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"Trauma affects everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. Stepping Strong aims to reduce the number and severity of traumatic injuries in Boston and beyond."
—Ali Salim, MD, Stepping Strong Center Medical Co-Director

"A moment that defines my commitment to leading the center was when Gillian and I participated in B.A.A. 5K race. Our goal is to fuel innovation programs that lead to happy endings like Gillian’s."
—Mitchel B. Harris, MD, Stepping Strong Medical Co-Director

“For patients with a high level of chronic pain, amputation can be the best form of salvage. Ewing Procedure patients enjoy more precise control of their limb and increased sensory freedom.”
— Matthew J. Carty, MD, Stepping Strong Center Director of Strategy and Innovation

“Our goal is to provide the brilliant professionals at the Brigham with the funding to help patients with devastating traumatic injuries achieve the best possible outcomes."
—Steven, Audrey, Danielle, and Gillian Reny

The mission of The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation is to catalyze trauma innovation for injured civilians and military heroes, through multidisciplinary investigative collaborations across the continuum of trauma care, from prevention to treatment and recovery. 

The Stepping Strong Innovator Awards program inspires multi-institutional faculty to pursue groundbreaking innovation with a goal of transforming outcomes for civilians and military heroes worldwide.

The Stepping Strong Injury Prevention and Intervention program aims to reduce the number and severity of traumatic injuries resulting from elderly falls, gun violence, distracted driving, and substance use.

The Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellowship is a unique program designed to train the next generation of medical leaders in advanced and innovative techniques for treating acute and complex injury.

True to the Boston Strong spirit of kindness and collaboration, the members of the Stepping Strong community are inspired to come together to help those with traumatic injuries step strong again.

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We are 50 days away from the 2024 #BostonMarathon! 🏃‍♀️💪

We’re so thankful to have a team of runners who are passionate and enthusiastic about helping the #SteppingStrong Center #turntragedyintohope for trauma survivors. On Monday, April 15, runners will come together from around the world to participate in this historic event.

This year, the Stepping Strong team has set a $1.7 million goal to help support the center’s mission of catalyzing trauma innovation across the continuum of trauma care from prevention to treatment and recovery. 

To read more about our runners and support them from Hopkinton to Boston, click the link in our bio 💙🩷💛

#Boston128 #oneBOSTON

We are 50 days away from the 2024 #BostonMarathon! 🏃‍♀️💪

We’re so thankful to have a team of runners who are passionate and enthusiastic about helping the #SteppingStrong Center #turntragedyintohope for trauma survivors. On Monday, April 15, runners will come together from around the world to participate in this historic event.

This year, the Stepping Strong team has set a $1.7 million goal to help support the center’s mission of catalyzing trauma innovation across the continuum of trauma care from prevention to treatment and recovery.

To read more about our runners and support them from Hopkinton to Boston, click the link in our bio 💙🩷💛

#Boston128 #oneBOSTON
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To celebrate 10 years of innovation and revolutionary trauma care, the Stepping Strong Center is partnering with the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center to host a blood drive, from now until March 20, to benefit patients at @brighamandwomens and @danafarber with traumatic injuries and other significant health conditions. 

Thank you @wcvb5 for this feature and to the 2023 Stepping Strong Breakthrough Award recipient, Nakul Raykar, MD, MPH, for providing valuable information about the impact of traumatic blood loss and the importance of blood donations.

If you are eligible to donate blood, we encourage you to sign up on the Kraft Center website. Please include “STEP” in your reservation notes.
https://donor.kraftfamilyblooddonorcenter.org/donor/auth/signin?fbclid=IwAR1ek7ajPjmT8MfjUsQF_ahT_mdE3PXtoBAXH79pQeivZfzZ03GXyFbQuVY

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Raykar’s Breakthrough Award project about applying walking blood banks to a low-income civilian setting, please visit our website.

To celebrate 10 years of innovation and revolutionary trauma care, the Stepping Strong Center is partnering with the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center to host a blood drive, from now until March 20, to benefit patients at @brighamandwomens and @danafarber with traumatic injuries and other significant health conditions.

Thank you @wcvb5 for this feature and to the 2023 Stepping Strong Breakthrough Award recipient, Nakul Raykar, MD, MPH, for providing valuable information about the impact of traumatic blood loss and the importance of blood donations.

If you are eligible to donate blood, we encourage you to sign up on the Kraft Center website. Please include “STEP” in your reservation notes.
https://donor.kraftfamilyblooddonorcenter.org/donor/auth/signin?fbclid=IwAR1ek7ajPjmT8MfjUsQF_ahT_mdE3PXtoBAXH79pQeivZfzZ03GXyFbQuVY

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Raykar’s Breakthrough Award project about applying walking blood banks to a low-income civilian setting, please visit our website.
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“If you see something, say something”.

