January 2023 | Issue 48


Reflecting on the year behind us, and opportunities in the year ahead...
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A Banner Year

A very happy New Year to you, from everyone at the Penn Injury Science Center!
2022 was a particularly successful and transformative year for the Center. Let's look back on a few highlights...
All the while, Scholars and Trainees from across the Center continued their stellar scholarship, receiving distinguished grants and awards and publishing in top journals with Altmetric scores that were through the roof!

Thank you to everyone who makes the Penn Injury Science Center great. We look forward to another excellent year ahead, starting with some more great things below!


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Firearm Injury Research Interest Group

Friday, January 13th, 1:30pm Eastern

The Penn Injury Science Center Firearm Injury Research Interest Group will reconvene in 2023 with the goals of sharing updates on PISC resources, data sources, and funding opportunities; clarifying as much as possible about firearm injury-related efforts in Philadelphia; connecting with and among people from various disciplines; sharing ideas and expertise; and helping you get the insights, motivation, data, funding, and connections to advance your own goals in this space. The group is intended for Penn researchers. Those interested in learning more can contact elinore.kaufman@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.
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Injury Science Incubator

Tuesday, January 17th, 2:30-4pm Eastern

PISC Injury 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 attending or presenting at an Incubator, please contact andrew.belfiglio@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.



Starting in 2022, the NFL introduced the "Inspire Change Changemaker Award" where each club selects an individual making a difference in their community with their social justice work. Ruth Abaya was named the Eagles' inaugural Changemaker for her work to understand the factors that contribute to gun violence and end this public health crisis in our community.

Safer Future

Elinore Kaufman, Desmond Patton, and Jo Richardson (U of Maryland) received a grant award from The Fund for a Safer Future, "To develop community-informed violence prevention and intervention strategies that use ethical online engagement to prevent violence, resolve conflict, and promote safety and healing."

Community Green Grants

Deeply Rooted, an initiative led by Gina South and Nicole Thomas of the Urban Health Lab, awarded the first round of community green grants, totaling $51,000 to 22 community leaders and organizations. The grants provide funding for communities to invest in their neighborhoods in the form of greenspace so residents can benefit in ways such as reduced crime, improved heart health, and less depressive symptoms.
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13 Reasons Why

A press release from the Annenberg Public Policy Center details Dan Romer's research, which disputes the highly publicized findings that suggested a spike in youth suicide coinciding with the release of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, a show that revolves around the aftermath of a high school student who died by suicide. Romer's research suggests the trend can instead be explained by seasonal patterns in youth suicide.
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Long-Term Effects

Little is known about how survivors of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) manage their high blood pressure, a common and significant long-term effect of ACEs. Carmen Alvarez and colleagues conducted a qualitative analysis, finding the health behavior of survivors of ACEs was impacted by more depressive symptoms, maladaptive strategies, and negative experiences with health care, compared to those without ACEs.
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Trauma-Informed News

Sara Jacoby and colleagues examined the perspectives of people injured by firearms with regards to the news media's coverage of firearm violence. The study found that survivors of firearm injury perceived harms including dehumanization, reliving trauma, and threats to personal safety associated with how the news reports on firearm violence, indicating the need for trauma-informed reporting.

Primary Prevention

A paper led by Joanelle Bailey examines how the incidence of gun violence injury relates to age. The study found those aged 16 years and older experienced the majority of the increase in gunshot wound incidence, suggesting primary prevention efforts should be directed towards middle school-aged children and younger to decrease the incidence in later adolescence.
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Co-occurring Pandemics

Desmond Patton led a novel analysis using focus group and social media data to confirm or reject findings from qualitative interviews, conducted to understand how violence impacted low-income residents of color amidst co-occurring health (COVID-19) and social (anti-Black racism) pandemics. The results includes recommendations from residents to improve public safety, and new insights from social media about how community members experience gun violence.
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Abandoned Housing

Gina South, John MacDonald, and colleagues found that structural interventions to remediate abandoned housing in low-income, Black neighborhoods were associated with reductions in nearby weapons violations, gun assaults, and shootings in a randomized controlled trial.
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Sport Collision and Gait

Katie Hunzinger and colleagues conducted a study on the impact of contact and collision sport participation on walking gait. The results suggest a history of contact/collision sport participation did not negatively affect the gait of physically active people in early- to mid-adulthood.
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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.


T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

The Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention at the University of Michigan is recruiting outstanding early career research investigators to join a cohort of postdoctoral fellows who are part of an NIH-funded T32 training grant, Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS): Multi-Disciplinary Research Training Program.

Fellows will undertake an intensive two-year postdoctoral training program to acquire core skills in research methods through a combination of formal training and applied research experiences, supported by highly engaged mentors and a cohort of fellows, with the aim of developing academic careers as independent researchers.

Successful candidates may come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. We are particularly interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment in firearm injury prevention as a primary career focus and research interests addressing existing inequalities, disparities, and inequities related to firearm injury.

