• 24 Jun 2014 1:06 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)

    Advocacy in Action: Dawn Comstock serves as Expert Panelist at the White House

    On May 29th, 2014 SAVIR member Dr. Dawn Comstock from the Colorado School of Public Health and the Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education, and Research (PIPER) Program was invited to participate in the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit as an expert panelist discussing the epidemiology of sports and recreation related concussions among U.S. Youth. The audience invited to attend this event held in the East Room of the White House included leaders from the research, clinical, and public health fields as well as sports governing bodies, policy makers, grass-roots organizations, parent groups, and families of injured athletes. This highlights how injury research can be used to inform the public discourse and future policy-making. Congratulations Dawn!

  • 04 Jun 2014 1:05 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)

    PCORI and NIH To Announce Major Study to Prevent Fall-Related Injuries

    PCORI and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health will announce on Wednesday, June 4, the selection of the research team that will carry out a major, five-year, $30 million patient-centered study of the effectiveness of individually tailored care plans to help older individuals avoid falls and related injuries. Every year, roughly one in three older Americans suffers a fall. Although evidence points to effective ways to prevent falls, rates of fall-related injury remain stubbornly high, making falls one of the most common causes of disability and loss of independence among older adults. Details of the new national study and perspectives of key stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, and clinicians, will be shared at a one-hour public briefing via webinar/teleconference, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET. Register for the event.


    The Power of Partnership in Research: Regional Meeting in Minneapolis

    We're inviting patients, caregivers, healthcare leaders, and other stakeholders in the Midwest and Upper Plains states to join us at our fourth regional engagement workshop, which will take place in Minneapolis, Minn., Thursday, June 19. This event offers an opportunity for individuals from Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming to learn about PCORI, guide us on how to conduct patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness research, and join us in building a patient-centered research community. View the agenda and register at the workshop page on our website.

  • 13 May 2014 1:04 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)

    Pamela Scully and Deb Houry will be teaching a Coursera class this summer on behalf of Emory University.  For those of you not familiar with Coursera, it is a "massive open online course," there will be 6 weeks of podcasts, interactive discussion boards and a host of guest speakers. 

    There are currently 1,500 enrolled and the goal is to exceed 50,000.

    The class is Understanding Violence:
    Violence is among the top three leading causes of injury and death in the US and globally. We will focus on different disciplinary approaches and perspectives to understanding and potentially preventing violence and end with a project "A day of compassion and action"
  • 29 Apr 2014 1:53 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)
    SAVIR E-news, April 2014


    Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and encourage them to join SAVIR, particularly with our upcoming March 2015 meeting in New Orleans. We have lots of opportunities for you including committee membership to writing a column in Injury Prevention. And, feel free to contact me with any suggestions or feedback at

    Deb Houry, MD, MPH
    SAVIR President


    View the Call for Abstracts at:


    If you would like to become more involved in shaping the direction and vision of SAVIR, please consider volunteering to serve on a committee. Interested individuals should view the committee tasks and responsibilities, and contact the appropriate committee chair or contact the SAVIR Executive Office.

    Yearly terms typically run from April through March.

    Injury Prevention PODCASTS

    Injury Prevention is an international peer review journal, offers the best in science, policy, and public health practice to reduce the burden of injury in all age groups around the world. IP Podcasts offer wonderful opportunities to highlight injury and violence topics we think are important and to foster a discussion about them. These can cover the gamut from advocacy to research to practice.

    Please send your ideas for these Podcast topics - and speakers - to Doug Wiebe.

    “From SAVIR” Injury Prevention QUARTERLY COLUMN

    Previous columns include:

    • Using health impact assessments to advance the field of injury and violence prevention.  Keshia M Pollack, Marjory L Givens, Gregory J Tung.

    • Advancing safe sleep for infants through translational research.  Mary D Overpeck, Theresa H Cruz, Lara B McKenzie.

    • Advocacy: translating injury research into policy.  Susan Scavo Gallagher, Theresa H Cruz, Megan L Ranney.

    Please submit your ideas, manuscripts, or suggested authors for this column to to Doug Wiebe.


    The archive for the first of the SAVIR 2014 Webinar Series, Legalization of Marijuana and Implications for Injury is available on the SAVIR webinar archive page.


    SAVIR would like to spotlight your information and announcements in our E-news.  Please notify us by email - - if you have:

    • received an award
    • changed positions
    • received a promotion
    • earned special recognition
    • published a book/journal or recommend a book/journal you've read
    • other news that you feel would be worthy of sharing with your colleagues such as upcoming events, conferences, employment opportunities, etc.


    Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research
    3416 Primm Lane
    Birmingham, Alabama 35216
    P: 205-823-6106
    F: 205-823-2760




  • 22 Apr 2014 1:54 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)

    Opportunity to Submit Written Testimony to Senate Appropriations Committee

    The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing on Tuesday, April 29 about Driving Innovation through Federal Investment. IVPN members are encouraged to submit written testimony about the importance of public health and prevention research.

    Please review the following files for testimony instructions and note the submission deadline of Thursday, April 24.

    View the NCIPC presentation (pdf).

    View the testimony instructions (doc).

  • 21 Apr 2014 1:56 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)
    Please welcome the following individuals who will be joining SAVIR leadership:


    Doug Wiebe, PhD

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    Board of Directors

    Jon Vernick, JD, MPH

    Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Dept. of Health Policy & Management, Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH

    Medical Director, Injury Prevention and Research Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Professor of Pediatrics & Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine

    Steven Bowman, PhD, MHA

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director, MHSA Program, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Carolyn Snider, MD, MPH, FRCPC (EM)

    Scientist, The Manitoba Institute of Child Health, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Manitoba, Staff Physician, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority


    Richard W. Sattin, MD, FACP

    Professor and Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Georgia

    Student Representatives

    Jennifer Jones

    Epidemiology doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Laura Schwab-Reese

    PhD student in Community & Behavioral Health at The University of Iowa College of Public Health

    Click here for the complete Board listing.
  • 19 Mar 2014 2:04 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)
    2014 National Conference for America's Children
    Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront – Sunday, May 18, to Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
  • 17 Mar 2014 2:00 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)
    The D'Veal Family and Youth Services is proud to announce the hosting of the 5th biannual Alive & Free youth violence prevention conference later this year. Please check out and share our website with your staff and partner organizations.

    Additional information can be found at:
  • 07 Mar 2014 12:27 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)

    Legalization of Marijuana and Implications for Injury

    Due to a unforeseen conflict, we have been forced to cancel the April 1 webinar: Legalization of Marijuana and Implications for Injury.

    We apologize for the inconvenience.


    Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 9:30am - 11:00am Mountain Time


    Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes


    Increased access to marijuana in Colorado has raised public health and safety issues such as accidental ingestion by children and increased impaired driving. This webinar will:

    • Describe the extent and consequences of unintentional ingestion of marijuana by children,

    • Highlight a policy success story of child resistant packaging regulations, and

    • Discuss the implications of the legalization of marijuana use for traffic safety.


    • Sam Wang, MD
      Children's Hospital Colorado
    • Gregory J. Tung, MPH, PhD
      Colorado School of Public Health
    • Ashley Brooks-Russell, MPH, PhD
      Colorado School of Public Health
    • Moderator: Carol W. Runyan, MPH, PhD
      Colorado School of Public Health

    Injury Researchers, ED Physicians, Policy Advocates, Public Health Practitioners, and those with a general interest in Violence and Injury Research.


    Advance registration is NOT required. Click this link to join the webinar on Tuesday morning.

    Detailed access instructions:

    1. Click here to access the webinar (the link is currently active and we recommend testing the connection prior to the date of the actual webinar).
    2. Enter your email address and display name, then LOGIN.
    3. You will be prompted for a meeting download. Save or open the "meeting.jnlp" file.
    4. Once the file is downloaded and opened it should launch automatically.
      1. You may receive a security warning prompt asking you "Do you want to run this application?" If so, click the "I accept..." box and then click "Run".
      2. You may also receive a second security warning asking "Block potentially unsafe components from being run?" If so, click NO.
    5. If the webinar fails to launch you may need to adjust your java settings. Click here for PC and Mac instructions. (Advanced PC users: open control panel, open the java control panel, on security tab lower the security level to medium.)
  • 25 Feb 2014 12:59 PM | SAVIR Executive Office (Administrator)

    SAVIR Call for Board of Director Nominations

    On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I am writing to you to seek nominations for 3 director positions in accordance with the SAVIR bylaws. All nominees must be members in good standing and must be willing to serve the complete term of office as defined in the bylaws and participate actively in fulfilling responsibilities of the office.

    Positions Open for Election:

    Director (2 positions available) - A 3-year term beginning April 2014
    Director (1 position available) - A 2-year term beginning April 2014

    Nominations, including self-nominations, of all eligible individuals will be accepted for inclusion on the ballot. Eligible candidates will be asked to provide a brief bio-sketch for inclusion on the ballot.

    SAVIR will hold member-wide elections in mid-March and newly elected Board members will assume their seats in April 2014.

    Please forward nominations by 5pm central time on March 7, 2014, using this nomination form (multiple nominations are accepted - one form per each), to the Nominating Committee via the SAVIR Executive Office preferably by email:

    Robert Ranieri

    Executive Director
    Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research
    3416 Primm Lane
    Birmingham, Alabama 35216
    P: 205-823-6106

Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research


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