Nichole Hodges, MPH, MCHES, education and outreach coordinator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has been appointed 2014 Chair-Elect for the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership (OIPP). In this role she will serve as the Co-Chair of the OIPP Leadership Team as well as a spokesperson for OIPP. She will also continue to serve as Co-Chair of the OIPP’s Child Injury Action Group.
Since joining CIRP in 2005, Ms. Hodges has worked on a variety of research, education and advocacy projects related to pediatric injury prevention. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research and is also a member of the Ohio Society for Public Health Education and a past president of that organization. Ms. Hodges is currently a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University College of Public Health and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the same institution.
OIPP advises and assists the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and ODH’s Violence and Injury Prevention Program with establishing priorities and future directions regarding injury and violence prevention initiatives in Ohio. OIPP members represent a broad range of agencies and organizations focusing on injury prevention and committed to strengthening and sustaining effective injury and violence prevention programs. ODH coordinates the statewide OIPP with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CIRP works globally to reduce injury-related pediatric death and disabilities. With innovative research at its core, CIRP works to continually improve the scientific understanding of the epidemiology, biomechanics, prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. CIRP serves as a pioneer by translating cutting edge injury research into education, policy, and advances in clinical care. To learn more about CIRP, visit www.injurycenter.org.
Note To Editor: Hodges is a resident of Westerville, OH.