Held from November 2 to 4, the three-day event featured keynote speakers, panel discussions, and the latest evidence in injury prevention. The event took place at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in downtown Vancouver, and was hosted by the BCIRPU, Parachute, and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Here are 10 highlights from the Conference.
Coastal Wolf Pack and Elder Alec Dan give a traditional welcome to territory. (Johnston Wang Photo | BCIRPU)
The Coastal Wolf Pack and Elder Alec Dan gave a traditional welcome to territory on the first day. This was followed by addresses by Dr. Harpreet Kochhar, President of the Public Health Agency of Canada (via video address), and Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer.
André Picard, journalist for The Globe and Mail, gave the opening keynote. Mr. Picard discussed barriers and challenges to injury prevention initiatives in a post-pandemic world.
The conference co-hosts Dr. Ian Pike (BCIRPU), Pam Fuselli (Parachute), and Megan Oakey (BCCDC) served as emcees for the entire conference, providing an overview of the day’s activities.
2. Lucy Sager’s plenary session was moving.
One of the stand-out events was Lucy Sager’s plenary session on her work creating the All Nations Driving Academy, a driving school created specifically for First Nations peoples. Lucy talked about the life-changing effects of knowing how to drive and having access to a car.
3. Re-examining our approach to research through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).
The EDI panelists and moderator challenged us to take simple steps to make injury prevention research more equitable and inclusive. Panelists encouraged us to consider context and culturally and geographically specific interventions. As Kirvy Quiambao put it simply—just talk to the population that you want to serve. Hear their stories.
The BCIRPU team at the “Big Banana” display on November 2. (Johnston Wang Photo | BCIRPU)
Conference attendees and passersby were surprised to see an 8-foot tall banana peel by the Vancouver Convention Centre. Placed there by The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) and the conference organizers, the “Big Banana” reminded people that injuries are not just “accidents” and that most of the time, we can see them coming.
Hover over the image gallery and use the arrows to scroll through photos of the oral and mini-oral presentations. (Johnston Wang Photo | BCIRPU)
5. The research presented was outstanding.
In total, there were 59 orals, 3 workshops, and 39 mini-orals presented at the conference. Abstracts touched on all causes of injury. Some topics included:
- Delivering workshops for child passenger safety/car seat safety, presented by President Katherine Hutka and VP Holly Choi from the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada
- The CHASE Study: the built environment, cycling, and active transportation, presented by Janet Aucoin from the University of Calgary
- Outdoor play and education in the school and community setting, presented by Megan Zeni and Emma Raaflaub from the University of British Columbia
- Findings of the For Young Drivers project, presented by Umayangga Yogalingam from Parachute
- Use of Breaking the Cycle of Violence with Empathy (BRAVE), a hospital-based violence intervention program to address community violence, presented by Brandy Tanenbaum from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Development of a water safety program in schools, presented by Kelly Carter from the University of Alberta
- Lessons learned from the #HighandLocked social media campaign, presented by Kelley Teahen and Claire Westmacott from Parachute
- Adapting seniors’ fall prevention resources for First Nations Elders in Alberta, presented by Bev Littlechilds and Jodi Sperber, from the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council and the University of Alberta, respectively
- Describing the lived experience of falls among seniors and receiving care, presented by Cathy Arnold from the University of Saskatchewan
- Patterns and trends of suicide among children and youth in British Columbia, presented by Jeanette Foreman from Northern Health
6. Brainstorming how we can make injury prevention more interesting for the public, stakeholders, policy makers, funders, and governments.
Panelists discussed the question “Why is injury prevention not a priority?” on Day 2. Suggestions included involving other departments (e.g., climate change, mental health) talking about injury, talking about injuries in a different way to make them more interesting, using timely data to communicate urgency, and giving injury prevention a public relations overhaul.
The Data and Surveillance panelists, from L to R: Fahra Rajabali, Stephanie Cowle, Louise Meilleur, and Alison Macpherson. (Johnston Wang Photo | BCIRPU)
7. Creating our “wish list” for data access in Canada.
The panel on data and surveillance not only highlighted frustrations and gaps when it comes to injury data in Canada, but brainstormed some ways in which we have worked with the resources we have. It also discussed best practices when working directly with populations to access data.
The CATT team, L to R: Vanessa Linton, Samantha Bruin, Shelina Babul, Kate Turcotte, and Shazya Karmali. (Johnston Wang Photo | BCIRPU)
8. The CCCIP Award recognized an (ahem!) outstanding project by a collaborative.
The Concussion Awareness Training Tool for High-Performance Athletes was awarded the national collaboration award for 2022. This award is given to a group of individuals or organizations that best demonstrates the power and value of collaboration as crucial to effective injury prevention and safety promotion initiatives in Canada.
9. Learning about the value of engaging public and private organizations in injury prevention.
Dr. Ian Pike and panelists discussed using a traditional marketing approach to sell injury prevention to the public, using the Preventable campaign as an example. Panelists talked about their reasons why they would partner on an injury prevention campaign, and best practices on how organizations can get companies on board.
Closing keynote speaker Dr. Fred Voon. (Johnston Wang Photo | BCIRPU)
10. A crash course in TikTok, among other things.
Who could forget Dr. Fred Voon’s closing keynote? A dynamic and amusing speaker, Dr. Voon kept us on our toes with his stories from the emergency department, his sudden TikTok fame, and how we can get front-line workers to share injury prevention messaging.
Honourable Mention: The opportunity to connect with our colleagues from across the country.
For some attendees, it was their first all-cause injury prevention conference, and for others, it was an opportunity to reconnect with people they haven’t seen in many years. The conference provided ample opportunities to connect and share knowledge.
Debbie Cheong led a lunchtime power walk. (Samantha Bruin Photo | BCIRPU)
Honourable Mention: Lunchtime power walk with Debbie Cheong
Debbie Cheong from BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre got us moving! Her workshop “Cookies and Play” got participants to move around and explore and experience mobility limitations. She also led a lunchtime session which included power walking and dynamic movement in the rain.
Thank you to everyone for attending the conference! See you soon.