The UI IPRC is fortunate to work with many partners at all levels—organizational, local, regional, state, national and international.
Our researchers couldn’t have the impact they’ve had without our partners who help us translate scientific evidence into practice. We’re proud of our strong reputation for collaborating with injury and violence prevention advocates across the country, from a local Safety Village, to state agencies, to national organizations such as the Safe State Alliance, among others.” — John Lundell, former UI IPRC Deputy Director
Click below to read about our outreach work with some of these partners.
Throughout the last several decades, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has greatly increased their activities related to safety and injury prevention. The UI IPRC has helped influence this shift through ongoing participation in state Traffic Safety Planning and membership and participation in meetings of the Statewide Traffic Records Forum. Through this partnership, we have:
- Added goals in teen driving, older driving, medical response, and driver behavior
- Advocated for stronger data collection for driver distraction, safety equipment use, and driver contributing causes
- Developed a collaborative contract in which UI IPRC houses the Iowa Crash Database and advocates its increased use for behavioral and acute care analyses
- Established a systematic plan and educational effort for improving Iowa’s traffic safety culture
Our longstanding partnership with Blank Children’s Hospital began as a research collaboration over 10 years ago and has continued to grow and expand to include advocacy and outreach activities. We have successfully participated together in policy development and adoption to improve both Iowa’s Child Passenger Safety and Graduated Driving Licensing (GDL) laws. Through the co-sponsorship of the annual Keeping Kids Safe Conference, we have been able to provide continuing opportunities to injury prevention practitioners and advocates statewide and region.
The UI IPRC’s close partnership with IDPH has led to an enhanced injury-free environment through achievements such as a highly regarded statewide trauma system, a 2008 (and soon to be updated) Iowa Burden of Injury Report, and the implementation and operation of the CDC-funded Iowa Violent Death Reporting System (IA VDRS).
The UI IPRC has long been recognized among state injury prevention programs as a resource for technical assistance, training and outreach throughout the Region 7 states of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. With the establishment of the Regional Network Leaders (RNL) Program, we have been able to expand to reach our partners in states such as Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota.
RNLs develop partnerships with appropriate organizations and research centers. They also work with the CDC and each other to identify common issues and shape effective program infrastructure at the state, regional, and national level.
The UI IPRC has maintained a valuable partnerships with this key professional organization, which leads in efforts to recruit and train new injury scientists. Together, SAVIR and UI IPRC have coordinated advocacy and public policy efforts to advance the field of injury and violence prevention.
The UI IPRC has maintained a valuable partnerships with this key professional organization, which provides training opportunities to the injury practice community. Together, Safe States Alliance and UI IPRC have coordinated advocacy and public policy efforts to advance the field of injury and violence prevention.
The UI IPRC has had a mutually-beneficial partnership with the GTSB for nearly two decades. GTBS staff routinely seek data and guidance from UI IPRC on motor vehicle injury-related issues. The GTBS funded survey, the annual Iowa Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Survey, is on its 20th consecutive year and collects information on restraint use and other passenger-related information at 36 locations around the state. It is considered one of the richest longitudinal data sources on restraint use in the country. The UI IPRC is also a member of the GTBS’s Iowa Safe Kids Program, which leads the state’s child passenger safety activities.
The Safety Village is a program which brings together the UI IPRC with local public safety agencies (police, fire, EMS), two local hospitals, the school district and the Iowa Children’s Museum. The Safety Village was founded in 1995 and provides age-appropriate safety instruction for children primarily in the 5-7 year-old range. Each summer up to 200 children attend a two-week summer camp on traffic and pedestrian safety at the Village. Located on the grounds of the Grant Wood Elementary School in Iowa City, the Village is a permanent “kid-sized” replication of downtown Iowa City. The UI IPRC assisted in evaluation efforts of the program, which indicated the children learned and retained the safety message.
For more than ten years, the UI Center for International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH) has built a strong partnership with the Center for Health Policy and Public Health, housed in the University of Babes-Bolyai, Romania. This partnership is funded through several training grants funded by the U.S. NIH/Fogarty International Center, which have helped train several academic leaders at the UI. Through this partnership, projects in occupational health, geohealth, and road traffic safety have advanced science and public health, and have led to permanent infrastructure in public health research and policy. CIREH helped the Center for Health Policy and Public Health launch Romania’s first degree programs in public health.