December 2022 | Issue 47


Celebrating a Community Action Board Member, plus lots of news and opportunities...
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Celebrating service

The Penn Injury Science Center and others across the University and Penn Medicine attended the Young Chances Foundation's 10th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser, celebrating ten years of service to the community led by PISC Community Action Board Member, Tyrique Glasgow.
Many around PISC and Penn may know Tyrique from the Community Scholars Program, or from presenting at the inaugural PISC Community Incubator in September, but EVERYONE in the Grays Ferry neighborhood knows Tyrique.

Ten years ago, Tyrique founded the Young Chances Foundation (YCF) to provide urban children the opportunity to have fun, strengthen family relationships, build positive leadership skills through peer motivated activities, offer resources to assist with general to higher education, and promote safety and reduce violence and tension in Philadelphia neighborhoods. His impact since then has been so tremendous that he is currently in the top ten nationwide for CNN's Hero of the Year. From keeping people fed during the pandemic, to creating safe places and activities for youth, to providing wifi access and older adult recreation programming, YCF has been a staple for the Grays Ferry community and the attendance and speeches reflected that.
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Tyrique speaking at the YCF Gala (above)
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The Penn Injury Science Center thanks Tyrique for his service on the Community Action Board as well as his service to the city of Philadelphia!
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Educational Opportunities in Implementation Science

Thursday, December 15th, 2-3pm Eastern
Virtual via Zoom

Meghan Lane-Fall and Amanda Bettencourt will discuss educational opportunities in the field of implementation science.

Please click here to RSVP and submit questions for the presenters.
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School Violence Prevention 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. 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.


Award of Excellence

Gina South was among this year's recipients of the Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence. South received the Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award, which recognizes achievements in patient-oriented research that addresses fundamental clinical problems as well as the organization and delivery of health care, namely for her work as Faculty Director of the Urban Health Lab testing individual and community level interventions to build healthy neighborhoods and promote health and safety in Black and Brown neighborhoods.

Less Violence with Trees

Gina South and colleagues found that even after adjusting for neighborhood privilege, more tree cover was linked to less violence. Takeaways and future directions are discussed in an LDI blog post.
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Recovery Environments

Research by Terry Richmond and Marta Bruce, featured in Penn Today, has examined how environmental factors influence the development of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in Black men who sustained a traumatic injury. “We have to think about the environment and invest in the environment if we want people to optimally recover,” Richmond says.
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Predicting Reassault

Millan AbiNader and colleagues examine a key issue for social workers intervening on intimate partner violence: understanding the likelihood of future reassault and potential lethality. This practice update aims to help practitioners understand the utility and validity of IPV risk assessments.
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Streetscapes & Overdoses

Liz Nesoff led a study on how streetscapes and neighborhood characteristics influence the incidence of overdose among people experiencing homelessness in New York City. More than 55% of fatal overdoses occurred in supportive housing or shelters and there were various indicators of physical and social order and disorder associated with increased odds of experiencing homelessness at time of fatal overdose.
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Youth Firearm Injury

Elinore Kaufman, Terry Richmond, and Katie Hoskins published a review on youth firearm injury, now the leading cause of death for youth in the United States. Geared towards pediatric critical care clinicians, the review discusses risk and protective factors as well as trauma-informed approaches to promote recovery.
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Optimism for Opioid Care

Maggie Lowenstein sat down for a Q&A with LDI's Karl Stark to talk trends and promising efforts in opioid and substance use care. CareConnect, an opioid telehealth program on which Lowenstein collaborates with Jeanmarie Perrone, was separately featured in the Penn Medicine News and highlighted by Becker's Hospital Review and Forbes.
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ACEs and Self-Care

A paper led by Carmen Alvarez explores whether modifiable variables - depression and patient activation – explain the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and medication adherence among patients with uncontrolled hypertension.
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Risky Teen Driving

A study from Kate McDonald, Kit Delgado, Kevin Rix, Jeff Ebert, and colleagues was featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian. 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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Return of Tourniquets

Elinore Kaufman was quoted in an Inquirer article about the utility of tourniquets amidst the gun violence epidemic in Philadelphia. A separate, parallel article of the same journal told readers how to fashion and use a tourniquet to save a life.
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Making Equity Actionable

A paper led by Katie Hoskins demonstrates how their team operationalized equity-oriented recommendations prior to the launch of a firearm safety and suicide prevention implementation trial. “With rising rates of suicide among racially and ethnically minoritized youth, we must ensure that firearm safety programs deployed in health care settings reach all populations to meet the goal of keeping children and teens safe,” says Hoskins.
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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.
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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.


Community Coordinators, Urban Health Lab

The Penn Urban Health Lab is hiring part-time Community Coordinators. Please see the full description for more details. To apply they are asked to send a cover letter *including their days and hours of availability* and resume to

Applications are due by December 6 but are reviewed on a rolling basis.
View the full posting for more information

Health Scientist, CDC/NCIPC

The NCIPC is looking to fill a vacant position in the Applied Sciences Branch in the Division of Injury Prevention. In addition, you are encouraged to apply as vacancies may be filled in other areas of NCIPC and other centers utilizing this announcement under the shared certificate guidance. This guidance allows announcements to be shared with other selecting officials in order to fill other approved vacancies within the Agency utilizing a single announcement.

As a Health Scientist, you will:
  • Conduct scientific studies/surveys/investigations.
  • Plan and conduct scientific surveys/studies or projects to identify and solve public health problems.
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to national, state and local health agencies and to
    various other organizations.
  • Prepare scientific and other articles and technical reports for publication.

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.


CDC 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.

A pre-application teleconference call is scheduled for December 16, and letters of intent (optional) are due December 19. Full applications will be 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.


Recorded Workshop: Firearm Injury Prevention

The National Institute of Nursing Research recently held a two-day workshop to explore how nurse scientists and nursing research can contribute to firearm injury prevention. The workshop included 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. Terry Richmond, Sara Jacoby, and Katie Hoskins were featured speakers.
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Podcast: Stop and Frisk

WHYY and Temple University introduced a podcast series to re-examine the controversial policing practice amidst its reemergence in public discourse during the current gun violence epidemic in Philadelphia. Tyrique Glasgow, who frequently holds public safety meetings with his community on the topic, was featured in a recent episode.
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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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