Hospital: Hasbro Children's Hospital/Injury Prevention Center
Hospital URL: https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/injury-prevention-center
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The mission of the Injury Prevention Center (IPC) is to reduce injuries in our region. The IPC develops and implements community-based injury prevention projects, conducts injury control research and educates health professionals, policymakers and the public about the burden of injury in Rhode Island.
Each year, Rhode Island experiences:
Hundreds of injury-related deaths Thousands of injury-related hospitalizations Countless injuries leading to disability
Many of these injuries can be avoided by studying and developing programs aimed at preventing injuries from occurring. For this reason, emergency department physicians at Rhode Island Hospital created the Injury Prevention Center in 1998.
What We Do:
Conducts research Develops and implements community-based programs Educates professionals, policymakers and the public about the importance of injury prevention
Andrea Cheli, CPSTI
Mapping address: 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903
Injuries are a significant public health concern and are a leading cause of death across all 50 states. Injuries can result in significant pain and disability and often require a vast amount of health care resources to treat. Like other diseases, injuries can be prevented and controlled.
4-Safety hosts events, which focus on a different injury topic each season. Safety topics are chosen based on hospital injury data and community data. Our staff visits each event in the 4-Safety van, which contains a widescreen TV, interactive computer tablets, a sound system, and giveaways.
Rhode Island Safe Kids provides car seat checkup events throughout the state and offers the Child Passenger Safety Technician certification course.
In 2008, the Injury Prevention Center was designated as the lead agency of the Rhode Island Coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global nonprofit organization working to help prevent childhood injuries.
Director, Injury Prevention Center; Co-Investigator
Michael Mello, M.D., M.P.H., IPC Director and Co-Principal Investigator of Injury Free Coalition for Kids (IFCK) of Providence, is a practicing physician with the University Emergency Medicine Foundation and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown Medical School. He has conducted and published research on the role of injury prevention in emergency medicine and alcohol and injury. Dr. Mello has 16 years experience teaching medical students and residents, and has lectured to both groups on injury prevention issues.
Rhode Island Hospital
Physician's Office Building
110 Lockwood Street
Providence, RI 02903
Andrea Cheli, CPSTI joined Rhode Island Hospital in 2008. She is a certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor and is the official state contact for all Rhode Island CPS activities. She serves as Pediatric Injury Prevention Coordinator for Hasbro Children’s Hospital as well as coordinates all community programming at the Injury Prevention Center including Safe Kids Rhode Island, the 4-Safety Program, and the Seats 4 Safety Program, which focus on car seat safety, bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, as well as a variety of other injury prevention topics.
Injury Prevention Center
Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital
55 Claverick St 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
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