Funded Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs)
Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Andrea Gielen, ScD, ScM
Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
624 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
The theme of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) is Closing the Gap between Research and Practice to Reduce the Burden of Injury. Within this overarching theme, our mission is to:
- Conduct high quality research vital to the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of policies and programs that improve the prevention and treatment of injuries;
- Ensure that research is translated into practice and that practice informs research by collaborating with a diverse array of health care providers, community based organizations, government agencies, and institutions, including other academic injury centers;
- Integrate research and practice into the training and education of injury prevention and control scholars, practitioners, other stakeholders, and the public.
The Center is a scientifically-based academic organization that comprehensively addresses all phases of injury control, from primary prevention to acute care and rehabilitation, and both unintentional and intentional injuries. Since its creation in 1987, the Center has integrated the disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine, law, health policy, health services research, criminal justice, health communication, and behavioral sciences to effectively address injuries across the lifespan. The Center is guided by a commitment to ensuring that quality research is translated into programs and policies that make a difference. In 2007, the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control honored the Center with its inaugural Injury Prevention and Control Health Impact Award.
The Center's core activities are organized around a set of specific objectives for research, training and education, and outreach.
Objective #1: Conduct translational research addressing barriers and facilitators to adoption and implementation of effective injury prevention policies.
Objective #2: Develop and evaluate innovative programs that address significant and emerging injury problems.
Training and Education Objectives
Objective #1: Develop the next generation of leaders in the field by providing formal cross-disciplinary training – incorporating insights from our research and practice – to Johns Hopkins University students, both on campus and throughout the world.
Objective #2: Offer innovative opportunities for continuing education, training, and mentoring to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals from a wide array of disciplines and organizations, including community groups, governmental bodies, non-profit organizations, and businesses.
Objective #3: Provide information and education about high-priority injury topics, emerging issues, and evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies to the public and key decision-makers.
Objective #4: Mentor University students and junior faculty to support the next generation of injury leaders locally, nationally, and globally.
Objective #1: Build on our successful relationships and accomplishments to meet existing, new, and emerging needs of the field.
Objective #2: Engage new partners in collaborative efforts to address critical problems in new ways, incorporating knowledge of past successes and future needs of the field.
Objective #3: Maximize the translation of research to practice by implementing mechanisms to assure that research informs practice and practice needs inform research.
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