electric scooter injuries.

UW researchers find that higher levels of income inequality correspond to higher rates of firearm homicide across US countiesThe Daily, 05/02/2019

Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., discusses a recent HIPRC study on the relationship between income inequality and gun violence.

Toddler window falls are preventableSnoqualmie Valley Record, 04/30/2019

Associate member and Harborview Medical Center Chief of Pediatric Brian Johnston, M.D., MPH, discussed and demonstrated window guards as a way of preventing window falls among children.

Nueva ley para proteger a los niños en el auto – Univision Seattle, 04/25/2019

Univision Seattle covers the updated booster seat law passed in Washington state.

A New Law Could Keep Kids in Booster Seats Through Middle School – Yahoo Lifestyle, 04/23/2019

Yahoo Lifestyle quoted Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., MPH, on the benefits of keeping kids in booster seats longer.

Study: Many older adults don’t safely store guns – UW Medicine Newsroom, 04/23/2019

The UW Medicine Newsroom interviews core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, on a new study examining gun storage practices in homes with older adults.

Washington State’s Car Seat Law Updates Might Not Be Popular With Tweens – Scary Mommy, 04/23/2019

Parenting website Scary Mommy quotes Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, on the value of Washington’s update booster seat law.

Toddler window falls are preventableRedmond Reporter, 04/22/2019

Associate member Brian Johnston, M.D., MPH, chief of pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center, joined King County to encourage families to use window guards to help prevent window falls.

Kids may will stay in booster seats longer thanks to new Wash. law – Seattle PI, 04/21/2019

Safe and Active Transport section led Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, discusses the benefits of Washington’s updated booster seat law.

Gov. Inslee signs new car seat regulations into law – Fox 28 Spokane, 04/20/2019

UW Medicine News’ coverage of Washington’s updated booster seat law cited.

New law will require many kids to use booster seats longer – Fox Q13, 04/19/2019

Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, featured in coverage of updated Washington booster seat law.

Safety concerns rise with rental scooters’ popularity – UW Medicine Newsroom, 04/19/2019

Electric scooters are being introduced to cities across the U.S., but what are the safety concerns? Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, weighs in.

Teen Girls Are Killed By a Current or Ex Partner More Often Than We Think Teen Vogue, 04/18/2019

A study led by postdoctoral fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., was featured in Teen Vogue‘s coverage of teenage domestic violence.

Many older U.S. gun owners don’t store firearms safely – Reuters, 04/18/2019

Coverage of a recent HIPRC study quoted the lead author and center trainee Erin Morgan, who is a doctoral candidate in the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology.

Scientists call teen girls killed over bad breakups a ‘public health issue’USA Today, 04/17/2019

Postdoctoral fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., quoted on the need to take domestic violence among teens seriously. This story also ran in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Survey of Gun-Owning Seniors Yields Sobering Results – MedPage Today, 04/15/2019

Epidemiology doctoral candidate and HIPRC trainee Erin Morgan was featured in coverage of a recent center study. Morgan was lead author, and other HIPRC co-authors include core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH and Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D.

U.S. teen girls at risk in dating violence, study says – Reuters, 04/15/2019

Postdoctoral fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., spoke with the news service about the study she led examining intimate partner violence among teens, an understudied population when it comes to domestic violence.

Alaska data included in new study on teen domestic violence deaths – KTVA, 04/15/2019

Coverage from Alaska explored the state’s representation of an HIPRC study led by postdoctoral fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D.

Teen Dating Violence Can Lead To Homicide — And Girls Are The Most Common Victims – NPR, 04/15/2019

HIPRC postdoctoral fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., was interviewed on a recent study examining intimate partner violence among teens. Other HIPRC co-authors on the study include HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.

Redmond toddler survives 60-foot fall from apartment, lands on car – The Seattle Times, 04/12/2019

Associate member and Chief of Pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center Brian Johnston, M.D., MPH, was quoted discussing window fall injuries and prevention.

Toddler plunges six stories from open window onto parked car near Seattle, cops say – Miami Herald, 04/11/2019

Chief of pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center and associate HIPRC member Brian Johnston, M.D., MPH, was featured explaining window fall prevention in a story about a recent window fall injury.

Experts encourage window safety kits after Redmond toddler’s 6-story fall – KOMO News, 04/11/2019

Several experts were quoted on window fall prevention, including HIPRC associate member Brian Johnston, M.D., MPH, who is also chief of pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center.

Researcher: Mental health issues often progress after brain injury – The Spokesman-Review, 04/04/2019

Core member Christine Mac Donald was quoted on her research about the connection between brain injury and mental health among military patients.

Study: US parents support age restrictions on football tackling – MyNorthwest, 04/02/2019

Core member Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH, was featured in coverage of a new study examining parent opinions on football age restrictions. Other affiliated co-authors on the study include associate member Emily Kroshus, Sc.D., MPH, associate member Stan Herring, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.

Most parents would support age restrictions for tackle football – Reuters, 04/01/2019

Reuters covered a new study featuring HIPRC researchers core member Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH, associate Emily Kroshus, Sc.D., MPH, associate member Stan Herring, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.

Prevention key to dealing with opioid crisis – Columbia Basin Herald, 03/18/2019

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, was quoted from a talk he gave as part of a regional summit on understanding and preventing addiction to opium-based pain medication.

A day in the life of a trauma surgeon – UW Medicine Newsroom, 03/12/2019

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., is featured in a spotlight of the Harborview Medical Center Emergency Department.

Activism from the emergency room – The Daily, 03/11/2019

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, and Ron Maier, M.D., were featured in coverage exploring how physicians at Harborview Medical Center are working toward social justice through healthcare. The Stop the Bleed program was also featured.

Pedestrian deaths are rising, but not in Seattle. Here’s why – KUOW, 03/04/2019

Safe & Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, discusses a specific example of how small structural changes can add up to improved safety for pedestrians.

Retailers turning to blue lights to avoid drug use in bathrooms – KIRO, 02/07/2019

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, notes that efforts to move drug users out of public or semi-public places doesn’t address the underlying causes leading to drug abuse.

Measles Q&A – UW Medicine Newsroom, 02/07/2019

Core member and pediatrician Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, answers common questions about measles and the measles vaccine.

Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning during cold spells – UW Medicine Newsroom, 02/07/2019

Core member and pediatrician Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, discusses dangers to families who bring generators, and other devices that produce carbon monoxide, inside the house for heating and power.

Protect your noggin when sledding – UW Medicine Newsroom, 02/05/2019

Safe and Active Transportation section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, talks the importance of wearing a helmet while getting out and enjoying wintry weather.

Amid Measles Outbreak, Anti-Vaxx Parents Have Put Others’ Babies At Risk – Huffpost, 02/04/2019

Core member Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, and Megan Moore, Ph.D., offer both the pediatrician and parent perspective on a recent measles outbreak in Washington state.

Mom voices concerns during Washington measles outbreak – King 5, 02/01/2019

King 5 covers the measles outbreak in Washington state, including comments and advice from core members Megan Moore, Ph.D., and Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH.

Protecting babies too young for the measles vaccine – UW Medicine Newsroom, 01/31/2019

Core members Megan Moore, Ph.D., and Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, encourage Washington parents to vaccinate their children and other family members against measles.

Parents vaccinating children earlier than normal after measles outbreak – KOMO News, 01/29/2019

Core member Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, discusses a recent measles outbreak in Washington state from her perspective as a pediatrician.

States Are Funding the Gun Violence Research the Feds Won’t – The Trace, 01/29/2019

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is cited in discussing the dearth of federal funding for research on firearm violence.

Bill aims to make opioid overdose medication easier to access for schoolsPeninsula Daily News, 01/28/2019

Core member Beth Ebel, M.D., offered her expertise as a pediatrician regarding a Washington state proposal to provide Naloxone in schools so it is available to treat opioid overdoses. The drug needs to be administered within four minutes of when the victim of an overdose stops breathing.

Scooters: The Next Public Health Issue?U.S. News & World Report, 01/25/2019

Coverage of a new study on electric scooter injuries quotes a commentary on the study by core member and JAMA Network Open Editor-in-Chief Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.

Injuries Pile Up from Electric Scooters – Web MD, 01/25/2019

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, ways in on a recent study on electric scooter injuries, suggesting testing is needed to recommend the best helmets for scooter use.

Researchers create road map for pediatric head trauma – UW Medicine Newsroom, 01/23/2019

A study led by HIPRC Director and TBI section lead Monica Vavilala, M.D., is the first of its kind to evaluate a system for in-hospital care for pediatric traumatic brain injury.

Hate crimes disproportionately affect blacks, minorities – UW Medicine Newsroom, 01/09/2019

A new HIPRC study found Hispanic and black populations have a higher risk of becoming victims of race- or ethnicity- motivated violent hate crimes compared with non-Hispanic whites nationally. The study was led by former HIPRC fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., MPH, and co-authored by HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., and Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.

Doctors Aren’t Getting Better at Treating Shooting Victims Even As Gun Deaths Rise – Time, 12/19/2018

An HIPRC study found case-fatality rates among firearm injuries didn’t improve over a decade, whereas fatality rates did improve among motor vehicle crash injuries of the same severity. The reasons aren’t clear, but researchers think it might mean firearm injuries are becoming deadlier. The study was led by former HIPRC fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., MPH, and co-authors include Injury Care section lead Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., and Research Scientist Brianna Mills, Ph.D.

Youth football concussion rate is 5%, study finds – UW Medicine Newsroom, 12/13/2018

A concussion study led by HIPRC core member Sarah Chrisman, M.D., was featured in the UW Medicine Newsroom.

Shootings are contagious: Prosecutors study King County gun violence from a public-health angleThe Seattle Times, 12/10/2018

An HIPRC study led by Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., and a number of center faculty was cited in an article on a King County project using a public health approach to better understand gun violence.

Seattle’s needle exchanges offer direct path to beating addiction – MyNorthwest, 12/06/2019

Associate member Caleba Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, says surveys find most people addicted to heroin want to reduce their dependence – and needle exchange programs offer a direct way to reach them with support.

Guns kill more U.S. kids than cancer. This emergency physician aims to prevent those firearm deathsScience, 12/06/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is cited on concerns about the future of firearm research given current lack of funding.

UW researchers discover discrepancy between public perception and reality of violence involving firearmsThe Daily, 11/19/2018

Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, and doctoral student Erin Morgan discuss new research on firearm violence based on a national survey.

Soundbites: Surgeons’ paper on firearms – UW Medicine Newsroom, 11/14/2018

Core member Eileen Bulger contextualizes a recent paper from the American College of Surgeons on reducing firearm death, injury and disability, on which she served as a co-author.

