Center Director and Professor, Andrea Gielen, Sc.D., presented grand rounds at West Virginia University's Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center as part of the WVU Injury Control Research Center's webinar series on December 4th. Dr. Gielen’s presentation, "Domestic Violence Researchers and Advocates: Using Concept Mapping to Bridge the Two Worlds," discussed the Center's work on the ACT Project, a community-based participatory research (CBPR) effort with the House of Ruth of Maryland and the University of Pittsburgh. The impacts of intimate partner violence (IPV) are significant, from mental health issues to substance abuse and increased suicide risk, and can contribute to chronic health conditions and reproductive health problems.
Participants in the ACT Project first interpreted the nine principles of CBPR to increase the partnership’s capacity to conduct IPV-related CBPR. Asking the question, What do we need to know to improve services for battered women and their children in the metro-Baltimore region?, participants then used concept mapping to establish a group consensus on priority responses, and rated the feasibility and importance of each. The resulting practice-based research priorities can be used to develop and implement collaborative research projects designed to ultimately enhance the services provided to battered women and children in the Baltimore-metropolitan region. This approach and the results may have utility for IPV service providers and researchers in other urban areas, as well. Click here to view Dr. Gielen’s full presentation.
This project was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) supplemental funding to University of Pittsburgh: “Utilization of Principles of Community–Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Concept Mapping to Foster and Inform Community Engaged Research" led by Michael Yonas, PhD, MPH and Jessica Burke, PhD, MHS, alumni of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Two Center faculty were recognized for their achievements at the 2013 APHA annual meeting. Center Director, Andrea Gielen, was honored with the APHA Award of Excellence. The APHA Award for Excellence is given in recognition of an individual’s exceptionally meritorious contribution to the improvement of health of the people. It honors creative work of particular effectiveness in applying scientific knowledge or innovative organizational work to the betterment of community health. To view pictures, please click here to visit the School of Public Health on Facebook.
Deputy Director, Jon Vernick, was honored by APHA's Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section with the Individual Public Service Award. The Individual Public Service Award recognizes an individual’s outstanding dedication and leadership in injury practice and advocacy, with contributions and achievements that have a significant and long-term impact on the field of injury control and emergency health services.
The Injury Center was well represented at the APHA sessions, with numerous oral and poster presentations throughout the conference. The Center also hosted its annual Injury Center Alumni Breakfast at APHA, with over 25 current and former faculty and students in attendance. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!
JHU staff members disseminated pedestrian safety messages and handed out a total of 478 reflectors to students, faculty, and staff, over the course of two days at the Student Activities and Information Fair, in the School of Public Health's Wolfe Street and Hampton House buildings. The campaign coincided with The Center for Injury Research and Policy research study focusing on pedestrian experiences around the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus. Results of the survey will be used to develop a comprehensive pedestrian and driver safety campaign, to be launched in the fall of 2013.
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Sarah Szanton, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, and a core faculty member of the Center is leading a major research project that brings handymen, occupational therapists, and nurses into the homes of 800 low-income older adult residents in Baltimore. The study will evaluate how well this program does to keep seniors living, healthy and safe, independently. Read more about the study here and see the program in live action here.