July 2014

Comments? We Want to Hear From You

We started this blog 15 months ago to serve as a forum for important issues surrounding child injury prevention and because we believe that a steady exchange of ideas leads to innovation and solutions. The goal of this blog always has been to partner with you, our colleagues in child injury prevention, to turn research into action.

The Evolving Science of Crash Data Collection

Many of our readers involved in traffic safety research are aware that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is moving forward with the modernization of the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) for the first time since NASS’s inception over 40 years ago. CIRP@CHOP has (and will continue to) partner with NHTSA to ensure that the unique safety needs of children are considered as NASS is updated.

New Resource Alert: Redesigned Child Passenger Safety Charts

Today, CIRP@CHOP has made available redesigned child passenger safety charts that provide valuable insight for child passenger safety (CPS) technicians, educators, researchers, and policymakers. Based on data collected through CHOP’s Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) study, the charts have been graphically updated for use in presentations and other educational settings. Each is available in both PDF and PowerPoint format for easy use.

Passing the Baton: CIRP Leadership Transitions

Founder and Scientific Director of CIRP@CHOP looks back at CIRP’s 20-year history as the Center marks an important transition in leadership: a new role for Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE at the CHOP Research Institute and a new Co-Scientific Director for CIRP@CHOP -- Kristy Arbogast, PhD. Join us in welcoming Dr. Arbogast to her new role.

Used Cars for Teens

In a report released today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shares its first-ever recommendations for used vehicles to help guide parents of novice teenage drivers. In addition to being thoughtful about the type of car their teens drive, parents also need to consider how their teens get the keys and whether they will be sharing the car with other drivers, including siblings or parents, says Jessica H. Mirman, PhD, a teen driver safety researcher at CIRP@CHOP.

Early Intervention After Child Trauma: Do We Know What Works?

When traumatic events affect children we all want to help. In the aftermath of large-scale tragedies, communities are often deluged with donations and offers of assistance, not all of them useful. How to help in a way that is useful and supportive of children’s natural recovery processes is a pressing issue in the field of traumatic stress. Dr. Kassam-Adams proposes a guide to researchers and practitioners to meet the challenge.