Updates on our concussion program, staff changes, and Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC

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December 10, 2019



Happy Holidays!


From all of us at the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, warmest greetings for this holiday season and best wishes for a new year of joy, health and success! (click image to enlarge)



CLICK for Babies campaign launch


Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC launched its annual CLICK for Babies campaign on November 1, distributing over 11,000 purple caps across the province to raise awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying program.


This grassroots campaign raises awareness of shaken baby syndrome. Now in its tenth year, the team is expanding the campaign beyond new and expectant parents and into the broader community. This year the number of caps knitted and crocheted was almost three times the program goal. Thank you to the 61 crafting groups and 55 individuals across Canada for your efforts.


Learn more at dontshake.ca.



Updated concussion modules for parents/caregivers and school professionals


We are continuing to update our Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) e-learning modules. CATT for Parents & Caregivers is now available in English (French version available January 2020), and CATT for School Professionals is now available in both English and French.



New Injury Insights: Fall Mortality Data and Burns in Young Children


Two new factsheets are available on our website. The first one details an unexpected increase we found in the rate of fall-related deaths among older adults in BC between 2008 and 2012, followed by a gradual decline. Upon further investigation, we found that this anomaly is actually the result of a 2010 policy change in how cause of death is captured and recorded, rather than a spike in deaths.

View the Injury Insight on fall mortality (PDF)


The second Injury Insight details burns and scalds among young children. Many parents and caregivers may be surprised to know that young children are burned by a hot liquid 11 times more often than by flame.

View the Injury Insight on burns in young children (PDF)




International Road Safety Symposium: Nov 7-8 


UBC's Bureau of Integrated Transportation Safety and Advanced Mobility, in partnership with BC Centre for Disease Control, hosted an International Road Safety Symposium on Nov 7 and 8 to support expertise and knowledge exchange for road safety across BC. 


On Day 1, speakers from Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands brought their insights on road safety to over 100 attendees. Vancouver MLA Bowinn Ma was the lunchtime keynote on Day 2, which also featured panel discussions on topics including speed management, legal and illegal illicit substances and road safety, and new and advanced mobility.


Funding to support collaboration on concussion


Dr. Shelina Babul has received funding from the UBC Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (CRMA) program to support her project to create concussion resources for those who support women survivors of intimate partner violence.


This work is being carried out in collaboration with Dr. Paul van Donkelaar of UBC Okanagan. The CRMA program aims to facilitate collaboration across UBC's two campuses. This application was among the top 7 out of 34 submitted.


Recent publications


Lambert A, Vlaar J, Herrington S, Brussoni M. What is the relationship between the neighbourhood built environment and time spent in outdoor play? A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 2019; 16(20). E3840. LINK


Staff updates


We are sad to announce the departure of Jennifer Smith, Research Coordinator, at the end of December. After working as a research assistant for the BCIRPU, Jennifer joined the team full-time in 2016, leading research projects, submitting manuscripts, and working at The Community Against Preventable Injuries. All the best in medical school, Jennifer!


We are happy to welcome Shazya Karmali to the BCIRPU team as Research Coordinator. Shazya is completing her PhD in Health Promotion at Western University, where she studied obesity prevention and treatment in the family unit, specifically focusing on physical activity and nutrition behaviours of parents with overweight/obesity and their children. After working at BCIRPU for one year, Shazya completed her Masters in Health Science and Policy in Ottawa, and continued on to her PhD. 


We would also like to welcome Gabby Hadly, our other new Research Coordinator. Gabby is a MPH candidate in UBC's School of Population and Public Health. Her academic training is in medical biology, environmental science, and population health. Gabby and Shazya will be coordinating the SHRed Concussions study. Welcome Shazya and Gabby!



Webinar series


On Thursday, January 23, Ms. Denise Beaton, Project Coordinator for the BC Centre for Disease Control, will discuss concussion awareness, recognition, recovery, and return-to-work. 


More details can be found on our website.



Seniors' Fall Prevention Week


This year's BC Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness Week took place from November 4-10, 2019. Coinciding with Fall Prevention Month, this week-long campaign aims to reduce falls, and injury due to falls, in British Columbia.


Learn more about the campaign.




What we're reading


Below are some injury prevention updates from across BC and Canada.




Head games: Is a ban on heading the ball in youth soccer in our future? (Vancouver Sun) LINK


One in two homeless people may have experienced a head injury in their lifetime


Road Safety


Want a crosswalk in your neighbourhood? Good luck (Toronto Star) LINK




National Cannabis Survey Results, 3rd Quarter (Statistics Canada) LINK


Toolkit aims to prevent the leading cause of death for kids in Alberta (University of Alberta) LINK


Priority health equity indicators for British Columbia: Preventable and treatable premature mortality (BCCDC) LINK





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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