This national public safety campaign was launched in 2010 to encourage members of the public to speak up in moments of fearful uncertainty. The @sandyhookpromise Foundation — founded after the tragic 2012 school shooting — has embraced this motto and established the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS) to connect concerned students with counselors and crisis managers to prevent shootings and report potential acts of violence. Schools in 23 states have set up these anonymous 24/7 tip lines, serving more than 5 million students in grades 6-12. 

To learn more about the SS-ARS tip line or submit a tip, click the link in our bio. 

If you or someone you know are living with suicidal thoughts, call or text @988lifeline. Help is available.

Through training and education initiatives, the Stepping Strong Center remains committed to reducing the burden of traumatic injuries in our community. To watch a Lunch & Learn webinar on the topic of community violence prevention, please visit BWHSteppingStrong.org/lunch-and-learn. 

#SteppingStrong #FirearmPrevention #SuicidePrevention #InjuryPrevention #TurningTragedyIntoHope

“If you see something, say something”.

This national public safety campaign was launched in 2010 to encourage members of the public to speak up in moments of fearful uncertainty. The @sandyhookpromise Foundation — founded after the tragic 2012 school shooting — has embraced this motto and established the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS) to connect concerned students with counselors and crisis managers to prevent shootings and report potential acts of violence. Schools in 23 states have set up these anonymous 24/7 tip lines, serving more than 5 million students in grades 6-12.

To learn more about the SS-ARS tip line or submit a tip, click the link in our bio.

If you or someone you know are living with suicidal thoughts, call or text @988lifeline. Help is available.

Through training and education initiatives, the Stepping Strong Center remains committed to reducing the burden of traumatic injuries in our community. To watch a Lunch & Learn webinar on the topic of community violence prevention, please visit BWHSteppingStrong.org/lunch-and-learn.

#SteppingStrong #FirearmPrevention #SuicidePrevention #InjuryPrevention #TurningTragedyIntoHope
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10 YEARS! 💙🩷💛
 
From Stepping Strong Co-Founders, @aereny and @_gilliansara:

“It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since we established The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation to thank the medical heroes who saved our family and to push forward new ways of helping other trauma survivors. Over the past decade, we have connected people from around the world who are committed to our mission of supporting trauma patients across the continuum of trauma care from prevention to treatment, and recovery. The Stepping Strong community includes brilliant researchers, dedicated clinicians, passionate educators, gritty runners, brave trauma survivors, and more, all with a shared passion and we are honored to call you family.

As we enter the next decade, we have even bigger aspirations—to expand our programs, extend our reach, and continue to fill an underfunded gap in trauma research. We are committed to doing our part to tackle the number one cause of death for people ages 44 and younger. With the support of our Stepping Strong family, we know we will build on our successes and achieve even more in the years ahead. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for 10 years of hope, healing, and #SteppingStrong.”
 
 #TurningTragedyIntoHope #10Years #Decade #InjuryPrevention
@brighamandwomens @massgeneralbrigham @bostonmarathon

10 YEARS! 💙🩷💛

From Stepping Strong Co-Founders, @aereny and @_gilliansara:

“It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since we established The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation to thank the medical heroes who saved our family and to push forward new ways of helping other trauma survivors. Over the past decade, we have connected people from around the world who are committed to our mission of supporting trauma patients across the continuum of trauma care from prevention to treatment, and recovery. The Stepping Strong community includes brilliant researchers, dedicated clinicians, passionate educators, gritty runners, brave trauma survivors, and more, all with a shared passion and we are honored to call you family.

As we enter the next decade, we have even bigger aspirations—to expand our programs, extend our reach, and continue to fill an underfunded gap in trauma research. We are committed to doing our part to tackle the number one cause of death for people ages 44 and younger. With the support of our Stepping Strong family, we know we will build on our successes and achieve even more in the years ahead.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for 10 years of hope, healing, and #SteppingStrong.”

#TurningTragedyIntoHope #10Years #Decade #InjuryPrevention
@brighamandwomens @massgeneralbrigham @bostonmarathon
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Today is #ValentinesDay and #NationalDonorDay! 

The Stepping Strong Center expresses our gratitude for our wonderful community of clinicians, researchers, runners, community partners, trauma advocates, and more. With your support, for 10 YEARS we have been able to pursue our mission of #TurningTragedyIntoHope for trauma survivors. 

