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The National Office of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids is located in Columbia University's Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health. The office was established to support its sites around the country, lead and guide efforts in injury prevention, and serve as a resource for those interested in reducing injury to children.

Efforts of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids sites are supported by the Coalition’s National Program Office (NPO), which is part of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, Mailman School of Public Health, one of ten CDC funded Injury Control and Research Centers. The Center has three main divisions: Outreach, Education and Research. Injury Free serves under the outreach division of the Center; and, it is comprised of two divisions: one for programming and one for research. Both areas are supported by administrative staff; so, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

The Center provides partial salary support for the National Program Office, which includes administrative support, grant management, and office space at the school. This gives injury Free a secure home within Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Injury Free reaches out to Pediatric Trauma Centers nationally and internationally and also to individuals interested in injury prevention. Sites which contribute annual dues to Injury Free support the conference, the NPO, website, the list serves, acquisition of copies of the Journal of Trauma Supplement, and other organization efforts. These dues make those sites eligible for small grant funding for cross site projects coordinated through the NPO, and four no cost conference registrations annually. Injury Free supports cross site research, cross site programming, individual site research grants, and the academic promotion of Injury Free physicians. The Journal of Trauma continues to publish papers from the conference as part of our mission to disseminate best practices broadly and encourage injury prevention activities. The Injury Free network includes members from many different disciplines all committed to reducing the burden of injury nationally and internationally.

National Office Directors


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Mapping address: 722 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032



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Dr. Barbara Barlow, MD, FACS, FAAP

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Job Title:
Executive Director

Biography:
Dr. Barbara Barlow is Professor Emerita of Surgery in Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, a National Program developed with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey. Injury Free is a coalition of Injury Prevention Programs in Pediatric Trauma Centers located in major cities in the United States. The Injury Free Program reduces injury through education, provision of safety supplies, development of safe play areas, and support of safe supervised activities with strong adult mentors in communities with high injury rates. Major admissions of community children in Harlem decreased by more than 60% after the program started in 1988. The Program and Dr. Barlow received awards from the American Hospital Association Nova Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow Achievement Award, the U.S. Department of Transportation Safe Communities Award, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association Lifesavers Award, the National Safety Council and the American Trauma Society Surgeons Award, the National Association of Public Hospitals Award, the American Trauma Society Achievement Award, the American Public Health Association Distinguished Achievement Award, Johnson and Johnson Foundation Leadership Award, Allstate Foundation Safety Leadership Award, the Hospital Association of New York Community Health Award, the American Association of Medical Colleges’ David E. Rogers Award, the Foundation for Women in Medicine Renaissance Woman Award, Columbia University Dean’s Distinguished Award in Clinical Science, the National Library of Medicine Changing the Face of Medicine recognition, the NY Academy of Medicine Rudin Award, the CDC Foundation National Hero Award, the American College of Surgeons Humanitarian Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section Ladd Medal among others. Dr. Barlow’s research focused on traumatic injury to children and on injury prevention for the past forty years. She is a former member of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Barlow received a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and an M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Her general surgical training was completed at Bronx Municipal Hospital followed by a Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She was then appointed Chief of Pediatric Surgery and later Director of Surgery at Harlem Hospital in New York City.

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Email Address:
bab1@columbia.edu

Phone Number:
212-342-0518

Mailing Address:
Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health
722 W. 168th St., Room 513
New York, NY 10032


Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP

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Job Title:
Associate Director

Biography:
Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP is the Senior Scholar -in- Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine with the focus of health equity and health disparities, especially relevant to rates of violent injuries in the United States and globally. She is President Emerita of the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University. In September 2019 she joined Columbia University School of Public Health as an adjunct Professor of Epidemiology.

Dr. Laraque-Arena completed her medical studies at the University of California at Los Angeles obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry where she received the Roy Markus Scholarship (1977-1981) in support of her medical studies. Her internship and residency were completed at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania (CHOP, 1981-84) where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in General Academic Pediatrics (1984-86). She is an academic pediatrician who is sub-boarded in child abuse pediatrics and has founded 3 child protection teams. . Following her training at CHOP, she was a faculty member at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University and Harlem Hospital Center where she rose to the rank of Associate Professor (1986-2000) and Director of the Harlem Pediatric Resource Center. During that period, she engaged in community-based participatory research in the three main areas of injury prevention, child maltreatment and adolescent high-risk behaviors. Her work in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Barlow, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, became the national model for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids. She then accepted the position as Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2000-2010) during which time she was promoted to the position of tenured Professor of Pediatrics and received the Endowed Chair as the first Debra & Leon Black Professor of Pediatrics and became Vice-Chair for Public Policy and Advocacy -continuing her injury prevention research, extensive fellowship training through funded HRSA/NIH grants and policy endeavors at the national level in firearm- related injuries. Subsequently, she accepted the position of Chair and Vice President of the Maimonides Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn and Professor of Pediatrics (Investigator Track) at Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY. In 2015 she was appointed President of SUNY, Upstate Medical University. She joined the New York Academy of Medicine as a Senior Scholar in 2019.

Dr. Laraque-Arena was the lead author for the 2000 AAP policy statement on firearm-related injuries in children calling for policy changes to provide a safe place for children to live and play. She trained countless fellows in General Academic Pediatrics, General Internal Medicine, Environmental Health and Child Abuse Pediatrics and mentored faculty –several have focused on injury prevention and epidemiology. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and numerous other review articles, chapters, educational materials and her most recent publication, the book entitled Principles of Global Child Health: Education and Research, is illustrative of the necessary discussions of the impact of action research and a community pediatrics approach on global/local health. She now serves on the Editorial Board of Pediatric Medicine, Shanghai, China – the official publication of National Children's Medical Center in China and Children's Hospital of Fudan University.

