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JHCIRP: 25 Years

Celebrating Silver,
Reaching for Gold:
25 Years of Injury
Research and Policy

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Mission & HistorYThe following video was produced on the occasion of the Center’s 25th anniversary.


Our Mission

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, including examples of how our research has changed practice and policy, please download our new Center brochure developed on the occasion of our 25th anniversary. We also have a one-pager which provides an overview of who we are and what we do. Please also see this visual timeline which highlights milestones in our history, and provides examples of our accomplishments over the past twenty-five years.

Our History

The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy was established in 1987 with core funding from the Centers for Disease Control 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 eleven such Injury Control Research Centers throughout the U.S.. For more information on these Centers, please click here.

The Center has built a twenty-five 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 the Center with its inaugural Injury Prevention and Control Health Impact Award.

What people are saying


Child Transportation Safety

On September 24, 2007 at 6:30 p.m., Nadra Robinson was driving home with her one-year-old son Antoine buckled into his car seat. A few minutes later, Nadra was standing on the sidewalk staring at her wrecked car. A car running a red light had smashed into the passenger side of Nadra's car, where Antoine was sitting in his rear-facing car safety seat.


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