June 2022 | Issue 41


Neighborhoods marching against gun violence, school absenteeism related to exposure to violence, and a new way to think about opioid disposal.
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Heat wave is no match for passionate anti-violence march attendees

On Saturday May 21st, partners and friends of The PHIGHT Network marched together through West/Southwest Philadelphia against gun violence.

"This is the third march [in the] last month. We won't stop until [the violence] stops," said organizer Khalif Mujahid-Ali, Founder and CEO of the Beloved Care Project.
Despite temperatures near 100 degrees, the march and rally had excellent attendance and energy. The march began at 65th & Woodland and proceeded through Kingsessing before concluding at Clark Park. Attendees marching on foot were backed by a line of attendees in their cars, many with signs being displayed out the sun roofs and windows while the drumline provided the rhythm.
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Neighborhoods Together MARCH&RALLY - May 21 2022
"It was great to be walking through the neighborhoods. That's where we need to be," said PISC Deputy Director Sara Solomon.
The PHIGHT Network - Philadelphia's Hub to reduce Interpersonal violence, Gun violence, Homicide, and Trauma - is a new initiative for which the Penn Injury Science Center will provide backbone support for bringing together community, academic, health system, and government partners to collectively address the violence affecting Philadelphia.

The organizers are planning several marches and street events (block party style) throughout the summer to show support and bring resources directly to communities and individuals affected by violence.
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(Above) Attendees of the May 21st anti-violence march gather with their signs at Clark Park.


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PISC Science Incubator

Tuesday, June 21st
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Virtual - https://zoom.us/j/96866610596 to connect, or you can add the meeting to your calendar

Presenters to be announced

Our monthly PISC Science Incubator Meetings (virtual until otherwise stated) are open to the PISC community in order to provide a venue for discussion and collaboration. Presenters have found sessions extremely helpful in discussing new ideas, participating in dialogue on an emerging research concepts, refining their research proposal, questions or manuscripts, and receiving input about analytic approaches or interpretation of findings.

If you are interested in presenting at a future Incubator, please contact Andrew Belfiglio at andrew.belfiglio@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.
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Summer Media Institute from Nationwide Children's Center for Injury Research & Policy

July 12th-14th, 2022
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Effective communication in public health has never been more important. In today's crowded media climate, it can be challenging to break through to the audience you are trying to reach. Come learn the skills you need to share research, promote programs, and create safer, healthier communities through the media and social media. (CHES credits available)

Go to www.NationwideChildrens.org/CIRP-Media-Workshop for details and registration.
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American Indian / Alaska Native Injury and Violence Prevention Conference

July 26th-28th

Registration is now open for the 2nd National Conference on American Indian and Alaska Native Injury and Violence Prevention! Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indian Health Service, virtually, from July 26-28, 2022 as we “Reconnect to Promote Health Equity and Advance Practice and Science.” Registration is free and open to the public.

Abstract submission is now open!
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National Research Conference on Firearm Injury

November 29th-December 1st
Washington, DC

The 2022 National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention will highlight the current state of the science and research on firearm injury prevention across the lifespan.
Abstract submissions are due by midnight on Friday, June 17th!


Exposure to Violence and School Absenteeism

Former PISC Trainee Alison Culyba and colleagues found that exposure to violence was associated with absenteeism in middle school students. Resources and contextual support for youth exposed to family or community violence may play a role in school attendance, emphasizing need for trauma-sensitive approaches to absenteeism.
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Risk Factors for Firearm Death

PISC Senior Scholar Bernadette Hohl and Ping-Hsin Chen published a study that aimed to improve firearm injury surveillance by examining social determinants, circumstance factors, and clinical indicators among victims of firearm violence in New Jersey.

Program Issuing Mailed Kits Doubles Rate of Leftover Opioids Disposal

A study led by PISC Senior Scholar Kit Delgado and Anish Agarwal finds that patients of orthopaedic and urologic procedures were more likely to dispose of their extra opioid tablets when they received kits in the mail to do so.
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Concussion and Subsequent Musculoskeletal Injury

PISC Trainee Katie Hunzinger and colleagues found that risk of lower extremity musculoskeletal injury was not elevated in NFL players following a concussion, contrary to previous limited evidence.

Parent-Report vs. Child Self-Report in Sports Related Concussions

This cross sectional investigation, by PISC Trainee Abby Bretzin and colleagues, measured the agreement between parent report of their 8–14 year old child’s sport-related concussion (SRC) history and their child’s self-report of their own SRC history.
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Injury Impacts Several Realms of Life for at Least Six Months

A study including PISC Internal Advisory Board Member Patrick Reilly and PISC Senior Scholar Elinore Kaufman sought to prospectively determine patient reported physical, emotional, and social outcomes during the post-injury period. Patients reported decreases in ability to participate in social roles and activities, increases in anxiety and depression, and decreases in employment.
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Intersections of Racism, Law Enforcement, and Injury

PISC Trainee Joanelle Bailey and PISC Senior Scholars Sara Jacoby and Elinore Kaufman published a narrative review that explores the major impacts of law enforcement on health, its intersections with US structural racism, and their joint impacts on traumatic injury and injury care.
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Caregiver Experiences During and After ICU Admission for Injury

