Injury Prevention Center Trainees

2018 Injury Prevention Center Summer Interns

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center is excited to report that five student interns worked with the Center this past summer. These students had the opportunity to gain mentored research and practice-based experience in the area of injury prevention that is of interest to them.
The five students that received funding for summer 2018 are listed below.

Brianne Brenneman, BA

MPH Candidate 2019, Health Behavior & Health Education, U-M School of Public Health

Mentor: Erin Bonar, PhD (U-M Psychiatry)

Injury Prevention Focus Area: Sexual Violence

Ms. Brenneman’s main focus was a project where college students were asked what they want in a sexual violence prevention program. Another project she worked on was hot-spot mapping where she mapped areas in Ann Arbor that students had heard about sexual assaults happening or areas they thought were risky.

Laura Hollander, BA

MPH Candidate 2019, Health Behavior & Health Education, U-M School of Public Health

Mentor: Sarah Stoddard (U-M School of Nursing)

Injury Prevention Focus Area: Youth Violence, Substance abuse

Ms. Hollander worked with Dr. Sarah Stoddard on the Youth Empowerment Solutions for Positive Futures (YES-PF) Program. She assisted Dr. Stoddard with authoring a curriculum to increase the empowerment and future orientations of middle school students identified for being at risk for school dropout and drug use. Along with developing curricula, she planned and implemented orientation sessions for the teachers selected for this school-based intervention, and helped Dr. Stoddard gather baseline data from student participants.

Lauren Leslie, BA

MPH Candidate 2019, Health Behavior & Health Education, U-M School of Public Health

Mentor: Dr. Ashley D’Inverno (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention, Surveillance Branch)

Injury Prevention Focus Area: Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence

Ms. Leslie assisted in developing a syndromic definition for intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV) by reviewing chief complaint data from IPV/SV emergency department visits from the CDC’s Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE). Additionally, literature and other data sources were reviewed to identify ICD-10-CM codes that are used for IPV/SV medical visits. Syndromic surveillance provides trends of IPV/SV which be tracked over time and overlaid with social health determinants to inform best practice prevention and control efforts. Additionally, she supported the development of a paper examining the link between a state-level gender inequality index and state rates of sexual violence and intimate partner violence.

Amanda Mauri, MPH

PhD Student, Health Services Organization and policy; AHRQ Pre-Doctoral Fellow, U-M School of Public Health

Mentor: Rebecca Haffajee (U-M School of Public Health)

Injury Prevention Focus Area: Opioid Overdose

Ms. Mauri worked on multiple projects related to policy approaches to address opioid misuse and firearm violence. Along with her collaborators Dr. Rebecca Haffajee and Ms. Tarlise Townsend, she completed a scoping review of quantitative evaluations of state opioid misuse prevention policies. Dr. Haffajee and Ms. Mauri are also co-authoring a project that maps state-level adoption of opioid laws overtime. Ms. Mauri also participated in the FACTS policy workgroup and looks forward to continuing her involvement in the task force.

Tarlise Townsend, MPP

Joint PhD Student, Health Services Organization and Policy (U-M School of Public Health) & Sociology (U-M LSA)

Mentor: Rebecca Haffajee (U-M SPH)

Injury Prevention Focus Area: Opioid Overdose

National efforts to reduce prescription opioid dependence and misuse, an important element of the current opioid epidemic, have included the 2010 reformulation of OxyContin into an abuse-deterrent form and the 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, among others. Research has shown that OxyContin reformulation contributed to declines in OxyContin prescribing, and initial evidence suggests that the 2016 guidelines accelerated the ongoing decline in opioid prescribing for chronic pain. However, it is unclear whether these reductions have targeted the patients at greatest risk of misuse, addiction, and/or overdose, while preserving appropriate pain management for patients who need it. The study examines whether prescribing changes attributed to these two interventions varied by race/ethnicity and, if so, how this influenced racial/ethnic disparities in opioid prescribing. With Dr. Haffajee’s mentorship, Ms. Townsend spent the summer conceptualizing the study idea, design, and statistical analyses, conducting a literature review, learning SAS, and learning to work with medical claims data.