IU Team Takes Aim at Curbing Hoosier Violence
The Indiana Partnership to Prevent Violent Injury and Death (formerly the Indiana Partnership to Prevent Firearm Violence) announced its collaboration with the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. This collaborative partnership is the first project in the Center's Public Health Law Program to focus on public health research and scholarship.
“We do so much more than address firearm violence,” said Dr. Marilyn Bull, medical director of the Partnership and director of Developmental Pediatrics, Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University School of Medicine. “Since its inception, the Partnership has served as a facilitator for a coordinated, long-term and multidisciplinary approach to address firearm violence as a serious public health concern,” said Dr. Bull.
“As with any other public health issue, we must deal with the issue by assessment, policy development and assurance,” Bull said. “By working toward a comprehensive data collection system, providing legal and policy research and evaluating intervention, the Partnership can work to provide information about lowering firearm injury and death in the State of Indiana.”
“The Center's knowledge of public health law, as well as its ability to mobilize other professors and resources in the law school in several areas including criminal law and procedure, juvenile law and family law will enhance the research mission of the Partnership,” said Eleanor D. Kinney, JD, MPH, co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.
“Collaboration with the Partnership has very important benefits for the Center,” said Kinney. “The Center has developed its reputation in part based on its unique tradition of empirical research on law reform issues and is working to develop its reputation for excellence in public health scholarship. By collaborating with the Partnership, we can build on the Center's tradition of empirical research while enhancing its efforts in public health scholarship.”
“We look forward to a successful collaboration which will positively benefit both the Center and the Partnership,” said Heather McCabe, director of the Indiana Partnership to Prevent Violent Injury and Death. “The Partnership is excited about this opportunity to expand both our data collection and programming beyond the work we have done in firearm violence to other causes of violent injury and death.”
The Partnership brings together more than 40 departments and programs at Indiana University Medical Center and Riley Hospital, professional medical associations, individuals, faith communities, and civic and government organizations from around the state. The Partnership takes aim at one main target; to reduce and ultimately eliminate violent injury and death.
The Partnership was established in 1999 by a grant from the Joyce Foundation, a Chicago-based philanthropic group that supports public policies designed to improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes region.