Nationally, there are ten Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs), including the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), that blend outreach, training and education, and research activities into a single seamless program aimed at reducing the number, risk, and public health impact of injury and violence in the U.S. ICRCs have three functions:
The over-arching goals for the NCIPC ICRC program are to:
ICRCs have a high caliber of scientific and technical competency, are forward looking, innovative, provide regional leadership. ICRCs focus on holistic approaches that link prevention, intervention, translation, outreach, education, and evaluation. They implement innovative, evidence-based solutions that address important injury and/or violence prevention and control problems in a collaborative manner. ICRCs collaborate with stakeholders and community partners (including state and local health agencies and non-profit, community and non-governmental organizations) in the development and delivery of relevant interventions to improve the prevention and control of injuries and/or violence.
ICRCs often collaborate with partners to develop shared programs and goals. For example, UNC IPRC has extensive collaborations with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Department of Health and human Services (read more on our Outreach, Training and Education page).