Injury Prevention Center Core Activities


Education  |  Research  |  Outreach  |  Advocacy


Education & Training

The IPC provides ongoing education and a wide range of training opportunities.

Injury and Violence Prevention
Since 1993, an academic course is offered in the Graduate Program in Public Health, University of Connecticut School of Medicine “Injury and Violence Prevention”.

Faculty Advisors
IPC staff are faculty advisors for injury prevention student internships, research, thesis, and practicum projects for undergraduate, graduate, medical, post-graduate, and residents (pediatrics, general surgery) from the University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Southern Connecticut State University, and Trinity College.

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Clinical & Community-Based Research

The goal of our research is to describe injury problems, and design, implement and evaluate interventions to prevent the occurrence of such injuries. Some of the injury topics we have or are currently addressing include:

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Community and firearm violence
  • Elderly falls
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Suicide

Within the hospital we conduct various levels of research ranging from epidemiological surveillance of injury patterns and prevalence and studying outcomes of hospital policy and practice change initiatives, to studying interventions at the patient’s bedside.

Within the community we collaborate with local organizations, agencies, and individuals to conduct research to evaluate primary injury prevention programs and interventions.

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Policy Advocacy

The IPC public policy objective is to advance the field of injury and violence prevention by promoting adoption of laws and regulations that mandate safer behaviors.

Examples of successful policies passed with advocacy from the IPC includes:

  • Graduated Drivers Licensing laws
  • Universal motorcycle helmet laws
  • Back seat passenger seat belt laws
  • Helmet usage laws for children
  • Firearm safe storage laws

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Community Outreach

Community outreach efforts, such as education and awareness activities and program interventions, are designed to benefit the communities Hartford Hospital serves.

Available Programs

Hair stylists are in a unique position to help clients who may be victims of intimate partner violence, or domestic violence. The CUT IT OUT training empowers hair stylists by providing them with education and resources to navigate conversations that can help women stay safe and healthy.

Hartford Gun Buyback Program
This program is a collaboration among multiple partners throughout the City of Hartford. This annual program is typically held in December and seeks to raise awareness about responsible ownership and storage of firearms kept in the home, while providing a safe environment to dispose of unwanted firearms.

Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign aimed at empowering everyday people to help a bleeding victim. This training teaches attendees how to control life-threatening bleeding while help is on the way.

Child Passenger Safety
Safe Kids Connecticut is pleased to offer Car Seat Clinics throughout the state to educate caregivers on car seat installation and proper use. Clinics are by appointment only. Please have the child’s age, height and weight available when you call.

For more information on these programs, please contact Kevin Borrup at or 860.837.5309.