Injury Control and Emergency Health Services
Section Newsletter
Winter 2011

Campus Spotlight: University of Michigan Injury Center

Over the past few years the University of Michigan has focused efforts and resources toward building and strengthening its capacity in injury research. These efforts are highlighted by their new injury center, the University of Michigan Injury Center. The Center grew from a merging of the former Center for Injury Prevention among Youth and the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Injury Research Center. Under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, the new Center is a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan’s Transport­ation Research Institute, School of Public Health, and Medical School, with support from each as well as from the Office of the Vice President for Research.  The new Center has a close affiliation with the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health.


The UM Injury Center fosters interdisciplinary cross-campus collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and practitioners. The Center’s mission is to develop innovative methods, pro­grams and policies to prevent injuries and violence through research, education and out­reach. In pursuit of this mission, the Center has announced a pilot study award program for faculty and fellows throughout the University of Michigan.


Though the Center has many areas of focus, innovative interventions are under way to address trans­portation safety, violence prevention, and adolescent health and safety.


A primary goal of the UM Injury Center is to increase student involvement in the injury field. Consistent with this goal, faculty affiliated with the Center offer injury-related courses at the School of Public Health. They plan to expand the course offerings and also to increase the number of training opportunities at the under­graduate, Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels.

UM Injury Center’s Steering Committee very much values the input, advice, and leadership from established injury researchers, and looks forward to potential collaborations in moving the injury field forward. To continue to follow their progress, they invite colleagues to visit their Web page and to join their mailing list by signing up at The Injury Center Network.



Twenty-First Annual APHA Public Health Materials Contest

The APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 21st annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work.


All winners will be selected by panels of expert judges prior to the 139th APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  A session will be held at the Annual Meeting to recognize winners, during which one representative from the top materials selected in each category will give a presentation about the winning material.


Entries will be accepted in three categories; printed materials, electronic materials, and other materials. Entries for the contest are due by March 25, 2011.  Please contact Stephanie Parsons at for additional contest entry information. 

The Safe States Alliance, SAVIR and CDC Core Injury Grantees

April 6-8, 2011

Iowa City, Iowa

Network and share experiences with hundreds of injury and violence prevention professionals 

Join us at the 2011 Joint Annual Meeting!

For the first time, the Safe States Alliance, the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have joined forces to host a dynamic and collaborative annual meeting experience at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa, from April 6-8, 2011.

The theme of this year’s meeting is "Progress through Partnerships." Through the development of strong and rewarding partnerships, the fields of practice and research can mutually inform one another to create injury and violence prevention programs that are evidence-informed and effective.

Meeting registration is now open.  For more information and to register,
click here to visit the official Annual Meeting website.

Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) 2008 • Database Released

The   Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality  recently announced the release of its newest database, the 2008 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS).  NEDS is the nation’s largest all-payer emergency department database. It was created to enable analyses of emergency department use patterns and to support public health professionals, administrators, policymakers, and clinicians in their understanding and decision-making regarding this critical source of health care.  

The 2008 NEDS was constructed using records from both the HCUP State Emergency Department Databases and the State Inpatient Databases. It contains data on 28 million ED visits from nearly 1,000 hospital-based emergency departments across the nation. NEDS has many applications for injury research as it contains information on hospital characteristics, patient characteristics, locale, disposition, and nature of the emergency department visit, including injury type.

Join the Conversation on Twitter

ICEHS  has a new Twitter account (@ICEHSAPHA )!  This form of social media can be used to discuss, publicize, and detail current events in injury prevention and within the Section. Further, Twitter has many functions to reinforce the idea of community and connectedness. “Tweeting” within the 140 character limit, those using Twitter can use hashtags as a way to create groupings and make postings public to those unfamiliar to ICEHS and possibly injury prevention as a whole.  In addition, the function of a retweet (RT for short) can be used to repost something stated on Twitter and replies can increase interaction between ICEHS and the many users of this application.

Those who have questions or wish to submit items to be posted on the ICEHS Twitter account can e-mail John Donovan at 

International Conference on Stairway Usability and Safety

June 9-10, 2011

Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, Canada •


This conference will bring together experts and other interested persons from around the world to accomplish two objectives:


  1. Identify what is currently known about stairway usability and safety that can be incorporated with confidence now in guidance materials (for professionals as well as consumers) and building codes plus widely used standards addressed in 12 expert panels and open discussion among all attendees on day one, June 9.
  2. Identify what remains to be learned about stairway usability plus safety and how can we accomplish this, the focus of a few panels, a few oral presentations and open discussion among all attendees on day two, June 10.

