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Johns Hopkins: Center Awarded $4.2 Million from CDC to Study Injury Research and Prevention Including Medication Storage and Opioid Prescription Laws

The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy in the department of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has received a five-year grant of $4.3 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study effective solutions to the costly impact of injuries.

The award will focus on interventions and translation of research specifically in medication storage and disposal among older adults in tribal communities, child sexual abuse prevention strategies, promoting the use of safety technologies to better protect teen drivers and determining the impact of opioid prescribing laws on fatal motor vehicle crashes. Additionally, the new funding will support new online and in-person learning opportunities that expand partnerships, training and technical assistance to community stakeholders.

Founded in 1987, the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy prioritizes research in home safety, substance use and overdose, transportation safety and violence with a focus on groups that are at higher risk for experiencing certain types of injury, including children, older adults, veterans and trauma survivors.

“There are proven effective solutions to many injury problems,” says Dr. Andrea C. Gielen, center director, professor and principal investigator. “However, access to those solutions is often not equitably distributed across the population. We place a high priority on addressing inequities in our research projects, as well as in our training and outreach activities with practice partners that share our commitment to reducing disparities in injury rates.”

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