To celebrate this milestone, we would #LOVE for you to join us in donating blood from February 20 - March 20. In partnership with the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center, Stepping Strong is hosting a month-long blood drive to address the devastating impacts of traumatic blood loss. 

Starting on February 20, the anniversary of the Stepping Strong Center’s founding, the blood drive will directly benefit patients at @BrighamWomens and @DanaFarber who are in need of lifesaving blood and platelet transfusions as a result of traumatic injury as well as cancer treatment, organ transplant, and more. Donors will receive a special, limited-edition Stepping Strong stainless steel tumbler for their generosity, and those who donate on February 20 will receive a bonus $5 Panera Bread gift card. 

Sign up on the Kraft Center website by clicking the link in our bio and remember to include “STEP” in your reservation. Thank you for your support of the Stepping Strong Center and for joining us in this meaningful way as we celebrate 10 years of trauma innovation and care.

#SteppingStrong #InjuryPrevention #BloodDrive

Today is #ValentinesDay and #NationalDonorDay!

The Stepping Strong Center expresses our gratitude for our wonderful community of clinicians, researchers, runners, community partners, trauma advocates, and more. With your support, for 10 YEARS we have been able to pursue our mission of #TurningTragedyIntoHope for trauma survivors.

To celebrate this milestone, we would #LOVE for you to join us in donating blood from February 20 - March 20. In partnership with the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center, Stepping Strong is hosting a month-long blood drive to address the devastating impacts of traumatic blood loss.

Starting on February 20, the anniversary of the Stepping Strong Center’s founding, the blood drive will directly benefit patients at @BrighamWomens and @DanaFarber who are in need of lifesaving blood and platelet transfusions as a result of traumatic injury as well as cancer treatment, organ transplant, and more. Donors will receive a special, limited-edition Stepping Strong stainless steel tumbler for their generosity, and those who donate on February 20 will receive a bonus $5 Panera Bread gift card.

Sign up on the Kraft Center website by clicking the link in our bio and remember to include “STEP” in your reservation. Thank you for your support of the Stepping Strong Center and for joining us in this meaningful way as we celebrate 10 years of trauma innovation and care.

#SteppingStrong #InjuryPrevention #BloodDrive
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Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for people ages 44 and younger in the United States and has devastating physical, emotional, and financial impacts. Despite this, most injuries can be prevented. 

On Thursday, February 15, join the Stepping Strong Injury Prevention Program for our next Lunch & Learn webinar where Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, from the @johnshopkinssph, will provide #InjuryPrevention101 education and share best practices for how you and your loved ones can prevent a traumatic injury.

Click the link in our bio to register for this virtual event. 

#SteppingStrong #InjuryPrevention #TurningTragedyIntoHope

Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for people ages 44 and younger in the United States and has devastating physical, emotional, and financial impacts. Despite this, most injuries can be prevented.

On Thursday, February 15, join the Stepping Strong Injury Prevention Program for our next Lunch & Learn webinar where Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, from the @johnshopkinssph, will provide #InjuryPrevention101 education and share best practices for how you and your loved ones can prevent a traumatic injury.

Click the link in our bio to register for this virtual event.

#SteppingStrong #InjuryPrevention #TurningTragedyIntoHope
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February 4-10 is #NationalBurnAwarenessWeek.

From the @AmericanBurnAssociation and the @hiprc, this year’s theme is “Handle with Care, Flammable Liquids Beware!” to spread awareness for preventing Flammable Liquid Burn injuries. On average, one civilian death from a fire-related injury occurs every 2 hours and 35 minutes in the United States. Teaching children and reminding adults about burn safety practices is essential and can prevent a traumatic injury.

For more information about flammable liquid burn safety and for a list of resources and facts sheets, please click the link in our bio. 

#SteppingStrong #NBAW #InjuryPrevention #BurnPrevention #BurnAwareness #TurningTragedyIntoHope

February 4-10 is #NationalBurnAwarenessWeek.

From the @AmericanBurnAssociation and the @hiprc, this year’s theme is “Handle with Care, Flammable Liquids Beware!” to spread awareness for preventing Flammable Liquid Burn injuries. On average, one civilian death from a fire-related injury occurs every 2 hours and 35 minutes in the United States. Teaching children and reminding adults about burn safety practices is essential and can prevent a traumatic injury.

For more information about flammable liquid burn safety and for a list of resources and facts sheets, please click the link in our bio.

#SteppingStrong #NBAW #InjuryPrevention #BurnPrevention #BurnAwareness #TurningTragedyIntoHope
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February is #LowVisionAwarenessMonth.

