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The overarching goal of the Stepping Strong Injury Prevention and Intervention Program is to change the paradigm of trauma care. By transforming how caregivers and researchers meet the challenges of patients at risk for trauma or traumatic injury recovery, we are shifting the role of the hospital as a resource that extends far beyond the walls of inpatient care and into the community.” —Ali Salim, MD

Traumatic injury is one of the most under-recognized—yet pervasive­—medical challenges in the nation. Because it affects all ages, its impact on life years lost is equal to that of cancer, heart disease, and HIV combined.

Recognizing that the only way to truly eliminate the burden of injury is to prevent injuries from ever occurring, the Stepping Strong Center is deeply committed to tackling this devastating public health issue.

Under the direction of Ali Salim, MD, the Stepping Strong Injury Prevention and Intervention program brings together patient care and training experts from across the Brigham and Harvard Medical School to reduce the number and severity of traumatic injuries. Our program is uniquely positioned to become a national leader in this critical work. Here’s how:

    • By conducting world class, multidisciplinary research on the causes, outcomes, and prevention of injuries
    • By putting research into action via community outreach and supporting the implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies
    • By training current and future health professionals to advance research, address new problems, and reach diverse populations
A Shared Resource for a Shared Mission

Brigham and Women’s Hospital has many established injury prevention efforts. The Stepping Strong Injury Prevention and Intervention Program is proud to serve as a shared resource for these extraordinary efforts by providing administrative support, professional communications and design resources, guidance for program implementation and evaluation, and opportunities for program expansion. The program will also provide training and support for health professionals interested in learning more about the injury prevention field, integrating existing efforts into clinical practices, and providing resources to expand community outreach.

Focus Areas

The Stepping Strong Injury Prevention and Intervention Program is one of only a handful of programs across the country to offer this specialized focus, providing world-class expertise in medicine, surgery, social work, psychology, and patient advocacy. Our program addresses the following six focus areas:

  • Falls Preventions
  • Firearm Injury Prevention and Emergency Preparedness
  • Trauma Patient Outcomes
  • Violence Prevention
  • Traffic Safety
  • Substance Use Prevention
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