Programs


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

Providence Directors


Contact Info

Andrea Cheli, CPSTI
401-444-0379
acheli@lifespan.org

https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/injury-prevention-center

Mapping address: 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903



Description

The 4-Safety program is an injury prevention program through Hasbro Children’s Hospital that seeks to control injuries in children and young adults throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. 4-Safety raises awareness and educates families about ways they can reduce their risk of experiencing an injury and live healthier, safer lives.

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.

Contact Information

Andrea Cheli, CPSTI
55 Claverick St 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
O:401-444-0379
F:401-444-2249
C:603-930-7118
E: acheli@lifespan.org
E: 4safety@lifespan.org
www.4-SAFETY.org



Description

In 2008, the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital was designated as the host agency of Rhode Island Safe Kids. Rhode Island Safe Kids is the state’s chapter of Safe Kids Worldwide which is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury.

Rhode Island Safe Kids provides car seat checkup events throughout the state and offers the Child Passenger Safety Technician certification course.

Contact Information

Dina Burstein, M.D., M.P.H.
dina.burstein@lifespan.org
401-444-5018
www.facebook.com/safekidsrhodeisland



Description

The Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital's Seats 4 Safety program is a partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation that provides education about car seat safety as well as provides safety seat checks at various locations throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

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.

Contact Information

Andrea Cheli, CPSTI
401-444-0379
acheli@lifespan.org



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Michael Mello, MD, MPH

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Job Title:
Director, Injury Prevention Center; Co-Investigator

Biography:
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.

Contact Information

Email Address:
mjmello@lifespan.org

Phone Number:
401-444-2685

Mailing Address:
Rhode Island Hospital
Physician's Office Building
110 Lockwood Street
Suite 334
Providence, RI 02903


Andrea M Cheli

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Job Title:
Program Coordinator

Biography:
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.

Contact Information

Email Address:
acheli@lifespan.org

Phone Number:
401-444-0379

Mailing Address:
Injury Prevention Center
Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital
55 Claverick St 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903


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