Located at BC Children’s Hospital, BCIRPU is a core research program within the Evidence to Innovation theme at the research institute of BC Children’s Hospital. BCIRPU serves as a student training centre, and Unit staff may hold faculty appointments at the University of British Columbia. BCIRPU was established in August 1997 as a province-wide partnership to address gaps in injury prevention in BC – the need for quality and comprehensive data, the need for quality injury prevention research, and the need to coordinate injury prevention efforts. Blending the need for research and evidence with best practices and the development of policies and programs to reduce injury in BC, BCIRPU advises the Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority and provides leadership and coordination to health authorities and other provincial stakeholders.
Through high quality and comprehensive injury data, evidence-based practices, coordination and collaboration, BCIRPU continues its efforts to reduce the societal and economic burden of injury in BC.