This study, from PISC Senior Scholars Sara Jacoby and Meghan Lane-Fall, examined how how caregiver experiences evolve from ICU admission to patient recovery. The interview results converged on four areas: experiences in the ICU, the aftermath of violent traumatic injury, caregiver responsibilities, and care in the context of the wider family.
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Let's Connect - Mentoring from Nationwide Children's

Let’s Connect is a free consultation and mentoring service for injury professionals and trainees to connect with faculty and senior staff in the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. Injury professionals and students are often looking for a coach, mentor, or consultation outside of their institution. Let’s Connect provides an opportunity for them to connect via phone or Zoom with CIRP faculty and senior staff as part of the Center's professional mentoring and collaboration process.

Statistical Consultation for PISC-Affiliated Postdocs, Clinical Fellows, and Early Stage Faculty

With our commitment to develop future generations of injury scientists across disciplines, PISC is now providing statistics support for projects that are focused on the core mission of PISC and for which extramural resources are not currently available. This program offers statistical consultation through the BECCA (Biostatistics, Evaluation, Collaboration, Consultation, and Analysis) at Penn Nursing.



Associate Director, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC)

The University of Kentucky College of Public Health is searching for an injury prevention investigator to serve as Associate Director of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC). Successful applicants will be qualified for a faculty appointment at the rank of professor or associate professor.
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Faculty Positions at the University of Washington

The University of Washington's Department of Epidemiology is currently looking for two new faculty members, specifically tenure-track Assistant Professors. They are dedicated to hiring faculty who are eager to contribute to interdisciplinary work, offer new approaches that enhance and sustain population health and well-being, and model the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their work.
Associate Research Scientist in Trauma Research, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

MCRI is seeking a doctoral-level scientist to serve as the primary collaborator and mentor to clinician researchers. The scientist will be housed within the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MCRI) and serve as the primary collaborator in support of the Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) mission to execute a Trauma Research Program that satisfies the requirements of a Level I Trauma Center designation. The position is classified as non-tenure track.

Assistant Commissioner, NYC Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care, and Treatment

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Health Department) is seeking an Assistant Commissioner to lead the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment (BADUPCT). The Assistant Commissioner of BADUPCT will be responsible for leading a large and diverse team in the strategic development, implementation, and oversight of a comprehensive public health, racial justice, and health equity approach to reducing morbidity and mortality related to alcohol and drug use in New York City.
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T32 Fellowship in Emergency Care Research at Mt. Sinai

The Mount Sinai Clinician Scientist Training Program in Emergency Care Research is currently accepting applications for July 2022 from individuals who wish to pursue fellowship training in emergency care research. Clinical and health services research tracks are available.

For more information, please contact ERTP@mountsinai.org or 212-824-8057.
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Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Iowa College of Public Health

The Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health is looking for a highly qualified and motivated scholar to join a research program in the areas of injury epidemiology and road traffic safety. The initial appointment is a full-time postdoctoral research scholar position for two years, with the possibility to extend to a third year, subject to performance and funding availability.


Understanding Suicide Risk and Protective Factors among Black Youth (R01)

The National Institutes of Health has released RFA-MH-22-140, Understanding Suicide Risk and Protective Factors among Black Youth (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) aims to advance translational research to better understand factors that confer risk and resilience for suicide among Black youth. This FOA encourages research that is designed to identify neurobiological, behavioral, social, and structural/systemic mechanisms underlying risk and protective factors for suicide among Black youth, with consideration for the identification of novel targets for future development of prevention and intervention efforts.

Understanding Suicide Risk and Protective Factors among Black Youth (R21)

The National Institutes of Health has released RFA-MH-22-141, Understanding Suicide Risk and Protective Factors among Black Youth (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). This FOA aims to advance translational research to better understand factors that confer risk and resilience for suicide among Black youth. R21 exploratory grant awards in response to this FOA are intended to conduct preliminary work regarding the assessment and characterization of risk and protective factors, with consideration for the identification of novel targets for the future development of prevention and intervention efforts.

LDI Funding for Health Research-Focused Events at Penn

The Leonard Davis Institute is seeking proposals to fund working groups or other convenings at Penn that will help catalyze and support new research across Penn’s health policy and health services research community. They are accepting applications from LDI Senior Fellows on a rolling basis, with preference given to proposals that include the involvement of Senior Fellows who are junior faculty and bring together Senior Fellows from across schools and disciplines. Proposals should seek to develop sustained new collaborations or lines of inquiry at Penn or develop new partnerships or collaborations for research outside of Penn.

Funds of up to $10,000 are available, although lower-budget proposals are more likely to be funded. Funds may be combined with other sources of funding.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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About Us

The Penn Injury Science Center is funded by a grant from the CDC and brings together university, community, and government partners around injury and violence intervention programs with the greatest potential for impact. We promote and perform the highest quality research, training and translation of scientific discoveries into practice and policy in order to reduce injuries, violence, and their impact to our region, the US, and locations around the world.
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