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Injury Control and Emergency Health Services
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Global Road Safety

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is pleased to announce a funded post-doctoral fellowship in global road safety for immediate availability ( www.jhsph.edu/IIRU ).

The fellow will be affiliated with the Department of International Health (Health Systems Program), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The fellowship is open only to applicants interested in injury prevention and control focused on road traffic injuries in Russia and Central Asia. The fellow will be a member of a multi-country project and report to the director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit. 

 

Setting up studies, data collection and analysis, report and paper writing are expected. The fellowship is for 1-2 years (contingent on performance and interest) and will support a stipend (commen­surate with experience), tuition support, and individual health insurance coverage. Requirements include: (1) Doctorate (PhD, DrPH, ScD) in public health or social sciences, or MD plus masters in public health degree; (2) Minimum 1 year work experience in injury prevention, public health, transport or related fields; (3) high fluency in spoken and written Russian is required.

 

To apply (or for more information), please send your CV, letter describing your eligibility, and names of two references to: Kathryn Falcone,  kfalcone@jhsph.edu

North Carolina Medical Journal Devotes Issue to Injury and Violence Prevention

The current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal is devoted to the prevention and control of injury and violence.

It is a great achievement for injury and violence prevention in North Carolina to be the focus of an issue of the NCMJ, as well as an exciting opportunity to take the information contained in the articles and share it with partners to continue to make the case of the vital importance of addressing injury and violence.

The issue contains a collection of articles written by organizations and individuals from the North Carolina injury and violence community. Authors include Dr. Carol Runyan, Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley, Dr. Rebecca Macy, and several others.

The articles focus on a variety of injury and violence prevention topics, as well as broader discussions of the progress, challenges and road ahead for injury and violence prevention in North Carolina. Along with insights into the issues, the articles reflect the energy, dedication and commitment of the North Carolina injury and violence prevention community.

Nominees to ICEHS Leadership Positions

Our Section has vacancies for five leadership positions (chair-elect, secretary-elect, two Section Councilors, and Governing Councilor).

 

ICEHS members have been nominated to these positions, and the voting process will take place via e-mail.  And the nominees are…

 

Chair-Elect

·   Sara Newman; DRPH, MSPH

Secretary-Elect

·   Cara Breeden; MLS

·   Doug Roehler; MPH

 

Section Councilors (Vote for two)

·   Emmy Betz; MD, MPH

·   Nancy Bill; MPH, CHES

·   Kevin Borrup; JD, MPA

 

Governing Councilor

·   Karin Mack; PhD

·   Joyce Pressley; PhD, MPH


Elected candidates will assume office after the close of the 139th APHA Annual Meeting, to be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011.

 

For more information, contact Holly Shipp Salazar by e-mail at:

hsalazar@sdchip.org.

Letter from the Chair

Eide Shomah Mobarak. I wish you a Happy Persian New Year “Nowruz” and a Happy Spring.  But our thoughts are undoubtedly on our friends, colleagues and the people of Japan who suffered from a devastating earthquake and tsunami, and who are now facing a possible nuclear disaster.  This is a time when we are reminded that the work we do in injury prevention, emergency health services, disaster relief, and public health in general – whether it is in research, policy or primary care – ultimately helps contribute to the greater good.

 

Also, in this issue, take note of the letter from Renee Mika, Chair of the Vision Care Section of APHA. We are interested in collaborating, and will begin a yearlong advocacy campaign next month.

 

Finally, special thanks to Scientific Program Chair Fred von Recklinghausen and everyone who reviewed so many abstracts this past month.  We couldn’t have an APHA Annual Meeting without you.

 

Fred is just one of the many ICEHS committee chairs who are working quietly behind the scenes (along with excellent committee members) for the benefit of us all.  To see all of these unsung heroes, go to www.icehs.org for the full listing of Committee Chairs and Officers.

 

Thank you, as always, for your many contributions to the field, and happy reading. 

 

- Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, Washington, D.C.

Letter from the APHA Vision Care Section Chair

Dear ICEHS Members,

Thanks for your interest in the Vision Care Section’s activities and for allowing us a forum to share ideas.  In addition, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of Dr. Mel Shipp’s candidacy for APHA’s president-elect this past year!  The Vision Care Section is very excited about the future of APHA and we look forward to collaborating with ICEHS to achieve our mutual goals. 

