Translational research with a social science spin is a cornerstone of the Rainbow Injury Prevention Center’s efforts. Center researchers work to identify and understand the environmental, economic, and psychosocial factors that serve to protect individuals and communities or heighten their risk of unintentional injury, while working to find ways to translate that knowledge into effective, testable interventions. Center staff take a population-based approach that concentrates on improving environments and conditions through a combination of research and capacity building that brings partners together in developing, testing and evaluating interventions and finding approaches that really work in reducing pediatric injuries.

The Center’s research team is dedicated to sharing results with the Greater Cleveland community and advancing the state of injury prevention research through publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at state and national conferences.

The Rainbow Injury Prevention Center tracks motor vehicle-related injuries throughout Cuyahoga County to identify trends and emerging issues and is actively involved in a wide array of research activities and interests, including:

  • examining the sociocultural, behavioral, and cognitive factors that influence ownership and storage of firearms in homes with children
  • exploring media framing of injury prevention topics and how that framing affects public beliefs and attitudes toward issues like risky driving, motor vehicle crashes, teen driver crashes, and alcohol-related crashes
  • measuring and exploring levels of interpersonal violence and bullying in children’s television
  • identifying environmental and psychosocial moderators of child injury risk
  • assessing the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of law enforcement officers related to issues like child passenger safety or impaired driving
  • measuring the cost effectiveness of sobriety checkpoints
  • controlled experiments comparing the efficacy of different behavioral
  • theory-based approaches to improving teen driver safety and increasing protective behaviors like seat belt use
  • assessing rates of seat belt use and bike helmet use in Greater Cleveland communities and calculating change over time
  • gauging the impact of environmental modifications to improve child pedestrian safety in a high density, low socioeconomic status area

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