Outreach Communications

#TeenSummer! Twitter Chat on Adolescent Summer Safety

CIRP@CHOP's Flaura Winston MD, PhD and Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE (@safetymd) will be special guests for an upcoming Twitter Chat on Adolescent Summer Safety! For many teens, summer is just getting underway. But increased time spent outdoors also comes with increased safety concerns: Sun exposure, swimming, biking, and hiking can all increase the risk of various adolescent injuries. 

Reaching the Remaining 35 Percent of Sub-optimally Restrained Children

One in three U.S. children ages 4 through 7 years are still not riding in a child restraint system when they are passengers in motor vehicles, according to the 2011 National Survey on Use of Booster Seats. To better protect these children, we developed and evaluated Boosting Restraint Norms, a community-led social marketing campaign that emerged from a multi-phase line of research conducted at CIRP.

New Resource Alert: Concussion Symptoms Log

In order to help parents monitor their child's daily symptoms during recovery from a concussion injury, we have developed a simple calendar to help keep track of triggers of concussion symptoms and the characteristics of the symptoms, such as their duration. This and other resources available for parents, school staff, health care providers, and coaches.

A Twitter Chat Survival Guide: In 140 characters…or More

During the 2012 National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) on October 18, we stepped up our digital communications game by organizing and hosting our first hour-long Twitter Chat. Here are lessons learned for fellow injury prevention communicators...

A Global Perspective on Child Passenger Safety

As a certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician and an Outreach Specialist here at CIRP@CHOP, I help researchers translate research findings into practical recommendations and messages. To effectively reach our end users, which are typically parents, we need to consider how their beliefs and motivations impact how they receive and interpret our messages. I recently read a post on the Safe Kids blog that put this idea into practice on a global scale.

Looking Forward to Lifesavers in Denver, Part Two

Yesterday, I blogged about the CIRP research projects we’ll be sharing in the Occupant Protection for Children track at the 2013 Lifesavers Conference. Today, I want to share what we’re contributing to the Teen Driver Safety track: “Best Practices in Intervention Design and Evaluation.”

Looking Forward to Lifesavers in Denver, Part One

Plane tickets, hotel reservations and registrations are booked for a strong CIRP@CHOP presence at the Lifesavers Conference. I hope we’ll see you in Denver on April 14th to 16th. Lifesavers attendees will be among the first to hear about our ongoing research to inform targeted engineering, policy and education countermeasures to reduce injuries and deaths among child motor vehicle occupants in three separate presentations.

Digital Age of Injury Prevention Communications

For the past 12 years, I’ve worked with brilliant but humble scientists who, typically, prefer to communicate their expertise through the peer-review process of scientific journal publication. This preference has fueled our reputation as a source of reliable evidence-based information on child injury prevention. But it can cause long delays in communication of actionable advice that could save a life. This has led us to debate whether blogging and social media might help our Center share what we learn with stakeholders and fellow researchers more effectively.

Driving Into the Future

Welcome to the new blog for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia! I’m Patty Huang, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at CHOP with an interest in the safety of children and teens with developmental disabilities, and I will be the moderator of this blog.

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