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Trauma and Injury Prevention Section Newsletter - Autumn 2017

Chair’s Corner


Barsatti

This TIPS newsletter provides several examples of physicians who use their expertise and clinical experience to advance practices in favor of the public’s health, from abating the scourge of human trafficking, to diminishing pediatric morbidity/mortality in motor vehicle accidents and mitigating the unchecked epidemic of firearm-related violence.

When physicians advocate for practices and policies that improve the public’s health, not only can we diminish preventable injury and disease, but we may also increase public trust in physicians1

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Advocating for Public Health: Gun Violence Prevention

Newtown Flyer

There are many lessons to be learned about advocacy for any health topic, but especially for the health topic of gun violence prevention. As a result of my experiences of the Sandy Hook Tragedy, I have embraced the challenges of the gun violence epidemic, and have sought to effect change at local and national levels. In addition to co-founding the advocacy organization, United Physicians of Newtown, I testified before the Connecticut General Assembly and before the US Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the proposed 2013 Assault Weapons Ban. I have discussed the public health issues of gun violence on CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, NPR, in People Magazine, and at numerous regional and national medical conventions. Some of my experiences are also featured in the documentary, Newtown, which aired recently on PBS and that will be shown following the TIPS meeting at ACEP17. Click here to learn more.

 

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Pediatric Advocacy: Car Seats

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill requiring that caregivers keep their children in a rear-facing car seat until the age of two. Compelling, supportive testimony from physicians, law enforcement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Rhode Island chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Automobile Association helped to ensure successful passage of the bill. Upon enactment of this law, Rhode Island became the eighth state requiring infants and toddlers to remain in a rear-facing car seat at least until age two. Click here to read more now. 

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ACEP SECTION GRANT AWARD – Human Trafficking: Advancing the Education and Training of Emergency Medicine (EM)

In line with the mission of the Trauma & Injury Prevention Section, we were recently awarded an ACEP Section Grant to advance the education and training of our specialty on this issue. Our project will specifically focus on defining the trafficking-related core competencies for EM, building a digital library of EM-relevant resources and publications, and developing a series of educational online modules that will be made available to members and non-members for CME credits. Click here to learn more and get involved.

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Update: Firearm Violence Research in California

On July 4, 2017, the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center (UCFC) began operation. The new center was authorized and funded by the state of California, which appropriated five years of funding ($1 million per year) at the outset. Click here to read more now. 

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