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Organization & Structure

UNC IPRC operates with three cores: Administration and Leadership; Outreach and Translation; and Training and Education. Internal and External Advisory Boards provide guidance to the Center. The Center is led by Dr. Stephen W. Marshall.

The Administration and Leadership Core IPRC’s research program by nurturing research teams and seeking sources of funding, including private donations, and providing financial management and oversite for the organization as a whole, including managing the Advisory Boards. The Core is comprised of Drs. Stephen W. Marshall, J. Michael Bowling and Shrikant Bangdiwala, and Assistant Director for Administration and Finance Ms. Tonya Watkins.

The Outreach and Translation Core works to assure dissemination of the best evidence and translation of best practices in injury prevention among practitioners and policy professionals. Activities within this core include the IPRC Seminar Series, the Injury-Free NC website and IPRC website and Facebook page, the development of fact sheets and materials for legislative briefings, and the provision of technical support to community groups. The Core is led by Ms. Elizabeth Dawes Knight, with support from social marketing expert Dr. Heidi Hennink-Kaminski.

The Training and Education Core provides community training programs and academic education. Activities of this Core include community training programs, including the Injury-Free NC Academy, expert consultation and support for the SouthBySouthWest Regional Network, and national conferences. Our academic program includes formal education on injury prevention through courses and lectures in the schools of Medicine, Public Health and Dentistry. The Core is co-led by Dr. J. Michael Bowling and Ms. Mariana Garrettson. Dr. Carolyn Crump provides expert consultation in creating state-level capacity building focused on policy change.

IPRC’s six emphasis areas are overseen by Program Area Leads. Program Area Leads are “IPRC ambassadors,” to the broader campus community and the region at large. The Leads help develop, nurture and sustain innovative research teams within each of our focus areas, which include the prevention of: motor vehicle-related injury, violence against children and youth, prescription painkiller overdose, traumatic brain injury, intimate partner violence and falls in older adults.

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