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Injury Control and Emergency Health Services
Section Newsletter
Winter 2004

Notes from the Chair

Welcome to 2004! Please note the upcoming dates and deadlines for APHA and ICEHS. Watch future issues of the newsletter and your email for details.

13 -— Program abstracts due.
Deadline for awards nominations coming up soon. Contact Larry Cohen for details: <>
Deadline for officer nominations.
13 -- Proposed policy statements due.

Deadline for comments on proposed policy statements.

MAY 30
Abstract notifications.

Elections—don’t forget to vote!

Election results.
Latebreaker abstracts and posters deadline.

6-10 Annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

This newsletter is one of the most important means we have for communicating with one another. Please read it, submit your own contributions, and make sure that your colleagues are receiving it. If they aren’t, it is either because they have failed to renew their membership in the section, or we lack a valid e-mail address for them. In a future issue, I expect to issue a “lost members” call, asking you to help us find people who have lapsed or simply disappeared from view.

Our section committees are growing. The EHS committee has been launched and merged with the revived Disaster committee. Eight people have asked to join this committee. We also have room for you. Or join one of these others:
  • Built Environment. This topic area had interested parties at the annual meeting. Is there enough interest out there to form a committee?

  • Communications. Coordinates communications for the section, including content of the Web site, production of the newsletter under the Newsletter Editor.
  • Data. provides a forum to discuss injury-related data activities and questions.
  • Education & Training. Guides education and training efforts within ICEHS; promotes APHA continuing education events; sponsors Student Paper awards. CHAIRS Corrine Peek-Asa, <>, and Sue Gerberich, <>
  • Host. Help organize events within the host city of the annual meeting, which is Washington, D.C. in 2004. Events include social hour, awards dinner. Contact Cathy Gotschall, chair, <>
  • Membership. Help recruit new members and retain current members. Assist with the section brochure and other recruitment materials. Contact Julie Ross, chair, <>

  • Policy. Initiate and facilitate prompt responses to injury policy issues. Coordinate review of proposed policy statements.
  • Program. Chaired by Larry Cook, <>. Reviewers often needed.
  • Violence. This committee is re-forming after a hiatus.

Please contact the chairs or me with any interest you have.


The Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) section invites
abstracts related to the prevention and control of injuries and to emergency
health services, including issues in transport, care, outcomes, and

Abstracts must be submitted via this Web site:
<>. The deadline for submitting abstracts to ICEHS section is midnight EST on Friday, Feb. 13, 2004.

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and considered for presentation at the 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, to be held Nov. 6 - 10, 2004, in Washington, D.C. The theme for the 2004 meeting is "Public Health and the Environment".

Abstracts are reviewed in two general categories: research and program. The word limit for abstracts is 250 words. Research abstracts typically include
purpose, methods, results, and conclusions from a research study. Program abstracts typically include a description of the development,
implementation, and evaluation of an injury prevention program.

Subjects of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Child Maltreatment
* Data Issues in Injury Control
* Disaster Preparedness and Response
* Emergency Transport and Care
* Evaluation of Injury Prevention Programs
* Firearm Violence
* Global Health and Injury Control
* Homicide and Suicide
* Injuries Among Minorities
* Injury Outcomes and Rehabilitation
* Injury Surveillance
* Occupational Injury
* Older Adults and Injury
* Research Design and Methods in Injury Control
* Sports and Recreational Injury
* Transportation-Related Injuries
* Violence Against Women


Purpose of the Student Paper Competition:
The purpose of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Student Paper Competition Award is to foster and reward quality research efforts among students involved in the field.

The Student Paper Competition was implemented at the 1992 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. In 2004, one or more awards will be presented for the thirteenth time at the Annual Meeting.

Requirements for Submitting Applications and Criteria for the Award:
Applicants must submit an abstract according to the APHA abstract guidelines published for the ICEHS (to the person/address identified). Along with their abstract, applicants must submit a letter stating the school and program in which they are enrolled, the degree pursued, the expected date of completion, and the name of their advisor; applicants who have completed their programs within the last year, and have not previously presented the same data at a professional meeting or published the data, are welcome to participate.

