May 2023 | Issue 52


Conference recap, upcoming webinars, and opportunities for career and funding...
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Advancing Violence & Injury Research

Penn Injury faculty, staff, and trainees congregated in the mile high city to present findings and connect with fellow injury and violence prevention professionals at SAVIR 2023, the annual conference of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research.
The conference started with a call to action from SAVIR President Henry Xiang as he highlighted the dire need for solutions to injury and violence: 'while other leading causes of death, such as cancer and heart disease, have decreased in recent years, injury has increased.'
There was no sense of despair, only urgency. The three days that followed were filled with innovation, excitement, and opportunity, with Penn Injury presenters and co-authors combining for 26 presentations!
See a few highlights below, and head to @PennInjury to view more presenters and takeaways.
Augustine Cassis Boateng (predoctoral trainee) presents "SPIRITUALITY AND FIREARM INJURY: A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR BLACK MALES"
The Penn Injury Science Center hosted the annual Reciprocity Ring event to grow the social capital of injury and violence prevention professionals by posting "asks" and "offers" on the virtual platform and making connections.
Go to @PennInjury to view more presenters and the main takeaways from each presentation.


Healthy Aging Webinar Series - ft. Dr. Desmond Patton

Thursday, May 4th @ 12:00pm Eastern

"Community Data Science Approach to Gun Violence Prevention"

The purpose of this webinar is to foster a dialogue exploring clinical, ethical and technological opportunities and challenges associated with the use of technology to promote aging, and to introduce different perspectives at the intersection of informatics and gerontology.

Click here to learn more and register

CDC ICRC Webinar - ft. Dr. George Demiris

Thursday, May 4th @ 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 @ 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!

NCGVR Webinar Series

May 9th @ 2:00pm Eastern

"Firearm Access, Homicide, and Suicide Among People Who Live With Gun Owners"

The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research is pleased to invite you to the first in a series of three webinars highlighting recent insights into gun violence prevention. Leading researchers supported by the collaborative will discuss these findings and their policy implications. Webinars will be moderated by NCGVR director Andrew Morral.

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.


Difference Maker

Denise Johnson was featured in Penn Today and named a difference maker in the Penn Medicine News for her role as the bridge between the street outreach Penn Community Violence Prevention program and the hospital-based Penn Trauma Violence Recovery Program.

Top Fifty

Desmond Patton was named to the Top 50 in Digital Health list by The Top 50 in Digital Health honors individuals from the digital health community for exceptional work in driving resources, bringing awareness, and pushing innovation toward better healthcare for all.

Story Slam

Elinore Kaufman and Rodney Babb participated in the Story Slam focusing on firearm injury and prevention as a public health issue, co-hosted by Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians (ACP) and WHYY.

ChatGPT in Health Care

Kit Delgado shared his perspective in the CHIBEblog on how ChatGPT could be used in health care and what cautions are needed to protect against the output of false or biased information.

Political vs. Empirical

John MacDonald outlines seven key facts about crime and criminal offenders in Vital City to explain why politically popular criminal justice reforms tend to fail.

Joy Rides

A microgrant from Deeply Rooted will allow a young woman to start the Black Girl Joy Bike Rides, by renting Indego bikes and buying passes for up to 10 women through the fall season. Deeply Rooted, led by Gina South and Nicole Thomas, aims to increase nature activities and improve health in Black and Brown communities.

Meaning Making

Research from Millan AbiNader explores the shifts in victim advocates’ perspectives following the intimate partner homicide of a client, including the opportunity for "meaning making" to cope and prevent burnout.


Online Translation and Dissemination Course

Penn LDI and CHERISH launched a free, online course that helps researchers convert their work into a form that can be easily understood and used by policymakers and the public.
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.


Support to attend APHA 2023
The Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Presidents’ Road Safety Scholarship Fund is supported by leaders of national and international traffic safety organizations to help our student and early career professional members attend the American Public Health Association annual meeting. Through this fund, the ICEHS section provides awards of up to $500 to help offset the cost of registration and/or travel for the 2023 meeting in Atlanta, GA, November 12-15.

