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SAVIR Conference Updates

2021 SAVIR Virtual Conference - Registration is now open!

The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, along with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, are pleased to offer the 2021 SAVIR Virtual Conference on April 5-9, in partnership with the SAVIR Planning Committee and SAVIR Board.

The theme for the 2021 conference is “Injury and Violence Prevention for a Changing World: From Local to Global”. Register today!

Please share this information widely with others who might be interested in attending.

Keynote Speakers

We are excited to have Dr. Chandra L. Ford and Dr. Shanthi Ameratunga as our keynote speakers.

Dr. Ford is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and a Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health at the UCLA, Fielding School of Public Health. She is also the editor of the book Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional.

Dr. Ameratunga is a Professor in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland and a Senior Researcher for Counties Manukau Health in Auckland.


Panel Discussions

Make sure to join us for the following panel discussions.

Title: Transdisciplinary perspectives and approaches for Injury Prevention and Control
Date: April 6, 8-9:15 am EDT
Panelists: Dr. Tom Burke, Lindsey LaSalle, Claes Tingvall

Title: Anti-Racism in the 21st Century Global Context: Implications for Injury and Violence Prevention
Date: April 7, 7 - 8:30 pm EDT
Panelists: Dr. Stephanie Hawkins, Mighty Fine, Courtney Ryder

Title: Historical Perspective on Injury Prevention and Control: Lessons from Pioneering Leaders
Date: April 8, 8 - 9:00 am EDT
Panelists: Susan Baker, Etienne Krug, Kishnan Rajam, and Leon Robertson


Closing Speakers

We are honored to have Captain Holly Billie and Dr. Nhan Tran as our closing speakers.

CAPT Holly Billie (Navajo) is a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service and currently serves as the Indian Health Service (IHS) Injury Prevention Program Manager. CAPT Billie also worked at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control serving as the IHS liaison and subject matter expert on tribal road safety.

Dr. Nhan 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) at the WHO. He coordinates work in the areas of unintentional injury prevention, focused mainly on road safety, injury surveillance/surveys and alcohol and drug-related injuries.


New Presenter Guidelines and Attendee Code of Conduct

Thanks to the Anti-Racism Interest Group, we have new Health Equity Guidelines for Conference Presenters as well as a Code of Conduct for Conference Attendees.

These documents will be sent out to presenters and attendees prior to the conference and will also be available to view on the conference platform and the SAVIR website . Please make sure to read these important documents prior to attending the conference.


Other informative sessions include:

  • Reciprocity Ring

Announcing SAVIR’s first ever Injury Science Reciprocity Ring® to build social networks, increase social capital, and ultimately cultivate long-term productive partnerships to grow the field of Injury Science. Wednesday, April 7th 9:15am - 10:45am EDT (Advance registration required). Register Here.

  • Student and Early Career Mentoring

Speed Mentoring is a great opportunity for students and early career professionals to chat with seasoned researchers - it's like speed dating! Our session will take place on Tuesday, April 6 from 3:45 - 4:45pm ET. Sign up to be either a mentee or a mentor when you register for the conference.

  • Meet the Journal Editors Symposium

Editors from Injury Epidemiology, Violence and Victims, Injury Prevention, Journal of Primary Prevention, and PMC Public Health will share and answer questions about the peer review process, preparing a manuscript, and serving as a reviewer. Students and early career professionals can attend this session for free without having to register for the whole conference. April 8, 2021 3:45 - 4:45 pm EDT. Anyone can register to attend through this link

  • Learning Labs: (Registration for these will open a few days before the conference starts)
    • From Science to Action: Advocacy Tools for Injury and Violence Prevention and Research
    • Visual Dissemination: How to Create Images Using Free/Low Cost Tools
    • Advancing Public Health Research-Practice through Collaborative Inquiry
    • Methods for Handling Missing Data: Applied Multiple Imputation Techniques for Non-Statisticians
    • Healthcare Provider Identification and Response to Intimate Partner Violence
    • Preventing Firearm Injury: What Clinicians Need to Know
    • Research to Action: The Safety Standards Process
    • Twitter Chats: Everything you need to know – from how to participate in one to how to organize one

Registration for the Learning Labs is included in the cost of registration for the conference but you do need to register for each Learning Lab. Click here to let us know which Learning Labs you would like to attend:


#SAVIR2021 Social Media:

  • Let other people know you are attending or presenting at the #SAVIR2021 conference by downloading graphics and/or suggested posts from the conference Social Media toolkit. Don’t forget to use #SAVIR2021 in all your social media posts.
    • If you tweet using #SAVIR2021 before or during the conference, you will be eligible to win a copy of Dr. Chandra Ford’s book Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional. One lucky Tweeter will win!
  • Plan to participate in the first ever SAVIR Conference Twitter chat on “What is Injury Science’s Role in COVID-19 Response & Recovery?”. The Twitter chat will take place on April 8, 2021 from 2 - 3 pm EDT using #CovidIVP. We would love to see ALL SAVIR members participate. Help us trend on Twitter!
  • New videos that can be shared on social media to help potential attendees learn more about what to expect from this year’s virtual conference. Videos can be found on the SAVIR Twitter handle, @SAVIR_org or on the website.


Abstracts in Injury Prevention

Keep your eye out for the special edition of Injury Prevention which will include all of the abstracts from this year’s oral presentations and posters. The issue will come out after April 1, 2021.

Social Events

Our Baltimore host committee is organizing social events as well. Keep your eye out for news about these events in the coming weeks.



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