Our Work in Action
The Center’s Outreach portfolio demonstrates how we lead and support innovation in injury research and evidence-informed practice. We serve as a resource for incubation, implementation, and replication of new ideas and strategies to reduce injury. In collaboration with our partners, we provide training and education that further enhances innovation in the field.
Listed below are selected current and recent partners and collaborators.
American Indian Communities
Saving Lives in Native Communities
Injuries are the leading cause of death for American Indians ages 1–44 and the third leading cause of death overall. Through the Center’s partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, we are working on a variety of projects to reduce injuries in American Indian communities. Particular areas of focus in this work are motor vehicle injuries, opioid-related deaths and home injuries.
Some examples of our collaborative work with the Center for American Indian Health include:
- Providing technical assistance to the Center for American Indian Health on the injury prevention content in its Family Spirit® home visiting program
- Conducting an injury prevention needs assessment for the White Mountain Apache Tribe
- Serving as a member of the Navajo Injury Prevention Coalition, a group organized and run by the Navajo Tribal Epidemiology Center
- Providing technical assistance to the Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Program
- Offering the Winter Institute course at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in American Indian Communities.“ This is a 5-day course offered in January (even-numbered years only)
The Clinton Foundation
Combating the Opioid Epidemic
The urgent need for evidence-informed public health solutions to address the opioid epidemic, and to promote high-quality care for those with pain has made combating this problem a top priority for the Center’s work on substance use and overdose.
Starting in 2014, the Center partnered with the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness and the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative to respond to the opioid epidemic. The Center published the report The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: An Evidence-Based Approach in 2015.
In 2017, the Center published an updated report The Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact as part of the "America’s Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact#mce_temp_url#" event. The event was co-hosted by the Center, the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, and the Health Matters Initiative on October 30, 2017. The 2017 report offers a path forward for all who are committed to addressing injuries and deaths associated with opioids in the United States. It includes guidance for those who are searching for solutions to address the toll of opioid-use disorders, reduce prescription opioid overuse, and maximize the quality of care for people with opioid addiction and people who need pain treatment.
The Center also serves as the coordinating center for the Translation Network to Eliminate Opioid Overdose and Reverse Addiction, a collaborative of four injury research centers originally funded by the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Safety Center Models for Baltimore and Beyond
The Children’s Safety Center is a partnership between the Center and the Johns Hopkins Department of Pediatrics. This safety center is located in the Harriet Lane Clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, and is for the exclusive use of Harriet Lane Clinic patients and families. This is a resource that provides personalized education and low cost safety products that families need to protect their children from home and transportation related injuries.
The Mobile Safety Center (formerly the "CARES Mobile Safety Center") was developed through a partnership between the Center, the Baltimore City Fire Department and other community partners. This safety center is a vehicle outfitted with interactive educational exhibits on home safety that is available for neighborhood and community events in Baltimore City. Staff teach Baltimore City residents about injury prevention for children, older adults and other caregivers. The Mobile Safety Center is now run exclusively by the Baltimore City Fire Department.
The CDC recognizes the Center’s safety center model as a public health success story. Our Center has published two replication guides for creating safety centers: Driving Home Safety: The Johns Hopkins CARES Mobile Safety Center (2016) and Johns Hopkins Children's Safety Center Replication Guide (2002). Both guides are available in the Center’s Resource Library. We also offer consultation and technical assistance on setting up safety centers. Learn more about collaborating with us to create a safety center in your community.
Johns Hopkins University
Academic Collaborations in Baltimore
The Center participates in many collaborative relationships across the multi-campus Johns Hopkins academic community in Baltimore. Our Johns Hopkins partners include these fellow centers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other Johns Hopkins schools, initiatives and offices:
- Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bloomberg American Health Initiative
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
- Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Health Disparities Solutions
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Law and the Public’s Health
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Qualitative Studies in Health and Medicine
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Institute for Health and Social Policy
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, International Injury Research Unit
- Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business
- Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence
- Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
- Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
- Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer Initiative
- Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering
This work provides opportunities to amplify the reach and impact of the Center’s work, and to leverage the valuable technical expertise of our Johns Hopkins colleagues. We offer our expertise in injury prevention research and policy to inform their work.
