This year we have created a summary infographic to accompany our Annual Report. View it here.
In the 2016-2017 operating period, BCIRPU continued its successful program of injury surveillance and research. Highlights during this operating period included engaging with the health authorities in a process to identify provincial priorities in injury prevention: seniors falls, young drivers, pedestrians, youth suicide, cyclists, and motor vehicle occupants. BCIPRU supported the BC Injury Prevention Committee through a modified Delphi process to select top priorities, and continues to engage in this extensive process now focused on an environmental scan, evidence review, gap analysis, and the development of indicators and recommendations.
Other initiatives included the completion of the Burden of Concussion Among Children and Youth in British Columbia (Update) report; promotion of Safe Kids Week 2016, teen driver safety, and the Brainwaves program; and continuing the implementation of the Period of PURPLE Crying education program. BCIRPU was the successful recipient of funding from the BC Healthy Living Alliance for the development of an Active & Safe sport and recreation injury prevention online platform for British Columbia, with the goal of providing the latest evidence to British Columbians to prevent injury while being physically active. Investigators at BCIRPU were also successful in securing a 3-year funding agreement with Transport Canada to study drowning prevention and safety for recreational boaters in British Columbia.