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Center for Injury Research and Policy

CDC Funded Center Research

The Center has four research projects funded by the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control under the current funding period from 2020-2025.

Project: Implementation, Evaluation, and Replication of an Indian Health Service Medication Storage and Disposal Initiative for Older Adults in Tribal Communities
Topic area: substance use and overdose, home safety
PI: Shannon Frattaroli 

Summary: 
This innovative study in partnership with the Indian Health Service and tribal communities will find effective ways of translating an opioid overdose prevention program for use by multiple Native American communities.  

Project: Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Strategies Within Youth Serving Organizations
Topic area: violence
PI: Elizabeth Letourneau

Summary: This study will provide empirical evidence of the impact of child sexual abuse prevention policies adopted by youth service organizations.

Project: Promoting the Use of Existing Safety Technologies to Reduce Teenage Drivers' Crashes
Topic area: transportation
PI: Johnathon Ehsani

Summary: This study explores parents’ and teens’ perceptions about using technology to reduce teen driver crashes, including their readiness to adopt them. 

Project: Effects of Opioid Prescribing Laws on Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes
Topic area: substance use and overdose, transportation
PIs: Jon Vernick and Beth McGinty

Summary: This ground-breaking project recognizes the changing landscape of impaired driving due to the opioid epidemic and evaluates the potential for state policies that control opioid use to prevent drug-impaired motor vehicle crashes

During our previous CDC funding cycle (2014-2019), these four research projects were completed. 

Project: Ignition Interlock Laws: Implementation and Effects on Fatal Crashes
Topic area: transportation safety, substance use and overdose
PI: Jon Vernick

Goal: Conduct a 50-state  analysis  of the role of state laws mandating alcohol ignition interlocks for drunk drivers in the prevention of fatal alcohol-involved crashes and the factors associated with effective implementation of these laws. Results will be disseminated to states with and without ignition interlock laws.

Project: Using m-Health Tools to Reduce the Misuse of Opioid Pain Relievers
Topic area: substance use and overdose
Co-PIs: Andrea Gielen, Renan Castillo

Goal: To design and evaluate a decision aid for use by injured patients seen in one urban and one rural emergency department to reduce the use of opioids, and when used, increase their safe storage and disposal.

Project: Exploring Universal Bicycle Helmet Policies: A Translation Research Study
Topic area: transportation safety
PI: Keshia Pollack Porter

Goal: To conduct translational research exploring the implementation of all-rider bicycle helmet laws in the U.S., the public’s knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about these laws, and their impacts on ridership and safety.

Project: Safe-LiFE to Prevent Falls among Older Fallers
Topic area: home safety
PI: Sarah Szanton

Goal: To test a fall prevention program in older fallers by implementing evidence based exercise into their daily activities while modifying their home environment.