Kids Get Caught in Deadly Cross-Fire of Domestic Violence – HealthDay, 11/14/2018

HIPRC postdoctoral research fellow Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., was quoted discussing a study she led on the impact of domestic violence on kids. Coverage also available in Spanish.

Local trauma doctors teaching community how to prepare for a mass casualty incident – KIRO 7, 11/8/2018

A story exploring Stop the Bleed, life-saving first aid response training to control bleeding injuries. The segment highlights the program at Harborview Medical Center, which HIPRC supports.

Soundbites: Passage of firearms legislation – UW Medicine Newsroom, 11/8/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses his view on new Washington state firearm legislation, saying, “As a pediatrician, I don’t want to see more 8- and 10-year-old boys coming in, having been shot, because they and their friend found dad’s handgun and played with it.”

Stop the bleed, save a life – UW Medicine Newsroom, 11/8/2018

Core member Eileen Bulger discusses the importance of knowing bleeding control first aid. Free classes at Harborview Medical Center and elsewhere are available at StoptheBleedWA.org.

School shootings drive push to train students to treat wounds in Washington schools – KOMO News, 11/1/2018

Coverage of Stop the Bleed, and the push to train Washington high school students in these life-saving skills, features HIPRC core member Eileen Bulger, M.D.

Suicide Is Twice as Common as Homicide in the U.S.—and More Often Involves Guns—New Study Says – Fortune Magazine, 10/31/2018

Coverage of a new study exploring public perception vs. actual homicide and suicide rates across the U.S. co-authored by HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH.

Suicide more prevalent than homicide in US, but most Americans don’t know it – UW News, 10/30/2018

A new study found respondents to a national survey often held misperceptions about the relative rates of homicide and suicide and their state, according to researchers from UW Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and HIPRC.

Prescience: Helping doctors predict the future – UW News, 10/10/2018

The University of Washington newsroom featured a new machine learning study by HIPRC associate members Su-In Lee, Ph.D., and Bala Nair, Ph.D., and HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D.

Experts: Bullying partly driven by development, self-regulationThe Newnan Times-Herald, 10/03/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is quoted in a story on school bullying.

Photo enforcement slows school zone speeders – UW Medicine Newsroom, 10/02/2018

A recent study from HIPRC researchers examining the effectiveness of photo enforcement on reducing speeds in school zones was featured in the UW Medicine Newsroom.

Football concussions drop after Ivy League kickoff change – Reuters, 10/02/2018

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., weighs in the importance of considering both rule changes and culture changes related to a recent study that found a reduction in concussions among Ivy League football players. The story has also appeared in Business Insider and Channel NewsAsia.

Flu shot or FluMist? Parents have a choice this year – KOMO News, 10/02/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, weighs in on flu vaccine options for the fall.

Put away cell phones for a safer walk to school – UW Medicine Newsroom, 09/07/2018

Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., discusses evidence-based safety tips for traveling to and from school more safely.

CDC issues guideline for concussions in children – UW Medicine Newsroom, 09/04/2018

Associate member Stan Herring, M.D., discusses the new CDC guidelines for children with concussions.

Local experts counter new study that says safe injection sites don’t bring down mortality rates – KIRO, 08/24/2018

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, discusses the challenges of studying the effectiveness of safe injection sites in preventing deaths and benefits the sites may offer beyond immediate emergency intervention.

Young burn victim may have participated in dangerous ‘challenge’ because the teen brain is ‘wired for risk-taking’ – Yahoo Lifestyle, 08/22/2018

Pediatrician Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., and HIPRC’s Safe & Active Transport section lead, discusses the trends and dangers around internet challenges with potentially dire consequences.

‘Red flags’ show who is most at risk of being shot in Seattle – KIRO, 08/20/2018

Research Scientist Brianna Mills, Ph.D., discusses her recent publication examining prior hospital and police records among gun shot wound victims.

“When we looked at the results for the first time, we didn’t expect to see such extreme results in the police intervention group. … I hope this starts more conversations among police and healthcare personnel about the interactions they may have with someone that should be interpreted as red flags, as signs that they need help.”

Who Is More Likely To Be Shot by Police? – MedicalResearch.com, 08/17/2018

HIPRC Research Scientist Brianna Mills, Ph.D., discusses the implications and future research opportunities of studying patterns among gun shot wound victims.

Police, hospital records hold warning signs for firearm injury – 08/16/2018

A study led by HIPRC and UW Department of Epidemiology researchers highlights illuminating patterns among gun shot victims. The release has appeared at the Department of Epidemiology, UW Medicine Newsroom, the Kent Reporter, and elsewhere.

Dangers of 3D-printed guns – UW Medicine Newsroom, 08/14/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, weighs in on the issue of 3D-printed guns related to current legal proceedings about publicly releasing instructions on creating the devices.

When did scald burns become a prank? – UW Medicine Newsroom, 08/02/2018

Associate member Sam Mandell, M.D., sheds light on the medical implications of a new prank fad.

Opioid crisis: Prescription vigilanceThe Seattle Times, 07/30/2018

Associate member Mark Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D., co-authored a letter to the editor discussing prescribing doctors’ roles in combating opioid addiction.

As Easy as Riding a Bike – The New York Times, 07/23/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses the importance of modeling good safety behavior to build lifelong safety habits in children.

UW Medicine warns of danger to kids around a lawnmower – King 5 News, 07/20/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., discusses the importance of never allowing kids to ride lawn mowers and keeping them inside with supervision during mowing to avoid injury.

Too many kids hurt in lawn mower accidents – KOMO News, 07/16/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses tips to protect kids from lawn mowing accidents, which tend to rise during the summer months.

UW has big role in Seattle’s safe-storage firearms measure – UW Medicine Newsroom, 07/10/2018

Coverage from UW Medicine covers the role of the center’s research and members in contributing to Seattle lawmakers’ understanding of safe firearm storage.

Stem graduate combines her academic success with her passion for neuroscience – 07/05/2018, Redmond Reporter

INSIGHT High School Program alumna Hanna Karpstein discusses the impact the program had on her in a graduation profile.

Access to opioid addiction medication remains limited in King CountyRenton Reporter, 07/05/2018

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, is quoted discussing medication support for individuals with opioid addiction.

People with traumatic brain injury are at increased risk of dementia – Health Europa, 07/05/2018

Associate member Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH, discusses his first-of-its kind research looking at long-term connections between TBI and dementia.

Harborview Medical Center: Sound Effect, Episode 149 – KNKX, 06/30/2018

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., is featured in this in-depth look at the history and ongoing impacts of Harborview Medical Center.

Your Washington Doctor May Soon Ask If You Own A Gun – KNKX, 06/20/2018

Core member and pediatrician Beth Ebel, M.D., discusses her role in treating firearm injuries and talking with families about firearm safety.

Doctors come together to address gun violence as public health issue – KIRO, 06/20/2018

Coverage of a new collaboration of healthcare providers seeking to reduce firearm injuries and deaths, lead by Public Health – Seattle & King County and HIPRC.

Public Health and Medical Community Pledge to Decrease Gun Violence – Public Health Insider, 06/19/2018

The complete statement on a new collaboration of healthcare providers to reduce firearm injuries, including brief statements in support from HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Injury Care section lead Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.

Suicide rate up in all regions of Washington — but why? ‘No one is exactly sure,’ expert says – The Seattle Times, 06/14/2018

Research fellow Christopher DeCou, Ph.D., discusses Washington suicide trends and prevention, noting that suicide is still difficult to predict but often possible to prevent.

Keeping Children Safe at the Beach or Pool – The New York Times, 06/11/2018

Associate Member Linda Quan, M.D., discusses how water safety encompasses more than just swimming lessons.

ASU criminology professor part of national research collaborative on youth firearm injuries, deaths – ASU News, 05/30/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is quoted in Arizona State University’s coverage of a new consortium to study firearm injuries and deaths among children and teens.

Fatal gun violence looks different for Seattle kids, depending on where they live – KUOW, 05/24/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses research funding challenges in a story about youth gun deaths in Seattle.

Most States Don’t Require Guns To Be Locked Up – NPR, “All Things Considered,” 05/23/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is quoted discussing the efficacy of safe storage in preventing firearm injuries among children.

UW study: Most homes in Washington with guns don’t store the firearms safely — fueling suicides – The Seattle Times, 05/17/2018

Coverage explores the new release of an HIPRC-supported study on firearm storage in Washington state in context of proposed safe firearm storage legislation in Seattle and King County. The study was co-authored by Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH.

Only a Third of Washington Gun Owners Safely Store Their Firearms – The Stranger, 05/17/2018

Coverage of an HIPRC-supported study examining firearm storage practices in Washington state households.

UW Study: Most gun-owning households in Washington state don’t safely store firearms – KOMO News, 05/17/2018

An HIPRC-supported study co-authored by Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, found that most households in Washington state do not store firearms locked and unloaded, per safe storage recommendations.

Washington Study Seeks to Understand Crash Risk among Older Adults – Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health, 05/3/2018

Additional coverage of an HIPRC-supported study on Washington drivers over age 65 – unique in that it examines drivers who have not been diagnosed with dementia.

“Doctors warning parents to watch out; more kids falling through windows than usual” – KEPR, 04/30/2018

Harborview Medical Center Chief of Pediatrics and HIPRC Associate Member Brian Johnston, M.D., discusses the dangers of window falls for small children – and how easy they are to prevent.

More bike sharing, fewer helmets. Are head injuries on the rise? – KUOW, 04/27/2018

KUOW interview HIPRC Core Member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, about the relationship between bike share programs and bicycle injuries in Seattle – and the continued importance of wearing a bike helmet.

Kids falling from windows more likely in warmer weather – King 5 News, 04/27/2018

Window falls are easy to prevent with only a few simple steps, featuring comments Harborview Medical Center Chief of Pediatrics and HIPRC Associate Member Brian Johnston, M.D.

Brain injury blood test to help concussion sufferers return to play – Horsetalk, 04/26/2018

A round-up of new TBI research from around the world featured work on long-term connections between TBI and dementia by HIPRC associate member Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH.

As weather warms, take steps to prevent window falls – UW Medicine Newsroom, 04/25/2018

As spring returns to Seattle, Harborview Medical Center Chief of Pediatrics and HIPRC Associate Member Brian Johnston, M.D., reminds parents of simple precautions against window falls.

Study explores crash risk among older drivers – UW Medicine Newsroom, 04/18/2018

An HIPRC-supported study examines the relationship between crash risk and cognitive decline among older drivers.

U.S. study of child gun violence includes UW – UW Medicine Newsroom, 04/18/2018

National Institutes of Health funds a firearm violence research consortium, which includes HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rhabar, M.D., MPH and Core Member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.

