Get Involved and Join a SAVIR Committee
The field of injury and violence prevention continues to grow; responding to the prevention needs and the acute and long-term burden of a staggering array of events. As it grows, so do the needs for solid research and quality researchers who utilize a range of rigorous scientific methods and disciplines to identify risk factors and trends, inform public policy, and guide and evaluate effective interventions. That is what SAVIR is all about.
SAVIR’s uniqueness stems from the challenge of promoting cohesion, shared knowledge, collaboration and an integrative approach between groups and individuals working in different specialties across the spectrum of injury prevention and control research. Our success depends on members volunteering and actively participating in SAVIR’s committee structure. The committees are where much of the work of the organization gets done and are how leadership will be informed of progress.
Visit the Committee pages using the drop down list below; simply click on the Committee name for detailed information. We encourage you to contact any committee chair to inquire about joining a committee.
Committee terms typically run from April to March.
Advocacy & Policy Committee
Click here to view Injury and Violence Prevention information from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
- To actively promote injury research;
- To pro-actively collect and disseminate injury research findings;
- To partner with organizations to produce materials that educate the public and policymakers;
- To develop new liaisons with other public and private organizations; and
- To translate injury research into meaningful education for policymakers and other stakeholders. Co-Chairs
Committee Focus Areas
- Increase funding for injury and violence research
- Grow the field and workforce in injury and violence research through funding for education career development
- Include injury and violence in all policy
- Address disparities in preventing and mitigating injury and violence
University of Pennsylvania
Christen J. Rexing, PhD, MPH
La Sallle University
Advocacy is one of the cornerstones of SAVIR's mission. To assist members in knowing how to become an effective advocate the following resources may be helpful.
Recorded Webinars on Injury and Violence Prevention Advocacy:
- December 2013 - Advocacy Boundaries for Non-profits and Federal Grantees
Eric Gorovitz, JD, MPH, Principal, Adler & Colvin. Sponsored by SAVIR, the Network for Public Health Law, and Adler & Colvin. Recorded December 5, 2013. There is a companion list of frequently asked questions (FAQs in MS Word).
In December, SAVIR, the Network for Public Health Law, and Adler & Colvin co-sponsored a webinar with great information for injury and violence researchers interested in advocacy. Researchers often have access to the best available evidence to guide public health policy. It is important for this evidence to be brought to the attention of policy-makers through advocacy, but must be done so within the guidelines established by regulations governing such activities. The rules and regulations can be complicated and unclear, which can lead to researchers refraining from engaging in permitted activities or facing heavy penalties for unknowingly engaging in non-permitted activities. In this webinar, advocacy attorney Eric K. Gorovitz, JD, MPH, defined lobbying under federal tax law; explained how much lobbying a nonprofit organization can do; and discussed the restrictions on lobbying with federal funds and how non-profits can maximize the impact of their lobbying efforts without violating federal rules.
- October 2007 - From Injury Research to Practice & Policy: How Can We Make a Difference?
Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN, Associate Professor of Surgery and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine.
Recorded 10/10/2007 at the SAVIR National Research Conference.
- April 2007 - Advocate and Educate with Confidence
Mark Mioduski, BA, MPA,Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs.
- June 2006 - Safety Matters: Building Effective Advocacy: Lessons from Fire Services, Health Promotion and Home Safety
Presentations by Elaine Auld, Bill Webb, and Patricia H. Adkins.
Other Important Resources
Explaining Science to Power: Make It Simple, Make It Pay, an interview with Congresswoman Sherwood "Sherry" Boehlert (paid subscription required)
- Increase social media presence;
- Organize and circulate regular newsletters;
- Facilitate email blasts
Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER), Colorado School of Public Health
Council of Centers
Represents the strength and diversity of the center membership of SAVIR.
Serves SAVIR and its center members to grow and advance the field of injury and violence research, expand funding for the field, develop collaborations among centers, and assist centers and academic institutions in training the next generation of injury and violence prevention professionals
View the current list of Center Members.
Andrea Gielen, ScD, ScM
Monica Vavilala, MD
The mission of the committee is to create an organization inclusive of researchers working in diverse fields and their research institutions. The objectives include:
- Increase and sustain SAVIR membership.
- Develop plans to recruit researchers, research centers, and organizations as active members.
- Develop and manage SAVIR Social Media activities.
Impact Research Inc.
- Nominate potential candidates for election to open Director seats.
- Receive Director nominations for open seats on the Executive Committee.
- Call for nominations are typically sent towards the end of the calendar year. Elections are held some time after January 1 and Board member terms run from April 1 to March 30.
Science and Research Committee
- Recommend scientific policies/research priorities,
- Take proactive measures to advise federal agencies (e.g., NCIPC, MCHB, NHTSA, TRB, IOM) and other public organizations
(e.g., foundations, automotive safety associations, consumer product manufacturer’s associations) regarding their scientific direction as it relates to injury and violence control policies, practices, documentation of injury, and research methodologies,
- Initiate and foster relations between SAVIR and research communities.
Eric Sigel, MD
Children's Hospital Colorado
Karla Lawson, PhD MPH
Dell Children's Trauma and Injury Research Center
Research Matters, published by the SAVIR Science & Research and the Advocacy & Policy Committees, highlights injury and violence research with the following focus:
- Program and Policy Research:Notable success stories of research that directly affected programs and policy.
- Landmark Research:Cutting edge research has great potential for transforming how we prevent injuries and how we treat trauma victims in the near future.
- Emerging Research:Innovative emerging research is shaping the future of injury and violence prevention.
Mentor Program- Developed in 2012, the goal of SAVIR's Mentor Program is to provide mentorship to students, trainees, junior faculty, and research scientists that would supplement the resources that they have locally for injury research. The SAVIR mentor would help to provide content and/or methodological research mentoring.
Student and Early Career Professionals Committee
Eligible SAVIR Members: Student and Transitional members (within one year of degree attainment)
Examples of committee actions:
- Support and vocalize the needs of SAVIR student and early career professional members
- Build mentorship programs for SAVIR early career professionals
- Interface with other SAVIR committees
- Host and assist with planning of webinars geared for students and young professionals
- Help advertise for SAVIR at their corresponding universities or organizations
Chair: Alison Culyba, email@example.com
Career Paths can be found here.
A list of SAVIR job and internship Opportunities can be found here.
Training and Infrastructure Committee
The objectives of the SAVIR Training and Infrastructure Committee (TIC) are to address the professional and academic training needs of SAVIR members as well as to serve as a resource for the training needs of current and future researchers and public health professionals working in the fields of violence and injury prevention and control.
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Injury Course Syllabi
The Training and Infrastructure committee collects injury syllabi; more information will be available soon.
Career Paths can be found here.