PIRE is an independent, nonprofit organization merging scientific knowledge and proven practice to create solutions that improve the health, safety, and well-being of individuals, communities, and nations around the world.
PIRE has been a national and international leader in efforts to understand the physical and behavioral effects of alcohol and prevent adverse consequences of alcohol use and abuse.
PIRE is a leader in research and programs that recognize the importance of legal structures and enforcement to improve public safety and health. We support national centers for the study of alcohol control laws and for the enforcement of underage drinking laws.
Since its inception, PIRE has been committed to studying drug use and developing policies and programs that prevent use and reduce drug-related problems. PIRE research and other projects shed light on drug use and prevention among diverse populations.
Because research has demonstrated that people with less education are at higher risk for various problems including poorer health and increased alcohol use disorders in adulthood, PIRE has promoted research to better understand the barriers to educational success.
In 2013, PIRE launched an initiative to capitalize on PIRE's expertise in health disparities and expand its business portfolio in that arena. Through this initiative, the Health Disparities (HD) Team gathered information internally on the populations and health conditions and issues that PIRE researchers have studied.
A focus on public health is the common thread running through all of PIRE's work. Public health-the science and practice of promoting and protecting the health of people and communities-encompasses issues such as health policy research; community, environmental, and regulatory approaches to prevention of health problems; and health services systems, among others.
PIRE is a leader in the safety field, particularly in traffic safety. We also carry out research and program development in other areas of safety and unintentional injury, especially regarding the relationship of alcohol and other drug use to injury, safety and health.
PIRE has a rich blend of grant and contract funded work ranging from primary research and program evaluation to service delivery.
PIRE researchers and program directors publish more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles annually.