IPRCE Task Forces

Rationale

In order to be the leader in injury prevention research and dramatically reduce injury in the communities we serve, IPRCE is using a data driven approach to address the most significant injury issues in Georgia.  Our unique approach will address injury across the lifespan, with child/youth and adult/elderly experts working collaboratively together. Using this framework, we have selected five areas of particular focus:

Georgia Stats:
  1. Transportation Safety – over 1,200 deaths in 2013
  2. Drug Safety - over 1,000 deaths – tripled since 1999
  3. Violence Prevention – 630 deaths – 2,000 hospitalizations
  4. Falls – 45,000 ER visits for adults and the top reason for trauma activation in children
  5. Traumatic Brain Injury – 50,000 annually

Goals

The goals of each task force is to set priorities, develop strategic initiatives around the focus, gather information and conduct research to better inform our community, and oversee the implementation of these initiatives.

Member Responsibilities

The task force members support the goals in the following ways:

  • Based on the data - set the goals and priorities for the task force
  • Identify gaps in research and perform research studies that will inform the work and address root causes within our community
  • Develop a strategic plan to address the gaps, which would include involving the community for solutions and assisting with the implementation of interventions
  • Set specific deadlines and metrics for success. 
  • Conduct, assist, or consult on program development and evaluation.

Task Force Structure

Each task force has co-leaders (normally two) appointed by the IPRCE director.  Leaders work with IPRCE’s Associate Director of Programs to do preparatory strategic planning, set agendas, and identify potential task force members.  Each task force meets on a monthly basis.  Task force leaders meet as a group with the IPRCE director quarterly.  Task force leaders will guide members in identifying the specific areas of injury research and funding for research initiatives. 

IPRCE Support

Each task force works with IPRCE’s Associate Director of Programs on a regular basis to report progress. The Center does everything in its capacity to support the task force initiatives, including assistance with organizing, making connections, finding funding, and providing expertise across the center with respect to Research, Training and Education, Community Outreach and Policy.