UNC Injury Prevention Research Center to screen Newtown, a film by Kim A. Snyder.

newtown-poster-1Tuesday, January 17th

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium,  

Michael Hooker Research Center

Light snacks will be provided for the screening. Parking for the event will be available in the McCauley Parking Deck.

What Remains after all is lost? Twenty months after the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, CT that took the lives of twenty elementary school children and six educators on December 14, 2012, the small New England town is a complex psychological web of tragic aftermath in the wake of yet another act of mass killing at the hands of a disturbed young gunman. Kim A. Snyder’s searing Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose.

Filmed over the course of three years, the film weaves together powerful and honest testimonials from parents, teachers, school staff, first responders and clergy members grappling with the tragedy. Taken together, their stories document a traumatized community whose resilience and sense of purpose is as powerful as its grief. The film bears witness not only to a community seeking healing in the midst of national media attention, but to all that is left to cope with after the cameras leave.

As a film that focuses on community resilience and trauma, Newtown offers an opportunity to broaden dialogue. Speakers who represent a cross section of community will lead conversations following the film screening.



2016 IPOP – Applications Now Being Accepted!

Join us for a free two-part webinar series this fall to learn about the changing landscape of opioid overdose, the rise of this public health epidemic, the current burden and the different governmental, nonprofit, business, and advocacy groups involved in this complex issue. Examine solutions and strategies for preventing and reducing opioid overdose. Register Now!

Build on your knowledge from webinars 1 & 2 and apply to join the IPOP Faculty Team for a “Going Further” Webinar and 3 day Spring skills-building workshop. Come as a team or an individual and learn how to use tools to assess and document information about opioid overdose with stakeholders in your community. Develop your work over 3 months to come back for the 3-day skills-building workshop in Chapel Hill, NC. Now accepting applications, learn more!

Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award

Photo at top: © Yolanda Merced-Graves used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

© Yolanda Merced-Graves used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Please join us for an event dedicated to launching the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award. Light refreshments will be served and music will be performed by Kamara Thomas.

October 11, 2016 4:00 – 6:00 PM
North Carolina Botanical Gardens, Reeves Auditorium
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  • Rebecca Kohler, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development, IntraHealth International
  • Constance Newman, Senior Team Leader, Gender Equality and Health, IntraHealth International
  • Sabrina Garcia, Chapel Hill Police Department, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Specialist
  • Peggy Bentley, Associate Dean for Global Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Steve Marshall, Director, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and Professor of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Beth Moracco, Director of the Master of Public Health Program for the Department of Health Behavior and Research Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

IntraHealth International is pleased to announce, in partnership with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health and the  Injury Prevention Research Center, this award. It serves as a tribute to Raluca Iosif, an IntraHealth colleague whose life was cut short by violence. The award will fund research focused on better understanding and preventing intimate partner violence and will be open to graduate students enrolled at the Gillings school.

More About the Award

IntraHealth International is pleased to announce, in partnership with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) the launch of a new research award to advance understanding of the global problem of intimate partner violence, especially the little understood and under-researched human rights and public health-related aspects of the phenomenon. The award is made possible by the Raluca Iosif Memorial Fund established by IntraHealth.

Rigorous evidence on intimate partner violence forms the basis of effective advocacy and prevention, to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5.2, “Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres.” Currently, different definitions and classifications used for conceptualizing fatal intimate partner violence complicate the collection of information from various sources, resulting in documentation that is not comparable or actionable across communities, regions, and countries. Initially, recipients of the award will contribute to the academic research body of knowledge on the nature and extent of fatal intimate partner violence, including the definition, measurement and data sources; patterns in different settings and environments; who is at greatest risk; or how risk can be assessed, reduced and prevented, and governments’ obligations for protecting at-risk women.

Eligible candidates will be UNC Gillings doctoral or master’s students engaged in dissertation or thesis research focused on intimate partner violence. The annual selection process for this award will be overseen by an advisory committee from UNC. Student awardees will be mentored by IntraHealth and UNC technical leadership.

Upon completion of research, each student will present a public lecture to professional schools in the North Carolina Research Triangle Area, and will write a publication that contributes to the research base.  The immediate outcomes of the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award research will be a stronger evidence base, standardized measurement and improved guidelines to strengthen the capacity of police, forensic, and health care personnel to assess, prevent, and respond effectively.

The longer-term impact of the award will be institutional commitment and priority given to intimate partner violence against women in global public health policy and practice, starting early in the professional education of  global health practitioners.

The award is made possible by the Raluca Iosif Memorial Fund which was established by IntraHealth International in October 2015 to honor the legacy of IntraHealth’s former colleague, Raluca Iosif, who was killed in an act of fatal intimate partner violence in Durham, North Carolina, on October 6, 2015.

A dedicated member of IntraHealth’s program development unit, Raluca led initiatives that expanded IntraHealth’s work and global impact. Her sharp wit, bright spirit, and devotion to making health care available to more people in need were inspirational to IntraHealth staff and partners around the world.

This fund also was established to ensure that her deep commitment to global health, and to ending injustice, inequity, and violence against women, lives on. Contributions to the Raluca Iosif Memorial Fund can be made here.

Upcoming Gender-Based Violence Speaker Series Events

Please join us for our first Gender-Based Violence Research Group Speaker Series Events of Fall 2016!

Ammunition for Change: Explaining the Surprising Adoption of Domestic Violence and Gun Control Policies Across the United States from 2009-2015

Sierra Smucker, MSc, PhD Candidate, Duke University

Thursday October 6, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 3100 MHRC

The availability of firearms continues to threaten the lives of American citizens on a daily basis. However, a persistent political narrative suggests that calls for policy change are futile; that any legislation at the national level will be killed by the powerful gun lobby; and because of our permissive gun laws, the United States will continue to have more gun violence than any other developed country in the world. While this narrative is supported by the failure of federal policies that regulate firearms, a significant number of state legislatures have passed gun reforms that protect women in abusive relationships. Since 2013, 18 states, including historically pro-gun states like Louisiana, Tennessee, and Washington, have passed new laws to protect victims of domestic violence from firearms. In a time of deep political polarization, particularly around the issue of firearms, why are some state legislators passing these policies while rejecting other types of gun control policies? Is the change we are seeing in DV and firearms policy evidence of a transformative change in American politics or is it an outlier? Using an in-depth case study approach, this study begins to unravel the puzzle of DV and firearms policy by investigating the passage of domestic violence and firearm policy at the state level.

Sport-based HIV prevention: Innovation and research on gender-based violence

Jeff DeCelles, Technical Advisor of Curriculum & Research at Grassroot Soccer and DrPH student at UNC Department of Health Policy & Management

Tuesday October 25th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 101 Rosenau Hall

The Gender-based violence research group and Health Behavior Global Health Roundtable are organizing a guest speaker, Jeff DeCelles, from Grassroot Soccer (GRS). GRS is an international non-profit that develops and implements sport-based health programming for adolescent youth across sub-Saharan Africa. Jeff will be speaking about the organization’s innovative gender-based violence programming and research.

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

Please help us in mapping the current landscape of PDO/pain management research at UNC. The information collected in this form will be shared with the others working in similar topics and help us in finding opportunities across campus. Include any information that you wish to share, but don’t include information that you prefer to keep private. All items are optional.

PDO Research Form

Where we are in research as of today

Parking Instructions:

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.

UNC School of Social Work
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building
325 Pittsboro Street CB# 3550
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3550

Visitor Parking:


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