The British Columbia Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) was established by the Ministry of Health and the Minister’s Injury Prevention Advisory Committee in August 1997. BCIRPU is housed within the Evidence to Innovation Research Theme and supported by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the University of British Columbia (UBC). BCIRPU’s vision is “to be a leader in the production and transfer of injury prevention knowledge and the integration of evidence-based injury prevention practices into the daily lives of those at risk, those who care for them, and those with a mandate for public health and safety in British Columbia”.
The Ministry of Health released Promote, Protect, Prevent: Our Health Begins Here - BC’s Guiding Framework for Public Health in March 2013 and identified Injury Prevention as a priority goal, Goal 5, and established Injury Prevention objectives for the public health system. Developing a comprehensive approach to concussion prevention, diagnosis and management is a key activity of Goal 5 for the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health is supporting the development of tools and resources for: i) physicians and health professionals, ii) parents, players, coaches and trainers, and iii) educators and school support staff to establish standardized concussion prevention, diagnosis and management.
Child Health BC is a network of British Columbia health authorities, BC government ministries, health professionals, and provincial partners dedicated to improve the health status and health outcomes of BC’s children and youth by working collaboratively to build an integrated and accessible system of health services.