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December 15, 2017


Happy Holidays!


From all of us at the BCIRPU, we'd like to wish you the warmest greetings for the season and best wishes for happiness in 2018 (click image to enlarge).


Jennifer Smith receives Research Day award


Congratulations to BCIRPU Research Coordinator Jennifer Smith, who received the Award for Plenary Presentation Excellence at this year's Evidence to Innovation Research Day at the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute! Jennifer was given the award for best plenary speaker for her presentation on the evaluation of Preventable's bike helmet campaign.  


Report on carbon monoxide in Canada


The BCIRPU assisted the University of the Fraser Valley’s Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research with requesting and analyzing the data for this report on carbon monoxide in Canada.

View the report on our website. 


CLICK for Babies Campaign


2017 was another successful year for donations to the CLICK for Babies Campaign in BC!


CLICK for Babies is a North American public information initiative to increase awareness and help educate caregivers about normal infant crying and the Period of PURPLE Crying. During the campaign, volunteers “click” their needles together to knit and crochet newborn caps in shades of purple. These caps are donated, collected, and distributed to new parents in maternity hospitals and public health units across BC along with information materials.


This year, over 185 knitting groups, senior centres, retirement residences, community groups, and individuals donated 11,479 purple caps! A huge thank-you to the many volunteers who donated their time and efforts to help reduce shaken baby syndrome and other forms of physical abuse in babies.


Visit CLICK for Babies BC for more information.


Seniors' Fall Prevention Awareness Week


The Government of British Columbia declared November 6 to 12 Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness Week, and the BCIRPU and BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition organized a week-long campaign to reduce falls among older adults. 


Posters were distributed to all public health units, major pharmacy chains and physician’s offices, and social media users were encouraged to participate in the campaign by sharing fall prevention tips with the hashtag #PreventFallsBC. Media outlets picked up on the campaign, including Roundhouse Radio, CFAX 1070 AM, CHEK News, and Kelowna Capital News


View the campaign at findingbalancebc.ca and learn about how to prevent falls year-round on Twitter and Facebook


New publications


Bauer M, Brussoni M, Giles A, Fuselli P (2017). Safe Kids Week: Analysis of gender bias in a national child safety campaign, 1997-2016. Injury Prevention. Epub. DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042442. LINK 


Brussoni M, Ishikawa T, Brunelle S, Herrington S (In Press). Landscapes for play: Effects of an intervention to promote nature-based risky play in early childhood centres. Journal of Environmental Psychology. Epub. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.11.001. LINK (Free access until Dec 31) 


Olsen L, Ishikawa T, Mâsse L, Chen G, Brussoni M (2017). Risk Engagement and Protection Survey (REPS): Developing and validating a survey tool on fathers’ attitudes towards child injury protection and risk engagement. Injury Prevention. Epub. DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042413. LINK


Staff updates: Welcome, Karen and Alex!


We would like to welcome Karen Sadler and Alex Zheng to the BCIRPU!


Karen is the Program Manager for Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC, taking over for Claire Humphreys, who is on maternity leave. Karen holds a Masters in City Planning from the University of Manitoba. She previously worked at the Vancouver Early Years Partnership/Children First, where she facilitated local and public sector collaboration towards a more integrated system of services and supports for young children and their families. 


Alex joins the Unit as a Biostatistician. He holds a BSE in Biomedical Engineering and a MSc in Biostatistics. Prior to joining the Unit, Alex worked at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. 




Holiday hours


Our office will be closed from December 26 to January 1, and will re-open Tuesday, January 2.



Webinar: Modernizing the BC Motor Vehicle Act to Improve Safety


Our first webinar of 2018 will feature Dr. Kay Teschke, Professor in UBC's School of Population and Public Health. On January 18, Dr. Teschke will discuss why the Motor Vehicle Act needs to be improved for people on bikes, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, horses, or on foot. 


To register for this webinar, please email bcinjury1@cw.bc.ca. More details can be found on our website.



Media highlights


The kids on the bus
Mariana Brussoni, The Globe and Mail, September 20.


Outdoor risky play
Mariana Brussoni, Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs Magazine, Vol 1(1), October 2017.


Police investigating whether girl's visual impairment factored into fall
Ian Pike, CTV News, November 6.


Jeff Bezos let his kids use knives and power tools from an early age
Mariana Brussoni, Business Insider, November 7.


Preventing holiday injuries
Ian Pike, CTV Morning Live, December 8.



2018 First Aid Education Conference 


The Canadian Red Cross is hosting the inaugural First Aid Education Conference from April 23-25, 2018, in Niagara Falls, ON. Practitioners, educators, and leaders in the field are invited to network, collaborate on new strategies, discuss barriers to action and share ideas that will create safer communities.


Registration opens in November. Learn more on the conference website.



28th Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals Conference


This conference for road safety professionals will take place in Victoria, BC from June 10–13, 2018. Organizers are looking for sponsors and exhibitors.


Learn more on the conference website.




CHIRPP database


CHIRPP is a self-reporting injury surveillance system run by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Through the collection of data from patients/parents in the Emergency Department, CHIRPP provides a current picture of injury occurrence and helps establish priorities for research and intervention. BC Children's Hospital data is accessible from CHIRPP Coordinator Mhairi Nolan.



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