Conferences - 2020

2020 SAVIR Conference


March 2020 Update:

Due to the continuing and ever-increasing travel restrictions, as well as new restrictions on holding large gatherings at the University of Pennsylvania, we are canceling the 2020 in-person SAVIR conference scheduled for April 27-29. We regret that this is what we have to do, but we need to consider the health of our members and conference speakers and attendees.

Please hold the dates of the conference, if possible, as the conference committee, which has been devoting considerable time and effort to planning the in-person conference and activities, is looking at alternate ways of delivering the conference content.

We will be providing information about the alternate plans by April 10th, including registration options and timing. As of this afternoon, we are closing the conference registration site. Refunds of registration for the in-person meeting will be processed after April 10, 2020. We will also post updated information on the SAVIR website.

Please remember that you are responsible for canceling any hotel reservations that you have made for the conference, as well as your travel arrangements.

If you have any questions, please contact

Thank you for your support and interest during this time. We look forward to continuing to have you involved with SAVIR.


The theme of this year’s SAVIR annual conference on health equity addresses the basic principle that all people have a right to health. Promoting health equity is a guiding priority and core value of SAVIR. 
This three-day conference is the premier forum for sharing injury and violence research findings.

Register by March 27, 2020 to qualify for the early-bird rate!

Click on the Registration button above to go to the 2020 SAVIR conference website for all the information you need to plan your conference attendance.

Short Courses & Technical Workshops

Pre-Conference Short Courses are available for a small additional fee and can be easily added to your SAVIR registration. Courses were selected to cover topics of interest to Injury and Violence Prevention researchers and practitioners to be taught by experts in the field. Instructors provide guidance and hands-on practice time for attendees.

Technical Workshops are also available to a small additional fee and can be easily added to your SAVIR registration. They are 90 minutes in length and provide in-depth didactic training on Injury and Violence Prevention-relevant methods. There is a choice of two technical workshops on Tuesday afternoon and two more on Wednesday afternoon.

Space is limited so reserve your spot quickly!

Attendance at the Short Courses and Technical Workshops require registration for the SAVIR conference.  You can register for the full conference or just one day.  Click on the links above for detailed information about these courses and workshops.

2020 SAVIR Conference Website

Keynote Speakers 

Opening Keynote

Thea James, MD

Thea James 2Dr. Thea L. James is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. She also serves as the Associate Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Mission, and Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) at Boston Medical Center.

Dr. James has chaired and served on national committees within the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), served as a moderator, and has given public lectures and talks. She was appointed to the SAEM Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Task Force, is a member of the Boston University School of Medicine Admissions Committee, and in 2009, Dr. James was appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, where she presently serves as Chair of the Licensing Committee. Dr. James is the 2008 awardee of the David H. Mulligan Award for public service.

Dr. James’ passion is in Public Health both domestically and globally. She is a Supervising Medical Officer on the Boston Disaster Medical Assistance Team, under the Department of Health and Human Services, which has responded to several disasters in the United States and across the globe. She has deployed to post 9/11 in NYC, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, Bam, Iran after the earthquake in 2003, and Port-Au-Prince Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.

For twelve years Dr. James has traveled to Haiti, with colleagues and emergency medicine residents. A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, James completed an emergency medicine residency at Boston City Hospital, where she was a chief resident.

Closing Keynote

Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Deb HouryDebra Houry, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at CDC. In this role, Dr. Houry leads innovative research and science-based programs to prevent injuries and violence and to reduce their consequences. She joined the CDC in October 2014. She has previously served as Vice-Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and as Associate Professor in the Departments of Behavioral Science and Health Education and in Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Houry also served as an Attending Physician at Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital and as the Director of Emory Center for Injury Control. Her prior research has focused on injury and violence prevention in addition to the interface between emergency medicine and public health, and the utility of preventative health interventions and screening for high-risk health behaviors. She has received several national awards for her work in the field of injury and violence prevention.

Dr. Houry received the first Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award from the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma and the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine’s Researcher Award. She is past president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, and Emory University Senate. Dr. Houry has served on numerous other boards and committees within the field of injury and violence prevention. She has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on injury prevention and violence. Dr. Houry received her MD and MPH degrees from Tulane University and completed her residency training in emergency medicine at Denver Health Medical Center.


Sponsorship Information

Our meeting participants are experienced researchers and practitioners who use services, equipment, software, and supplies for their research and communities.  The SAVIR Annual Conference provides an excellent opportunity to reach this important group of public health experts that specialize in the areas of injury and violence prevention.

Sponsorship can provide your organization with access to key leaders and decision-makers in local, state, and federal injury and violence prevention agencies and institutions.  Benefits include:

  • Get exposure to the right people
  • Establish and strengthen relationships with states and communities
  • Put your organization in the spotlight

Complete 2020 SAVIR Sponsorship Information, including specific opportunities, is now available.

For questions or sponsorship opportunities still available, contact the SAVIR office at or call 937.586.3702

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