Connect, Empower, Prevent:
A Webinar Series by UNC IPRC

2023-2024 Webinar Series

This webinar series seeks to connect researchers, practitioners, students and others interested in injury and violence prevention (IVP), by providing a platform to share innovative and impactful research and initiatives in this field. The intention is for these presentations and discussions to foster more peer-to-peer learning and collaboration opportunities that will benefit IVP work in NC and across the country. This series is one of several education and engagement offerings from UNC IPRC.

The webinars are structured in a way to succinctly highlight key takeaways and provide an opportunity for discussion with the presenter and other potential subject matter experts that are present.

These webinars take place on the second Wednesday of each month from 12pm – 12:30pm. Each month features a new speaker presenting on a different IVP topic. Recordings of past webinars are available on the UNC IPRC YouTube Channel. The next round of this series will run October 2023 – May 2024. The schedule is listed below and will be updated as speakers are confirmed. Registration is required for each webinar, and the webinar flyers and registration links are typically available here 3 – 4 weeks before each webinar and are sent out through various email listservs.

If you have any questions, would like to be added to our webinar listserv, or would like to suggest a potential speaker or topic area for an upcoming webinar, please email Carol Shirley (

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2023-2024 Schedule

Date Speaker Topic
10/11/23 Nidhi Sachdeva, MPH Building relationships with local government and collaboratively empowering communities to prevent drug overdose
11/8/23 Libby McClure, PhD Workplace Segregation and Occupational Injuries in North Carolina
12/13/23 Anne Geissinger, MPH, RDN, and Megan Lueck, MA A Comprehensive Approach to Preventing Suicide in North Carolina
1/10/24 Elyse Keefe, MSW, MPH NC Vision Zero Project
2/14/24 Lauren Kestner Queen City Harm Reduction
3/13/24 Shae Robinson, MEd, MMSc The Effects of Injury on Student Athlete Mental Health
4/10/24 Michelle Myers, PhD, MPH Opioid Use Prevention

Past Webinars

2022-2023 Webinar Schedule

Date Speaker Topic
10/5/22 Orrin Ware, PhD, MPH, MSW Examining Opioid Withdrawal Severity
11/9/22 Joe M. Hart III, PhD, ATC Evaluation Techniques and Treatment Approaches in Orthopaedics
12/14/22 Venita Embry, PhD, MPH Examination of Race in Domestic Violence Prosecution and Victim Cooperation
2/8/23 Tolu Oyesanya, PhD, RN Care and support of adult TBI patients and their families across the treatment continuum
3/8/23 Rebecca Rebbe, PhD, MSW, EdM The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on child maltreatment-related medical encounters & system responses using linked administrative data.
4/12/23 Kathryn (Beth) Moracco, PhD, MPH Interdisciplinary research aiming to incorporate restorative justice practices into domestic violence programs for intimate partner violence perpetrators.
5/10/23 Kelcie Ralph, PhD, & Angela Rodriguez, MS, (PhD candidate) Utilizing innovative methods to reframe automated speed enforcement to overcome public opposition.