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Welcome to the science from the 2020 conference of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR). The theme of this year’s conference, Promoting Health Equity Through the Science of Injury and Violence Prevention, addresses the basic principle that all people have a right to health and is a guiding priority and core value of SAVIR.
The conference was originally scheduled to be a three-day in-person event, however, given the impact of COVID-19, the conference moved to an all online format. While we were unable to meet in person, we still believe that this conference is, and will continue to be, the premier forum for sharing injury and violence research findings. Despite the changes to the format, it remains a great opportunity to connect with experienced injury and violence researchers, to network with people who have similar research interests, and to meet young professionals and students who are beginning their careers in injury and violence research – we just have to be a little more creative about how we do it.
The work represented in the abstracts presented here represent the hard work and dedication of researchers at all points in their careers. Please take the time to read and learn from them and then reach out to find out more. Some of these researchers will be presenting this work in e-poster format, others may have the opportunity to present it as part of a webinar or zoom learning experience.
Let’s all find ways to support these researchers by looking at their posters, taking part in their online learning opportunities, and connecting with them by email, Twitter, phone, or however you can connect. While we may not be seeing each other in person this year, we still have many great ways to “meet” and learn from each other.