Our Center's Organization

HIPRC is a multidisciplinary, collaborative research center representing over 30 departments and organizations at the University of Washington and other institutions.

HIPRC Structure (organizational chart)

Learn More About Our Core Teams

Our Administrative Core provides oversight and ensures equitable strategic, academic, and fiscal responsibility and accountability for all HIPRC activities. Our faculty and staff create and maintain an infrastructure that supports the mission and goals of HIPRC and bridges the functions and activities of our four core organizations. The Administrative Core strives to be an active and interactive nexus for the external, internal and community Advisory Boards supporting HIPRC’s work. Led by Center Director, Dr. Monica S. Vavilala, MD and Center Manager, Ms. Christine Shinakov, MS, the Administrative Core works to ensure sustainability, growth, flexibility, and impact by expanding, strengthening, and diversifying partnerships.


Organizational Chart of the HIPRC Administrative Core

Our Research Core is dedicated to leading and supporting the best in injury and violence prevention research and to embracing the notion that research and its contributions needs to be equitable. Faculty and staff join communities in this endeavor, including the University of Washington, local and regional partners, and colleagues across the country and around the world. Our research spans the continuum of injury prevention and response including epidemiological research to determine injury causes and risk factors. When injury does occur, we study the spectrum of acute, rehabilitation, and long-term recovery care in the hospital, home, and community. Led by Dr. Kushang Patel our Research Core is truly state of the art.

The Research Core team has significant methodological expertise in both observational and experimental research with diverse experience in the application of multiple datasets and collection systems (electronic health records, surveys, administrative data, focus groups, other) to complex analytic questions in the fields of burns, surgery, TBI, firearms injury prevention, active transportation, geriatric injury, and other areas. The Research Core is actively engaged in complex quantitative approaches as well as community-engaged and equity-informed research.


HIPRC Research Core (organizational chart)

Our Education & Training Core is an ecosystem of skilled, insightful, diverse and productive investigators who will advance the field of injury control science. In collaboration with HIPRC’s Research Core and Outreach Core, Dr. Charles Mock who leads the Education & Training Core oversees the development of researchers who are responsive to community needs and priorities. (In 2022), the Education & Training Core provided one-on-one mentorship to 25 fellows and junior faculty across the UW health sciences and held training sessions for public health practitioners across the Pacific Northwest. We invite you to read testimonials from some of our Trainees.


HIPRC Education & Training Core (organizational chart)

Our Outreach Core focuses on innovative and effective communication, equity, and impact in injury and violence prevention. Led by Drs. Laura-Mae Baldwin and Rebecca J. Walter, the Outreach Core works with diverse communities to identify concerns and to collaborate with community and policy partners to prevent injuries and violence. We collaborate with HIPRC investigators, the Research Core, and the Education and Training Core to support the translation of research to best practices and outreach initiatives. In partnership with the Community Advisory Board, faculty and staff respectfully engage with and are responsive to community needs. Through partnerships, HIPRC works to impact public policy and create effective programs.


Organizational Chart of the HIPRC Outreach Core