Even a mild concussion could increase dementia risk, study says – The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, 04/11/2018

Associate member Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH, is featured discussing his TBI research. The study was also covered in UK Metro.

UW research links brain injuries with dementia – The Spokesman-Review, 04/10/2018

Associate Member Jesse Fan, M.D., MPH, is quoted in coverage of his research into connections between concussion and dementia.

Risk of dementia increases with traumatic brain injury – UW Medicine Newsroom, 04/10/2018

HIPRC Associate Member Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH, discusses the findings of a recent study he co-led examining long term psychiatric effects of traumatic brain injury.

Funding bill won’t prompt new CDC gun research, experts say – The Hill, 03/25/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, weighs in on the expected effects – or not – of a new funding bill with clarifications on gun violence federal research funding.

‘Lock it up.’ That’s just one way Seattle wants to curb gun violence – KUOW, 03/22/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses research indicating that safe storage decreases the risk of suicide and accidental firearm injury among youth in relation to a proposed safe storage legislation in Seattle.

Seattle pursues gun laws where it can — starting with safe storage – Crosscut, 03/21/2018

Coverage of proposed safe firearm storage legislation in Seattle featured core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discussing safe storage research and demonstrating gun safe usage.

Plan announced to require safe gun storage in Seattle – UW Medicine Newsroom, 03/21/2018

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilwoman M. Lorena Gonzalez announced a proposed plan to require safe firearm storage. HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, participated in the press conference, held at Harborview Medical Center.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan outlines plan to reduce gun violence – MyNorthwest, 03/21/2018

An article on proposed Seattle legislation mentions Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center as a recipient of gun violence prevention research funding from the city.

Seattle officials to propose law requiring owners to lock up gunsThe Seattle Times, 03/21/2018

Coverage of proposed firearm safe storage legislation in Seattle mentions an HIPRC study on gun violence prevention intervention.

Durkan Announces Proposal to Require Safe Gun StorageThe Stranger, 03/21/2018

Remarks by core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, are included in coverage of proposed legislation related to safe firearm storage, gun violence prevention research funding and other gun violence prevention measures.

The Bully Menace: ‘The Hurt Never Goes Away’ – Patch, 03/15/2018

A curated discussion of responses to an article on teen bullying cites research and discussion by core member Fred Rivara, M.D. into the issue.

Seattle’s gun tax raised $93,000 last yearThe Seattle Times, 03/15/2018

An HIPRC study on a firearm violence prevention intervention funded by Seattle was featured in an update about the city’s gun-and-ammunition tax.

Fewer U.S. high school athletes play football amid concussion fears – Reuters, 03/12/2018

Director and Traumatic Brain Injury section lead Monica Vavilala, M.D., suggests that a newly documented shift away from football among high school athletes isn’t likely to fully address the issue of concussions among young athletes.

How to stop gun violence? Durkan holds Seattle town hall to talk it throughThe Seattle Times, 03/09/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, talked safe storage and firearm suicide statistics at a Seattle town hall on gun violence held by Mayor Jenny Durkan.

More than half of U.S. teens don’t get vaccine that can prevent cancer – KOMO News, 03/01/2018

Core member Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, weighs in on the importance of vaccinating pre-teens against human papillomavirus.

Overdose deaths decline in WashingtonThe Spokesman-Review, 02/28/2018

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, M.D., Ph.D., comments on new reported trends in overdose deaths.

Florida shooting reopens CDC gun research debate – The Hill, 02/19/2018

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, comments the lack of data that currently hinders gun violence research in the U.S.

“‘We thought we’d pulled a dead person out of the water’: Woman recovers after Puget Sound rescue”The Seattle Times, 02/07/2018

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., was interviewed by about using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation machines to treat otherwise fatal traumatic heart and lung injuries – a procedure that recently saved a woman’s life after her paddleboat sank in Puget Sound.

1 in 4 handgun owners carry loaded weapons monthly – Journalist’s Resource, 01/26/2018

A summary of firearm research for journalists examines a study led by Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D.

Snohomish County Jail Now Offering Medically Assisted Detox For Inmates – KNKX, 01/25/2018

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, discusses the high risk of overdose in the weeks after a person leaves jail.

‘Huge increases’ in Washington meth overdose deaths, say UW researchers – KIRO 7, 01/19/18

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, explains a surprising new find that methamphetamine deaths and abuse are a growing problem in Washington state, even though that drug currently gets much less attention than opioid abuse.

Survey of needle exchange users shows meth usage up across Washington The Spokesman-Review, 01/19/18

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, weighs in on the behaviors and needs of heroin users reached through needle exchange programs in Washington.

Gun Terrorism is the Deadliest KindScientific American, January 2018

Research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., discusses an HIPRC analysis examining terrorist attack methods in high-income countries.

7 Tips From a Concussion Expert  and Concussion & the Road to Recovery – Seattle Mama Doc, December 2017

Core member Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH says parents don’t need to fear concussions in sports – but they should be aware of prevention, symptoms and next steps.

Should the U.S. look at gun violence as a public health issue? – CBS News New York, 12/12/2017

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, makes the case that gun violence should be treated as a public health issue on the five-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting.

Day care and mud guards: How health officials are building a firewall against deadly burns – Public Radio International, 12/01/2017

Global Injury section lead Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, shares his insights on a story about burn prevention in low- and middle-income countries.

Annual ‘Trouble in Toyland’ report highlights dangerous small parts and confusing labels – KOMO News, 11/21/2017

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, reminds parents to make sure the gift of a bicycle includes a helmet in this story about toy safety ahead of the holiday shopping season.

If we can’t stop gun violence, we can plan for itCrosscut, 11/15/2017

A new editorial from HIPRC researchers calls for communities to maintain focus on gun violence preparation in wake of recent mass shootings. Co-authored by HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, and core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS.

To study violence after gun shows, researchers turn to an unlikely sourceWired, 11/15/2017

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses the challenges of limited data in studying gun violence.

Some opioid addiction drugs harder to start than others, study finds – CNN, 11/14/2017

Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, comments on the importance of treatment choices for opioid addiction in regards to a recent study on the topic.

The invisible wounds of war – UW Medicine’s The Huddle, 11/06/2017

Core member Christine MacDonald, M.D., Ph.D., discusses her work studying the long-term effects of brain injuries in U.S. service members and her dedication to making a difference for these veterans.

3 million Americans carry a handgun daily, study says – CBS New York, 10/31/2017

Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, is quoted about a new study examining handgun carrying habits in the U.S.

Gun training covers many safety issues, but not some major ones – Reuters, 10/24/2017

Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, comments on a recent study around gun training, saying: “We can do better to expand content by incorporating components that have notable public health significance, such as suicide prevention and theft prevention. (…) This goal has the potential to save lives and prevent injuries.”

Nevada gun shows tied to firearm violence in California: study – Reuters, 10/23/2017

An editorial by core members Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, and Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is quoted in this article about a recently published study examining correlations between gun shows and firearm violence.

3 million Americans carry loaded handguns with them every single day, study findsThe Washington Post, 10/19/2017

Violence prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, is quoted discussing a new study he led examining when, and how, American carry handguns.

UW research finds terrorist attacks with firearms more deadly – KIRO Radio, 10/13/2017

T-32 postdoctoral research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., talks with KIRO’s Dave Ross about a recent HIPRC study on terrorism and firearms as well as potential areas for additional gun violence research.

After concussion, teen girls may take longer to heal than boys – Reuters, 10/12/2017

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., offers additional insight into a recent concussion study.

Terror attacks in U.S. more likely than elsewhere to involve guns – Reuters, 10/09/2017

T-32 postdoctoral research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., discusses the findings of an HIPRC study looking at terrorist attacks using firearms in high-income industrialized countries.

Guns play an outsized role in deaths from terrorist attacks, especially in the U.S., data show – Los Angeles Times, 10/06/2017

A new research letter from HIPRC researchers investigates which weapons are the most common, and the deadliest, in terrorist attacks in industrialized countries.

Firearms are most lethal weapons in U.S. terrorist attacks – UW Medicine Newsroom, 10/06/2017

An HIPRC study of global terrorism attacks found that the U.S. has proportionally more attacks using firearms than any other high-income industrialized country. Lead author and HIPRC T-32 postdoctoral research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., comments.

Author of study on gun research: Problem bigger than Las Vegas – King 5 News, 10/03/2017

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., places Las Vegas shooting in the larger context of U.S. gun violence.

Calls Grow for CDC to Resume Gun Violence Research – But little expectation of repealing Dickey Amendment – Medpage Today, 10/03/2017

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., weighs in on the chances that the U.S. will lift ban of federal gun violence research funding in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting.

How much can really be done on gun control locally?Crosscut, 10/03/2017

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., offers his perspective on national gun violence and Washington gun laws in response to Las Vegas shooting.

Harborview’s ‘Stop The Bleed’ training could save lives in a mass shooting – King 5 News, 10/02/2017

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., discusses both hospital and community preparation for mass casualties in response to Las Vegas shooting.

How Western Washington prepares for mass casualty incidents – Q13 Fox, 10/02/2017

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., is quoted in a story about mass casualty preparation following Las Vegas shooting.

Seattle rolls up its sleeves to help VegasCrosscut, 10/02/2017

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., gives a play-by-play of what would happen in a mass casualty scenario in Seattle.

Girl soccer players are five times more likely to return to the game after a concussion than boysPopular Science, 09/17/17

Core member Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH, weighs in on a recent study that found gender differences in returning to play after concussion.

Who is responsible for helmets when it comes to bike shares?Seattle PI, 09/06/2017

A statement by HIPRC core member Fred Rivara, M.D., was quoted on the need for helmets to be incorporated into bike share programs. “There are now going to be 6,000 bicycles in the city related to bike share, and they don’t have helmets. That means riders will be riding those without helmets. That’s a problem,” he said.

No Helmets at Seattle’s New Bike Shares – UW Medicine Health, 09/05/2017

A video from UW Medicine features HIPRC core member Fred Rivara, M.D., advocating for bike helmets to be incorporated into growing bike share programs in Seattle.

Seattle’s Bike-Share Programs: Where Are The Helmets? – KOMO News, 08/31/2017

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., is featured in his discussion of the absence of bike helmets in Seattle’s new bike-share options.

Bike share and helmets: Let’s be realisticCrosscut, 08/29/2017

HIPRC core member Fred Rivara, M.D., penned an editorial on safety, bike helmets and Seattle’s growing bike share programs.

Helmets may be Seattle law, but many bike-share riders don’t wear themSeattle Times, 08/19/2017

Research and expertise from HIPRC core member Fred Rivara, M.D., was featured in an article about low usage of bike helmets among bike share users.

