Injury Prevention Center | Community Outreach

The Injury Prevention Center provides community outreach in the form of many programs that address Domestic Violence, Adult Fall Prevention and a Gun Buyback Program.

Injury Prevention Program

Video – Medical Rounds: Dr. D'Andrea Joseph talks about the Injury Prevention Program (WFSB, Dec. 2, 2015)

Domestic Violence Prevention and Education

Video – The Real Story: Family Violence and its Impact on Children (FOXCT, Sep. 20, 2015, Al Terzi & Jenn Bernstein)

Cut it Out – Hair salons across the State are trained in a nationally recognized program that provides education and training to hair stylists to help them to identify and to refer victims of intimate partner violence.

Peer Ambassador Program – In collaboration with Interval House and Central Connecticut State University, we are currently implementing a pilot “peer ambassador” program to address intimate partner violence (IPV) on college campuses. The innovative program seeks to establish a group of dedicated and motivated student athletes to complete advanced training in IPV prevention and bystander intervention in order to serve as informed peers in their community.

Hartford Together: Joining Hands for a Safer City

On Nov. 12, 2015, close to 100 professionals working in the areas of law enforcement, public policy, education, health care, business, social service and faith came together to discuss violence prevention at "Hartford Together: Joining Hands for a Safer City," a panel discussion hosted by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Saint Francis and Hartford Hospitals, with the help of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. Learn more.

Adult Fall Prevention

The Injury Prevention Center is actively working with communities to identify those who have suffered a previous fall without injury but are at risk of another fall. Those identified are provided with an in-home referral for a safety assessment to ensure that any fall hazards are identified and eliminated (uneven transitions, cluttered stairs, upturned rugs, etc.).

Gun Buyback Program

The Gun Buyback Program is a collaboration of Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, Community Renewal Team, the City of Hartford, the Hartford Police Department, the Office of the Hartford State's Attorney, and the Emergency Nurses Association. The yearly Gun Buyback is typically held in early December. Call our info line for further information, (860) 249-1072. If you cannot wait until the next gun buyback event, contact your local police for information on how to safely and legally turn in an unwanted firearm. If you have an unwanted firearm in the home, this is your chance to remove the firearm by bringing it in. The Gun Buyback Program seeks to raise awareness about responsible and safe ownership of firearms kept in the home. A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to kill a family member or friend than to kill an intruder. With gun ownership comes the responsibility of storing guns locked, unloaded and inaccessible to kids. IMPORTANT: All guns must be brought in unloaded and wrapped in a bag.

Adult and Child Passenger Safety

Safe Kids Connecticut is pleased to offer monthly Car Seat Clinics at Connecticut Children’s Primary Care Center. Other clinics are offered by coalition partners throughout the year at various locations across the State. These events are by appointment only. Please have the age, height and weight of your child available when you call. To schedule an appointment, or to find the nearest clinic, contact the Injury Prevention Center at 860.837.5318.

Motorcycle Helmet Promotion

Building on research undertaken by the Hartford Hospital emergency department, the IPC is engaged in a statewide motorcycle helmet education and promotion campaign. The campaign addresses commonly held myths about helmet use and injury.

School/Community Group Safety Education

This new community safety program allows interested staff at Hartford Hospital to receive support in conducting safety education at a school or community group on a range of safety topics. Turn-key lesson plans and materials allow even non-experts to deliver entertaining quality presentations. Examples include “how to conduct a bike rodeo,” water safety, helmet safety, and motor vehicle passenger safety.

This is Health

“This is Health” is an online educational portal designed to be utilized by physician practices in delivering health promotion and safety education information to their patients. The portal is a collaborative effort between Connecticut Children’s and Hartford Hospital and is supported The Hartford. The system is slated to become operational in Fall 2015.

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The IPC has two broad research goals: to design, implement, and evaluate innovative interventions in the field, & to address the significant gap in the translation of evidence based interventions into practical community based programs and policy.

Education & Training

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

Public Policy

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


See all of the current staff in the Injury Prevention Center.