Our Mission and History
The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy is dedicated to closing the gap between injury research and practice to reduce and prevent the fires, poisonings, drownings, car crashes, domestic violence, and other causes of injury that kill, disable, and inflict pain in alarming numbers.
The statistics on injury are chilling:
- In the U.S., injury is the leading cause of death from ages 1 to 44.
- Every day, 16,000 people die from injuries worldwide.
- Injuries cost the U.S. $671 billion annually.
For more than 25 years, the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy—based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health—has helped to redefine injury as a pressing public health problem and to promote it as a scientific discipline through high-quality research, advocacy, and education.
To learn more about our Center and explore examples of how our research has changed practice and policy, please download our Center brochure. Explore a one-pager that provides an overview of who we are and what we do. To see our highlighted milestones and accomplishments over our first 25 years, explore our visual timeline.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy was established in 1987 with core funding from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) as part of the federal agency’s early efforts to support more research in the evolving field of injury prevention. The funding initiative was a response to the growing awareness of injury’s staggering toll and the minimal amount of research funds available to scientists in the field. The Center was one of five research initiatives based at universities that received CDC grants to build “centers for excellence in injury research.” Today, there are 11 such Injury Control Research Centers through the U.S. Learn more about those centers.
The Center has built a 25-year record of leadership in injury research, service, and education, guided by a commitment to ensuring that quality research is translated into programs and policies that make a difference. In 2007, the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control honored JHCIRP with its Inaugural Injury Prevention and Control Health Impact Award.