February 2014

Twitter’s Potential for Scalable Outreach

You can’t deny the fact that Twitter has become a dominant force in the micro-blogging realm. Read why Venk Kandadai, technology manager for the Digital Health Initiative (DHI) at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP), thinks Twitter may have the potential to bridge the gap between scientific innovation and effective dissemination.

Nurturing an Industry Advisory Board

Let us assume it’s easier for a non-profit organization to maintain an advisory board than to build one. To do this, there is an important maxim to consider: The factors that motivate board members to join are different than the factors that motivate them to stay. And if you listen carefully to your board members, they will give you the keys to keeping them engaged and committed.   

The Knockout Game Is No Myth

I recently co-authored a letter that was published in the Lancet with my colleague, Joel Fein, MD, who directs the Violence Intervention Program in the Emergency Department at CHOP, to help raise awareness of a dangerous trend.

Providing a Unique Forum for Community-based Participatory Research

Events that bring community organizations and academic institutions together embody the tenet of community-based participatory research. One such event is Community-driven Research Day, which was hosted at CHOP in January.

Teen Driver Safety Workshops on Track for Lifesavers

Learn about upcoming CIRP@CHOP presentations at the Lifesavers Conference on teen driver safety, including validating tools for teen driver safety research, trends in delayed licensure, and taking a systematic approach to traffic safety programs. The Teen Driver Track also includes five other workshops to help teen driver safety practitioners practically solve programming challenges.

Lifesavers: CIRP Shares Engineering Behavioral and Community-based Research to Protect Child Occupants

The Lifesavers Conference (Nashville, April 27-29, 2014) provides tremendous continuing education around child passenger safety (CPS) through its Occupant Protection for Children track. My colleague from SafeKids Worldwide, Lorrie Walker, and her committee have worked to assemble the most current information on CPS over 13 different workshops and six pre-conference workshops. Read about what CIRP@CHOP will be presenting in four of these workshops.

Discussing the Impact of Marijuana on Driving

I think it's really interesting when hot topics in the news coincide with questions raised in my clinical practice, such as last week when the New York Times published an article about the effects of marijuana on driving. Since I see a fair number of teens in my office, I've had some conversations regarding the impact of different substances (e.g., alcohol, nicotine, marijuana) on various developmental tasks, including driving.

Benchmarking Policies that Impact Motor Vehicle Injuries

The CDC recently released its 2013 Prevention Status Reports and included motor vehicle injuries as one of the nation's most important public health problems. However, public safety laws are only one piece to the puzzle in mitigating these types of injuries.