IPRC’s research and outreach activities are focused on six key program areas, which are kept in close alignment with current CDC NCIVP focus areas. These include the prevention of: Prescription Painkiller Overdose, Violence Against Women and Children, Traumatic Brain Injury, Motor Vehicle Related Injuries, Falls and Older Adults, and Intimate Partner Violence. UNC IPRC investigators are also active in sports and recreational injury, and occupational injury, and other injury topics.
UNC IPRC has been highly productive in both research and practice activities in all six areas. Our portfolio of prescription painkiller overdose prevention focused-projects is substantial. UNC IPRC includes North Carolina Academic Center of Excellence (NC-ACE), the nation’s first rural academic center in youth violence prevention funded by the CDC. From Science to Practice, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, assured that findings from the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) reached both practitioners and policy makers. Center investigators have made substantial contributions to the linkage between head trauma and dementia in professional athletes and were instrumental in the passage of the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act in 2011. Our work contributed significantly to the evidence on the protectiveness of Graduated Driver Licensing System laws to young drivers. Noviolencia translates the highly successful Safedates intervention into the Latino community. For a list of recent IPRC publications, click here.
The Injury-Free NC Academy addresses a NCIVP focus area each year. In 2012, the Academy trained community-based teams working to promote teen driver safety. In 2013, the Academy trained county-based teams in prescription painkiller overdose prevention. In 2014, we will focus on the prevention of child maltreatment, working closely with the NC Essentials of Early Childhood project team.
Our Seminar Series also includes special focus on current priority and emphasis areas, and is well-attended by researchers, students, and community practitioners.
This year, in partnership with NC DHHS, Division of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch and other community partners, UNC IPRC will be convening the Injury-Free NC statewide injury prevention conference, and a statewide conference for practitioners working to prevent falls among older adults.