 As you are aware, APHA’s overarching goal is to be the ‘go to’ organization for public health.  At the close of our annual meeting in November, I challenged our Vision Care Section  to ask ourselves why we should be the ‘go to’ organization for eye and vision health.  After all, there are any number of (much larger) organizations that focus on eyes and vision --what makes us so special?  Our mission statement seemed to be a good place to start… “to promote health and well-being with emphasis on vision and eye health through interdisciplinary partnerships. The Vision Care Section serves as an advocate to ensure equality in, and access to, vision and eye health care, and to ensure inclusion of vision in public health policy.”  Probably not unlike ICEHS and other sections, our mission emphasizes interdisciplinary partnerships, advocacy, and policy.

Our discussion quickly turned to the roughly 30 policies that we have written or co-sponsored over the past 30 years…  and the need to do a better job translating those policies into practice.  Our Advocacy Committee responded by developing a year-long Annual Advocacy Campaign, to begin during National Public Health Week.  On a quarterly basis, we will distribute a template press release to various entities on a variety of issues – this year, it relates to eye safety to tie into NPHW’s theme.  Our first press release focuses on sports eye protection, as we have an official APHA policy statement to support this effort.We’ll continue to develop this campaign throughout the year and intend to meet with leadership on Capitol Hill during the annual meeting in D.C., to advocate for both general public health issues, as well as those important to our section – this year we will emphasize safety and injury prevention. 

We are also eager to expand our efforts by way of interprofessional collaboration.  I hope ICEHS might be interested in collaborating at some level with our new advocacy campaign – perhaps Bella will join one of our leadership meetings to discuss the possibilities.  We can learn a lot from ICEHS and certainly appreciated your thoughtful comments (all of which were approved) on the updated draft of the fireworks resolution.  From emergency preparedness, fall prevention and the elderly, and sports injury, to hazard control (including physical, thermal, chemical, biological and ergonomic harm), our sections have plenty in common! 

I look forward to working with you as we all strive to make APHA the ‘go to’ organization for the nation’s public health.  Thanks again for your interest, and feel free to contact me with your ideas for future collaboration.

Warm Regards,

Renée Mika, OD, FAAO

APHA-VCS Chair

mikar@ferris.edu

(231) 591-2182

Campus Spotlight Dr. Debra Furr-Holden and her DIVE Studies

The goal of the Drug Investigations, Violence, and Environmental Studies Laboratory, known as the DIVE Lab, is to produce research that is desperately needed and that can inform sustainable efforts to improve community well-being. Dr. Debra Furr-Holden of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is the director of the DIVE Lab. She explains that she and her staff work closely with community residents and other stakeholders – including community organizations, municipal and quasi-municipal agencies and academic researchers – by using a “meeting of the minds” approach. DIVE Lab team members invest a significant portion of their time and energy in building the critical relationships necessary to conduct community-based public health research.  The DIVE Lab’s research and practice activities have been greatly impacted and guided because of these solid ties with the community. In fact, community residents often come to the DIVE Lab team with problems that need immediate action.

 

              The DIVE Lab takes an environmental approach to prevention and is known for providing needed evidence for successful community action. As an example, the team is currently involved in the “Vacants-to-Value” initiative introduced by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in November of 2010. As with other low-income, urban areas, a significant problem in Baltimore neighborhoods is the correlation between injection drug use, violence and vacant property. Areas with more vacant properties are more likely to be plagued by violence and illicit drug use, due in part to the fact that vacant houses are ideal places for “shooting galleries” (i.e., places where people gather and use injection drugs). By partnering with Baltimore Housing, the DIVE Lab will provide much needed data for understanding how the Vacants-to-Value program impacts the health and well-being of communities and their residents. DIVE Lab staff will track and monitor changes over time so that city personnel can evaluate their efforts and alter the program as needed. Dr. Furr-Holden describes this as an example of “community-based participatory research in action.” This is just one example of how – along with the support of the city and other community stakeholders – the DIVE Lab has improved health and well-being of the community.

 

              Currently, the DIVE Lab has four full-time staff, a post-doctoral fellow and three graduate research assistants. Students frequently use data from the DIVE Lab for masters’ theses and doctoral dissertations. Undergraduate students are also involved in lab activities. The DIVE Lab has several collaborators beyond the walls of John Hopkins. Dr. Furr-Holden serves as a mentor on two NIH career development awards (K01) and has conducted environmental assessments for different three research groups. The DIVE Lab is enthusiastic about forming new partnerships and expanding the scope of reach of environmental strategies for prevention.

 

For questions/comments, contact: dholden@jhsph.edu

 

For more information, visit: www.divestudies.com