Few U.S. Gun Owners Get Training that Includes Suicide Prevention – Reuters, 08/08/2017

HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., MPH is quoted discussing his recent firearm training study, saying, “Medical experts, public health professionals, and the majority of American people strongly support the importance of all aspects of firearm safety.”

Only 3 in 5 Gun Owners Have Received Firearms Training Mother Jones, 07/24/2017

HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., MPH, is the lead author of this study featured in Mother Jones.

4 Out of 10 Self-Defense Handgun Owners Have Received No Formal Firearms TrainingThe Trace, 07/18/2017

HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., MPH, comments on his recently published study examining training among gun owners in the United States.

Judge tosses speeding ticket in Seattle school zone over wordy city signThe Seattle Times, 07/04/2017

HIPRC Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., discusses the effectiveness of photo-enforced speed limits in preventing injuries.

Tacoma teen loses four fingers lighting a firecrackerThe Bellingham Herald, 07/03/2017

HIPRC director Monica Vavilala, M.D., is quoted on a recent fireworks injury study related to a local injury.

Bullied students more likely to report access to a loaded gun – June/July 2017

An HIPRC-supported study by UW epidemiology Ph.D. student Maayan Simckes examining the relationship between adolescents who experience bullying and their access to a loaded gun was featured in Newsweek, ReutersThe Conversation and the UW Department of Epidemiology, among others. Co-authors on the study include HIPRC faculty Megan Moreno, M.D., M.S. Ed., MPH, Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., MPH.

Few players screened for concussions in last soccer World Cup – Reuters, 06/27/2017

HIPRC core faculty Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH, discusses the implications of poor concussion monitoring in the soccer World Cup for young athletes.

UW doctors identify most dangerous type of fireworksSeattle PI, 06/25/2017

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and UW Division of Plastic Surgery resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D., are quoted discussing the factors that contribute to the severity of firework injuries.

This is the most Dangerous Firework You Can Buy: Study – Newser, 06/24/2017

A 2017 study by UW Division of Plastic Surgery resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D., reveals the potential serious effects of fireworks. HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., comments.

This type of firework disfigures people more than any other, UW study showsThe Seattle Times, 06/22/2017 & Chicago Tribune, 06/28/2017

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., comments on the dangers of fireworks in a feature on a severe fireworks injury study by UW Division of Plastic Surgery resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D.

UW study shows 40 percent of firework-related injuries from legal fireworks – KIRO 7, 06/22/2017

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., reminds the public that firework injuries are preventable when commenting on a study authored by UW Division of Plastic Surgery resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D.

UW Medicine study finds legal fireworks responsible for most severe injuries – Fox Q13, 6/21/2017

HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and UW Division of Plastic Surgery resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D., discuss the findings and conversations coming out of a new study on severe firework injuries.

No Exceptions: Car Seats Then Booster Seats Until 4 Feet 9 Inches Tall – Seattle Mama Doc, 06/20/2017

HIPRC Safe and Active Transport Section Lead Beth Ebel, M.D., discusses how important and easy it is to ensure kids are always in the appropriate car seat or booster seat.

Free or reduced-cost bike helmets for kids – Fox Q13, 06/15/2017

HIPRC core faculty Fred Rivara discusses role of helmets in preventing brain injuries among active kids.

Rising Number of Bicycle Crashes Highlights Importance of Wearing a HelmetConsumer Reports, 06/02/2017

HIPRC core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, weighs in on the role of bike helmets in preventing head injuries in adults.

Study highlights struggle of soldiers who suffer brain injuries – KING 5, 05/18/2017

HIPRC core member Christine MacDonald, Ph.D., discusses her surprising findings that even mild traumatic brain injury has long-lasting effects for veterans.

Study finds worsening outcomes in service members five years after mild blast-induced concussion – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 05/10/2017

HIPRC core member Christine MacDonald, Ph.D., and her findings regarding the long-term impacts of concussions among service members was highlighted in a press release from NINDS.

Live Life Forward: “Bullying” – Lifetime, 05/02/2017

HIPRC associate faculty member Megan Moreno, M.D., MS Ed., was featured discussing practice and research regarding adolescents and bullying.

Facial injuries are common in U.S. nursing home residents – Reuters, 03/23/2017

HIPRC core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, comments on facial injuries among U.S. nursing home residents in an article on Reuters’ Health News.

Computer game may prevent seniors from falling down – KING 5, 03/15/2017

HIPRC core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, is featured in a piece on her team’s research into using video games to prevent falls among seniors.

Harborview-based center wants to stop injuries before they happen – Columns Magazine, 2/28/2017

A profile of HIPRC in the UW Alumni Magazine outlines the history and contemporary efforts of the center and its faculty.

Size-adjusted dose benchmarks: Is your facility in the danger zone? – HealthImaging, 2/22/2017

HIPRC associate member Kalpana Kanal, Ph.D., DABR, comments on her team’s work developing dose guidelines for common CT exams in the U.S. The team developed the first diagnostic reference levels that incorporate patient size, which will allow facilities nationwide to optimize their CT protocols, and their research is featured in this article from HealthImaging.

Call to soften helmet laws a real head-scratcher – The Seattle Times, 12/22/2016

Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH is quoted in an editorial calling on Seattle and King County to maintain bike helmet rules.

Light exercise after concussion in kids, teens may halt prolonged symptoms: study – TheStar.com, 12/20/2016

An editorial by core members Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH and Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is quoted in coverage of a recent study examining activity and rest following concussion.

‘Return-to-Learn’ laws may not help students after concussions – Reuters, 11/07/2016

HIPRC director Monica Vavilala, M.D., discusses the challenges of relying on laws to guide Return-to-Learn after a child’s concussion.

Accidental Firearm Injuries May Be Linked to the Cycle of Violence, Washington Study Finds – ASPPH, 10/27/2016

HIPRC core member and violence prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH comments on one of his most recently published papers in an article written by the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.

‘Stop the Bleed:’ Movement trains bystanders to help during shootings, emergencies – The Seattle Times, 10/8/2016

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., explains the value of Stop the Bleed training for equipping community members to save lives during mass casualty events.

As heroin deaths decline in King County, addiction still on the rise – KUOW, 07/20/2016

Kim Malcolm of KUOW talks with HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW about a 2015 King County report on drug use trends that found that heroin overdoses are on the decline.

Normalizing conversations around drug use, KNKX, 09/15/2016

Ahead of a task force report being released on how best to combat opioid overuse in King County 88.5’s Ariel Van Cleave sat down with HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW to ask if we are talking about drug use, drugs and treatment in the right ways.

Local leaders take big step toward ‘safe consumption site’ for addicts, KIRO7, 08/23/2016

HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW advocates for safe consumption sites in King County ahead of an official proposal for them by King County’s heroin task force.

King County Heroin Crisis Task Force recommends 2 injection sites – KIRO7, 09/15/2016

Following a formal recommendation by King County’s heroin Crisis Task Force HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW weighs in on their importance and value.

What it means for Seattle to get safe injection sites – KUOW, 09/15/2016

KUOW’s Kim Malcolm speaks with HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW about the possibility of Seattle becoming the first city in the United States to create safe-consumption sites for heroin users.

Opioid Addicts Say Kratom Helps Them Kick the Habit. So Why Is the DEA Banning It? – Seattle Weekly, 09/14/2016

HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW is quoted in this Seattle Weekly article that offers an explanation for why the DEA is banning Kratom.

Why Seattle’s Plan to Help Heroin Addicts Isn’t Crazy – Big Think Blog, 08/30/2016

In this Big Think Blog article HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW is quoted explaining the benefits of a safe consumption center.

VOCAL-WA sends shoes skyward for overdose awareness – Real Change, 08/24/2016

In this article HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW explains why it is important to combat the stigma around overdoses saying “That stigma really keeps people isolated and increases the risk for dying makes them less likely to reach out for treatment”.

UW Researcher: Proposed Ban On Assault-Style Weapons ‘Makes Sense’; KNKX All Things Considered, 09/08/2016

88.5’s Ed Ronco sits down with HIPRC core member Frederick Rivara, PhD, MPH to discuss Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposed ban on assault-style weapons.

Seattle may drop speed limits to 25 mph on arterials, 20 mph in neighborhoods; Seattle Times, 09/13/2016

As Seattle considers dropping speed limits to 25 mph on arterials and 20 mph in neighborhoods HIPRC core member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH is quoted in several articles on the impact that would have on reducing injury. Say that “If you get hit by car going 20 miles per hour, your risk of getting serious injuries is less than 5 percent” but that if you get hit by a car at 40 mph its like falling off a three story building.

Why congress should lift ban on gun violence research; Seattle Times Editorial, 08/2/2016

Following several mass shootings the Seattle Time calls on congress to allow funding for gun violence research, something it has not done since 1997. The article examines how researchers must get funding at current and references HIPRC several times.

Saving Lives Through Gun ResearchUW Medicine PulseMay 17, 2016

A Podcast featuring Drs. Frederick Rivara and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar – According to new research by University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, gunshot survivors are four times more likely to die from firearms than other patients. In this episode we meet the UW Medicine doctors who are heading this study and learn how they hope to change that statistic.

Bullying as a Public Health Threat, multiple sources – May, 2016

National news picked up a story on a report headed by Fred Rivara, MD, MPH. The report demonstrated that bullying is a public health problem, zero tolerance policies were insufficient, and emphasized the short- and long- term consequences for children who are bullied. The report was covered by the following media (partial list):

NBC News

USA Today

Los estragos que hacen del bullying un grave problema de salud pública; Univision

Bullying: Serious, Lasting Psychological Consequences; Medscape (subscription)

Voice of America – International Edition

*Dr. Rivara’s interview starts at 12:40 and goes to 16:25

Both Perps and Victims Are Tormented by Bullying, Study Finds; Observer

KNSD-SD (NBC) – San Diego, CA

NBC 7 News at 4

WCBS-NY (Radio) – New York, NY

Report: Bullying is a public health threat, not a rite of passage; FOX 13 Now – Salt Lake City, UT

New report suggests new measures for prevention of bullying; ABC2 News – WMAR Baltimore

WINS-AM – New York, NY

WTMJ-AM (Radio) – Milwaukee, WI

WGN-AM (Radio) – Chicago, IL

WDBO-FM (Radio) – Orlando, FL

KXNT NewsRadio 840 – Las Vegas, NV

KYW-AM (Radio) – Philadelphia, PA

WRTV-IN (ABC) – Indianapolis, IN

RTV 6 Good Morning Indiana

All News 106.7 – Atlanta, GA

550 AM KTSA – San Antonio, TX

WZVN-FTM (ABC) – Fort Myers, FL; ABC7 News @ 6AM

KDBC (CBS) – El Paso, TX; Morning News

UW Medicine: Report to the Community, UW Medicine Report – March 2015

The UW Medicine Report to the Community highlights our Pediatric Guideline Adherence and Outcomes Project (PEGASUS), led by HIPRC Director Monica S. Vavilala, MD. It’s on page four. 