Following notice of acceptance of the abstract for either oral or poster presentation, by the Scientific Program Chair, applicants must send a completed manuscript, organized and presented according to standard journal format (e.g., American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Epidemiology, Annals of Emergency Medicine, or other pertinent peer-reviewed journal) and four blinded copies that are to be received by Sept. 1; submit your application to Dr. Gerberich, as identified below. With the submission of the final paper, a statement signed by the advisor must identify any co-authors involved and the proportion of effort contributed by the student; the student must be identified as the primary author.

The reviews for this competition will be conducted by at least three external peer-reviewers. It is anticipated that one or more awards will be presented at the APHA Annual Meeting.

Students must be primary or secondary members of the ICEHS Section of APHA to participate in this competition. Membership must be confirmed prior to the annual American Public Health Association meeting.

For further information, contact:
Susan Goodwin Gerberich, PhD, MSPH
Head, Student Paper Competition
Professor and Director
Regional Injury Prevention Research Center
Center for Violence Prevention and Control,
and Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training Program
Division of Environmental and Occupational Health
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
MMC 807, 420 Delaware Street S.E.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Telephone: 612-625-5934
Telefax: 612-626-0650


Dear APHA Member:

APHA kiced off its 2004 Policy Development and Review Process in January. We have provided you with a link to information about how you can become more involved in policymaking at the Association. This information covers both the policy development process as well as the recently adopted policy review process that was created to identify outdated APHA policy for archiving and also to identify gaps in APHA policy. We strongly encourage you to work with the leadership of your Section, Affiliate or SPIG to get engaged in this important process.

Keep in mind this year that February 13 is the date proposed new policies are due.
Please visit the APHA Web site at <> to view this year ICEHS’ policy development guidelines which contains a calendar of important dates and deadlines for each step of the policy development and review process. You will need your username and password for the ICEHS Members Only section of the APHA website to view this information. If you have any questions, please email us at <>.

Ingrid Davis, Chair, Action Board
Harry Perlstadt, Chair, Science Board
Cheryl Easley, Chair, Education Board


Please note the upcoming dates and deadlines for APHA and ICEHS.
Watch future issues of the newsletter and your e-mail for details.



MAY 30



NOVEMBER 6-10, 2004



The following suggestions build on some comments I made at the ICEHS business meeting in November 2004 in San Francisco as well as the comment from ICEHS Chair, Anara Guard, in her Dec. 19th e-mail to ICEHS members: "Built Environment.This topic area had interested parties at the Annual Meeting. Is there enough interest out there to form a committee?" Because of APHA’s conference theme this year —- the environment -- action now by ICEHS members is important.

First, I believe a committee on the built environment would be a good idea, in part to link with developments in the APHA Environment Section where the Built Environment Institute (BEI) has been formed and put on a substantial program of sessions as part of APHA’s 2003 Annual Meeting. (If you would like to contribute to the Built Environment Institutes’ 2004 program please contact Neal Rosenblatt at <> for specific instructions.)

Secondly, as a priority task for those interested in such a committee, I suggest we focus on the 2004 APHA Annual Meeting program organized by ICEHS. For example, is there enough interest to have a special session on falls and the built environment? Should such a special session have a broader scope such as the role of the built environment in unintentional injuries? For example, what is the role of the built environment in pedestrian injuries from motor vehicles? For such a special session I would like to include a presentation based on one of my proposals for the 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Vienna, June 2004: <>). This deals with my contention that “environmental factors in fall-related injuries are seldom assessed in detail. . . . This drastically affects the quality and relevance of conclusions about environmental factors in falls, especially from most research studies which typically do not include fall-site investigations.” Within the Vienna conference, that contention will be explored with special relevance to stair-related fall injuries (partly because European researchers on stair safety are expected to participate).

To have a special session in the APHA conference, we need some other abstract submissions to make it viable. Anyone interested in participating as a presenter in such a special session on the role of the built environment in unintentional injuries could contact me to discuss this.

