November 2022 | Issue 46


The Penn Community Scholars Program has kicked off its seventh year, plus a new suicide prevention resource from the CDC...
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Seven years of supporting community

The Penn Community Scholars Program (CSP) was founded in 2015 with the goal of improving the quality of research and its benefits to communities by preparing community organizations to be equal partners in research. Funded by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Penn, this year's CSP cohort welcomes ten outstanding leaders from community organizations.
During the fall and spring semesters, Community Scholars will participate in twelve virtual and in-person sessions on topics such as community-academic partnerships, developing research questions, operationalizing outcome measures, crafting a "pitch," and more, including expert guest speakers from Penn and beyond. At the end of the program, there is a well-attended, culminating symposium where each Community Scholar pitches their idea to an audience and panel of academics and funders.
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Please join us in welcoming the Community Scholars to the Penn Injury Science Center community. From domestic violence prevention in the LGBTQ+ community to neighborhood associations and faith-based organizations promoting public safety, CSP is excited for another outstanding cohort.

Meet the 2022-2023 Penn Community Scholars

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Alijandrina Martinez - PowerCorps PHL
Crystal Morris - Wynnefield Residents Association
Kalyn Hardy - NOLA Foundation (Nurturing Our Lady Achievers)
Dr. Rev. Malcolm Byrd - Forum Philly
Miles Hunt - (previously) Colours Organization
Sappho Fulton - Sappho and Laroyce Foundation
Dr. Shante Antrom - Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association
William Carter - BEAT HIV 2.0 MDC
Zachery Frazier - Trust Factor Organization
Zarinah Lomax - The Apologues
The Penn Community Scholars Program is co-directed by PISC Deputy Director Sara Solomon and Urban Health Lab Executive Director Nicole Thomas, with Dr. Lucy Tuton as Associate Director and Andrew Belfiglio as Program Manager.


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Firearm Injury Prevention: State of the Science and the Potential of Nurse-Led Research

November 9th, 10am-4pm Eastern

NINR is hosting a workshop to explore how nurse scientists and nursing research can contribute to firearm injury prevention. The workshop will include an examination of current research in various disciplines, with the goal of developing a research trajectory that advances nursing knowledge, practice, and policy related to firearm injury prevention. Drs. Terry Richmond, Sara Jacoby, and Katelin Hoskins are among the featured speakers.

Learn more and register here
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Learning Without Violence: A School Violence Prevention Virtual Summit

February 15th, 12:30pm-4pm Eastern

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, in partnership with the National Center for School Safety and Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, will be hosting Learning Without Violence: A School Violence Prevention Summit on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. This virtual event will feature concurrent sessions covering four topics: Epidemiology of School Violence, Mental Health in Schools, School Climate, and Evidence-Based Prevention Strategies.

Abstract submission deadline: November 11
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2022 National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention

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 now closed, but registration is open and space is limited!


Risky Teen Driving

A study from Kate McDonald, Kit Delgado, Kevin Rix, Jeff Ebert, and colleagues was featured in a press release from the American Academy of Pediatrics, picked up by Science Daily, and re-shared by Penn Today. Assessing risky teen driving behaviors via smartphone app, the study found speeding in 40% of trips and texting during 30%. Other aspects of teen driving were also assessed.
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Use of Safety Restraints in Child-Involved Crashes

Allison Curry, Rachel Myers, and team at CHOP CIRP assessed the prevalence of and characteristics related to restraint use from a sample of police reports for motor vehicle crashes that involved a child passenger. They found that optimal age-based restraint use was inconsistent, and that seat belts (as opposed to child restraint systems) resulted in a large proportion of injured children.
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Precipitated Opioid Withdrawal in the ED

A team including Austin Kilaru, Jeanmarie Perrone, Kit Delgado, and Maggie Lowenstein conducted a case series investigation of patients who developed complications after starting buprenorphine in the ED for opioid use disorder, which is a rare (but feared) occurrence. Patient cases were examined to see if they met criteria for "buprenorphine-precipitated opioid withdrawal" and follow their clinical course and symptom management.
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Explainable AI

John Holmes and colleagues wrote a position paper articulating the need (and a framework) for "explainability" in the artificial intelligence that is employed in medicine. With diversity in their roles and perspectives, the authors discuss some of the biggest questions that are rising alongside AI's growing ubiquity in medicine.
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Disparities in Pediatric Concussion Care

Daniel Corwin, Kate McDonald, Kristy Arbogast, Christina Master, and colleagues assessed patient factors associated with adherence to follow-up care after pediatric concussion, suggesting future research should identify individual- and system-level barriers to adherence in order to promote health equity.
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Trauma and Mental Health of Migrants

