study of the causes and etiology of injury and its application for the development and evaluation of
prevention and intervention strategies and policy. Within this focus, HICRC currently has two primary
areas of strength:
1. Violence — primarily youth violence and family violence, and
2. Cross-Cutting Issues — including alcohol and other drug use, firearm use, and treatment setting.
HICRC is particularly concerned with identification of vulnerable populations–those that suffer an
unusually high mortality and burden of morbidity due to injuries. The goal is to identify specific
determinants of injuries among these populations and investigate how to reduce injuries for these
1. Employee Health – improving the well-being of current and future employees
2. Environmental Health – connecting corporate environmental policies to the health of populations affected by their operations
3. Community Health – boosting the health of local communities in which they operate
4. Consumer Health – creating safe and healthy products and services for their consumers
This project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, involves developing guidelines to encourage the conduct of high quality benefit‐cost analyses. These guidelines will provide a reference case that promotes comparability across analyses, and will include principles, methodological specifications, and reporting standards. The guidelines will build on the existing iDSI reference case, which discusses the general framework for economic evaluation and the conduct of cost-effectiveness analyses.
Homelessness is deeply entwined with broader issues of poverty, social disparities, education, welfare, and corrections, as well as obstacles to accessing integrated medical, mental health, and substance use disorder care. This challenge represents a complex and intractable social crisis in urgent need of comprehensive solutions. Yet, the state of research and teaching—particularly with respect to the public health aspects of homelessness—does not come close to meeting the urgency of the problem. Noted knowledge gaps leave national and local leaders without the evidence and strategic perspectives they need to make wise funding and policy decisions.
The central objective of IHH is to build an academic community dedicated to addressing the knowledge gaps in the area of health and homelessness through education, research, and translation.