Millions of people in the United States are living with a visual impairment that cannot be fixed with glasses, contacts, or other standard treatments like medicine or surgery. According to the @cdcgov, falls are the leading cause of traumatic injury for older adults and the second leading cause of traumatic injury death, after unintentional poisoning. Visual impairments more than double this risk.

This #LowVisionAwarenessMonth, we’re joining the National Eye Institute in shining a light on #VisionRehabilitation, which can help people with a visual impairment make the most of the vision they have and improve their quality of life. 

For a list of home safety tips, including fall prevention, please click the link in our bio.

#SteppingStrong #LVAM #EyeHealthEducation #InjuryPrevention #FallPrevention #TurningTragedyIntoHope

February is #LowVisionAwarenessMonth.

Millions of people in the United States are living with a visual impairment that cannot be fixed with glasses, contacts, or other standard treatments like medicine or surgery. According to the @cdcgov, falls are the leading cause of traumatic injury for older adults and the second leading cause of traumatic injury death, after unintentional poisoning. Visual impairments more than double this risk.

This #LowVisionAwarenessMonth, we’re joining the National Eye Institute in shining a light on #VisionRehabilitation, which can help people with a visual impairment make the most of the vision they have and improve their quality of life.

For a list of home safety tips, including fall prevention, please click the link in our bio.

#SteppingStrong #LVAM #EyeHealthEducation #InjuryPrevention #FallPrevention #TurningTragedyIntoHope
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Today is #SaferInternetDay. 

This year's theme, “Together for a better internet”, encourages everyone from educators, to parents and caregivers, to policymakers, to students and young people, and more to foster a healthy and safe online environment for all. 

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the United States. According to a study from @childrensphila and the University of Pennsylvania, among children ages 10-13, those who experienced cyberbullying were 4 times more likely to report thoughts or acts of suicide than children who did not experience cyberbullying.

If you or someone you know are living with suicidal thoughts, call or text @988lifeline. Help is available.

For a full list of resources, suicide prevention tips, and to inquire about a Stepping Strong Center QPR suicide prevention training, please visit our website at https://steppingstrong.bwh.harvard.edu/injury-prevention-resources/#suicide_prevention 

#SteppingStrong #SuicidePrevention #InjuryPrevention #TurningTragedyIntoHope

Today is #SaferInternetDay.

This year`s theme, “Together for a better internet”, encourages everyone from educators, to parents and caregivers, to policymakers, to students and young people, and more to foster a healthy and safe online environment for all.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the United States. According to a study from @childrensphila and the University of Pennsylvania, among children ages 10-13, those who experienced cyberbullying were 4 times more likely to report thoughts or acts of suicide than children who did not experience cyberbullying.

If you or someone you know are living with suicidal thoughts, call or text @988lifeline. Help is available.

For a full list of resources, suicide prevention tips, and to inquire about a Stepping Strong Center QPR suicide prevention training, please visit our website at https://steppingstrong.bwh.harvard.edu/injury-prevention-resources/#suicide_prevention

#SteppingStrong #SuicidePrevention #InjuryPrevention #TurningTragedyIntoHope
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The @teambaa 5K is sold out—but we still have a limited number of bibs for the Stepping Strong Team! To learn how you can join us, or if you already have a bib, email team@bwh.harvard.edu.

#SteppingStrong #10YearsOfSteppingStrong #BAA5k

The @teambaa 5K is sold out—but we still have a limited number of bibs for the Stepping Strong Team! To learn how you can join us, or if you already have a bib, email team@bwh.harvard.edu.

#SteppingStrong #10YearsOfSteppingStrong #BAA5k
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January is #NationalBloodDonorMonth. 

The number one cause of preventable death from a traumatic injury is blood loss and we all can help end this crisis.

Since launching in 2017, the @stopthebleedproject has trained more than 3 million people to control traumatic bleeding and the Stepping Strong Center has contributed by empowering more than 3,500 to intervene and help save a life. 

If you, or your organization, are interested in learning Stop the Bleed, reach out to steppingstrong@bwh.harvard.edu to sign up for a training. 

#SteppingStrong #TurningTragedyIntoHope #InjuryPrevention

January is #NationalBloodDonorMonth.

The number one cause of preventable death from a traumatic injury is blood loss and we all can help end this crisis.

Since launching in 2017, the @stopthebleedproject has trained more than 3 million people to control traumatic bleeding and the Stepping Strong Center has contributed by empowering more than 3,500 to intervene and help save a life.

If you, or your organization, are interested in learning Stop the Bleed, reach out to steppingstrong@bwh.harvard.edu to sign up for a training.

#SteppingStrong #TurningTragedyIntoHope #InjuryPrevention
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