1989, the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center
(SCIPRC) has originated, developed and expanded a strong program
in injury prevention research, training and dissemination.
SCIPRC is located in one of the most diverse areas of both the
world and the United States. The seven southern California
counties (Los Angeles; Orange; Ventura; San Diego; Imperial; San
Bernardino; Riverside) have a combined population of 20,877,739
with 11.3% (N = 2,352,422) identifying as Asian and 42% (N =
8,767,470) identifying as Hispanic (2006 American Community
Survey). The SCIPRC has influenced research and training
throughout California and the United States. The Core
Administration of the SCIPRC has continued to expand its
extensive network of community-based organizations and
governmental and educational institutions. As the only
California injury center based in a school of public health, the
SCIPRC emphasizes a population-based approach to injury
prevention and control.
Mission is to discover and understand how injuries occur and how
they can be prevented or their impact reduced, with particular
attention to the diverse underserved populations, including
immigrants, that reside in Southern California.
ranked number 1 in the proportion (27.2%) of residents that are
foreign born, the proportion (42.5%) who speak a language other
than English at home, and the proportion (20.1%) who speak
English less than “very well.” The SCIPRC emphasizes sound
epidemiologic, statistical and methodological approaches that
enhance our ability to determine whether programs and
interventions result in strong, evidence-based findings that can
be effectively disseminated and translated to the diverse
settings found in southern California.
emphasis on risk-factor assessment, prevention of injuries and
the design and evaluation of programs focused on high-risk
populations is consistent with Healthy People 2010 and its
overarching goal of reducing morbidity and improving the quality
of life. The SCIPRC proposal addresses Healthy People 2010
objectives in the areas of Falls among the Elderly (15-27,
15-28, 22-2, 7-12), Violence (7-2, 7-11,15-32,15-34, 15-35,
15-37, 26-7), Residential fires (15-25), Environmental Health
(8-21, 8-26), and Occupational Health and Safety (20-2).
The specific aims of the SCIPRC are to:
Design, implement, and promote multidisciplinary research on the
causes, severity, recovery, and prevention of all type of
injuries, as well as test the fidelity, dissemination and
translation of evidence-based programs in new populations and
Develop, promote and expand training and educational
opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students,
researchers and practitioners, with the goal of producing new
Expand, support and participate in collaborative community-based
activities and provide service through information sharing,
support, and technical assistance.
Utilize the unique research opportunities available in Southern
California to learn how to best implement injury prevention and
control in a multi-ethnic community.
Disseminate research findings in ways that maximize their
application to practice and policy.
Maintain an organizational structure that facilitates and
enhances effective implementation of the SCIPRC’s role in
promoting research, disseminating new findings, training
specialists in injury and violence control and prevention, and
evaluating success and effectiveness of these efforts.
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