UNC IPRC Presents Symposium for Multi-Disciplinary Research on the Opioid Crisis

Potential Funding Opportunities

The following spreadsheet is a working document of potential funding opportunities around prescription drug overdoe and pain management topics, as identified by UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. Potential Funding Opportunities

The Current Landscape of PDO/Pain Management Research at UNC

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Where we are in research as of today

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The UNC School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium is on the western edge of the campus. The building is located across the street from the State Employees Credit Union, and is in between the FedEx Global Education Center and the School of Public Health.

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Panel Presenters Include:


Chris Ringwalt, DrPH.

Chris Ringwalt serves as the lead for IPRC’s RX overdose prevention program.  As such, he bears primary responsibility for securing, implementing, and reporting the results of projects in this area.  He also is a standing member of the Advisory Committees for North Carolina’s Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS) and for the Chronic Pain Initiative of Community Care of North Carolina.
Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, FACP

Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, FACP
Director and Clinical Professor of Medicine

Dr. Paul Chelminski is a professor of medicine and an experienced educator of medical students and resident physicians at the UNC School of Medicine. Since 2001, Dr. Chelminski has practiced primary care in the UNC Internal Medicine Clinic.

This clinic is recognized nationally for the high quality team-based care that it provides to patients with chronic illnesses. He has extensive experience in collaborative practice with physician assistants, clinical pharmacists, and nurse practitioners. In this setting, he has been engaged in inter-professional education and mentorship as well.


Timothy J. Ives, Pharm.D., M.P.H.

Timothy J. Ives, Pharm.D., M.P.H., is a professor of pharmacy and adjunct professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his baccalaureate and doctoral degrees in pharmacy at the University of Florida, a master of public health in health policy and administration, and a fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to Carolina, he was a member of the faculties of the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. Ives is a licensed pharmacist and clinical pharmacist practitioner in North Carolina and is a board certified in pharmacotherapy specialist. He is a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, as well as the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, of which he has served as secretary.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, Ives has served as interim chair of the Division of Pharmacy Practice, chair of the Orange County Board of Health, and currently directs the Chronic Pain Program in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology of the UNC School of Medicine.

 nab2 Nabarun Dasgupta, MPH, PhD Nabarun Dasgupta is an epidemiologist who studies the medical and non-medical use of prescription and illicitly manufactured opioids. He is a Research Scientist at the Injury Prevention Research Center at UNC, and an scientific advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton on applications of drug safety and information technology.
steve_marshall_2016-738x714 Steve Marshall, PhD I am an epidemiologist whose main area of research is injury prevention. The area of injury epidemiology is understudied relative to the public health significance, cost, and preventability of these health outcomes.

I am the Director of UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center. I have an adjunct appointment in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, and work closely with colleagues in the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory, the Center for Study of Retired Athletes, and the Mathew Gfeller Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Center.

My areas of research focus, over the course of my career, have been sports medicine, surveillance of sports injury, transportation safety, occupational injury, and violence prevention. I also have a strong interest in biostatistics and epidemiologic methods.

My research interests include injury to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, baseball injuries, deaths from violence, prevention of concussions, and occupational injury.

Injuries are an enormous source of mortality and morbidity in the USA and globally. Research is urgently needed to help us learn how to address this pressing epidemic.

shanahan Meghan Shanahan, PhD Dr. Meghan Shanahan is a Research Assistant Professor in the Maternal and Child Health Department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Research Scientist at the Injury Prevention Research Center, both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include child maltreatment surveillance, systems-level approaches to child maltreatment prevention, promoting child development through positive parenting, prescription drug overdose prevention strategies, and the impact of the opioid overdose epidemic on child health and development.
 jonsson-funk_michele-738x714 Michele Jonsson-Funk, PhD Dr Jonsson Funk is a Research Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Epidemiology. Her research over the last 13 years has addressed both methodological issues in the conduct of non-experimental (observational) epidemiologic studies and applied questions of drug safety and effectiveness at the intersection of pharmacoepidemiology and women’s health.

