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Injury Control and Emergency Health Services
Section Newsletter
Fall 2004



APHA’s New Task Force Explores Aging and Injury

With the aging of the baby boomer population, the number of older adults in our population is dramatically increasing. With this will come an increase in the number of older adults suffering injuries from falls, motor vehicle crashes, poisonings and variety of other means. In response to this trend, APHA has launched a new initiative to focus on the needs of our burgeoning aging population. The Task Force on Aging (TFA) was launched at the 2001 APHA Annual Meeting after the APHA Executive Board approved Aging and Public Health as an organizational priority area for the period 2000-2003. The Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section is represented on the TFA by Patti Yanochko of the Center for Injury Prevention Policy and Practice and Karin Mack of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The TFA focuses on all adults aged > 65 years as well as adults aged < 65 years with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Its aims are to:

  • Raise awareness and promote education about individual and population aging within APHA and in the public health community;

  • Recommend ways to improve the public health infrastructure in the context of an aging population; and

  • Develop and advocate for public policies to improve the health and well-being of aging populations throughout the world.

  • The TFA has produced a “Scope of Public Health and Aging” framework to help guide the aims of the group. Many of the issues addressed in this framework overlap with the interests of our Section’s constituency. By working together with other sections in the TFA, we anticipate the development of diverse and creative avenues aimed at preventing injuries in our aging population. For a complete copy of this document or more information about the TFA, please contact Patti Yanochko at <>.

    In response to the concerns raised in the TFA, we are seeking ICEHS members who would be interested in forming a Section committee on Aging and Injury. If you are interested, please contact Patti Yanochko at <> or Karin Mack at <>.


Turning Evidence-based Practices into Home-grown Best Practices: The Road to High Quality Services #2012 (Register now!)
In partnership with APHA Mental Health Section
Time: Sunday, Nov. 7 -- 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pre-Registration Fee: $175
CE Hours: 3 contact hours –- Consult CE page for approvals by discipline.

Rex S. Green, PhD, CQE, RHIT, Principal Advisor, GreenScene Results Group, Fremont, CA
Target audience:Mental health and health service clinical supervisors and program evaluators.

Statement of Purpose and Institute Overview: The purpose of this workshop is to empower staff in local mental health and health service organizations to straightforwardly evaluate and improve their practices, as well as adopt and evaluate evidence-based practices, without acquiring special evaluation skills or credentials. Techniques and tools for assessing client satisfaction and the productivity of the services will be described and copies of computer files e-mailed to attendees. The Plan-do-check-act (PDCA) approach to continuously improving service quality will be reviewed, and all attendees will participate in an exercise to gain familiarity with this continuous quality improvement method. Issues relating to preserving the fidelity of an evidence-based practice will be reviewed, in the context of evaluating such practices following their implementation.


Congratulations to Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California at Davis and nationally known for his research on the effects of gun violence, who was elected to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2004.

Wintemute, an emergency-room physician, has been named a Hero in Medicine by Time magazine and has received numerous awards from professional and academic societies. He also served as a consultant for the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Red Cross. Since 1967, the Society of Scholars has been honoring former postdoctoral fellows and junior or visiting faculty members at Johns Hopkins who have distinguished themselves in physical, biological, medical, social, or engineering sciences, or in the humanities.

Les Fisher is active in the national clown organization Clowns of America International, <>, with a local clown alley at Electric City in Schenectady, New York. Fisher graduated from a course at Klown Kollage in 1996, offered at Schenectady Community College. His clown name is Les the Kvetch, at his wife's suggestion that he complained too much about some subject they were talking about. While there is an organized clown safety Web group, he chooses to do his own safety clowning, remaining a member of COAI.

Karen Liller has been promoted to full Professor and Associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Public Health (University of Southern Florida).

Maria Anderson has been admitted to Northwestern University Law School and will start there in the fall. She intends to stay involved in injury control as well as earning her law degree.


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a critically important mission: to keep all consumers safe from harm from dangerous products. Unfortunately, we find that certain groups of Americans, such as the elderly, urban and rural low-income families, and some minority groups, often do not hear about our safety messages.

In order to carry out our mission more effectively, the CPSC has embarked on a special project to put our lifesaving information in the hands of these populations by creating the Neighborhood Safety Network. By entering your organization’s contact information into the NSN database, you are becoming a partner in our campaign to share lifesaving safety information with consumers who may not be aware of the many hazards that exist in and around the home.

CPSC will use the contact information you provide to send out posters, publications and announcements that are specially tailored to meet the needs of specific groups –- such as child safety tips for new parents and fire safety advice for older Americans living on their own. With the responsibility to ensure the safety of over 15,000 consumer products, you will soon realize that CPSC has information that can benefit every American.

For more information, please visit <>.


Position Summary: Manages the Crash Investigation Research Engineering Network CIREN project. Initiates, organizes, and manages programs and activities related to achieving the goals of the project. Responsible for fiscal management. Collaborates with appropriate CNMC staff, federal and private funding agencies and professional organizations.

Education and Training Required:
Masters Degree preferred in Public Health, Health Sciences Administration
Experience Required:
One-three years experience in hospital or health care related organization
Special Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Understanding research methodology, organizational structure, and human resource management, excellent written and oral communication and computer skills.

