The IPRC prepares and provides legislative briefings and fact sheets to policymakers, including the NC state legislature and their staff. Fact sheets and presentations are also provided to key practitioner and advocacy groups, such as the NC Medical Board, to utilize in their efforts to support safety legislation. Additionally, the IPRC participates in “Hill Day” visits to elected federal officials. These provide an opportunity for IPRC leadership to meet with federal elected officials and/or their staff to share key information related to injury and violence prevention priorities.
We collaborate with partners (including UNC Federal Affairs, other Injury Control Research Centers, Safe States Alliance, and the National Violence Prevention Network) in planning these visits. In 2018, the IPRC supported and attended several events on Capital Hill. The most recent of these was National Violent Death Reporting System Hill Day 2018. Dr. Beth Moracco (IPRC’s Associate Director) and Scott Proescholdbell, MPH (IVPB lead epidemiologist) visited with Senators Burr (R-NC) and Tillis (R-NC) and Congressmen Price (D-NC), Walker (R-NC), and McHenry (R-NC).
The IPRC’s outreach materials, which highlight evidence-based information related to injury and violence prevention, have assisted policy-makers in developing and considering potential legislation regarding opioid overdose prevention, motorcycle helmet laws, fireworks sales, driver licensing, and return to play following concussion.
InjuryFreeNC.org is North Carolina’s unified voice for injury prevention. The website includes up-to-date information related to preventing injuries and violence in NC, access to experts, and ways to connect with the injury prevention community that works to keep NC safe.
Our Seminars, Symposia, and Speakers Series take place on the UNC campus and throughout the state and include UNC-affiliated researchers, visiting lecturers, and subject-matter experts. These events provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, advocates, and policy staff to connect around various injury and violence prevention topics.
Visit our Events page to learn more about past and upcoming seminars, symposia, and speakers series.