IPRC Announces Rape Prevention Education Evaluation Study

Chapel Hill, NC– The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center announces today funding for an evaluative study of “Wise Guys: The Next Level,” a rape prevention education (RPE)-funded program that focuses on adolescent and young men. This study, funded by the CDC, will assess the effect of “Wise Guys: The Next Level”  on preventing rape and other types of sexual violence. It will also investigate the program’s secondary effects of preventing dating violence, bullying, high-risk sexual behaviors, and sexual harassment.

The study will be conducted by a multidisciplinary research team at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, with faculty from UNC’s Health Behavior department in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC’s School of Social Work. The program developer and implementer, Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, based in Greensboro NC, will also be involved in planning and conducting the study.

“Sexual violence is a highly prevalent and deeply significant social and public health problem,” said co-principal investigator for the evaluation, Dr. Kathryn E. (Beth) Moracco, a faculty member in the department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. “Despite the magnitude and severity of sexual violence, little is known about how best to prevent sexual violence perpetration. This critical gap in the sexual violence prevention evidence limits our ability to implement comprehensive programs to prevent and reduce sexual violence perpetration.”

“Working through state health departments, such as Injury and Violence Prevention Branch in the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC has provided financial support for many Rape Prevention Education (RPE ) programs like ‘Wise Guys: The Next Level,” said co-principal investigator for the evaluation, Dr. Rebecca Macy, who is a faculty member with UNC’s School of Social Work. “However the effectiveness of most of these community-based rape prevention programs remains unknown because there have been very few rigorous, randomized studies like this one. This study is also novel because it will add to practice-based evidence on strategies for sexual violence prevention.”

Representatives from the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch in the NC Department of Health and Human Services and from the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault will serve on the study’s Advisory Board, along with other research and practice-based experts in rape prevention from NC and the USA.


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Lessons learned from implementing Project Lazarus in North Carolina.

From the outset, the underlying premise of Project Lazarus was that each community should ultimately be responsible for its own health. With a minimal amount of training and outside support, individual communities could develop sustainable infrastructure and select interventions that resonate with and are appropriate for those who are most affected by the use, misuse, and abuse of prescription pain medication. In the end, the findings around the Project Lazarus model has developed key lessons and more  understanding into prevention and opioid overdose. Read More about Lessons Learned through Project Lazarus here.

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IPRC Research Assistant Selected as APHA Section Fellow

Anna Austin, MPH, IPRC research assistant and doctoral student  in maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 15 students selected from across the U.S. to serve as a 2016-2017 section fellow for the American Public Health Association’s maternal and child health section.

The APHA fellows program is designed to advance students’ leadership skills. The maternal and child health section of the organization provides fellows with the opportunity to take an active part in section activities through attendance at the APHA annual meeting in October, participation in section committee activities, serving as an assistant to the governing council representatives and coordinating special sessions.

Fellows are chosen based upon evidence of outstanding leadership, scholarship and commitment to maternal and child health.

Austin’s research interests focus upon child maltreatment and adverse childhood experiences. She has published most recently in the Children and Youth Services Review.

Congratulations Anna!

SKIPP Project Launches ENHANCED Training Program

The SKIPP Project will launch of its first ENHANCED Training Program in Fall 2016.  The program will facilitate deeper learning and skill development for child and youth injury and violence prevention in Wake County, NC.  The training program will:

  • Use a team-based learning approach:  participants will apply to and work as teams during the training program.
  • Emphasize peer learning:  teams will participate in facilitated exercises to encourage peer learning and networking  across the participating teams, offered in a supportive environment.
  • Support real-world projects, products, or outcomes:  teams will identify/complete activities designed to address their current work or future efforts.  Each team will identify its training program-ending product or outcome.
  • Offer technical assistance (TA):  teams will receive coaching assistance from SKIPP staff (at, and between, in-person ENHANCED sessions) to apply learning to the team’s real-world projects.

This is not a traditional ‘workshop style’ learning experience!  The ENHANCED training program provides opportunities for learning during and between four, 5-hour in-person sessions held from Fall 2016 to Spring 2017.  As a result, learning, activities, and materials will be tailored to the needs of teams selected to participate in the training program.

For additional information about the training program, including how to submit an initial application, please visit the SKIPP Project’s ENHANCED Training Program website.

