Office of Research

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center


HIPRC Mission
The Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) is dedicated to reducing the impact of injury and violence on people’s lives through research, education, training, and public awareness. HIPRC’s efforts to reduce intentional and unintentional injury span the continuum of medical care, from epidemiological research to determine injury causes, to acute care of trauma patients, to rehabilitation in the hospital and home.

HIPRC Research Focus
HIPRC directs its research and programs towards groups at greatest risk of injury and trauma including children, the elderly, the poor, people of color, and residents of rural areas. We also have a growing list of projects designed to reduce the burden of injury and trauma across the globe. HIPRC primary areas of injury research include:
•Injury Care:
•Global Injury:
•Safe & Active Transport:
•Traumatic Brain Injury:

HIPRC Approach to Injury Control
HIPRC works to improve health and safety by:
•Focusing research on the injuries that are most common or severe, and those that affect vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly and low-income groups.
•Developing and evaluating new injury prevention programs using behavior change, education, government action, and environmental modification.
•Employing a multi-disciplinary approach to finding effective strategies to prevent injuries and to improve care for those who are injured.
•Training new investigators in injury research and educating health professionals, policy makers, and the public about trauma’s magnitude, costs, and prevention.
•Translating injury research into policy by working with community groups, law enforcement, government agencies, and recreational groups to achieve mutual injury prevention goals.
•Publishing findings in peer-reviewed journals and sharing those findings in the news media.

Core Services Offered


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External Partners:

Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Central Region EMS & Trauma Care Council
Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)
Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention
Harborview Medical Center (HMC)
International World Health Organization (WHO)
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC)
Rainier Scholars Club
Safe Kids Seattle
Safe Kids Washington
Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH)
Seattle City Council
Seattle Police Department (SPD)
Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR)
US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (DOT/NHTSA)
UW Center for Equity Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI)
UW Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)
UW Northwest Center for Excellence in Media Literacy
UW Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
UW School of Medicine (SOM)
UW School of Public Health (SPH)
UW School of Nursing (SON)
UW Social Development Research Group (SDRG)
Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC)
Washington Poison Center (WAPC)
Washington State Patrol (WSP)
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
Washington State Transportation Center (UW TRAC)
Western Pacific Injury Prevention Network (WPIPN)

Center Details

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Director: Vavilala, Monica
Location: Patricia Bracelin Steel Memorial Building
Year Started: 1985
Administrator / Program Manager: Saxe, Harriet
Administering College/School: School of Medicine.
School of Nursing.
Harborview Medical Center 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Anesthesiology and Department of Pediatrics 
Faculty Involvement: 62