Trainees for Child Injury Prevention

Logo shows T4CIP with Trainees for Child Injury Prevention below, in green, with a stethoscope

Who should join?

Medical students, residents, and fellows with an interest in pediatrics and learning about child injury prevention, health behavior change, communication, and advocacy should consider joining this program. Participants will plan and participate in two Days of Action at their own institution and help plan related events across the country.

What is Trainees for Child Injury Prevention (T4CIP)?

  • T4CIP is a group of trainees from across the country passionate about child injury prevention that develops outreach materials and strategies for one-day national advocacy campaigns 
  • Trainees reach out to their peers and training programs and institutions to ask them to participate in each Day of Action by sharing information during a morning report, noon conference, grand rounds, continuity clinic, or other forums, as well as share information on social media
  • T4CIP is sponsored by the Center for Injury Research and Policy in Columbus, Ohio, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Pediatric Trainees and Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention

T4CIP goals:

  • Expose pediatric trainees to public health approaches and community engagement to prevent child and adolescent injuries and violence
  • Facilitate and promote pediatric trainee-initiated outreach and engagement activities locally and nationally to prevent child and adolescent injury

What does timing and time commitment look like? 

  • Time commitment is for one calendar year, including two Days of Action each year - one in May and one in October. Trainees must commit to the full calendar year - it's ok to participate if you graduate/switch programs halfway through.
  • There are monthly calls/video meetings and regular emails between calls as needed. We request attendance at 8 of the 10 monthly meetings. We understand this can be challenging and we provide slides and recordings after the fact; however, the small group work is not shared in this manner. Small groups will work together outside of the monthly meetings over email and/or Zoom.
  • The 2022 schedule is below. All calls will be recorded and archived.

When and how will we meet in 2022?

  • The first Day of Action was on May 25, 2022 and focused on bicycle helmet use and bicycle safety.
  • The second Day of Action will be October 26, 2022. The topic, as determined by T4CIP participants, is safe sleep.
  • Virtual meetings will take place on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET on Zoom. All calls will be recorded and archived.
    • Training meeting dates: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23, April 27, June 22, July 27, August 24, and September 28, 2022
    • Working meeting dates: May 11, May 18, October 12, October 19, 2022
    • Culminating meeting: November 16, 2022

Why should I join T4CIP?

  • Participate in and/or lead a national advocacy campaign focusing on increasing injury prevention awareness and creating safer environments for children
  • Build your leadership, advocacy, and communication skills and develop new relationships with peers and mentors
  • Nationally-known pediatric injury prevention experts will be available to mentor and support participating trainees
  • Previous Days of Action led by trainees have been highly successful. In addition to below, T4CIP participants also were on podcasts, gave Grand Rounds and other presentations at their institutions, wrote blog posts and newsletter articles, and ran their programs’ social media handles for the day.  
    • T4CIP’s first Day of Action was on May 19, 2021 about high-powered magnet safety. You can search #MagnetSafety on Twitter and Instagram to see some of the great posts from participants and partners. The May 2021 Day of Action had 263 participants and more than 1,000 posts across social media. View #MagnetSafety graphics here.
    • T4CIP’s second Day of Action was on October 27, 2021 about safer storage of firearms. You can search #SaferStorage on Twitter and Instagram to see some of the great posts from participants and partners. The October 2021 Day of Action had 460 participants and more than 1,000 posts across social media. Watch this ~one hour webinar we hosted, featuring Dr. Judy Schaechter, President-Elect of the American Board of Pediatrics, and moderated by Dr. Lois Lee of Boston Children’s Hospital: Why Ask?: Speaking Up For Child Health - YouTube. View #SaferStorage graphics in English and Spanish.
    • T4CIP's third Day of Action was on May 25, 2022 about bike helmets. You can search #WearAHelmet on Twitter and Instagram to see some of the great posts from participants and partners. The May 2022 Day of Action had 163 participants and more than 550 posts across social media. View #WearAHelmet graphics in English and Spanish.
  • Watch what a few of our 2021 participants have to say about their experience with T4CIP in this short video.

How do I join T4CIP?

The application to participate in 2022 is now closed and applicants have been notified if they were accepted. Recruitment for the 2023 class will begin in October 2022.

Where can I get more information?

Please contact Laura Dattner, T4CIP Coordinator, with any questions. Follow us on Instagram @T4CIP and look for #T4CIP on Twitter and Instagram. We have archived materials from 2021 and 2022 Days of Action on Flickr.