For other questions, including to discuss ideas for forming a team, please contact Robert J. Letourneau at 919-966-3920 or Robert_Letourneau@unc.edu


North Carolina’s Controlled Substances Reporting System: Past, Present, and Future

Join UNC Injury Prevention Research Center’s Chris Ringwalt, and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Alex Asbun, Wednesday, April 20th from 1:30 – 2:30 PM to learn more about the statewide reporting registry’s history, recent advances, and future plans. Also included will be a brief summary of IPRC’s 2012 Controlled Substances Reporting System evaluation.CSSR Past, Present and Future- April 20th


Starting the Conversation

How collaborations are advancing gender-based violence research and training at UNC-Chapel Hill

by Jessica Porter
The following is reprinted with permission from Endeavors, the UNC Research online magazine.

In January 2015, college students flocked to campus showings of “The Hunting Ground.” While dozens of universities appear in the film, it has a clear focus. As images of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library, Polk Place, and Bell Tower flash across the screen during the two-minute trailer, alumna Annie Clark says: “The first few weeks I made some of my best friends, but two of us were sexually assaulted before classes even started.”

Clark and fellow alumna Andrea Pino were heavily featured in the documentary, which shined a light on the issue of college sexual assault. The Sundance Film Festival marked the two “among a growing, unstoppable network of young women who will no longer be silent.” College sexual assault, though, is just one type of gender-based violence, a topic that has received increased attention both domestically and internationally in recent years.

As activism and awareness for gender-based violence have increased — broadly and at UNC — so has the push for research on the topic. Stephanie DeLong, a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology, is just one of a number of students focused on this type of research at Carolina. She, specifically, examines partner violence among adolescents in northeastern South Africa.

DeLong quickly learned she wasn’t the only student on campus who saw a need to bring different types of gender-based violence research together. She partnered with fellow epidemiology student Aliza Gellman-Chomsky and Marta Mulawa from the Department of Health Behavior. They discussed the value of increasing collaborations across departments. “There were a lot of people doing this work, but we were scattered all over campus,” she says.

To bring this research together, the trio sent out a series of emails to multiple departments within Gillings to gage interest in the project. Three years later, those emails and enthusiasm have blossomed into a more formal collaboration involving students, faculty, practitioners, and other researchers from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Social Work, Student Wellness, and Carolina Women’s Center.

Today, the UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group (GBVRG) collaborates on manuscripts, advocates for student training opportunities, hosts speakers every month, and holds an annual summit to raise awareness about gender-based violence and research occurring at Carolina. On April 6, this year’s summit, called “Violence Across the Life Course,” will touch on child abuse, violence during adolescence, sexual assault on college campuses, and intimate partner violence.

Steve Marshall, the director of the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, will kick off the event with opening remarks. The center co-sponsored GBVRG’s first summit and will act as a partner again this year. “Gender-based violence is a big, complex social issue,” Marshall says. “If we are going to have an impact on it, we need interdisciplinary research that gets to the root cause.”

Marshall has been on board with GBVRG’s work since day one. He was initially drawn to the group because of its extraordinary network within different departments. “The faculty members are so busy that we don’t always step back and look at the big picture,” Marshall says. “Sometimes our students see the linkages between these topics better than we do!”

Sandra Martin, the associate dean for research in Gillings, knows this better than anyone. Last year, a survey fromGBVRG spurred the researcher to reinvent one of her past courses. Years ago, when she first started lecturing at UNC, Martin taught “Violence Against Women” and then “Research Methods.” She put both courses on the back burner to focus on her research on violence against children and women.

In 2014, though, Martin began receiving email inquiries from students about gender-based violence courses. She knew she couldn’t fill a classroom with the few students reaching out to her via email, but she wondered if more students were interested. Luckily, GBVRG sent out another email to see what kind of courses public health students wanted to take. “They came to me and told me that students wanted to take my class,” Martin says, “which was great because I wanted to teach it again!”

Last fall, Martin taught a class called “Gender-Based Violence.” To create the curriculum, she combined research from her past courses with new studies on men and transgender people. “It really tries to incorporate the latest research and topics into the class,” Martin says. “Classes should change as the knowledge base grows.”

The course is restricted to graduate students and meets once a week for three hours. During the first half of the class, Martin typically invites guest speakers to give presentations. Students then have the opportunity to network with the speakers, which sometimes leads to collaborations on projects. These kinds of relationships are extremely important in the field of gender-based violence, according to Martin.

