Funded Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs)
University of Washington
Harborview Medical Center
Director: Monica S. Vavilala, MD
Address: 325 Ninth Ave, Box 359960, Seattle, WA 98104
Website: http://depts.washington.edu/hiprcexternal icon
Founded in 1985, the University of Washington Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) is a worldwide leader in injury research, outreach and education, and training.
HIPRC has conducted rigorous research in the areas of injury prevention, injury care, and public health consequences of violence for over 30 years. HIPRC’s mission is to reduce the impact of injury and violence on all people’s lives. Our vision is to achieve health equity across all ages and groups through interdisciplinary research, education, training, and public awareness.
We direct our research and programs toward groups at higher risk for injuries such as children, the elderly, the poor, people of color, and residents in rural areas. HIPRC is organized around five multidisciplinary sections:
- Safe and Active Transportation
- Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention
- Violence Prevention
- Injury Care
- Global Injury Prevention
Multidisciplinary researchers, medical providers, and community stakeholders work together to identify and address disparities in injury-related healthcare. Our work focuses on injury prevention, violence prevention and intervention, improving communication, care transitions, community capacity building, and culturally relevant engagement for our most marginalized patient populations who experience disproportionate rates of injury and multiple socioeconomic barriers to health and recovery after injury.
We are focused on Injury-related Health Equity Across the Lifespan (iHealexternal icon). The iHeal initiative is the first of its kind to leverage existing partnerships and build new coalitions to create the national agenda for health equity and expand our work toward measurable, large-scale, and sustained impact. The iHeal initiative has also been integral to shaping HIPRC’s center-wide focus on health equity.
We are committed to creating a respectful collaboration as we seek to identify and correct structural biases that perpetuate inequities in health and well-being. We aim to dismantle biases based on age, disability, ethnicity, indigenous group membership, gender identity, linguistic differences, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and social class.
The center is a joint initiative of the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center. We will continue to translate research into practice and educate others through community engagement, local and national media, policy outreach, social media, digital videos, and other channels.
Core Research Projects
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) — Return to Learn Implementation Bundle for Schools (RISE) After Concussion
- Opioid Overdose — Collaborative Opioid Taper After Trauma: Preventing Opioid Misuse and Opioid Use Disorder
- Suicide — Evaluation of Suicide Prevention Training for Healthcare Professionals: A Natural Experiment
- Falls — Development and Testing of a Toolkit to Prevent Falls in Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF)
Exploratory Research Project
- Violence and Injury — Sexual Violence Reporting Among College Athletes: The Role of Costs, Benefits, and Institution Protocols
- Falls — Adapting an Evidence-based Exercise Program for Remote Delivery to Rural Older Adults