Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center Takes Top Honors at National Conference

Leaders from the Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center (Injury Prevention Center) won an award for best poster at the 21st annual Injury Free Coalition for Kids conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in December.

The Injury Prevention Center presented a poster highlighting contributions from its 25 years in the field of injury prevention. The poster tracks accomplishments over the years including the launch of the Safe Kids Connecticut chapter in 1993, efforts to improve Connecticut’s graduated driver licensing law, and its participation in a legislative task force to study the impact of family violence on children in 2016.

Also at the conference, Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH, the director of the Injury Prevention Center, presented research that is being conducted at community hair salons to determine the prevalence of domestic violence. Lapidus also moderated a discussion on intimate partner violence and its impact on children which explored research options; education and training initiatives; community outreach programs; and public policy and advocacy opportunities for Injury Free Coalitions.

Steven Rogers, MD, MSCTR, an emergency physician at Connecticut Children’s, presented about Fresh Check Day, which is an innovative approach to improve suicide prevention among college students. Dr. Rogers also presented about the future of childhood injury prevention and moderated a discussion on the topic.

The Injury Prevention Center is part of the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health and is home to the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford.

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