Where We Are

Transition from ECIC to IPRCE

After the ECIC’s CDC funding came to an end in 2014 and Dr. Debra Houry’s departure to take on a position as the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the CDC, the ECIC entered a transition period under Deputy Director Shakyla Smith.  When Ms. Smith also accepted a position at CDC, Dr. David Wright also stepped forward and accepted the position of interim director of ECIC.  After conferring with ECIC’s Steering Committee, a decision was made to renew ECIC synergy and apply for the upcoming CDC RFA in 2016.  As a result of this decision, Dr. Sharon Nieb joined ECIC in the fall of 2015 as Associate Program Director and worked closely with Dr. Wright and the ECIC Steering Committee using a data driven approach to revise ECIC’s strategic vision, and create a new foundation for a strategic plan.

A New Vision and Strategic Plan

Renamed as the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE), the Center leadership created a new vision: The IPRCE will be the leader in injury prevention and research, and dramatically reduce injuries in the communities we serve.  IPRCE is now initiating a renewed perspective on injury prevention in the region, and has developed task forces in the five areas of injury that inflict highest amount of mortality and morbidity in the state of Georgia: Falls, Drug Overdose, Traumatic Brain Injury, Transportation injury, and Violence. The task force leaders consist of experts in various disciplines within these areas of injury and are currently working with task force members to gather data on what specific issues are presently salient to the Georgia population. Under the leadership of Interim Director Dr. David Wright, Executive Associate Director Dr. Jonathan Rupp, Associate Program Director Dr. Sharon Nieb, and Associate Directors Drs. Monica Swahn, Sheryl Heron, and Lisa Dawson, IPRCE colleagues are now looking forward to addressing the injury burden within Georgia.

Funding: A new Perspective for a new Vision

The CDC’s 2016 RFA eligibility was limited to currently funded grantees that were on the last year of their funding cycle.  IPRCE learned through communication with CDC that the Center would be eligible to reapply in 2018 for 2019 funding.  The loss of CDC funding only reinforced the need for a new funding strategy as well as the need for a data driven mission and vision.  Dr. David Wright (interim director) has been making philanthropic contacts with potential donors through the Emory University and Grady Health System development offices. Through his leadership, IPRCE will continue to build upon and refine a funding portfolio that will be based on faculty and task force research and program evaluation initiatives.