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  • A Letter from the Center's Director

  • Michael Mello, MD, MPH
    Michael Mello, MD, MPH

    In 1998, after years of seeing firsthand the devastating impact of injuries, Rhode Island Hospital decided to create a center dedicated to preventing injuries from occurring in the first place.

    The Injury Prevention Center is based at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital. We developed a framework for the center that integrates community outreach programming, research and education. The combination of these three approaches allowing us to make an impact on local residents, the academic community, the medical community and state policymakers. We have developed programs in the areas of alcohol and injury, motor vehicle safety, medical student and resident education, bicycle safety, fire safety, and home safety. We continue to develop partnerships in the community and to work closely with state organizations. By working together, center staff, investigators, collaborators, funders and partners have launched more than 20 programs and projects in an effort to reduce deaths and injuries in Rhode Island.

    As the Injury Prevention Center continues to grow, we will be expanding into new areas of injury control and adding new and innovative projects. We welcome inquiries, ideas and involvement from potential new investigators, collaborators and community partners. We all have a role to play in preventing injuries, and making Rhode Island safer benefits everyone.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Mello, MD, MPH
    Director
    Injury Prevention Center