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Disrupting Distraction

October 16, 2019 | George Washington University

Nearly 37,000 people died in U.S. motor vehicle crashes in 2018, and the year before, more than 2.7 million were injured. Distracted driving is one important factor contributing to roadway collisions today and it constitutes a serious and preventable health threat. Join us for this free luncheon symposium exploring insights into why we drive distracted and promising approaches to combating distracted driving and saving lives.


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Presented by the Travelers Institute, The George Washington University Hospital, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the National Safety Council and Road to Zero Coalition.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Complimentary admission. Lunch will be provided. Free t-shirts for students at registration. RSVP today.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019
11:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Program

George Washington University
Milken Institute School of Public Health
Convening Center, First Floor
950 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20052


Did you know? Replying to a text message while driving 55 mph is like driving blindfolded the length of a football field.



The mission of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control (CIPC) is to reduce death and disability from intentional and unintentional injury. Our goal is to promote existing prevention methods and to optimize trauma care through education, collaboration with the community, and engaging in research contributing to the advancement of the field.


Recent Events

Systems Thinking in Road Safety

With Guest Lecturer: Nhan Tran, PhD

Coordinator, Unintentional Injury Prevention

Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence, and Injury Prevention (NVI)

World Health Organization

Wednesday, July 17th


Dr Nhan Tran was born in Viet Nam and grew up in the United States where he completed studies in international relations and modern languages. He obtained a graduate degree in International Public Health and a PhD in Health Systems Research with an emphasis on road traffic injuries from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Dr Tran worked at the regional and federal levels of the United States Department of Health and Human Services in various capacities managing programmes and as a science advisor. Later, as a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, Dr Tran was engaged in health systems and road safety research and co-founded the International Injury Research Unit.

Dr Tran joined WHO in 2011. For the last 6 years, he was the Manager of the WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research where he led the development of guidance and initiatives to strengthen health systems through the implementation of proven effective interventions. Since October 2017 Dr Tran is the Coordinator of the Unintentional Injury Prevention Team (UIP) within the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI). He co-ordinates work in the areas of unintentional injury prevention focused mainly on road safety, injury surveillance/surveys and alcohol and drug-related injuries.



"As Electric Scooters Proliferate, So Do Minor Injuries And Blocked Sidewalks"- NPR, March 30, 2019

Current Projects


Educating clinicians, students, and our community about best practices, research advancements, and current trends in the world of injury prevention and research is a focus of CIPC. 

  • Dr. Babak Sarani, director of Trauma Surgery at GWU, gave a Grand Rounds lecture at GWUH on 03/20/2019 on gun violence.
  • Stay tuned for an upcoming lunchtime seminar on injury prevention, to be hosted at the Milken Institute.
  • Are you a current GW Milken Institute School of Public Health student who is interested in either taking a course focused on violence and injury prevention, or working on research related to violence and injury prevention?  If so, contact us!

Please return for updates about news and local educational events.

Community Outreach

CIPC is committed to improving the health and safety of our neighbors.  The DC Vision Zero Summit was recently hosted at the Milken School of Public Health on March 14, 2019, discussing the District’s initiative to reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers of our transportation system.  For more information regarding the DC initiative, check out this website:

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about events in the DC-metro area promoting violence and injury prevention and awareness!


CIPC is working with other organizations to develop research projects and welcomes inquiries for additional collaboration opportunities. Our current areas of focus include:

  • Fall prevention and awareness.  The CIPC recently completed a research project investigating the epidemiological factors around elderly falls presenting to the Emergency Department. 
  • Bicycle Safety
  • Electric Scooter Safety
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Childhood Injury Prevention in India

Contact Us

The Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Department of Emergency Medicine
George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates
2120 L Street NW, Suite 450
Washington, D.C. 20037

Katherine Douglass, M.D., M.P.H.