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As part of our training and education initiative, the Stepping Strong Injury Prevention program hosts quarterly Lunch & Learn sessions. In these events, speakers are invited from outside of the Brigham to educate our program stakeholders on various injury prevention topics. The audience is open to anyone who is interested but mainly consists of our injury prevention program stakeholders from fields such as trauma, emergency medicine, public health, research, and community-based organizations.

Previous Lunch & Learns have included:

  • Health Equity & Injury Prevention: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Health Equity Program Manager, RonAsia Rouse, MPH, moderated an imperative discussion on the types of inequities that exist across injury, and ways in which we—particularly public health professionals and researchers—should address these issues. The conversation included Keyla Jackson from MassHousing, Isaac Yablo, MA, from SOAR, Cindy Diggs from Massachusetts General Hospital, Stepping Strong trauma fellow, Michelle Joseph, MBBS, MSc, PhD, FRCS, from Harvard Medical School, and Megan Moore, PhD, MSW, from Harborview Injury Prevention Center.
  • Burn Awareness: During National Burn Awareness Week in the first week of February, Brigham’s Burn Center Director, Anupama Mehta, MD, led a discussion highlighting important issues and messaging around preventing burns. The panel featured Jeffrey Schneider, MD, from Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Robert Sheridan, MD, from Massachusetts General Hospital Burn Unit, and Matthew Brennan from the Department of Fire Services.
  • Long-Term Outcomes of Injury: The conversation, led by Juan Herrera-Escobar, MD, MPH, touched on ways to improve patient outcomes and quality of life as well as strategies for hospital employees engaged in this critical work. The panel included Nomi Levy Carrick, MD, MPhil, from the Brigham, Terri deRoon-Cassini, PhD, MS, of Medical College of Wisconsin, Joseph Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, from Johns Hopkins Hospital, and David Estrada, JD, of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
  • Domestic Violence Awareness: Jess Loftus, LICSW, clinical program director of the Violence Intervention and Prevention programs at the Brigham, guided a rich and inspiring discussion with expert panelists: Page Clark, from Stone House, Lauren Kourabas, from Fenway Health, Kourou Pich, from HarborCOV, and Shaquera Robinson, from Shaquera’s Story Domestic Violence Consulting and Coaching.
  • Falls Prevention: Ellen Flaherty, PhD, and Dawna Pidgeon from Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging presented on their program, Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
  • Opioid Use Disorder Prevention: Moderated by Scott Weiner, MD, the event included impactful presentations and discussions with three panelists: Brendan Saloner, PhD, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Alister Martin, MD, MPP, from Massachusetts General Hospital, and Andrew Herring, MD, from Highland Hospital- Almeda Health System in Oakland.
  • Community Violence Prevention: The event included a meaningful dialogue with panelists including Denise Kasrawi and Stephanie Salinas from YouthConnect, Jonathan Makrez and Courtney Kinney from YOU Boston, and Lawrence Stevenson and Alexandra Chery-Dorrelus from the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. The speakers also highlighted the meaningful collaboration between the Brigham’s Violence Recovery Program and their own organizations and the essentiality of working together to address community violence.
  • Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking: Moderated by SSIPP Program Director, Molly Jarman, PhD, MPH, this exciting panel discussion featured Kenzie Bok, Boston City Councilor for District 8, Becca Plevin, MD, a trauma surgeon from University of California San Fransisco, Wendy Landman, Senior Policy Advisor of WalkBoston, and Shavel’le Olivier, Executive Director of Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition. The conversation centered around ways to make community roadways and infrastructure safer for walking and biking.

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