Most program participants are invited for the special knowledge, for example in ergonomics (human factors), they will bring to particular panels.  Several program participants are presenting posters (for which the abstract submission process is now closed).  Selected posters will also be featured in one session of oral presentations.  Generally, the conference will bring together the largest group of authorities on stairway usability and safety assembled since the first international meeting in 1985.

Day one panels (to establish the state of the art in key topics in usability and safety): a) Injury epidemiology; b) Economics, including injury cost; c) Misstep and fall mechanisms; d) Perception and cognition; e) Nominal step geometry; f) Consistency of dimensions; g) Slip resistance; h) Handrails and guards; i) Persons with disabilities and older users (including where not to have stairs); j) Crowd use of stairs, plus transportation and occupational settings; k) Codes and standards; and l) Law (especially litigation), insurance and advocacy.

Early registration by April 1, 2011: CA$225; after this date registration is CA$300, however conference registrations might be limited to facilitate participation by all present.  (Note, as of January 2011, the CA$ was at, or near, parity with the U.S.$.)

Held every four years, FICCDAT is a set of several, simultaneously held, international conferences — including one on Universal Design (June 5-8, 2011), which precedes it.

Injury Pages to Visit on Facebook

VetoViolence was established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase awareness and adoption of evidence-based approaches to prevent violence. Learn more about them at:


The Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas is dedicated to creating a safe community in which to live, work and play, and where people have the freedom to achieve their full potential. Visit their page at:



From the Section Chair…


Dear Colleagues,


There have been many tragic events already in this New Year – the shootings in Tucson, floods in Australia, Brazil and Sri Lanka, and the one-year anniversary of Haiti’s devastation, which still continues. In the midst of these tragedies, I am hopeful about the many opportunities we have to use our injury expertise to prevent further hardship. So, with optimism, I wish you a Happy New Year.


I am honored to serve as your ICEHS Section chair, and I look forward to working together. My goals this year are: (1) to increase collaboration with APHA and non-APHA groups; (2) to invest in and increase student and new professional participation, and (3) to make ICEHS as relevant and helpful as possible to our other daily work. I will work my hardest to ensure that our Section lays the groundwork to continue to make substantive contributions to the field of public health. I welcome your suggestions about ways to achieve these goals as well as your recommendations for advancing the Section in general. 


We had a terrific Annual Meeting in November in Denver, with an excellent scientific program, thanks to past Program Chairs Michelle Chervak and Keith Hauret. This year, the very capable Fred von Reckling­hausen is program chair; he welcomes both reviewers and abstract submissions. Our Annual Banquet was both fun and inspirational – honoring both new and long-time colleagues in the field.


We have an exciting year coming up for our Section, for APHA, and for the global injury prevention community. For the first time, APHA’s National Public Health Week (April 4-11) has an injury focus; the theme is: “Safety is No Accident: Live Injury Free”.  In addition, the UN has declared May 11, 2011, the start of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Further information on these and other events can be found on the Injury Calendar in this issue.


I’d like to thank you for all you do for the ICEHS Section. For those of you who are new to ICEHS, we have numerous activities and can use your help and expertise. Please visit us online for more information about Section activities, benefits, leadership, and how to get more involved.


All the best,

T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH

ICEHS Section Chair


Archivist’s Attic

Excerpt From a Letter to the New York Governor, the Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo


Dear Governor Cuomo:

Your broader focus on ecologic leadership components of ethics, openness, and reinventing governmental agencies – are the most promising effective leadership archetypes for this State and nation’s economic downturns. Your address was not public relations (PR”) but public leadership.

Many specialty experts have offered you their descriptive categorical perspectives on impacts to suburbs of ethics, on taxes, of manpower and about the size and services of government (Albany Times Union, Perspectives, 1/2/11). Those descriptions, of course, are needed –  however, the art of governance – just as my professional focus on violence and injury prevention and control with a public health perspective –  one of the leading cause of youth death, disability and economic losses - to be dealt with scientifically, must be based not on descriptive categorizations, but on broader etiologic components and on known evidence-based mixes of countermeasures. For proven urban violence injury prevention, the ecological interventions of Chicago and NYS Cease Fire, separate in the medical center the gun shot person’s physical and biological energy from a predictable follow-up revenge shooting and concurrently activates positive community safety values with end results of proven cost containment and savings.

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