Funded Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs)

Emory University: Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE)
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Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Director: Jonathan Rupp, Ph.D.
Address: 49 Jesse Hill Jr DR SE, Atlanta GA, 30303
Phone: 404-251-8831
Website: http://iprce.emory.eduexternal icon
Twitter: @IPRCEmory

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The Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) brings together researchers, injury prevention practitioners, social workers, nurses, clinicians, students, and other groups to address prevention of major injury and violence threats to our communities.

The current top five injury challenges in Georgia and the Southeastern United States are:

  • road traffic injuries,
  • opioid overdose,
  • violence
  • falls, and
  • traumatic brain injury.

Our center supports research, education and training, and outreach to reduce these top five causes of injury death. IPRCE provides significant contributions to injury prevention science through the completion of pilot grants and four core research studies, which include:

  1. A study that develops and applies geospatial statistical analytic tools that use prescription drug monitoring program, death, law enforcement, Emergency Department/hospital discharge, and other datasets to identify social contextual determinants of local rates of overdose;
  2. An organizational readiness assessment to identify the barriers and facilitators to implementing the Cardiff Model, which is a proven efficacious violence prevention program, through trauma centers in Georgia and their police and community partners;
  3. A study to advance the field of suicide prevention for African American adults with a history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by
    1. identifying risk and protective factors that influence the ACEs/suicide relationship, and by
    2. rigorously testing a culturally competent, multilevel suicide prevention intervention targeting African American adults who have previously attempted suicide; and
  4. A study to determine whether disclosure of parent/caregiver ACEs to a young child’s primary care physician accompanied by a structured conversation about the effects of these ACEs on parental and child heath can improve child health, build parental resilience, and support positive parenting behaviors.

We also conduct education, outreach, and dissemination activities to build bridges between science and practice. We build communications capacity, ensure rapid dissemination of our core and exploratory research and training products, and engage practitioners in Georgia and the Southeast through our Outreach Core. We support goals through multi- and inter-disciplinary injury prevention training for students, practitioners, and researchers through our Training and Education Core.

Core Research Projects

  • Violence & Injury — Organizational Readiness of the Georgia Trauma System to Implement the Cardiff Model
  • Opioid Overdose — Small Area Estimation for Opioid Abuse Prevention and Response
  • ACEs — Addressing ACEs Among Hispanic Caregivers in a Pediatric Primary Care Population to Improve Child Health and Decrease Early Adversity
  • ACEs & Suicide — ACEs and Suicidal Behavior in African Americans: Assessment and Prevention

Exploratory Research Project

  • Suicide — Leveraging Physical and Online Digital Infrastructures to Infer College Students’ Social Isolation and Its Relationship to Risk of Suicide
  • Opioid Overdose — Life Care Specialists (LCS) With a Focus on Multi-Modal Non-Pharmacologic Strategies for Pain Control in the Aftermath of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Intimate Partner Violence — Building a Social Media Platform for Surveillance and Support of Intimate Partner Violence and Its Victims During COVID-19 and Beyond