ParentMap’s 2016 Superheroes!; The safety advocate: Fred Rivara, ParentMap – 2016

Fred Rivara, MD, MPH, long-time member of HIPRC, was honored a ParentMap Magazine’s SuperHero for 2016.

“The world is a safer place thanks to Dr. Fred Rivara,” says his Seattle Children’s colleague Elizabeth Bennett. “From bike helmets to sports concussions to gun violence and more, Dr. Rivara has conducted research resulting in fewer serious injuries and deaths. When your doctor talks to you and your family about safety, chances are they have learned from and been influenced by Dr. Rivara. He is a world leader in injury prevention.”

City Inside/Out: Seattle Gun TaxSeattle Channel – February 1, 2016. 

Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, of HIPRC and the UW School of Public Health, participated in a panel discussion concerning the effectivess, future, and constitutionality of Seattle’s firearm and ammo tax. While making it clear the he and HIPRC don’t hold a public opinion about the constitutionality of the tax, Dr. Rowhani made clear and convincing arguments that firearm research is both effective and necessary.

Guns, Car Crashes and Drugs Cut US Male Life Expectancy by a Year, Research Says. The Guardian February 9, 2016. 

In an article focusing on new research from the CDC that shows a significant decrease in average life expectancy due solely to guns, drugs, and car crashes, Dr. Frederick Rivara said that “guns are an enormous public health problem and we have to do what we can to address that…”

Seattle scientist still pushes to lift funding ban on gun-violence studies. The Seattle Times – February 10, 2016.

The Seattle Times features Dr. Fred Rivara‘s decades long efforts to secure funding for and conduct firearm-violence research.

“I think it’s a perennial problem, and the scientific community is becoming more aware of it in general, not just the few of us who do gun research,” Rivara said.

Expanding the Gun Violence Conversation. The Daily – February 11, 2016.

University of Washington’s student paper, The Daily, ran this article covering HIPRC’s expanding community outreach role, in particular with regards to firearm suicide. The story features interviews with HIPRC Director Dr. Monica S. Vavilala and HIPRC facutly Dr. Joseph Simonetti.

“First, self-harm can be committed in several different ways and we’ll offer resources to prevent suicides related specifically to those different mechanisms, such as firearm- and medication-related suicide,” Simonetti said. “Second, there are a number of existing suicide prevention resources targeting specific groups in the U.S. such as military Veterans. This platform will direct interested people to resources specific to their peers.

Harborview: Prevent Gun Violence by Locking Up Guns. NBC – King 5 News –January 5, 2016

HIPRC Director, Monica S. Vavilala, MD was a featured interview on the Seattle-area news station King 5, where she makes it clear that there is no proven link between mass shootings and mental health. Rather, she says, the only way to ensure our safety is to keep guns locked up.

UW Faculty Members Join Inslee in Gun Violence Announcement. UW Today  January 6, 2016

HIPRC Director, Dr. Monica S. Vavilala, stood alongside Washington State Governor Jay Inslee as he announced a groundbreaking initiative to combat gun violence across the state.

Washington Reviews Safe Gun Storage Interventions. Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health – January 21, 2016

Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar was featured on the ASPPH website.

“One of the most important things we learned while conducting the study is that we don’t know very much,” Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar said. “There is a void in rigorously conducted randomized controlled trials surrounding this topic.”

The Missing Data on Gun Violence. The Atlantic – January 21, 2016.

Dr. Frederick Rivara Spoke With the Atlantic about the dearth of gun research and the state of federal funding for firearm research.

“It’s very concerning that there’s been an attack on science and the ability to carry that out,” said Fred Rivara, a professor at the University of Washington who helped conduct a study on guns in the home in the early 1990s. “It’s resulted in a sort of stalemate in terms of being able to develop effective policy.”

Native America Calling – Traumatic Brain Injuries. Koahnic Broadcast Corporation  January 26, 2016.

 

HIPRC fellow, Dr. Molly Fuentes, participated in an hour-long, nationally syndicated radio show, Native America Calling. She talked about her research surrounding traumatic brain injuries, particularly among American Indian populations, in addition to fielding calls from listeners

The Fight Over a Tax That Could Curb Gun Violence. Seattle Met Magazine – December 28, 2015.

Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is the feature in a Seattle Met magazine article discussing the City of Seattle’s efforts to curb gun violence. The article discusses HIPRC’s work over the decades. Appeared online and in print.

When Should Older Drivers Give Up the Car Keys? KUOW/Seattle News & Information and UW School of Public Health November 20, 2016

KUOW’s Bill Radke spoke with Laura Fraade-Blanar, a graduate student at the University of Washington studying the link between aging and crash risks, about when and how to have those tough conversations.Listen to the conversation here

New approach treats victims of gun violence with methods for handling substance abuse: Harborview Medical Center officials hope to cut down on return visits to their emergency department with the methodology, Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine – November 6, 2015

Dr. Fred Rivara is interviewed in this article in Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, published by the American Hospital Association. The article examines a gun violence intervention to be implemented by HIPRC faculty and discusses the governments effective prohibition on funding gun violence research.

How many guns are in America? A web of state secrecy means no one knows, The GuardianOctober 27, 2015

In this Guardian article on the absence of government support for gun research, HIPRC co-founder Dr. Fred Rivara speaks about the availability, or lack thereof, of gun records.

Seattle Times Uses HIPRC Data in Forming Op-Ed, Seattle Times – October 2nd, 2015

On October 3, 2015, The Seattle Times Editorial board published an Op-Ed which simultaneously lauded the city for its efforts, but asked for more to be done to better understand and curb firearm violence in Seattle. The editorial comes on the heels of the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in early October. “While these shootings are emotional bombshells, everyday gun violence is claiming too many lives, as well. From January to September, shooting in Seattle of topped 300 – up almost 30 percent from the same period last year,” writes the board.
The op-ed was written to demonstrate support for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s recent budget proposal, which included $275,000 to fund a prevention project to be implemented by HIPRC and Harborview Medical Center. In late August, the article says, Seattle City Council passed a new tax on firearms and ammunition sold in city limits – though the city is being sued by gun rights lobbyists aiming to repeal the tax. “Nevermind the fact that taxpayers paid an estimated $12 million last year for gunshot victims treated at Harborview. Even if the legal challenge should prove successful, the city should continue funding gun-data analysis and prevention.”

Dr. Frederick Rivara on Guns, Police Chases, Various – September, 2015

Dr. Frederick Rivara spoke to Seattle’s KOMO News about the shooting, saying that we don’t live in a more violent society, just one with more guns. In national press, Rivara speaks to WIRED magazine about the difficulty in researching firearms with Congress’ effective prohibition on gun research.  He was also quoted in a USA Today article on the shortcomings of national level counts on deadly police pursuits.

Dr. Doug Zatzick aids community in understanding PTSD, Various – September, 2015

Following the shooting in Roseburg, Dr. Douglas Zatzick, HIPRC’s expert on trauma psychiatry, shared tips with KING5 News and KUOW News and Information Radio on recognizing PTSD and offered advice for students returning to school.

Dr. Monica Vavilala tells KUOW about DOJ Funding, KUOW – September 22nd, 2015

HIPRC director, Dr. Monica Vavilala, was interviewed by KUOW to share how the Center will pilot an intervention with gun shot victims at Harborview Medical Center. “Dr. Monica Vavilala runs the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. She said the hope is to prevent the patients from returning with another gunshot wound. The grant helps, but the hospital still has to raise more money to launch the program.”

Dr. Beth Ebel on Car Seats and Booster Seats, The Republic – August 2015

Core Member Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, discusses the challenges when parents don’t know or understand booster seat and car seat guidelines. (Note: Dr. Ebel’s name is misspelled in the article).

Dr. Fred Rivara on Gun Violence, Seattle Times, Public Radio International, Business Insider and Smithsonian.com – July, 2015

HIPRC Core Member Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology) was interviewed by the Seattle Times about two upcoming city bills which would tax gun and ammunition sales and require mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement. The proposed tax would generate an estimated $300,000 to $500,000 annually, which would be dedicated to gun violence prevention programs and research. Rivara explained that it would be enough to “fund a two-year gunshot-victim-intervention program and study at Harborview.” He cited 2014 HIPRC research which found that gunshot victims run a higher risk of future gun injury, and explained that intervention programs can work. Rivara was also featured in articles by Public Radio InternationalBusiness Insider, and Smithsonian.com commenting on the renewal of a congressional ban on gun violence research, which was backed by the National Rifle Association. The amendment would have allowed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the underlying causes of gun violence. The National Rifle Association accused the CDC of trying to use science to promote gun control explained Rivara in both articles. He said: “As a result of that, many, many people stopped doing gun research, [and] the number of publications on firearm violence decreased dramatically…It was really chilling in terms of our ability to conduct research on this very important problem.”

Dr. Beth Ebel Provides Water Safety Tips, Detroit Free Press – July 3rd, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) was recently interviewed by the Detroit Free Press on swimming and water safety. In the article, she explained that drowning “…[is] quick and quiet. You don’t hear it and you don’t always see it.” For parents who want to use floatation devices to keep kids safe while swimming or boating, buying the proper life vest is only half the battle—they must be worn as well. “They’re a lot like bike helmets,” Ebel said. “The ones that don’t work are the ones that aren’t worn.”

Dr. Brian Johnston Provides Summer Safety Tips, UW Medicine HealthWorks – June, 2015

In the U.S., nearly half of all unintentional, injury-related deaths among children (14 and under) occur during the summer. HIPRC Associate Member and Chief of Pediatrics at HMC, Brian Johnston, MD, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services) provided simple safety tips for families in UW Medicine’s June HealthWorks. “…by teaching and practicing accident prevention, parents and guardians can help their children enjoy the warm weather months more safely at home and outdoors,” said Johnston.
 

Dr. Beth Ebel on How to Avoid Distracted Driving, UW Medicine HealthWork – June, 2015

Motor vehicle injuries remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 35, and distracted driving is one of the biggest risk factors. HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) was recently interviewed about HIPRC’s recent study on distracted driving for UW Medicine’s June HealthWorks. She provided this tip in the article: “We all need to recognize that driving while talking on a handheld device or texting while we’re at the wheel is driving impaired. It’s dangerous, illegal and unnecessary — so make it a habit to mute your phone, put it away and then relax, enjoy your drive and get home safely.”

