Injury Prevention & Research Center

Injuries are the leading cause of death and subsequent long-term disability for children ages 1-19. In most cases, these injuries are preventable.

Lurie Children’s has a comprehensive Injury Prevention and Research Center that coordinates all hospital activities in both intentional and unintentional injuries. We address the leading causes of injury to Illinois children through behavioral risk reduction and the promotion of safe physical and social environments.

We believe children should be safe and strong. The Injury Prevention and Research Center (IPRC) strives to reduce preventable injuries in several ways. These include:

  • Fostering protective environments
  • Enhancing knowledge and skills
  • Increasing awareness
  • Improving public policies

The IPRC coordinates all intentional and unintentional injury prevention activities within the hospital. Following a public health model that describes the injury problem, identifies causes and locations of injury, and develops and tests interventions, the IPRC contributes to best practice and research methods to reduce childhood injury.

See our recommendations and advice for a variety of safety issues.

Our Team

Injury Prevention and Research Center collaborators include the following departments and programs:


Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Injury Prevention and Research Center
James P. Harisiades, MPH
Administrative Director, Office of Child Advocacy
Amy L. Hill, MS
Coordinator, Injury Prevention and Research Center