Pedestrian Safety Campaign
“Be Alert, Don’t Get Hurt” is a social marketing campaign implemented as part of a multifaceted pedestrian safety program begun by the University in 2012 to reduce pedestrian injuries on and around Johns Hopkins’ urban campus in East Baltimore. Partners included the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Highway Safety Office and Street Smart. Learn more from the "Be Alert, Don’t Get Hurt" campaign brochure.
Maryland Department of Health
Our long-term partnership with the Maryland Department of Health has focused on a variety of injury prevention topics and resulted in the development and dissemination of a variety of evidence-based solutions to Maryland decision makers. Our work “at home” in Maryland has also led to replication work in other regions, expanding the impact from local to national.
- Development of a set of injury and violence prevention resource guides for state policymakers and decision makers in Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic Region/Region 3, and the Great Lakes Region/Region 5 through our collaboration with the Regional Network Coordinating Organization (Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Regional Networks)
- Intimate partner and sexual violence prevention work through the National Peer Learning Team
- Rape and sexual assault prevention guidance in collaboration with local colleges and universities
Network for Public Health Law
The Network for Public Health Law provides insightful legal assistance, helpful resources and opportunities to build connections for local, tribal, state and federal officials; public health practitioners; attorneys; policymakers; and advocates. The Network has a National Coordinating Center and five regions.
The network’s Eastern Region is a partnership between the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. The region is responsible for responding to inquiries about legal aspects of injury prevention and control from Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia. The Eastern Region also produces reports, policy analyses, blogs and webinars regarding injury.
Vision 20/20 and Local Fire Departments in Baltimore and Beyond
Promoting Fire Safety in Homes Across the United States
The Center has worked with fire departments around the country to expand and evaluatetheir smoke alarm distribution and installation programs based on the latest empiricalevidence. Using the robust scientific methods, Center faculty provide technical assistance onthe implementation of smoke alarm programs, as well as designing and executing programevaluation. Some of these projects have included:
- Designing a school-based smoke alarm curriculum in Seattle to test if students cansuccessfully work with their families to test their smoke alarms and, if needed,request new alarms from the fire department.
- Implementing automated phone messages to inform residents in Cloquet, MN,Grand Rapids, MI, and Rochester, NY about their fire department’s home safetyand smoke alarm programs.
- Creating an innovative partnership between nurse home visitors and the firedepartment in Phoenix, a model program that is ready for scaling up across thecountry.
- Working with the Baltimore City Fire Department and community organizations onan innovative academic-community partnership to enhance the impact of the firedepartment’s smoke alarm distribution program. Visit the Resource Library to readthe report of this project, Partnering for Prevention: A Community-Academic Response to Home Fire Risks in Baltimore (2013) if learn more about who to bringthe results of this partnership to other communities across the United States.
The Center also works with national fire safety organizations to help advance fire safety policyand programing. In 2015, the Center and Vision 20/20 co-hosted a 1-day Smoke Alarm Summitat the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Symposium participants represented multiple stakeholder groups such as fire service, academia, government, non-profit andprivate sector organizations. Visit the Resource Library to read the report from theSummit, Evidence Informing Action: Consensus Priorities to Increase the Use of Smoke Alarmsin U.S. Homes (2015). Center faculty have also worked with stakeholders around advancingpolicies that encourage residential fire sprinklers.
Vision Zero / Sweden KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Ensuring Safety and Equity in Autonomous Vehicle Technology
On December 13, 2017, the Center and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, convened a first-of-its-kind gathering to focus public attention on how to promote deployment of autonomous vehicle technology in ways that provide the greatest social benefits through a focus on safety and equity.
The event, the Future of Personal Transportation: Safe and Equitable Implementation of Autonomous Vehicles – A Conversation on Public Health Action, featured an open forum bringing together key thought leaders. Discussion covered vehicle technology and Vision Zero—zero traffic crashes—as public health interventions, their ethical, equity, and legal issues, and implementation considerations to help realize the desired social benefits.
This event launched new collaborations and funded research for the Center, including with the JHU Whiting School of Engineering, the JHU Berman Institute of Bioethics.