Colleagues shine a spotlight on the work of Laura Vargas, who integrates the power of stories with the rigor of science to understand mental health vulnerabilities among Latin American immigrants, so we can improve the development and delivery of appropriate treatment, for the right person, at the right time, for health equity.
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NEW - CDC Suicide Prevention Resource for Action

Suicide is a serious public health issue that affects individuals, families, and communities across the nation. Fortunately, we know that suicide can be prevented. To help states and communities plan and prioritize suicide prevention activities, CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is releasing the Suicide Prevention Resource for Action (Suicide Prevention Resource).
The Suicide Prevention Resource has three components:

1. Strategies are the collection of actions to achieve the goal of preventing suicide.
2. Approaches are the specific ways to advance each strategy.
3. Policies, programs, and practices show evidence of impact on suicide, suicide attempts, or risk and protective factors.

States and communities can use the Suicide Prevention Resource to prioritize and tailor activities that are most likely to reduce suicide.

"Downloadables and Shareables"

The Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center is pleased to announce the launch of its NEW Digital Resource Center full of “Downloadables.” The Digital Resource Center contains a wide range of materials created by HIPRC, each addressing a different injury and violence prevention topic. These shareable resources are great for community stakeholders, organizations, or anyone you know!
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Opioid Toolkit for Nurses

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce a new section of the Michigan Safer Opioid Prescribing Toolkit: Resources for Nurses. This new addition contains resources and tools that highlight the unique role of nurses in the care of patients in pain and patients with opioid use disorder.
The section is geared towards those who do not prescribe opioids although all sections of the toolkit have broadly applicable materials and we encourage exploration of the many curated resources. Advanced Practice Providers are asked to look at the general provider sections of the toolkit such as "Just-In-Time Tools" or "Management Strategies."
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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.


Project Manager (Strategy & Operations), Deeply Rooted

The Penn Urban Health Lab is currently hiring a Project Manager for Strategy and Operations to join the Deeply Rooted team. Deeply Rooted is a $6M community-academic collaborative leveraging the healing power of nature to promote health and safety in Black Philadelphia neighborhoods. The attached announcement provides more details and contains the link to apply.

View the full posting for more information

Data Analysts and Outreach Coordinator, CHOP CIRP

CHOP's Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) is hiring multiple positions to support the New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) Resource Center.

Please refer to the individual links for each position for more information:
Data Analyst I
Data Analyst II
Outreach Coordinator

Postdoctoral Fellow, CHOP CIRP and Annenberg PPC

Are you interested in big data, injury prevention and public health? The Driver Safety Research team at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP), a Center of Emphasis at CHOP, in collaboration with Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow. Applicants should have experience and expertise in analyzing large datasets and health record data, with an interest in further training in public health and health policy research. You will be fully integrated into an exciting multidisciplinary team of experts in pediatrics, psychology, urban planning, cognitive neuroscience, data science, epidemiology, statistics, adolescent risk, and developmental psychology. This team conducts cutting-edge research focused on reducing the leading cause of injury in adolescents: motor vehicle crashes. At a policy level, you will be intimately involved in and lead translational/applied research that directly informs changes in young driver policies and adolescent preventative care. At a foundational science level, you will also have the opportunity to advance the science of young driver crash risk.


Eagles Social Justice Fund Application

The Eagles Social Justice Fund was established as a result of a joint effort between the Eagles organization and our players and reflects our team’s core values of partnership and teamwork. The Eagles Social Justice Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation supports programs and initiatives that work to reduce barriers to opportunity, with a specific focus on:
  • Education;
  • Community / police relations;
  • Improving our criminal justice system; and
  • Other initiatives focused on poverty, racial equality, and workforce development.
For 2022, special focus will be paid to support programs and nonprofits designed to reduce gun violence in Philadelphia directly and through the core areas above.

If your organization would like to be considered for a grant from the Eagles Social Justice Fund for the 2022 season, please submit the application below no later than November 5, 2022. Some frequently asked questions are below, but if you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Taylor Wilson for assistance at

West Philadelphia Promise Zone Sustainability Fund

The Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) has launched a new funding opportunity known as the Promise Zone Sustainability Fund. The Promise Zone Sustainability Fund will provide one-time grants to community groups and non-profit organizations that are located within or that serve the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. The goal of the Fund is to support organizations and programs that advance the community’s shared vision for a safe, healthy, affordable, and prosperous West Philadelphia.

Applications are due November 14, 2022 by midnight EST.

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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