Dr. Eileen Bulger on Firework Safety, News Tribune July 2nd, 2015

As the nation geared up for the Fourth of July weekend, HIPRC Core Member Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS (Professor of Surgery) urged families to think about firework safety. In 2014, from July 3 to July 5, doctors at Harborview Medical Center saw 40 people with fireworks-related injuries, a third of which were children. “These are often life-changing injuries,” said Bulger in a July 2 News Tribune article on firework safety. “You can lose digits on your hand, you could lose your whole hand. You could lose sight in an eye.” Injuries can even result in death, as was the case in 2014.

Dr. Beth Ebel on Sedative Hypnotic Medication Use and the Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash, Various June, 2015

HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) and HIPRC Associate Member Ryan Hansen, PhD, PharmD (Acting Assistant Professor of Pharmacy) recently published a study on the association between sedative use and motor vehicle crash risk, which has been picked up by NBC NewsHealth Day, and NBC Nightly News.
 

Dr. Beth Ebel on Pediatric Window Falls, Various – May, 2015

HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) spoke at the May 21st Press Conference on Children Falling Out of Windows. King 5 and Kiro 7 News have both quoted Dr. Ebel on the hazards of screens without locks or guards in their articles about pediatric window falls during warm weather. The topic has also spurred articles in the Seattle Times. “This is not a supervision problem,” said Dr. Beth Ebel of Harborview’s Injury Prevention and Research Center. “I see parents standing right there, the kid is in front of them, in a fraction of a second the fall occurs.” “Screens are not protective. Many, the majority of window falls we see are kids falling through the screen,” Dr. Ebel said. “That screen is not designed to bear the weight of a child and so the screen and the kid fall out.”

Beth Ebel on Distracted Driving, National Public Radio (NPR) – June 1st, 2015

HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) was interviewed by NPR on distracted driving. Dr. Ebel talks about what can distract us when we drive and what happens in our brain when we try to split our attention.

Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar on the New Science of Crime, UW Daily – April 8th, 2015

Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology) was interviewed for the UW Daily on the new combined field of epidemiology and criminology, or “epicrim”, as he calls it. His research has shown that those who are the victim of a crime involving a firearm are also more likely to commit a crime with a firearm themselves, and the opposite is also true. In other words, it appears those who are shot are more likely to shoot, and those who shoot are more likely to be shot. In this way, the team of doctors and epidemiologists, aided by legal and criminal justice experts, were able to show that the use of firearms is infectious, much like a virus. Together, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Psychiatric Association, the American Public Health Association, and the ABA have detailed a list of necessary measures to reduce both the health and public health consequences of firearms.

HIPRC T-32 Fellow in the Peruvian Newspaper, El Comercio – March 31st, 2015

PhD Epidemiology student Alex Quistberg, PhD, MPH (T-32 Fellow in Pediatrics) recently published a paper titled, “Bus stops and pedestrian–motor vehicle collisions in Lima, Peru: a matched case–control study” in the Injury Prevention journal with Peruvian author, Dr. Jaime Miranda, MD, PhD, MSc (Associate Professor of Medicine at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Director of CRONICAS (Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases)), HIPRC Core Member Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services), HIPRC Associate Members Dr. Brian Johnston, MD, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services) and Dr. Linda Ng Boyle, PhD, MS (Professor & Chair of Industrial & Systems Engineering), and retired UW faculty member Dr. Thomas Koepsell, MD, MPH (Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Health Services). The article was picked up in the Peruvian newspaper, El Comercio, which talks about pedestrian fatalities and the dangers of walking in Lima, Peru. El Comercio reported on the details of Dr. Quistberg and Dr. Miranda’s efforts to evaluate the relationship between pedestrian accidents and the public transportation system infrastructure in Lima, Peru, and talks about the dangers they found in placing bus stops and crosswalks on street corners instead of the middle of the road.

Dr. Brian Johnston on Pediatric Window Falls, Seattle Times – May 20th, 2015

The Seattle Times has written an article on pediatric window falls, quoting HIPRC Associate Member and Chief of Pediatrics at HMC, Brian Johnston, MD, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services). Statistics show pediatric window falls are a national problem, typically in the warmer spring and summer months. Nearly 5,200 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms after falling out of windows each year, according to a 2011 study in the journal Pediatrics. The Seattle Times article has been cited in similar articles in the Times UnionVoice of the Valley, and the Kentucky Lexington Herald-Leader.

Beth Ebel & Laura Blanar’s Study on Reducing Teen Distracted Driving, Association of School & Programs of Public Health – April 30th, 2015  

The Association of School & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) published an article on research by HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) and HIPRC Staff Member Laura Blanar, MHS, PhDc (Research Assistant for Health Services) on reducing teen distracted driving by blocking cell phone use and filming teen drivers. Co-authors include HIPRC Core Member Robert Kaufman, BS (Senior Research Scientist Engineer), HIPRC Staff Member Qian Qiu, MBA (Research Consultant), UW Faculty/Staff Jennifer Maeser (Research Coordinator for Radiology) and Annie Kirk, MPH (Affiliate Instructor of Health Services), and Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Amy Freedheim. They conducted a pilot study of two interventions. One used an in-vehicle camera system that was triggered when teens braked or swerved too hard. A video recorder captured events that parents and teens could review. The second was a device that blocked incoming and outgoing calls and texts when the vehicle was being operated. Read the abstract here.

Beth Ebel Q&A on Cell Phones & Distracted Driving, Seattle Children’s Hospital Bulletin – May 2015

HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) was interviewed by Seattle Children’s Hospital on cell phone use and distracted driving.

Former HIPRC T-32 Injury Fellow, Janessa Graves, on Treadmill Safety and Injury, Various – May 2015

In light of the death of SurveyMonkey CEO, David Goldberg, while on a treadmill, there has been a lot of press regarding treadmill risks and injuries. Janessa Graves, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Nursing at Washington State University) published a paper on emergency department-reported injuries associated with mechanical home exercise equipment that was written during her time at HIPRC. Co-authors include HIPRC Core Members Monica Vavilala, MD (Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics), Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology), and Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services).
Dr. Graves has been interviewed by many media outlets in the last week on treadmill risks and safety and she has been quoted nationally in articles from the Washington PostWCVB TV, the Boston GlobeBusiness StandardTaking the Kids Blog, and even as far abroad as the New Zealand Herald (NZ) and The Independent (UK). Dr. Graves and Dr. Vavilala were also interviewed for a video segment on the Today Show.

Paul Nevin on PRONTO, Seattle Times – April 24th, 2015

New HIPRC Staff Member Paul Nevin, BA (MPH Global Health student) wrote an article that was on the front page of the Seattle Times on birth-simulation training in Kenya by PRONTO International, a Seattle-based organization that is partnered with the University of Washington. The training sessions use low-tech, but realistic teaching tools to recreate the chaos often found in Kenya’s overburdened maternity wards.

Dr. Fred Rivara quoted on guns and youth suicide, NPR – March 9th, 2015

NPR reported on a recently published analysis of longitudinal trends in suicide rates by rural and urban areas between 1996-2010 shows that for young people between the ages of 10-24, the suicide rates in rural areas are nearly double those of urban areas. The number of young people committing suicide by hanging or suffocation has increased, and the number of people using firearms has decreased. But firearms still accounted for the majority of deaths (51%), followed by hanging or suffocation (34%), poisoning (8%), and other means (7%). Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology) weighed in on gun violence, youth access to guns, and suicide, in an editorial response to the original publication, and is quoted in the NPR article on the trends in youth suicide.

Some rejected donor hearts are found to be transplant-viable, UW SPH NewsBeat – January 13th, 2015

One in four hearts from people who have experienced brain death are turned down by transplant teams because they appear to pump poorly. But according to new research by HIPRC Members Dr. Vijay Krishnamoorthy, MD (Acting Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology), Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology), Dr. Monica Vavilala, MD (Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology), and 2014 Summer Student Shan Modi, as well as other UW researchers, up to half of these hearts may still be suitable for transplant if given sufficient time to recover from the flood of neurotransmitters, inflammatory chemicals and hormones released by a damaged brain. “This is a small study,” said study co-author Dr. Krishnamoorthy, “but it suggests that we shouldn’t decide whether to use a heart on the basis of just one early evaluation, particularly in young people who are unlikely to have heart disease.”

Push for New Distracted Driving Laws for WA State, King 5 – January 23rd, 2015

Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) is featured in a video segment and interview on distracted driving in Washington State. Dr. Ebel states that, “Our current law talks about a ban on texting. But it doesn’t say much about posting to Facebook or checking your stock trades.” Dr. Ebel and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission are pushing lawmakers to increase penalties add restrictions to what drivers can do with their phone on the road.

How a Law Might Keep You From Facebooking While Driving, KUOW – February 12th, 2015  

Distracted driving and cell phone use are working their way further into law. Listen to Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) explain why she supports the Washington Senate bill that would expand the current distracted driving laws to include a ban of all use of a handheld device while driving.

WA Study Finds Suicidal Teens Have Easy Access to Firearms, Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health – January 15th, 2015

Dr. Joseph Simonetti, MD, MPH (Senior Fellow Trainee of Medicine) has recently published an article in JAMA Psychiatry on a study that shows that more than 40% of American teenagers who lived in a home with a gun had easy access, despite public health recommendations on limiting firearms access, especially given that firearms are the second most common means of suicide among adolescents. Co-authors include Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology), and Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology).

Push for New Distracted Driving Laws for WA State, King 5 – January 23rd, 2015

Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) is featured in a video segment and interview on distracted driving in Washington State. Dr. Ebel states that, “Our current law talks about a ban on texting. But it doesn’t say much about posting to Facebook or checking your stock trades.” Dr. Ebel and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission are pushing lawmakers to increase penalties add restrictions to what drivers can do with their phone on the road.

Despite Rise in Antidote Access, Heroin Overdoses Still an Issue in King County, KUOW – January 2nd, 2015

 HIPRC Associate Member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW (Affiliate Assistant Professor of Health Services) was interviewed by KUOW about the issue of heroin overdoses in King County, despite a rise in antidote access.

Using Epidemiology to Investigate Crime, UW SPH News – December 23rd, 2014

The article, titled talks about Fan’s enrollment in the UW Epidemiology PhD program and how the rigorous training could help her better understand pressing issues such as gun violence, fatal use of force by police, and illicit drug use. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology) is quoted on the history of the term “epidemiological criminology”.

