In the 2015-2016 operating period, BCIRPU continued its successful program of injury surveillance and research. Highlights during this operating period included the completion of the Injury Prevention Casebook – making the case for investment in injury prevention as part of the promotion and development of healthier individuals, families and communities in BC. Work included the production of a support slide presentation, infographic and promotional video for Health Authorities. BCIRPU also continued its leading-edge work on the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT), completing the module for teachers and educators, undertaking an evaluation of the module for parents, coaches and athletes, and producing regional concussion reports for each of the Health Authorities. BCIRPU also continued significant input to the completion of the PHO Report on Road Safety in BC, Where the Rubber Meets the Road, which was released in March of 2016. Finally, the work of the CIHR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention culminated with the release of the online resource, the Canadian Atlas of Child and Youth Injury Prevention (www.injuryevidence.ca).
We would like to thank the Provincial Health Services Authority for their guidance and support of the Unit, and welcome Trish Hunt as the new Senior Director, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, following the retirement of Lydia Drasic.
We also extend thanks to the members of the BC injury Prevention Policy Advisory Committee, the BC Injury Prevention Alliance, and Health Authorities for their ongoing cooperation, collaboration and input throughout the year. We extend our gratitude to Dr. Allison Eddy and the Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, and to Dr. Wyeth Wasserman and the Child and Family Research Institute for providing the environment and ongoing resources that support our research efforts. Finally, we thank the various injury prevention communities, research institutes and NGOs for their collaboration and continuous support as key partners in building capacity to better address injury prevention in BC and beyond.