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.

Our Team

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

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical and Organizational Development
Emergency Medical Services
General Pediatrics
Government Relations
Institute for Sports Medicine
Office of Child Advocacy
Orthopaedic Surgery
Public Affairs and Communications
The Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy (SCHROA) Center
Trauma Services


Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Injury Prevention and Research Center

Amy L. Hill, MS
Coordinator, Injury Prevention and Research Center