The Challenge of Defining Rape, The New York Times – October 11th, 2014.  

HIPRC core member Mary D. Fan, JD, MPhil (Professor of Law) has been quoted in a NY Times article titled, “The Challenge of Defining Rape”. As states across the country try to figure out how to more effectively address the problem of sexual assault, they are looking at the definition of sexual misconduct and what that entails. For example, until 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) still considered rape a crime committed solely against women, a definition that has since been expanded. Defining consent, especially when there is alcohol involved, is also a challenge to amending sexual assault laws. In some parts of the country, not just force, but resistance is required for an act to qualify as rape. In such cases, merely saying “no” would not in itself be considered sufficient resistance. The article goes into detail on how different states are changing or considering changing their laws as they pertain to sexual assault, such as dropping the requirement of proof of physical aggression (several states), eliminating spousal exemptions from rape (Washington), needing affirmative rather than negative consent (New Jersey, California universities, New York universities), or considering surrounding circumstances (New York).

Are Restraining Orders an Answer to Mass Violence?The Wall Street Journal – May 27th, 2014

HIPRC core member Mary D. Fan, JD, MPhil (Professor of Law) was quoted in a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Blog article titled, “Are Restraining Orders an Answer to Mass Violence?”. Under federal law and many state laws, people guilty of a felony or misdemeanor domestic-violence crime are banned from owning guns, but according to Fan, many domestic-violence incidents do not end up in court. Her ideal solution is for courts to issue restraining orders that allow for a forced disarming. However, these restraining orders aren’t issued frequently enough, for reasons that include: fear of retaliation for getting a protective order, lack of resources, mistrust of the judicial system, and general misunderstanding that protective orders are ineffective. Fan says that the way to overcome this is to better train law-enforcement to educate and encourage domestic-violence victims to seek a restraining order. The article quotes her paper, “Disarming the Dangerous: Preventing Extraordinary and Ordinary Violence”, soon to be published in the Indiana Law Journal.

Injury Lists Grow Longer, and High School Seasons are Cut ShortThe New York Times – October 29th, 2014

Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology) was quoted in an article in the NY Times about increased concussion awareness, how high school sports injuries are handled, and the impact of sidelining players. More and more high school sports teams have been unable to play due to injuries, forcing teams to forfeit games or even cut playing seasons short by cancelling games altogether. There has also been an increase in concerns about injuring fellow players in practice, causing participation numbers to drop.

 

Firearm Violence Prevention Leadership Summit SummaryKing County – October 29th, 2014

Dr. Fred Rivara and Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar were among the leaders of the Firearm Violence Prevention Leadership Summit, sponsored by King County DOH, Seattle Mayor’s office, and King County Executive’s office. This summit created a common understanding of existing data that can be used for the development of strategies and actions to prevent firearm violence.
Among the data presented at the summit:

  • More than 130 people die each year in King County as a result of firearm use, meaning more people in King County are killed by gun violence than by car crashes.
  • An estimated 26,500 households in King County store at least one firearm that is unlocked and loaded.
  • 14% of King County high school students say it would be easy for them to get a handgun if they wanted.
  • 68 children were lost to gun violence in King County from 1999-2012—two-thirds were murdered, and one-third died by their own hand because they could get hold of a firearm.

Strategies and actions discussed at the summit include youth violence prevention, domestic violence prevention, suicide prevention, and data sharing.

Roll Call Video on Distracted Driving Enforcement Published – December 21st, 2014

This video was created in part by Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) in order to encourage law enforcement of distraction. We will have a shorter version more geared for the public and lawmakers. Thanks to James Waugh, Jenn Maeser, Rob Kaufman, Annie Phare, Amy Freedheim, Angie Ward, and all the folks who helped to make this video possible.

Inside Harborview: An elite emergency team fights to mend broken bodies and mindsThe Seattle Times – September 28th, 2014

HIPRC Core Member Dr. Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS (Professor of Surgery) was on the cover of the Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine on Sunday, September 28th. The article, titled, “Inside Harborview: An elite emergency team fights to mend broken bodies and minds,” is about the experience of working on the front lines of health care at Harborview Medical Center’s Emergency Department and the mixture of pride and the emotional toll that comes with working in emergency medicine.
Close Up: A Look at the People of SPHUniversity of Washington School of Public Health – September, 2014

Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar MD, MPH, PhD (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology) was interviewed by the University of Washington School of Public Health publication, Close Up: A Look at the People of SPH, where he talks about his medical training in Iran, what brought him to the University of Washington, and his research on vaccines, gun violence, the effects of marijuana on driving, and concussions.

 

HIPRC Joins Collaboration on Distracted and Impaired Driving PreventionChildren’s Safety Network – July 10th, 2014  

Congratulations to HIPRC Core Member Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services), on her acceptance to the Children’s Safety Network (CSN) Community of Practice (CoP) on Distracted and Impaired Driving Prevention (DID). The CoP collaboration between DOH, WTSC, law enforcement, and HIPRC for national best practices will begin in September, 2014 and run through August, 2015.
This CoP will explore the prevention of motor vehicle crashes which impact children and youth through strategies, programs, research, and legislation related to:

  • Distraction by passengers
  • Drowsy driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Eating, drinking, and grooming while driving
  • Impaired driving from illicit drugs
  • Impaired driving from marijuana
  • Impaired driving from prescription/over the counter drugs
  • Technology/cell phone use while driving

Other Washington State members include the Department of Health (DOH)Traffic Safety Commission (TSC)Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Washington State Patrol (WSP).

Neurosurgery Journal Interviews HIPRC Core Member for Podcast Episode2014

An interview with author Dr. Monica S. Vavilala, MD (Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology), is available online at: https://soundcloud.com/jordan-amadio/interview-with-dr-monica-vavilala-aug-2014-neurosurgery-journal-club-host-dr-jordan-amadio

Sewage Test: Will you smoke pot now that it’s legal?KOMO 4 News – 2014

KOMO 4 News interviewed Dan Burgard, PhD (Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Puget Sound) about his study on how much marijuana use in Washington State may change after legalization, by measuring THC metabolites in sewage (wastewater). They are testing samples collected months ago from undisclosed sewage treatment plants in Washington State to determine the level of marijuana use before it became legal to buy. They’ll take comparative samples again after retail stores are fully up and running. Even though drug use can only be determined at a population level, not individual, concerns about using information obtained without consent were raised. HIPRC Associate Member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW (Affiliate Assistant Professor for Health Services), is quoted as saying: “Anybody with a good chemist in any level of government can already do this. If law enforcement wanted to do this and had the proper domain to do that, they could do it. I can’t stop them from doing it. What I can do as a scientist is say ‘here’s what I’m doing.’ I think the thing that’s important is the population level in order to inform good health responses.”Banta-Green used this method to test wastewater samples from 96 Oregon communities in 2008, and found that meth was used in every single one of them. He has said that testing wastewater can show which drug policies are wasting money and which are working, which could possibly mean spending less money on police, courts and jails.

HIPRC publication “Public Bicycle Share Programs and Head Injuries” in the newsVarious – 2014

Since publication in the American Journal of Public Health, the article, “Public Bicycle Share Programs and Head Injuries” by Janessa Graves, PhD (Assistant Professor of Nursing, Washington State University and former HIPRC Pediatric Injury Research Fellow) and Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology), has been cited in articles in the Chicago Sun-Timesthe Washington PostBoston Magazinethe Smithsonian MagazineKPLU, and on National Public Radio (NPR).
The study evaluated the effect of North American public bicycle share programs, which typically do not offer helmets with rentals, on the occurrence of bicycle-related head injuries, analyzing trauma center data for bicycle-related injuries from five cities with public bicycle share programs and five comparison cities. Results suggest that steps should be taken to make helmets available with public bicycle share programs. Helmet availability should be incorporated into public bicycle share program planning and funding, not considered as an afterthought following implementation.

Mandatory life jacket rule saves lives, Reuters – July 3rd, 2014

HIPRC Associate Member Dr. Linda Quan, MD (Professor of Pediatrics), an emergency pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, was interviewed by Reuters Health on the recent Victoria, Australia life jacket study. Drowning deaths among boaters in Victoria, Australia, fell from almost 60 in the years before a law required everyone to wear a “personal flotation device”, to 16 afterwards, according to a new study. Educational campaigns encouraging life-jacket use may not be enough to get all boaters to wear the vests at all times, but making it mandatory does make a difference, the study team writes in the journal Injury Prevention. “Why are life jackets important? Because people don’t float,” Dr. Quan told Reuters Health.
Dr. Quan was not involved in the study but has examined how changes to the law in Washington state requiring life jackets to be worn by water skiers and others being towed and by boaters on personal watercraft, or jet skis, as well as by children 12 and under in small vessels, has improved life-jacket use. Dr. Quan was interviewed by Reuters Health in February regarding her own study on Washington state boater safety (“Life-Jacket Laws Spur Use, Could Prevent Drownings”). The latest Reuters Health article, “Mandatory Life Jackets Rule Saves Lives,” has been picked up by several other news sources, such as YAHOO! NewsBangor Daily NewsWTAQWNFL AMDarientelPediatric SafetyLatest News,News Fresh TodayMC-TV

 

NCAA, DoD launch concussion study, NCAA – May 29th, 2014  

The NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium has announced a new $30 million Longitudinal Clinical Study Core that will be the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted. HIPRC Core Member Dr. Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH (Acting Assistant Professor of Pediatrics) will be participating in this study as one of the 12-15 university and military sites. The study will be ongoing from 6/1/2014-5/31/2017.

When parents are injured, children may get PTSD, Reuters – June 4th, 2014

A study published by HIPRC Core Members Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH, (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology) and Dr. Douglas Zatzick (Professor of Psychiatry), HIPRC Associate Member Dr. Jamie Shandro, MD, MPH (Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine), and staff member Jin Wang, PhD, MS (Research Consultant/Statistician for Pediatrics) regarding PTSD in uninjured children with severely injured parents was picked up by Reuters news service. The study was published in Pediatrics (published ahead of print June 2, 2014, doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3273)

HIPRC Faculty Offer Tips for a Safe Summer & 4th of JulyUniversity of Washington – May 30th, 2014

HIPRC Associate Member Dr. Brian Johnston, MD, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services) offers summer safety and injury prevention tips for adults and children in an online UW publication, The Whole U. The article also highlights the distracted driver study and the dangers of texting while driving by HIPRC Core Member Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services).

