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2013 Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Sessions
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Three (3) pre-conference workshops will be offered to National Meeting attendees on the morning of Wednesday, June 5, 2013. These workshops are open to all attendees.  Meeting attendees can register for pre-conference workshops during the online registration process, however space is limited. Descriptions of the pre-conference workshops offered are below.




"Storytelling for Policy Change"

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Storytelling is a uniquely powerful tool that can be used to connect with, educate, and inspire policymakers and other decision makers to take action on your issue. However, many organizations often do not realize how to effectively tailor or use stories for these audiences. Facilitators from DC-based, Spitfire Strategies, will lead you through this session aimed at helping you craft stories that connect your programs with the people who need them and help you get policymakers and other key audiences engaged with your work. Spitfire will also offer tips for creating a storybank to help you gather and house the stories you need to successfully reach various audiences. Participants will have the opportunity to work on their stories during the session, and some will have the opportunity to share and get feedback from the group.

Participants will leave the training with an understanding of:

  1. How to tailor stories to connect with policymakers and other decision-makers and engage them on priority issues.
  2. How to create a storybank with different stories for different purposes.
  3. How to tell stories in a way that stays on the education side of communication and doesn’t inappropriately cross the line to lobbying.
  4. Best practices for good storytelling.

Fee: $65




"Community Engagement in Injury and Violence Prevention Research: Tools and Practice"

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
8:00 AM
12:00 PM

This session will focus on the spectrum of community-engaged research and discuss when it is or isn’t an appropriate methodological approach. We will share examples of partnerships between researchers and practitioners that have led to both improved research and improved practice in injury and violence prevention. Speakers will include academicians and community partners; they will share specific tools that help with initiating and sustaining community-research partnerships and how we can be purposeful in pursuing research and practice together.

Fee: $65



  • Fred Wells Brason II, CEO, Project Lazarus, North Carolina
  • Jessica Burke, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • Mariana Garrettson, Research Scientist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Injury Prevention Research Center
  • Ellyn Loy, Director of Counseling, Outreach and Training, House of Ruth Maryland
  • Shelli Stephens-Stidham, Director, Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas
  • Darius Tandon, PhD, Director, Johns Hopkins University Institute for Clinical and Translational Research  
  • Michael Yonas, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh


"Injury Prevention in Trauma Centers: Today and Tomorrow"

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
8:00 AM
1:00 PM

Trauma centers are working in injury prevention today more than ever before. The challenges of serving the prevention needs of trauma center patients and the community are many, but strategic planning and the use of best practices can go a long way to addressing those challenges. Participants will learn from experts with first-hand experience in how to implement effective prevention strategies to address motor vehicle crashes and falls, which are two of the leading types of trauma being treated today and likely into the future.  

This workshop will include a combination of didactic content and application activities. The speakers will introduce the concepts of strategic planning for injury prevention and the participants will have the opportunity to apply them in their settings. Experts will share data and experiences on interventions in trauma settings for the prevention of deaths and injuries due to motor vehicle crashes and falls. Participants will be challenged to explore how to apply the data and strategic planning concepts to these issues in their own setting.

This workshop will also include a group tour of the new R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center’s seven-story Trauma Critical Care Tower or the new Medical Examiner’s Office in the University of Maryland Biopark.

Fee: $65



  • Dr. Patricia Dischinger
  • Dr. Carolyn Cumpsty Fowler
  • Tara Reed Carlson
  • Dr. Judy Stevens
  • Tim Kerns
  • Jackie Milani 




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