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Editor's Choice: Optimizing sobriety checkpoints to maximize public health benefits and minimize operational costs

Sobriety checkpoints are a highly effective strategy to reduce alcohol-impaired driving, but they are used infrequently in the USA. 

In this article, the authors conduct a pilot study to test whether police can feasibly implement optimized sobriety checkpoints and whether researchers can examine optimized sobriety checkpoints compared to usual practice within a non-randomized controlled trial study design. 

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Call for papers: Advances in First Nations Injury

First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for their ancestral lands since time immemorial. Ongoing colonisation continues to impact on First Nations communities globally, through significant health inequities, where injury is a leading cause of morbidity and premature mortality. Injuries are preventable, targeted co-designed research with First Nations communities is needed to understand and appreciate overall injury burden, but also for community owned and driven prevention and support programs.

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Injury Epidemiology is dedicated to advancing the scientific foundation for injury prevention and control through timely publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed research. Injury Epidemiology aims to be the premier venue for communicating epidemiologic studies of unintentional and intentional injuries, including, but not limited to, morbidity and mortality from motor vehicle crashes, drug overdose/poisoning, falls, drowning, fires/burns, iatrogenic injury, suicide, homicide, assaults, and abuse.

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Proceedings from the 24th Annual Injury Free Coalition for Kids® Conference: Forging New Frontiers: Motor Vehicle Safety for All Ages

A supplement featuring articles from the premier injury prevention meeting to foster collaborative research, develop best practices and address challenges in the field of pediatric injury prevention.

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Guohua Li, Columbia University, USA

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Barbara Lang, Columbia University, USA

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Jess Kraus Award

Dr Jess KrausThe Jess Kraus Award is given each year to the author(s) of the best paper published in Injury Epidemiology, selected by the Editorial Board according to novelty, simplicity, clarity, and potential impact on population health. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and is invited to present a special seminar at Columbia University.

2022 recipient
Accuracy of behavioral health variables in Oregon national violent death reporting system data: a linked cohort study by Carlson et al.

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Columbia University Irving Medical CenterInjury Epidemiology is published through a partnership between Columbia University Irving Medical Center and BMC.

The Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention's mission is to improve population health by reducing the morbidity and mortality from unintentional and intentional injuries through knowledge creation, dissemination and translation of scientific discoveries, development of innovative and multilevel training and education programs, and promotion of best practices and evidence-based interventions.

Editor spotlight: Kathleen Carlson

New Content ItemKathleen F. Carlson, MS, PhD is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Oregon Health & Science University-Portland State University School of Public Health, and a Core Investigator with the Health Services Research Center of Innovation at the VA Portland Health Care System. She completed her PhD in Environmental Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health focused on injury epidemiology and occupational injury prevention, and a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research with the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, focused on rehabilitation services for military veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Carlson’s research examines the spectrum of injury prevention and control, from the epidemiology of intentional and unintentional injuries to the rehabilitation of patient populations with TBI and other combat injuries. Her current efforts focus on firearm-related injuries, opioid and other medication-related injuries, short- and long-term functional outcomes among combat veterans with TBI, and the epidemiology of, and health services for, auditory injury among active duty and separated military service members. Dr. Carlson co-directs the VA health services research post-doctoral fellowship program at the Portland VA and teaches/advises MPH and PhD students in epidemiology at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. She has served in a variety of leadership roles with the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) and with the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) section of the American Public Health Association.

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