Center for Injury Control commemorates 20th anniversary
By Melva Robertson | Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Nov. 11, 2013
The Emory Center for Injury Control was formed 20 years ago to stop violent assaults and unintentional injuries and to develop the next generation of injury prevention professionals.
The Emory Center for Injury Control is a multi-institutional consortium aimed at stopping violent assaults and unintentional injuries and developing the next generation of injury prevention professionals. Today, it is a World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization collaborating center as well as a CDC funded Injury Control Research Center with over 170 faculty from Emory and other institutions and organizations focused on translating science into practice.
"The one common thing with injuries and violence is that they’re predictable and preventable,” says Debra Houry, MD, MPH, associate professor of emergency medicine and director of the Emory Center for Injury Control. "It’s really been our mission to look at these pressing issues in our region and determine how we can address them through scholarship, teaching and education, and community practice.”
Through its many partnerships, the center has led major studies to halt gun violence, bullying, partner violence, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
"There is a lot of conversation right now about healthcare costs,” explains Houry, who is also an emergency room physician at Grady Memorial Hospital. "Violence and injuries cost more than $406 billion in medical care and lost productivity each year, and 29 million people visit emergency rooms as a result of violence and injuries. The Emory Center for Injury Control is vital, because if we can stop injuries and violence before they occur, we can also stop all of these other long-term consequences.”
Find more information on the Emory Center for Injury Control and anniversary event at their website.