Dr. Laraque-Arena’s national and international work has focused on education and research addressing the needs of underserved populations. She has received numerous awards including the BEAR Award (2014) for Leadership from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in recognition of her years of work advocating for injury prevention efforts as exemplified by the ASK campaign; and the Job Lewis Smith Award (2010) a national award given for outstanding service in community pediatrics encompassing service to children through teaching, public service, and innovations in patterns of care. Dr. Laraque-Arena is the Past-President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA). She was the 2001 United States Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow (representing the American Academy of Pediatrics) and the New York State American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) District II Chair and a member of the AAP Board of Directors (2012-2016). She was elected to the American Pediatric Society in 2005 and to the New York Academy of Medicine in 2000.

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Email Address:
Dlaraque-arena@nyam.org

Phone Number:
212-822-7255

Mailing Address:
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10029


E. Lenita Johnson, MA

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Job Title:
Communications & Marketing Director

Biography:
E. Lenita Johnson is the National Marketing Director for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids. After a 20-year career of reporting, producing and anchoring, the five time Emmy Award-winning Broadcast Journalist began working for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids. Prior to leaving the industry, Ms. Johnson worked as the Special Projects Producer for KMBC-TV where she produced primetime specials and documentaries. Much of her work centered around Harmony in a World of Difference, a program designed to heighten community awareness of cultural, ethnic, and religious differences. It was what she saw from behind the camera which led her to move into the injury prevention effort. Ms. Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in News Editorial from the University of Texas, at Arlington and completed her Master’s in Communications at Northern Illinois University of DeKalb. In March of 2000, Governor Mel Carnahan appointed her to a six year term on the Board of Governors of Central Missouri State University. Ms. Johnson became the first African American female president of the board. While serving on the board, she helped to institute the “Summer Bridge Program,” a program to prepare first generation college students. Among the nearly 50 awards acknowledging her work, she was recognized as one of Kansas City’s Most Influential African Americans. However, Ms. Johnson’s proudest achievement is the building of two playgrounds, which are the Coalition’s first two in Kansas City.

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Email Address:
estelljohnson@sbcglobal.net

Phone Number:
816-651-7777

Mailing Address:
Injury Free Coalition for Kids Communications
Kansas City, MO


Joyce Pressley, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Biography:
Joyce Pressley, Ph.D., M.P.H. is Director of Injury Free Health Policy and Population Studies and an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management at The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. As a former Director of Emergency Medical Services, she worked to develop and evaluate regional emergency medical services at the pre-hospital, hospital and critical care center levels. She is Principal Investigator of the Injury Research Core of the NIH-funded EXPORT grant currently investigating disparities in injury, injury-related disability, and access to injury prevention and rehabilitation programs. Her research interests include the study of population-level differentials in total and active life expectancy including the contribution that injury-related disparities make across the age span. As part of her work in this area, she developed the Socioeconomic Model of Functional Decline, a theoretical framework that has been extended to study injury-related disabilities. She developed the Active Life Expectancy Functional Impairment (ALE) Scale to improve the ability to quantify active and disabled life expectancy which she hopes to use in her investigation of the contribution that injuries and related conditions make to differentials in health states among population subgroups. She has research experience in trauma and chronic diseases associated with injury, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, cardiac arrhythmias, syncope, and frailty in geriatric populations. She is faculty practicum advisor to MPH students in the Department of Epidemiology and supervises students and interns studying injury, injury prevention, and health disparities.

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Email Address:
jp376@columbia.edu

Phone Number:
212-342-0421

Mailing Address:
Joyce C. Pressley, Ph.D, M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
722 W. 168th Street, Suite 812, Office "J"
New York, New York 10032


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Joyce Pressley is available to answer your group's questions via telephone or e-mail.

Joyce Pressley is available to travel to speak to your group in person.

DiLenny Roca-Dominguez

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Job Title:
Administrator

Biography:
DiLenny Roca-Dominguez serves as the Administrator of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, National Program Office (NPO). She oversees the administrative and financial management of the NPO. As technical assistance to the forty Injury Free sites, she developed financial tracking systems to monitor reporting and financial practices. She also developed templates to facilitate the preparation of annual and multi-year grant budgets, reporting materials and budget revisions. DiLenny has served as the project director for the national Little Hands Playground Projects since 2001, a partnership between the Allstate Foundation and Injury Free Coalition for Kids which made possible 34 community-built playgrounds in 24 Injury Free cities across the country. Locally, in New York City, over 75 safe playgrounds have been built in public schools across all five boroughs. She is certified as a SAFE playgrounds advocate from the National Program for Playground Safety and is able to provide technical assistance and direction relating to the coordination of safe community built playgrounds. DiLenny has been certified as a Car Passenger Safety technician since 2002; she provides education in the NY metropolitan area.

DiLenny earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience & Behavior and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

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Email Address:
dr146@columbia.edu

Phone Number:
212-342-0514

Mailing Address:
Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health
722 W. 168th St., Room 513
New York, NY 10032


Walter Rice

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Webmaster

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WaltRiceJr@gmail.com

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215-820-0165

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