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November 6, 2007

Hopkins Center Receives 2007 Injury Prevention and Control Health Impact Award

Andrea Gielen

The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is among two organizations to receive the inaugural Injury Prevention and Control Health Impact Award from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons was also recognized for requiring trauma centers to screen patients for alcohol problems.

The Center for Injury Research and Policy received the award for conducting quality research that is applied to programs and policies to reduce the incidence, severity and consequences of injuries. The Center was also recognized for integrating research and practice with the education of injury prevention and control leaders of tomorrow. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. on November 6 as part of the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

“These national awards help to shine a light on the immense public health problem of injury and inspire us to redouble our efforts at finding solutions through research and its translation.” said Andrea C. Gielen, ScD, ScM, professor and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy. “We are honored to be the first recipient of the Injury Prevention and Control Health Impact Award.”

The Injury Prevention and Control Health Impact Awards were established to recognize efforts to achieve greater health impact in the field of injury prevention, promote best practices and success stories in the field of injury prevention and control and demonstrate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s commitment to achieving health impact.

The Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Bloomberg School of Public of Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, which is formally recognized by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Center of Excellence, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Every day 16,000 people around the world die from injuries. In the United States, 50 million people are injured annually, costing society $406 billion. Research and its application to improved policies and programs can help prevent many of these injuries and improve the quality of life for trauma survivors.

Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Kenna L. Lowe or Tim Parsons at 410-955-6878 or paffairs@jhsph.edu.