Risky play, VOICES of children and youth, CATT in Uganda

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February X, 2019



Dr. Mariana Brussoni talks about the Power of Play


On January 20, BCIRPU Scientist Dr. Mariana Brussoni and her work on risky play was featured on CBC's The Nature of Things.


Watch the full episode on cbc.ca. 



VOICES: Identifying safe and unsafe spaces in Indigenous communities


Thanks to the First Nations Health Authority and the Indigenous communities of British Columbia, we are pleased to announce that we will be expanding the VOICES of Children and Youth project to BC.


The Hupačasath First Nations community will be engaging approximately 10 of their youth members to engage in the project. The youth will be asked to take photographs and provide narrative of places in their community that they believe are ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’, from an injury perspective. 


VOICES is a research initiative currently taking place in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, located in an area that straddles Ontario, Quebec, and New York along the St. Lawrence River. In November 2018, a reporter from the Ottawa Citizen spent the afternoon with the children and youth of Akwesasne as they participated in a photo-mapping project of their community. 


Learn more on our website


BC Vision Zero Summit 


The first-ever Vision Zero Summit in BC took place on February 8 and 9. This sold-out event was hosted by the City of Surrey, showcasing the announcement of Surrey's Vision Zero Plan.


Over 100 road safety experts, municipal government staff, civic leaders, researchers, and public health professionals attended in person and many more joined via livestream across BC. High-profile speakers presented on effective road safety strategies for both urban and rural/remote geographies, considerations for developing Vision Zero plans, Safe Schools programs, and grant opportunities for both Vision Zero planning and road safety improvements. Representatives from Portland and San Francisco spoke about implementing Vision Zero in their cities, and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission outlined their experiences with cannabis legalization and road safety.
Event partners included the Provincial Health Services Authority, Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health, with support from the BCIRPU. For more information about the 2019 BC Vision Zero Summit, or future events, contact Megan Oakey, Provincial Manager, Injury Prevention, Population and Public Health, PHSA/BCIRPU. 



CATT in East Africa


Sports federations, health professionals, and educators in Kampala, Uganda will receive education training on recognition and management for concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) through a new partnership between the BCIRPU/CATT and the Uganda Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and Sports. 


In-person training sessions on concussion and CATT will be held in the summer for Ugandan health professionals, coaches and managers from the Federation of Uganda Football Association, Federation of Uganda Basketball Association, and the Rugby Association. This will start as a pilot study, which will be evaluated and then expanded to a larger audience, including teachers and school administrators.


Learn more at cattonline.com


Reframing parents' perception of risk


The Go Play Outside! project, led by Dr. Mariana Brussoni, concluded recently. The study involved development of a tool to reframe parents’ perceptions of risk and change parenting behaviours to help their children go outside to play.


The team conducted a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of both versions of the tool through a website and an in-person workshop. Researchers collected data of 446 mothers of children aged 6-12 years and looked at whether they changed their attitudes from before using the tool, to 1-week and 3-months afterwards. They also looked at whether they attained their personal goal for change. 


Results showed that the online tool was particularly effective, with mothers showing significantly higher increases in their tolerance for risk in play and being significantly more likely to accomplish their goals than mothers in the control condition. Mothers using the in-person workshop version were not significantly different from the mothers in the control condition. Further analyses are currently underway.



Recent publications


Carbert NS, Brussoni M, Geller J, Masse LC. Moderating effects of family environment on overweight/obese adolescents’ dietary behaviours. Appetite. 2019 Mar 1;134:69-77. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.12.034. Epub 2018 Dec 24. LINK


Damji F, Babul S. Improving and Standardizing Concussion Education and Care: a Canadian Experience. Concussion. 2018 Oct 24; 3(4). https://doi.org/10.2217/cnc-2018-0007. LINK


Fridman L, Fraser-Thomas JL, Pike I, Macpherson AK. Childhood road traffic injuries in Canada – a provincial comparison of transport injury rates over time. BMC Public Health. 2018 Dec 6; 18:1348. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6269-9. LINK


Jelleyman C, McPhee J, Brussoni M, Bundy A, Duncan S. A Cross-Sectional Description of Parental Perceptions and Practices Related to Risky Play and Independent Mobility in Children: The New Zealand State of Play Survey. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Jan 17;16(2). pii: E262. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16020262. LINK


Ishikawa T, Masse LC, Brussoni M. Changes in parents' perceived injury risk after a medically-attended injury to their child. Preventable Med Rep. 2019 Mar;13:146-152. Epub 2018 Dec 18. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.12.008. LINK


Zandy M, Zhang LR, Kao D, Rajabali F, Turcotte K, Zheng A, Oakey M, Smolina K, Pike I, Rasali D. Area-based socioeconomic disparities in mortality due to unintentional injury and youth suicide in British Columbia, 2009–2013. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada. 2019 Feb; 39(2). LINK




Webinar series


On Thursday, March 14, Ms. Megan Oakey, Provincial Manager for Injury and Falls Prevention, BCCDC and PHSA, will give a summary of the 2019 BC Vision Zero Summit that took place in early February. 


Join us at 11 AM PST.



iDOT update


Interactive data visualization tools are now available to accompany our Injury Hospitalizations and Injury-Related Deaths tools.


See the updated data on our website.





Preventing burns in young children


February 2 to 9 was Burn Awareness Week. The focus of this year’s campaign, organized by the BC Burn Fund, was burns in young children.


The Too Hot for Tots! Program is offering a series of workshops for parents and caregivers of children 0-6 years of age, as well as family educators, to learn about common burn hazards and how to prevent burn and scald injuries in the home.


Visit the BC Burn Fund website for workshop dates and times.




Let's talk about "accidents"


At the end of January, The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) launched a campaign to encourage people to rethink the word "accident."


Over 300 packages were sent to media outlets, police and fire chiefs, and road safety organizations across BC. Join Preventable in changing the discourse—download the campaign booklet and make the word cloud your desktop background.




Media highlights


Why Canada is not as safe for kids as you might think it is

Ian Pike, Ottawa Citizen, Dec 18.


Why risk-taking supports healthy development (podcast)

Mariana Brussoni, Nature-Led Podcast, Jan 4.


Anti-Idling Technology (p. 14)

BCIRPU, Fire Fighting in Canada, Feb 1.


Cell phone distraction leads to woman walking into path of taxi
Ian Pike, Global News, Feb 4.


The tragic side of Tide Pods
Mariana Brussoni, Fortune, Feb 19. 




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 Atousa Zargaran.



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