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. This combination allows us to make an impact on community residents, the academic community, the medical community and state policymakers. We have developed programs and conducted research in the areas of alcohol and injury, motor vehicle safety, medical student and resident education, bicycle safety, fire safety, home safety and many more. 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 many 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.
Michael Mello, MD, MPH
Injury Prevention Center