October 2, 2019

Chair’s Corner

Welcome to the Fall edition of the Trauma and Injury Prevention Section newsletter!

Firearm injury prevention and opioid overdose prevention have increasingly become the focus of public health and injury prevention efforts within emergency medicine, and broadly across the United States. This edition shines a spotlight on current work by several of our active members in these areas. We have two great articles focusing on opioid overdose prevention, including one on relevant harm reduction messages for your clinical practice and another highlighting a new real time opioid prevention toolkit that can be used by practicing clinicians as they confront the issues of opioid misuse and overdose. In addition, we have several updates included in this newsletter on on-going programs that are focused on firearm injury prevention, including the work being down by Research AFFIRM and the FACTS Consortium, both led by active TIPS members and Emergency Physicians.

I’d also like to remind everyone who is attending ACEP that this year’s TIPS annual meeting will be held on Monday, October 28 in the Colorado Convention Center (Room 212) at 2:30 pm (MT). This year, we will have a presentation delivered by representation of NEMPAC to discuss their priorities for this congressional cycle and any political and advocacy issues related to injury prevention that TIPS members would like to see advanced through ACEP’s political action committee (PAC). In addition, for those who are interested and are attending ACEP this year, Urgent Matters is focusing their 2019 annual meeting on Disruptive Innovations in Injury Prevention. This half-day preconference meeting will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 12:30 pm until 5 pm and will feature several nationally recognized experts from the fields of Emergency Medicine and Injury Prevention, including Dr. Emmy Betz, Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, Dr. Jesse Pines, Dr. Anjoulie Pujji, Dr. Brendan Carr and Rocco Palin, MPH. It should be a great event for those who are interested.

I look forward to seeing all of you in Denver at the Annual TIPS meeting!

Patrick Carter, MD, FACEP

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