She believes that her course and the work of GBVRG lay the foundation for the future. “It is more than just a class or a summit,” Martin says. “These individuals are the next generation of researchers that will go on to end gender-based violence.”

Stephanie DeLong is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a founder and one of the student leaders in the UNCGender-Based Violence Research Group.

Steve Marshall is the director of the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. He is also a professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Sandra Martin is the associate dean for research in the UNCGillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a professor and associate chair for research in the Department of Maternal and Child Health. Last year, she helped coordinate the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct at UNC-Chapel Hill.

For the full article & other news from UNC Endeavors, please visit them here.

Upcoming Doris Duke Fellowship Meeting Keynote on Child Well-Being

Please join us for the Keynote to the Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-being Annual Meeting, on Wednesday, April 6 at 11:15 at the UNC School of Social Work Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ramesh Raghavan, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Rutgers School of Social Work, to present “Measuring Child Well-Being in Practice: Reconciling Measurement Approaches with Theory.”

The field of child well-being has many well-validated instruments; however, the phenomenon that these instruments purport to measure remains poorly articulated and highly disparate. This situation has arisen because the theory of child well-being remains relatively underdeveloped relative to measurement. Consequently, and in contrast to other scholarly disciplines, theory has not driven the measurement of child well-being.

In this talk, Professor Ramesh Raghavan articulates the Two Sources theory of child well-being, an approach to thinking about child well-being developed primarily from the philosophy of childhood. Based on this theory, he evaluates existing measurement approaches to determine the extent to which they are theoretically grounded. He concludes by outlining an approach to measurement that is practicable while being theoretically valid.

Doris Duke Keynote FlyerThis years Keynote is sponsored by:

UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
UNC School of Social Work
The Center for Developmental Science
Duke Center for Child and Family Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago



Join us at the 2016 GBV Summit on April 6 at UNC Chapel Hill!

The UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group and UNC Injury Prevention Research Center will be hosting our annual Gender-Based Violence Summit on April 6 from 1:30-4:30 pm, in Rosenau Hall 133.

The focus of the summit will be “Violence Across the Life Course” with domestic and internationally-focused talks given by UNC Doctoral Students. The full agenda is available here. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be available. Attendance is free and open to the UNC community and general public. Registration is not required.

Please contact Stephanie DeLong at smdelong@email.unc.edu with any questions about the summit.GBV Summit Public Agenda


Upcoming Law Enforcement and Community Summit on Heroin in North Carolina

HRC logoThe North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition will be hosting a statewide summit on Thursday, May 12th, at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh.

Law enforcement and community leaders will gather at the legislature to discuss legislative solutions to reducing the negative impacts of Heroin in our communities. Law enforcement and community leaders will discuss increasing access to naloxone, syringe exchange, law enforcement angel programs, law enforcement assisted diversion, increasing access to social services, detox and rehabilitation activities.

Event Location:  North Carolina General Assembly, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

Event Date: Thursday, May 12,  8:45 AM – 1 PM

Contact: Robert Childs, 336-543-8050, robert.bb.childs@gmail.com

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Confirmed Speakers:

  • Thomas Bashore, Chief of Police, Nashville Police Department, Nashville, NC
  • Tessie Castillo, Advocacy and Communications Coordinator, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Raleigh, NC
  • Michael Cardwell, Lieutenant, Winston Salem Police Department, NC
  • Robert Childs, MPH,  Executive Director, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Wilmington, NC
  • William H. Hollingsed, Chief of Police, Waynesville Police Department, Waynesville, NC
  • John Ingram, Sheriff, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Bolivia, NC
  • Jim Johnson, Ret. Chief of Police, Huntington Police Department,Huntington, WV
  • Melissia Larson, Grants Administrator, Pitt County Sheriff, Greenville, NC
  • Mike Page, Community Advocate, Wilmington, NC
  • Lars Paul, Captain of Internal Affairs, Fayetteville Police Department,Fayetteville, NC
  • Scott Proescholdbell, MPH, Epidemiologist, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, DHHS, Raleigh, NC
  • Donnie Varnell, Ret. Special Agent in Charge, State Bureau of Investigation/Harm Reduction Policing Coordinator, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Mateo, NC