Center for Injury Research and Prevention

April 2019

Trauma-Informed Care Needed for Victims of Violence in the ED

A recent article published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine explains how ED staff can implement the four pillars of trauma-informed care when treating young patients who have been victims of violence.

Nurses Play Key Role in Injury Recovery

After an injury, many children experience a decreased quality of life. Pediatric nurses play a key role in helping them recover. New research examines posttraumatic stress symptoms and hope after injury.

Teen Health Week: Violence and Teen Mental Health

Last week, CIRP proudly joined our CHOP colleagues to participate in Teen Health Week, a now global initiative that began in Pennsylvania to raise awareness of the unique health considerations for teens. Violence Intervention Program (VIP) Supervisor Laura Vega, DSW, LCSW and Arturo Zinny, LPC, program director at Drexel University's Healing Hurt People, were featured in a PolicyLab blog post to share their perspectives on how community violence impacts adolescent mental health. Read a selection from the post.

Crash Simulations with a Pediatric Human Body Model

Over the past five years, CIRP engineers have utilized pediatric human body computational models to complement traditional laboratory-based research methods. We are pleased to offer two new simulation videos using the PIPER human body model that illustrate how differences in child passenger safety practices can impact a child’s injury risk in a crash.

Unrestrained Drivers and Child Passengers

Colleagues at Rush University Medical Center and I recently published an article in Pediatrics describing drivers’ factors related to their young passengers being unrestrained in motor vehicle crashes.

Renewed Support for Promoting Trauma-Informed Pediatric Healthcare

With funding again provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Traumatic Stress Center will continue to develop resources on pediatric trauma-informed care.

PA Governors School for the Sciences Promotes Future STEM Careers

CHOP recently hosted the first annual Pennsylvania Governors School for the Sciences (PGSS)-CHOP Research Showcase to continue encouraging talented students to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.