Position benefits include annual compensation, dedicated funds for professional development, the University of Michigan's full standard benefit package, and an annual child care stipend.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted until filled for appointments starting summer or fall 2023. For a full position description, requirements, and application instructions, please visit: https://firearminjury.umich.edu/education-training/postdoctoral-fellowships/

Project Manager, Research Society for the Prevention of Firearm-Related Harms

The newly formed Society is looking to hire a full-time project manager, who will oversee and carry out many of the Society's key tasks (including the annual conference planning). Though based in the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention at the University of Michigan, the position can be fully remote. More details about the position and instructions to apply can be found here: https://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/228129/project-intermediate-manager

Program Analyst, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

NACCHO is currently hiring for a Program Analyst – Overdose, Injury & Violence Prevention position. The position is hybrid and requires commuting into the office once per week, so it is required for the hired Program Analyst to move to DC, Maryland, or Virginia within 30 days of hire.

Program Analysts are responsible for providing professional support for programmatic and internal activities, including implementing, coordinating, and promoting project activities; identifying and responding to member and team needs; assessing policies and programs; and providing senior level administrative support, as needed. Program Analysts have a foundational understanding of public health principles and practices and familiarity in their designate area of work. More information about the position and instructions to apply can be found here: https://careers.naccho.org/jobs?locale=en&page=1&sort=relevance&country=&state=&city=&zip=&latitude=&longitude=&keywords=&city_state_zip=&company_name_filter=NACCHO&job_id=1040


Overdose Prevention and Community Healing Fund

The City of Philadelphia, in partnership with the Scattergood Foundation, just announced a new grant from its Overdose Prevention and Community Healing Fund. The Overdose Prevention and Community Healing Fund will award grants to community-based organizations that engage residents in neighborhoods most affected by the overdose epidemic. The Fund will invest in direct programs in overdose prevention, substance use awareness, and harm reduction, in addition to holistic programs that address community trauma, stigma associated with substance use, and promote safety and mental well-being for communities and community-based workers in the substance use field. Overall, the Fund aims to mobilize trusted community messengers in efforts to repair and revitalize impacted communities. With two grant mechanisms, capacity-building grants offer up to $20k in general operating funds and the program grants offer up to $100k in program funding. The deadline to apply is February 3rd at 5pm. More information can be found here and the application is here. You can register to attend information sessions on the application process on January 9th or 10th, and information sessions on the compliance requirements on January 23rd or 25th.

Notice of Special Interest: Firearm Injury and Mortality Prevention Research

The purpose of this Notice is to highlight interest in research to improve understanding of the determinants of firearm injury, the identification of those at risk of firearm injury (including self- and other-directed, victims and perpetrators, accidental injury), the development, piloting, and testing of innovative interventions to prevent firearm injury and mortality, and the examination of approaches to improve the implementation of existing, evidence-based interventions to prevent firearm injury and mortality.

UG3/UH3 Research on Community Level Interventions for Firearm and Related Violence, Injury and Mortality Prevention

Violence affects people of all ages and its impact is far-reaching. It is a leading cause of death and nonfatal injuries in the United States and constitutes a major public health crisis, especially among young people, and in particular among racial/ethnic minority, sexual and gender minority (SGM) and disability populations. NIH is committed to supporting research that identifies innovative prevention approaches to reduce firearm and related violence, injury and mortality. Within the legislative mandates and limitations of NIH funding (NOT-OD-21-058, NOT-OD-21-056), this initiative will support a network of research projects to develop and test interventions at the community or community organization level that aim to prevent firearm and related violence, injury and mortality.

This FOA solicits bi-phasic research projects proposed in UG3/UH3 Phased Innovation Awards Cooperative Agreement applications. Funding for the UG3 phase (phase I) will be used to demonstrate sufficient preparation, feasibility and capacity to meet foundational milestone targets specific to the work proposed. A UG3 project that meets its milestones will be administratively considered by NIH and prioritized for transition to the UH3 award (phase II). Applicants responding to this FOA must address specific aims and milestones for both the UG3 and UH3 phases.

K01 Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Understanding Polydrug Use Risk and Protective Factors

The purpose of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to provide support for an intensive, supervised (mentored) career development experience in substance use and/or overdose prevention research leading to research independence. NCIPC supports K01 grants to help ensure the availability of an adequate number of trained scientists to address critical public health research questions to prevent polydrug use and overdose.

Applicants must propose a research project that aims to better understand and identify risk and protective factors related to polydrug initiation, use, escalation, and overdose. This could include, but is not limited to, co-use of opioids, stimulants, and/or cannabis, including co-use with or without the knowledge of the person who is using the drugs. Additionally, research can focus the examination of potential moderators of risk and protective factors for polydrug initiation, use and escalation; and/or can investigate the relationship between polydrug use and overdose.

Full applications are due on February 9.

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.


Op-ed: Gun violence lessons from my tennis instructor

Ella Eisinger, a medical student with Elinore Kaufman, wrote a piece in the Inquirer about "the perfect shot" in tennis, as told by her late tennis instructor who was lost to gun violence, and how it relates to the epidemic of gun violence.
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Q&A: Healing in the neighborhood that injured

Terry Richmond and Marta Bruce were featured in an LDI Q&A regarding "The Contribution of Neighborhood Characteristics to Psychological Symptom Severity in a Cohort of Injured Black Men," a paper they recently published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
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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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