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Our Mission

The mission of the WVU ICRC is to advance the science and practice of injury prevention and control through research, education, outreach and service.  The Center’s core is a strong, interdisciplinary research program involving faculty who represent multiple colleges, schools, academic departments, centers, institutes and offices from across the University. Led by an experienced Center Director, WVU ICRC faculty have demonstrable expertise in the disciplines of medicine, public health, health services research, sociology, nursing, communications, behavioral science, and biostatistics. All WVU ICRC-affiliated faculty members also have primary academic appointments in relevant University departments. In addition to the WVU faculty, the WVU ICRC maintains an expansive network of collaborating external faculty affiliates. We believe strongly in the power of collaboration and value the additional depth and breadth of expertise provided by our affiliated faculty. Please review the Faculty & Staff section of our web site for more information on our current faculty affiliates.

The WVU ICRC has received generous support from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control since 2004. As a CDC-supported ICRC, we strive to maintain a comprehensive injury research portfolio. The research we conduct and support is intended to address national priorities for injury control while simultaneously emphasizing topics that are most relevant to West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian region.

Specific Aims

As a comprehensive ICRC, the Center’s overarching aims are to: 1) advance scientific discovery in injury prevention and control; 2) improve capacity of the injury field; 3) increase public awareness of the injury problem; and 4) strengthen injury prevention and control programs and policies. These aims are directly linked to the expected short-term outcomes identified by our program logic model.

The WVU ICRC maintains a specific focus on populations residing not only in West Virginia and surrounding states, but also throughout the Appalachian Region. To our knowledge, there is no other similar Center that seeks to specifically address the underserved and disadvantaged Appalachian region. Several injury mechanisms contribute excessively to the injury disparities in West Virginia and the surrounding region.  An understanding of these mechanisms has led our Center to focus our research on motor-vehicle-related injuries, unintentional drug overdoses and poisonings (largely resulting from prescription drug misuse and abuse), falls among the elderly, occupational injuries and violence, traumatic brain injury, suicide and self harm, and intimate partner violence, among other topics.

The Center is housed within the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at WVU, which also houses the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, and the School of Public Health.