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Announcing 2021 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grants

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The Injury and Violence Prevention Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grants. The one-year grant awards, in the amount of $1,500 per student, were selected by a panel of center faculty from a dozen applications submitted by students from various disciplines and schools.

Photo of Alin Badillo CarrilloAlin Yuriko Badillo Carrillo

Project: Homicide-Suicide in the United States: A Deep Understanding of the Mental and Behavioral Health of Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Homicides

Ms. Badillo-Carrillo is pursuing a dual master’s in public health and Latin American studies at the University of New Mexico. The award will support an analysis exploring the association between intimate partner homicides-suicides and the perpetrators’ mental and behavioral health. Upon graduation, Ms. Badillo-Carrillo hopes to obtain a PhD in a health-related field and work toward creating equitable intervention programs for communities of color. Alin’s mentors are Laura Tomedi, PhD, MPH and Theresa Cruz, PhD, of the University of New Mexico.

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Ligia Batista Silverman

Project: Evaluating Contacts of Children Presenting for Suspected Physical Abuse: Understanding Disparities, Preventing Injuries

Ms. Batista Silverman is pursuing an MD at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The award will support her work to describe the variability and yield of occult injury testing in well-appearing contacts of children undergoing sub-specialty evaluation for suspected child physical abuse. Ms. Batista Silverman is a professional research assistant in the emergency department focused on child abuse pediatrics where she has worked on a variety of research projects and aims to become a leader in clinical and scholarly work. Ms. Silverman is mentored by Daniel Lindberg, MD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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Sameer Andani

Project: Know Your Rights Car Sticker

Mr. Andani is pursuing an MD at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His project team includes Sarah Groover and Emily Heideman. The award will support the creation, testing, printing and distribution of a car sticker that reviews a driver’s legal rights in the event of a traffic stop, in order to make traffic law more equitable and reduce police violence. Mr. Andani is a first-generation Pakistani college graduate. His mentor is Maurice Scott, MD, in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

“We are thrilled to be supporting these innovative research projects led by students in Colorado and New Mexico. By launching these grants, we hope to stimulate more interest injury and violence prevention and elevate future leaders in the field,” stated Ashley Brooks-Russell, PhD, MPH, Director of PIPER/Injury and Violence Prevention Center.

The student awardees will have the opportunity to present their research findings at a seminar in Spring 2022.

The Injury and Violence Prevention Center, formerly known as the Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER), facilitates scientific discovery and evidence-based practice that increases safety, reduces injury and violence, and improves injury outcomes.

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