The Childhood Injury Prevention Network – Bay Area (CIPN-BA) is a multidisciplinary group of individuals and agencies crossing county lines who share a passion to make the world safer for children. The network was co-founded by pediatric nurse practitioner Bonnie Lovette, who serves as coordinator for the injury prevention program and trauma services at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. (Please note that not all CIPN-BA members are affiliated with UCSF.)

At CIPN-BA, we are committed to a leadership role in improving children's lives through education and legislation. Seeing children's injuries as a public health priority, we work to build community awareness of these injuries and to influence laws that protect kids. We address both unintentional and intentional injuries, taking a similar approach to preventing these injuries from ever occurring.

CIPN-BA's goals are to provide networking opportunities; to facilitate the sharing of data and other information; and to offer access to experts – both within and beyond the group – in various areas of injury prevention.

Serving a target population ranging from newborn to 14 years of age, we focus on unintentional injuries in these areas:

  • Activities on wheels
  • Being in and around cars
  • Choking
  • Dog bites
  • Falls
  • Fires and burns
  • Home safety
  • Passenger safety
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Poisonings
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Water safety

Also for a target population ranging from newborn to 14 years of age, CIPN-BA focuses on intentional injuries in these areas:

  • Abusive head trauma, including shaken baby syndrome
  • Physical abuse
  • Community violence, including homicide and suicide

Our vision

We believe that 90 percent of unintentional injuries to children can be prevented and that intentional injuries can also be prevented by changing the underlying conditions that contribute to violence in our community. The knowledge of experts from multiple disciplines strengthens our approach. By forming a core of skilled injury prevention practitioners, we are prepared to lead, collaborate and advocate for effective strategies.

One of our objectives is to enhance understanding of how best to facilitate behavior modification within our communities, which will enable children and their caregivers to build resilience. This knowledge will promote better outcomes for all children and reduce injury disparities that now exist due to socioeconomic factors, which often limit the cohesiveness of communities.

CIPN-BA's Members

Bonnie Lovette, RN, MS, PNP, Co-Chair, CIPN-BA
John "Jack" Walsh, Co-Chair, CIPN-BA
Pamela Anderson-Moore, MPH
Linda Ayala, MPH
Gianna Baldazo
Kim Baranek, MPH
Natalie V. Berbick, MSW
Alison Brooks RNC, MS, CNS
Jim Carpenter, MD, MPH, FAAP
Carol Carrillo, MSW
Jennifer Chaves
Anna Cleese
Pete DeQuincy
Shannon S. Edwards
Naila Francies
Cynthia Frankel, RN, MN
Patricia Frost, RN, MS, PNP
Julie Espinoza Garcia, MSW, LCSW
Elmer Glasser
Stephanie Jim
Ysela Jimenez
Clayton Johnson
Beverly Juan, MD
Stefania Kaplanes, MSW
Kim Laciana
Shannon Ladner-Beasley, MPH
Dabi Marsee
Shalila Melvin, BA
Sam Morgan
Emma R. Olenberger, MA
Dan Peddycord, RN, MPA/HA
Laura Pooler, LCSW
Carol Powers, MA
Jessica Recinos
Coire Reilly
Nadina Riggsbee
Michelle Rivero, MPH
Catherine Stafford
Pamela Stoker, MA
Marcy Takeuchi, MSW
Lisa Vajgrt-Smith, MPH
Salvador Vargas
Michelle Voos
Deede Vultaggio, RN
Nakia Wallace, BSN, RN
Dana Wiltsek, MA, ASW
Kat Woolbright