HIPRC Bulletins & Newsletters

HIPRC Newsletters 2020

June 2020

  • Statement on Black Lives Matter
  • HIPRC Turns Orange to Honor Gun Violence Victims
  • UW Teacher of The Year
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student

May 2020

  • COVID-19 rapid response grants awarded
  • Exploratory Research Project Frequently Asked Questions
  • Inaugural Rivara Endowment Injury Research Grant to support firearm research
  • Trainee award will fund violence studies in Colombia

April 2020

  • Injury Prevention during COVID-19
  • INSIGHT High School Program Now Online
  • In Focus: Global Injury
  • Firearm deaths in the home due to suicide and criminal homicide are more common than self-defense homicide
  • States don’t define legal liability for returning firearms to a suicidal person
  • Featured Staff: Navigating research during COVID-19

March 2020

  • Washington firearm safe storage map unveiled
  • Call for Applications: Exploratory Research Projects and Injury Research Awards
  • Population Health Initiative pilot research grants awarded
  • UW funds collaborative stove injury project with Ghana, Nepal
  • HIPRC-led paper recognized by Injury Epidemiology
  • Featured Faculty: Associate member finds a challenging, varied field in urology
  • HIPRC faculty recognized by International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • HIPRC graduate student selected for national violence prevention internship
  • High-Powered Magnets Put Children of All Ages at Risk

February 2020

  • Teen access to civil protection orders varies by state
  • Firearm program leaders call for action to prevent firearm violence
  • Study: Most Wash. hospital websites hinder non-English speakers
  • Rural kids carrying handguns is ‘not uncommon’ and starts as early as sixth grade
  • Featured Faculty: Young Investigators Unite
  • Higher drowning deaths associated with fewer regulations on open water swimming
  • Take action to prevent button battery injuries

January 2020

  • Study explores firearm storage
  • Congress funds firearm injury research
  • Best clinical paper recognition awarded to HIPRC fellow
  • Study explores financial costs of concussion
  • Trauma conference keynoted by core member

HIPRC Newsletters 2019

December 2019

  • To achieve health equity, injury disparities must be better understood
  • INSIGHT announces Jean M. Pinder Memorial Fund
  • HIPRC launches junior faculty series for collaboration
  • HIPRC’s Miriam Haviland earns doctorate
  • UW Public Health Magazine relaunched

November 2019

  • INSIGHT 2020 summer research applications open
  • HIPRC forms Community Advisory Board
  • UW president spotlights firearm research program
  • HIPRC’s Vivian Lyons earns doctorate
  • Firearm program researchers featured at national symposium
  • Study: Child firearm injuries more severe than other types of traumatic injury
  • Tracheal intubation studies co-authored by associate member
  • CDC releases report on Adverse Childhood Experiences

October 2019

  • In Focus: Growth at HIPRC
    • Health Equity
    • Leadership
    • CDC-funded Research Projects
  • Anyone can learn suicide-intervention tactics
  • Firearm researchers identify roadblocks to firearm data
  • Violence has complex, far-reaching impacts on health
  • Study explores mining injuries in Ghana

September 2019

  • HIPRC researchers refine guidelines for pediatric brain injuries
  • Gun violence special issues feature firearm program researchers
  • Study: In pelvic trauma, sexual dysfunction is common among men – but little discussed
  • Trauma conference to feature HIPRC speakers
  • Joyce Foundation report features HIPRC publications

August 2019

  • $4.2 million federal grant will expand regional impact
  • Washington state funds program to research firearm injury and policy
  • 2019 INSIGHT Research Symposium builds foundation for injury researchers
  • HIPRC trainee awarded grant to study firearm suicide after incarceration
  • Trauma conference to feature HIPRC speakers
  • Trainee earns travel award for traumatic brain injury project

July 2019

  • Grant seeks to improve health disparities data
  • Medic One Foundation awards research grants
  • INSIGHT Research Symposium set for Aug. 6
  • HiFi study reaches milestone
  • Through the power of story, high school student raises support for HIPRC
  • Research explores impact of motorcycle taxi safety program in Uganda
  • Surgeon General meets with HIPRC trainees
  • High school football coaches surveyed on VICIS Zero1 helmet use

June 2019

  • Somali, medical community collaborate to Stop the Bleed
  • Inaugural Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention releases proceedings
  • Study: How close to home do firearm injuries actually occur?
  • Infrastructure changes found to reduce pedestrian injury in Ghana
  • HIPRC fellow wins grant to study acupuncture for TBI rehabilitation
  • Core member authors book about recording police
  • Trainee earns public health communication recognition
  • Associate member awarded scholarship to study health leadership
  • Neuroscience conference to feature HIPRC faculty

May 2019

  • Washington state updates booster seat law
  • Free webinar on TBI and health disparities
  • New study: teens are also victims of intimate partner homicides
  • Depression, dementia, and firearm storage studied among households with older adults
  • Journal’s articles of the year list includes HIPRC co-author

April 2019

  • Study: Do parents support tackle football age limits?
  • INSIGHT interns selected, mentors sought
  • HIPRC research on health equity, firearm injury, transportation research and more featured at SAVIR Conference
  • HIPRC trainee selected as SOPHE fellow
  • Associate member wins international volunteer recognition

March 2019

  • TBI Webinar: Return to Learn after Concussion
  • Study: Firearm homicide rate higher in U.S counties with greater income inequality
  • Text-based intervention shows promising results for reducing risk of suicide among active military
  • HIPRC member featured speaker at rehabilitation psychology conference

February 2019

  • Endowment honors HIPRC co-founder Dr. Fred Rivara
  • New study: Blacks, minorities disproportionately impacted by hate crimes
  • Summer High School Program accepting applications
  • Fellow recognized by critical care organization

January 2019

  • HIPRC study on pediatric TBI published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
  • Alcohol, firearms and kids: a dangerous mix
  • Study: Fatality rates are decreasing after motor vehicle crashes – but not after firearm injuries
  • UW announces teaching award nominations
  • Webinar on fall prevention, older adults, and TBI available online
  • Chronic opioid use focus of new grant to HIPRC trainee
  • Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway

HIPRC Newsletters 2018

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November 2018

  • TBI webinar series to launch
  • INSIGHT applications open
  • Firearm injury initiatives presented to national audiences

October 2018

  • Study: Photo enforcement slows school zone speeders
  • Prescience: Helping doctors predict the future
  • Washington releases state fall prevention plan
  • HIPRC member wins CDC grants to study worker injuries

September 2018

  • INSIGHT, center faculty awarded federal grants
  • New data access tool released
  • Stop the Bleed training resumes
  • Geriatric care, burn management and more featured at trauma conference
  • Annual neuroscience meeting to feature HIPRC speakers

August 2018

  • Police, hospital records show warning signs of future firearm injury
  • 2018 INSIGHT Research Symposium
  • Core member elected to state science organization
  • HIPRC members to speak at UW Medicine EMS & Trauma Conference

July 2018

  • HIPRC joins collaboration to reduce firearm injuries
  • Seattle City Council passes safe storage legislation, citing HIPRC research
  • TBI webinar recordings released
  • Fellows win grants to study unique populations
  • New Faces & Fond Farewells

June 2018

  • In Focus: Firearm Safe Storage
    • Policy: Proposed safe storage legislation cites HIPRC research
    • Research: Most gun-owning homes in Washington do not safely store firearms
    • Outreach: Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway
  • National Complete Streets study finds reduction in bicycling fatality rates
  • Amazon Catalyst Award funds better air splint design
  • HIPRC welcomes 2018 INSIGHT summer interns
  • CDC releases suicide statistics report

May 2018

  • Gear Up for a Safer Summer
  • Child and teen firearm safety research consortium funded by NIH
  • New study seeks to understand crash risk among older adults
  • Alumni Spotlight

April 2018

  • Seattle leaders propose gun violence prevention measures
  • Adult TBI Webinar adds group registration option
  • Section lead selected for endowed professorship
  • HIPRC members among Seattle ‘Top Docs’

March 2018

  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • Youth Concussions and Return to Learn
  • Core member earns international recognition

February 2018

  • Adult TBI webinar offers certificate, optional CNE credit
  • Applications open for INSIGHT High School Program
  • Stop the Bleed WA takes Olympia
  • Volunteers needed for Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway
  • Publication expands analysis of Argentina pediatric TBI care

January 2018

  • BoosterSeat.org Unveils New Look
  • Outreach Highlights at HIPRC
  • INSIGHT program seeking summer mentors
  • University of Washington IRB changes

HIPRC Newsletters 2017

November 2017

  • Student opportunities at HIPRC
  • “Mix-and-Match” injury control curriculum available
  • HIPRC members elected to national leadership posts
  • HIPRC to host adult TBI webinar

October 2017

  • Las Vegas shooting draws attention to firearm research, emergency prep
  • Geri-T Bundle project launches to improve elderly patient care
  • Trauma Conference Recap
  • HIPRC core member to helm new medical journal
  • Long-time crash researcher celebrated
  • Fellowship extends application deadline

September 2017

  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
  • Pediatrician, researcher responds to Freeman High School shooting
  • HIPRC member wins international recognition
  • Research fellowship applications open

August 2017

  • Vehicle side curtain air bags offer protection from partial ejections, new study finds
  • Featured Faculty: From Physicist to Physician
  • INSIGHT Research Symposium highlights HIPRC interns
  • Grandmothers Against Gun Violence spotlights HIPRC researcher
  • Seattle “Top Docs” list highlights center members
  • HIPRC researchers to feature at national conferences

July 2017

  • Only 61% of gun owners have formal training with firearms, new HIPRC study estimates
  • Researchers connect with families at Latino health fair
  • iHeal lecture, Pediatric TBI webinar recordings available online
  • Family of young patient advocates for fire pit safety

June 2017

  • Severe firework injuries most commonly caused by shells, mortars, study finds
  • HIPRC welcomes newest INSIGHT students
  • Pediatric TBI webinar reaches 316 attendees
  • iHeal Symposium speakers call for research, action, partnerships around health equity

May 2017

  • Washington toughens up distracted driving laws
  • Pediatric TBI webinar offers CNE credit
  • SAVIR elects HIPRC faculty member to board of directors

April 2017

  • iHeal to feature national experts
  • INSIGHT applicants selected for 2017
  • HIPRC research coordinators present at ICU Research Day

HIPRC Newsletters 2014-2016

2016

September 2016

  • Stop the Bleed Washington
  • INSIGHT Program a Resounding Success
  • UW Medicine EMS & Trauma Conference 2016

May 2016

  • Pacific Northwest Suicide Resource Center
  • King County Council Tackles Suicide
  • HIPRC Faculty Receive Awards, Accolades

2015

November 12, 2015

November 3, 2015

October 8, 2015

October 1, 2015

 September 21, 2015

September 9, 2015

August 31, 2015

August 24, 2015

August 17, 2015

 

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