Areas of Responsibility:

Case Load
Coordinates and implements research protocol for the NHTSA crash investigation project, ensures confidentiality of all patient data, and coordinates activities with all contractors regarding crash and patient data.
Data Management
Organizes and manages data collection and entry activities, abstracts data from medical records and performs preliminary data analysis. Performs data analysis on study variables.
Coordinates monthly case-review meetings with NHTSA, contractors, and participating staff. Prepares data and cases for presentation. Maintains collaborative relationship with participating CIREN Centers.
Collaborates with the Principal Investigator and Program Manager, Trauma Service in the budget process. Prepares budget for submission to NHTSA. Monitors budget on a monthly basis.
Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports for review by the PI before submission to NHTSA. Monitors project compliance and contractual obligations to NHTSA. Initiates manuscripts from findings of the CIREN data.
Outside Activities
Participates and disseminates research findings in representing CNMC and the NHTSA project through participation with the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, Emergency Medical Service agencies, and other professional groups in their efforts toward understanding vehicle crashes and car seat safety.

Contact Information:
Geraldine L. Pratsch, RN, MPH
Program Manager, Emergency Trauma-Burn Services
Children's National Medical Center
111 Michigan Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Office Phone (202) 884-5644
Fax (202) 884-5937




Position Description:
The Injury Research Center (IRC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin is seeking a faculty member to provide leadership to the IRC in the area of injury-related public policy research and education. The incumbent will co-direct a newly created Policy Core within the IRC, which will bring together an interdisciplinary group of injury control and public health scientists to oversee the development and implementation of an injury control policy research and education agenda. As part of the dissemination of the research agenda, the incumbent will publish injury policy research findings in peer-reviewed journals, present at scientific meetings, prepare scientific testimony, and secure extramural funding. It is expected that the incumbent will respond to requests for information from legislators, advocacy groups, and the media, as well as monitor opportunities to disseminate relevant injury policy research findings to public policy decision makers, organizations, and community agencies. It is expected that the incumbent will focus on state, regional, and national levels of injury policy research.

The incumbent will also be responsible for curriculum development and direct teaching of medical school students, residents, and health care providers at MCW. The incumbent will work closely with other MCW Departments and Centers that have a similar interest in health policy research and education.

The candidate would be expected to develop statewide and regional collaborations in education and research, with special emphasis in injury control policy research and evidence-based injury policies.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent, an MD, or a JD. It is desirable that the candidate also have a history of peer-reviewed publications in public health policy research and a track record of securing extramural funding.

Organization description:
The Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin is federally funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
The successful candidate will have a primary appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine and affiliate faculty appointments in appropriate additional Departments and Centers/Institutes. This faculty position is funded for a period of three years. It is expected that the incumbent would secure extramural funding, at least equaling one-half of the faculty salary, by the end of year three.

Contact Information:
Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH
Director, Injury Research Center – MCW
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone - (414) 456-7670
Fax – (414) 456-6470
E-mail -
Web site -

Deadline – Oct. 15, 2004


The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) is currently searching for a health scientist who will provide scientific guidance for the division’s research, programmatic, and policy initiatives related to the prevention of unintentional injuries and violence among school-aged populations. Desirable qualities include a master’s or doctoral degree in a behavioral science discipline, experience in conducting and/or synthesizing research on interventions designed to prevent unintentional injuries and violence among youth, experience in school health programs, and a strong interest in public policy.

Responsibilities include:
  • Monitors and synthesizes research on prevention of unintentional injuries and violence among school-aged populations. Communicates results of research syntheses through professional and scientific journals, books, newsletters, presentations, training programs, listservs, and interviews. Provides assistance in reviewing Branch and Division reports. Reviews relevant manuscripts and book chapters.

  • Develops unintentional injuries and violence prevention tools to facilitate best practices and effective strategies for schools, education agencies, and national organizations.

  • Within the Division, provides technical assistance on the development and analysis of unintentional injury and violence items for surveillance systems; the development and review of program announcements; and subsequent implementation of funded activities.
  • Provides technical assistance related to prevention of unintentional injuries and violence among school-aged populations to the Division's other branches, other Divisions within CDC, federal agencies, state and local education and health agencies, national and international organizations, universities, and individuals involved in policies and programs designed to prevent unintentional injuries and violence among school-aged populations.

  • Serves on various work groups and task forces as directed and invites outside organizations and agencies to serve on DASH work groups and expert panels as appropriate.

For more information about this position, please contact Lisa Barrios at (770) 488-6172 or <>.


Duties: Contribute to the development of the Auto Club of Southern California traffic safety strategies, policies and programs. Represent member interests on a full range of safety issues including traffic,
pedestrian, and DUI, school and senior mobility. Represent the Club's traffic safety interests within the state and national level. Provide leadership/management of staff and programs. Direct, analyze and
interpret research, identify the need for and oversee development of research projects.

Qualifications: Four-year college degree in relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Advanced degree (Master's or PhD) and/or professional license related to traffic
safety in one of the following highly desirable: legislative/policy development, program planning, program evaluation or program administration work concerned with traffic, pedestrian or motor vehicle
safety, community programs and crash/injury prevention. Comprehensive understanding of principles and practices in the fields of traffic safety and mobility in both public and private sectors is required.
Knowledge of research methodologies, data collection, and analysis techniques required. Ability to manage projects across multiple departments and to clearly communicate both verbal and written forms to internal and external audiences at all levels. Proficiency in MS Office programs required. Good driving record required

Visit the Web site at <>,
go to Search for Jobs, and look for Public Affairs Specialist III position.


Fisher L. Leveraging Leadership in Poison Prevention and Control, Burn and Motor Vehicle Injury in New York State’s History In: Shaping the Millennium. From the History of Child - Home Injury in the United States, in public health journals (1900 1975), to Applications of Leadership Systems, 2003.
Table 2 a, b and c. page 14., Members Only:

New York State (NYS) for more than six decades has led in injury prevention and control leveraging for new legislation and other interventions; here are several major historical timelines (refer to my Web article for more details and references) that may continue to guide national, states and local injury control efforts:

Please click on link to view Table 2 a, b and c.

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