For more than a quarter-century, the University of North Carolina (UNC) Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) has transformed and advanced the field of injury control. Since its creation in 1986, IPRC has conducted a multitude of high-quality research studies that have radically advanced a diverse range of injury and violence topics. At the start of our second quarter-century, the IPRC is positioned to continue to be a leader in collaborative efforts to reduce the incidence and consequences of injury and violence. Our Mission of building the field of injury and violence prevention and control is implemented in our Vision of collaborative evidence-based action in local, state, national, and global communities. IPRC research activities are focused on six program areas. IPRC develops, nurtures, and sustains innovative research teams in each of the six areas: Motor Vehicle-related Injury, Violence Against Child & Youth, Prescription Drug Overdose, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Intimate Partner Violence, and Older Adult Falls. We create innovative teams of multi-disciplinary researcher, and provide these teams with resources to ensure ongoing research success. Four research projects proposed in this application address Transportation, Prescription Drug Overdose, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Older Adult Falls. Project 1 is a Falls Prevention project entitled “There is No BEAUTY in Falling (Bringing Education and Understanding to You)”. It addresses falls prevention using hair stylists to deliver falls prevention messaging. Project 2 is a Traumatic Brain Injury project entitled “Head Impact Biomechanics as a Behavior Modification Tool to Reduce Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Risk.” It uses advanced helmet technology to help youth football athletes develop safer tackling techniques. Project 3 is Motor Vehicle Injury project entitled “Driver Licensing Policies and Young People in NC: Unintended Consequences on Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations”. It quantifies the effect of graduated driver licensing in minority and economically underserved communities using police-reported crash data and driver licensing data. Project 4 is a Prescription Drug Overdose project entitled “Evaluation of the Proactive Reporting Provision of North Carolina’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program”. It studies the effects introducing proactive reporting into a state’s prescription drug monitoring program and use data from the monitoring program database. In addition to these research projects, the training and technical support initiatives proposed in this application are designed to facilitate workforce development and policy change in our state, region, and nationally. IPRC has developed innovative techniques for translating scientific research into tangible changes in policies and practice. Our enhanced capacity for research translation is due in part due to our significant staff expertise in this area and in part to our long-standing history of active collaboration with our state’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Effective start/end date8/1/147/31/19


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Wounds and Injuries
Prescription Drugs
Drug Overdose
Drug Monitoring
Motor Vehicles
Accidental Falls
Brain Concussion
United States Dept. of Health and Human Services
Training Support
Head Protective Devices
Behavior Therapy
Policy Making
Biomechanical Phenomena