April 2023 | Issue 51


An intersectional symposium, upcoming events, and a new online course...
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A sensational symposium

The Penn Community Scholars Program wrapped up its seventh year with The Intersection of Community, Academia, and Grantmaking, the culminating symposium where community organizations pitch their solutions to an audience and panel of academics and funders.
Dr. Anita Ravi, founder of the PurpLE Health Foundation, delivered the keynote address, touching on the challenges of running a community-based organization and providing holistic care to underserved populations within the traditional medical system.
The virtual event drew an audience of community organizations, academics, and grantmakers. A funder Q&A panel allowed the audience to engage with senior officials from PCORI, The Philadelphia Foundation, and The Patricia Kind Family Foundation.
Alijandrina Martinez (PowerCorpsPHL) won the "Top Pitch" award for her proposal to expand the T.R.U.S.T. program that bridges the gap to PowerCorpsPHL's paid workforce development program. Dr. Shante Antrom (Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association), Crystal Morris (Wynnefield Residents Association), and Zarinah Lomax (The Apologues) received 2nd prize, 3rd, prize, and honorable mention, respectively.
The Penn Community Scholars Program was founded in 2015, currently with funding from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Penn, and is organized by Community Action Board Chair Nicole Thomas and Outreach Core members Sara Solomon and Andrew Belfiglio.

Congratulations to this year's Community Scholars! Graduates look forward to joining a distinguished alumni network and receiving continued support from the program in achieving their missions.


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SAVIR 2023

April 17th - April 19th, 2023
Denver, CO

This year's conference will focus on sharing the latest research findings as well as how these findings are moving into action through partnerships, communication and non-traditional methods of dissemination. Featuring fresh perspectives from thought leaders, advocates and change agents, this conference aims to share innovations, re-energize attendees and seed new connections to accelerate progress in safety science.

Registration closes April 5th!
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Injury Science Incubator


This month's Incubator conflicts with the SAVIR conference (Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research).

As a result, we will cancel this month's Incubator and send out a SAVIR summary instead.

Presenting at SAVIR? Please email your abstract, presentation type (e.g., oral, poster), and presentation date/time to andrew.belfiglio@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

CDC ICRC Monthly Webinar Series

First Thursday of the month @ 2:00pm Eastern

CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control funds Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs) to study ways to prevent injuries and violence and to work with community partners to put research findings into action. The ICRC Program forms a national network of nine comprehensive academic research centers that focus on three core functions—research, training, and outreach. Staff and students from 9 CDC-funded ICRCs will present their work during 2023 ICRCs Webinar Series.

Click here to register and be sure to catch Dr. George Demiris's presentation on May 4th.

Osler Circle in Ardmore

May 7th, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Ardmore Music Hall

The CHOP-based Beatles cover band will perform at Ardmore Music Hall with ticket proceeds benefitting The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Get your tickets at oslercircle.org!

National Violence Death Reporting System Conference

May 16th-18th, 2023
Milwaukee, WI

NVDRS seeks to engage with an array of stakeholders who will showcase findings from the NVDRS and demonstrate how the use of NVDRS data has helped to develop, expand and sustain violence prevention programs and other related efforts.

Learn more and register by April 14.

Safe States 2023

September 11th - September 13th, 2023
Denver, CO

Save the date for this year's Safe States conference.

Abstract submissions are closed, but you can book your hotel and find other ways to be involved at the conference.

(Registration will open in May 2023)

National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention

November 1st - November 3rd, 2023
Chicago, IL

The 2023 National Research Conference, organized by The Research Society for the Prevention of Firearm-Related Harms, will highlight the current state of the science and research on firearm injury prevention across the lifespan. Please consider attending and forwarding this Save the Date to your colleagues and networks.

Click here to receive updates on when registration opens, calls for abstracts are released, and when the conference hotel is announced.


Fall Prevention Tech

Sense4Safety, the technology used in one of the Center's core research projects, received a flurry of media attention following a presentation by George Demiris at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference. Demiris leads the Center's project with co-investigators Therese Richmond and Nancy Hodgson. Read articles from The Telegraph, The Times, iNews, and the Daily Mail.

Restoring Safety

Elinore Kaufman served as one of the moderators in last month's Restoring Safety Forum, posing questions to Philadelphia mayoral candidates about their plans to address public safety and gun violence. You can watch a recording of the event from Billy Penn.

