Traumalink Documents Causes of Childhood Injuries to Help Prevent Future Episodes in Philadelphia

Starting in August 1998, Flaura Winston, MD, set up Traumalink, a center for injury prevention research, at Children's Hospital, a Level One Trauma Center.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Injury Free Coalition for Kids: Dissemination of a Model Injury Prevention Program for Children and Adolescents.

Traumalink's strength is research. It has started a five-year project funded by an $8.6 million grant from State Farm Insurance to study child occupant injuries in motor vehicle crashes in 15 states.

Key Results

  • Winston established a data surveillance system for Center City Philadelphia. She also plans to set up one for South Philadelphia.

  • Project staff also set up a system of injury epidemiology in Philadelphia.

    As part of the project, Winston has photographed 30 major intersections with high rates of injuries for children, including incidents such as a school bus letting out children in the center of a traffic circle.