CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) funds Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs) to study ways to prevent injuries and violence and to work with community partners to put research findings into action. The ICRC Program forms a national network of ten comprehensive academic research centers that focus on threecore functions — research, training, and outreach— to address issues of local and national importance including motor vehicle injuries; interpersonal violence and suicide; opioid overdoses; older adult falls; and traumatic brain injuries. Comprised of some of the leading experts and scientists in the field of injury and violence prevention, ICRCs serve as an extension of the Injury Center and are well-positioned to enhance the nation’s understanding of injury and violence prevention and set the stage for future.
The Injury Center is funding its first thematic network across four of the funded ICRCs to address opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose as a collaborative over the next six months. The network will use a successful translation model for dissemination and implementation of evidence-based recommendations for addressing the opioid epidemic locally and nationally. As part of this, the network will form state-based, expert collaboratives to engage local stakeholders around this issue; update and disseminate a consensus guide that details evidence-based approaches to preventing and addressing opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose; and create and implement a strategic dissemination plan for the guide. Also, the network will serve as an accessible resource around the state of the science concerning effective interventions for opioid addiction and overdose, and work closely with other researchers and practitioners around using this information in state-level policy and practice. The network and its focus area was chosen through a competitive process and the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research (JHCIRP) will serve as the Coordinating Center. JHCIRP will be joined in the network by three other Collaborating ICRCs – University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (UI IPRC), University of Michigan Injury Center (UMIC), and West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center (WVU ICRC) – and other strategic partners involved in the national effort, such as state health departments. The network will be managed and supported in collaboration with the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Safe States Alliance, and the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research. This effort is designed to leverage the collective expertise of the leading injury and violence prevention researchers and scientists within ICRCs to further the field’s thinking and strategy around issues of national importance.