Youth Firearm Injury

Elinore Kaufman, Therese Richmond, and Katie Hoskins published a review for pediatric critical care clinicians on youth firearm injury, now the leading cause of death for youth in the United States. The article includes approaches for prevention and the improvement of recovery outcomes.

Recovery Definitions

A recent paper led by Dan Corwin, with Kate McDonald, Kristy Arbogast, and other CHOP colleagues, suggests there is wide variability in the proportion of youth considered to be "recovered" following concussion, depending on the definition of recovery.

Prescribing Disparities

A study from Kit Delgado and colleagues demonstrates that combined individual audit and peer comparison feedback can increase the frequency of low-pill opioid prescriptions in the emergency department. However, the intervention does not affect prescribing disparities wherein, both before and after the feedback interventions, Black patients receive prescriptions at lower rates and dosages than white patients.

Addressing Burnout

A team including Zack Meisel, Gina South, and Shoshana Aronowitz have shone a light on burnout in substance use disorder (SUD) care providers that work outside of the traditional health care setting, suggesting an improved framework is necessary to address burnout in community-based SUD treatment, overdose prevention, and harm reduction providers.


Massive Open Online Course - Firearm Injury Prevention
This free online course lays a broad foundation for understanding the science of pediatric firearm injury prevention and the latest research and evidence-based solutions. Developed by the University of Michigan's Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, in collaboration with the Penn Injury Science Center and other nationwide experts.
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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.


Implementation Science Institute
The Training & Education Core of the Penn Injury Science Center will provide one scholarship for a trainee’s attendance at the Implementation Science Institute being co-hosted by Penn Medicine, the Penn Master of Science in Health Policy Research program, and the Penn Implementation Science Center at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (PISCE@LDI).
The Implementation Science Institute is a four-day training program, June 6th-9th from 12pm-5pm each day, to provide participants with the tools to design and execute rigorous implementation science research.

If you are a trainee (e.g., postdoc, student, resident, etc.) affiliated with the Penn Injury Science Center (i.e., through mentorship or working relationships), you are eligible to apply for the scholarship by Friday, April 7th.
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Violence Recovery Specialists
Penn Trauma Violence Recovery Program is a Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program. PTVRP works with survivors of violent injuries treated at Penn. The effects of violent injury are not just physical, and recovery doesn’t end at hospital discharge.

The Violence Recovery Specialists provide direct, individualized peer counseling and support to patients during their hospitalization, and for 3-6 months after discharge. VRSs support patients to achieve as full a recovery as possible by helping them cope with their injuries and by connecting them to the community resources they need. We are looking for people who can connect with a range of patients and meet them where they are with support and without judgement. Individuals with lived experience of violence in their own lives or their circles are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of Philadelphia community agencies is a plus. Learn more and apply here.
Project Manager, IGNITE
Do you know an exceptional Project Manager who is looking for an opportunity to work towards dismantling environmental and economic injustice in Black neighborhoods?

Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani and Dr. Gina South are hiring a Project Manager to run IGNITE, a large NIH trial studying concentrated investment in Black neighborhoods as a way to break the links between structural racism and poor health. The team is looking for someone with:
• Passion for working with Black communities
• A desire to be part of a dynamic and diverse team
• Project management experience running large trials (community-based research a huge plus!)

Here is the LINK TO APPLY.
T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia
The Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program (SAETP) at Columbia University trains individuals from different disciplines for careers and leadership in substance abuse epidemiology. This training program is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. The deadline is extended.

Please view the program website for more details and reach out to program contacts for questions.
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Community Health Fellowship
The Health Federation of Philadelphia is recruiting applicants for the National Health Corps Community Health Fellowship (an AmeriCorps program) to serve positions of Digital Health Navigator, Health and Wellness Navigator, Immigrant Health Navigator, and Wyss Wellness Center Community Health Navigator. Members receive accredited training, supervision, and experience needed to jumpstart meaningful public health careers as well as a stipend of $25,500 over the course of their service term (the equivalent of $15 per hour) with access to benefits, and a $6,495 Federal Education Award at the successful completion of their service term. To apply, please visit: https://www.nationalhealthcorps.org/apply/chf


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.

Targeted Community Investment Grants

Do you know a community organization offering programs or activities that would help reduce or prevent gun violence? The City of Philadelphia's Office of Violence Prevention is offering Targeted Community Investment Grants from $1,500 to $50,000.

Applications close on May 1, 2023.

Click here to register for an information session to learn how to apply.
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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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