Epidemiology: Prevention Research

Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Seattle

Key Investigators: Brian Johnston, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Washington Department of Pediatrics
Funding Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Following the model of injury control pioneered by Dr. Barbara Barlow at Harlem Hospital 20 years ago, this project is part of a network of hospital-based injury prevention programs in 25 cities nationwide. TheS model uses local data to identify pressing local injury problems. Community coalitions are brought to bear on the issue, using proven prevention strategies and local resources. Evaluation is a crucial component in all evidence-based interventions to address targeted issues, with careful evaluation to demonstrate the worth of the program. The investigators hope to identify causes of geographic disparity in childhood injuries and to work with community groups to target and eliminate excess injury risk.