You must be a Student member or Early Career Professional member of APHA to apply. This support is intended for members of the ICEHS section. However, those who currently belong to another section of APHA may also join ICEHS to be eligible to apply. Preference is given to applicants who are pursuing road safety topics.

To apply, please complete and send this document to Natalie Draisin, no later than May 15. Awardees will be notified by June 9.
JHU Graduate Summer Institute
The 41st Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics will be held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, from June 12 – June 30, 2023. The Epi Biostat Summer Institute offers intensive short courses focused on research methods and public health practice, highlighting epidemiologic and statistical concepts and methodology.

All classes are available online, as either asynchronous courses or synchronous hybrid courses taught onsite and via Zoom on the dates and times the course is scheduled. Half-day and one day workshops are also offered, including Using Big Data for Epidemiologic Research in Health Care, Methods for Clinical and Translational Research, Critical Reading of Epidemiologic Literature.
  • Participants can register for professional development or academic credit
  • Registration deadlines: June 12, June 19, June 26
  • Remote participation available for all courses
Visit the program website for more information
Research & Data Associate - PDPH
The Injury Prevention Program in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is seeking a skilled and dynamic Research and Data Associate with experience conducting research and using evidence for decision-making. Candidates should have experience with designing and conducting rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and have strong communication and technical writing skills. The Associate will plan, manage and implement data analytic activities related to the work of the injury prevention program. This will include the work of the Violence Interruption Coalition, which is focused on improving the reach and effectiveness of the Cure Violence and similar models in high-violence neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Work will include collecting, cleaning, and managing data; performing statistical analysis; and summarizing results for scientific, policy-oriented, and public audiences. The Associate will use appropriate data sources to monitor trends, patterns, and changes in risk factors and health outcomes.
Learn more and apply here.
Assistant Director, Penn Center for Community Health Workers
Penn Center for Community Health Workers at Penn Medicine is looking to fill an Assistant Director role within the center immediately. This critical leadership role would include supervising a team of Community Health Workers (CHWs) while they provide life-changing work in the community, overseeing programmatic outcomes to ensure our continued success, and being an intricate part of a team that has supported over 18,000 historically underserved patients in Philadelphia. The attached job announcement shares a bit more about the role, and anyone interested should send their resume and cover letter to:, Attention: Assistant Director Position.
Click here to learn more (opens PDF)
Postdoctoral Fellows, Columbia Center for Injury Science & Prevention
The Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City invites applications for an incoming cohort of Postdoctoral Research Scientists (Postdoc) with specific interests in injury and violence prevention.
Click here to learn more (opens PDF)
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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.
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:


Deadline Extended! Community Expansion Grants

The deadlines for the City of Philadelphia's CEG grants have been extended another week. The new deadline is Monday, May 15th at 11:59pm.

You can find more details here:
· Announcement link
· Application link

Submit your "nudge" idea to improve health care

The Penn Medicine Nudge Unit is conducting a request for proposals to identify opportunities to improve care delivery and patient outcomes using a nudge. A nudge is a change in the way choices are presented or information is framed that is meant to guide or motivate decision-making.
We are seeking proposals that target situations in which a nudge can be applied to help patients, clinicians, or care teams make a choice that promotes optimal health or operational outcomes.

Have an idea for a nudge at Penn Medicine? Click here for more information and to submit a proposal by Friday, May 5th.

Accelerate Health Equity - Gun Violence Prevention

The goal of this RFP is to support innovative projects focused on efficacy, outcomes, and scalability of health system-based interventions to reduce gun violence. This RFP is only open to researchers at AHE-affiliated institutions (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Drexel University, Jefferson Health (including Einstein), Main Line Health, Penn Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Temple Health, and Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic). Click here to learn more and apply by June 2nd.

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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