Third, as requested at recent ICEHS business meetings, anyone interested in serving as an APHA representative on certain National Fire Protection Association (NFPA International) committees responsible for production of safety standards and codes should contact Jake Pauls, <>. Currently, out of eight such committees, APHA does not have an alternate member on two technical committees (on Means of Egress and on Fundamentals) as well as the Technical Correlating Committee for the NFPA Life Safety Code. Here are opportunities to influence injury prevention in the built environment in a major way.

Jake Pauls Consulting Services in Building Use and Safety
12507 Winexburg Manor Drive, Suite 201
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906-3442
Tel: (301) 933-5275; Fax: (301) 933-5541;
Mobile: (301) 706-8830; E-mail:



Don’t miss another relatively new injury prevention journal,
Traffic Injury Prevention. It has been published for several years, is indexed by PubMed, and is the official journal of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.

A link describing the journal is:

A link giving specific directions for authors wishing to submit paper is:


If you work to prevent injury and violence, the National Injury and Violence Training Initiative invites you to "have your say" about the training programs and resources that you have found useful.

Help us build a clearinghouse for all resources that can assist injury and violence prevention practitioners by sending an e-mail to: <> and, once you receive it in your inbox, responding to our brief questionnaire (takes only about 20 minutes to complete). You will not be compensated monetarily, however, your name will be entered into a drawing for a one-year subscription to the journal "Injury Prevention" or a copy of the book "Must We Fight?" While the field of injury and violence prevention is complex and diverse, we believe that we have much to share and learn from one another. In that spirit, we invite you let us know about 1) training programs and other learning experiences in which you have participated; 2) training materials that you or your organization have developed; and 3) suggestions for training resources that you would find beneficial. The questionnaire will be ready in January 2004.

Visit our Web site, <> for more information about the Initiative.


In the December issue of Science Magazine (19 December 2003;302:2073),
Wendy Wagner and David Michaels identify a serious gap related to the integrity of regulatory science. We argue that while the leading biomedical journals won't publish a study unless the authors certify that the research was done under a contract which permitted them the unfettered right to publish, federal regulatory
agencies, charged with protecting the public's health and environment, have no
similar (or any) protections against conflict-of-interest in research.
Don’t miss this important work!

David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Research Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
The George Washington University School of Public Health
and Health Services
2100 M St. NW, Suite 203
Washington DC, 20052


Time is drawing near for the 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion scheduled for June 6-9 2004 in Vienna, Austria.. Information about the conference can be found at <>.

Who is Who at Safety 2004: The International Scholarship Committee

At every World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, the Organizing Committees award a number of scholarships among the authors of scientific contributions. This ensures that knowledge about the topics of the Conference also reaches those who do not have the financial means to attend such an event. The Scholarship Committee reviews and evaluates all of the applications. Priority is given to scholarship applicants from low-income countries. This has now been completed for the 7th World Conference. The Committee consists of recognized experts from all around the world. Each one is designated as expert for the region he or she is working in. The members of the 7th World Conference International Scholarship Committee are:

  • Martine Bantuelle, EducaSanté, Belgium

  • Kidist Bartolomeos, World Health Organization, Switzerland

  • Helene Belanger, Estrie Public Health Department, Canada

  • Alberto Concha-Eastman, Pan American Health Organization, USA

  • G. Gururaj, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, India

  • Ronald Lett, Injury Prevention Initiative for Africa,
  • Hans von Holst, Department of Neurosurgery-Karolinska Hospital, Sweden

  • Sandra Marais, Medical Research Council, South Africa
    Dr. Richard Waxweiler, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA

  • Consultants:
    Dinesh Mohan, India Indian Institute of Technology, India
    Leif Svanström, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

We wish you a happy and successful year 2004 !

Sincerely yours,
Conference Team Vienna
Ölzeltgasse 3 / Postfach 190, A-1031 Vienna, Austria, Europe
Tel: +43 1 715 66 44 0, Fax: +43 1 715 6644 30

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