June 2023 | Issue 53


A success story, new CDC funding opportunities, and talking about gun violence from the public health perspective...
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Trainee Learning Lab: a CDC Success Story

The Trainee Learning Lab at the Penn Injury Science Center is a featured CDC ICRC Success Story for bringing together graduate and undergraduate students across the country (many from fellow Injury Control Research Centers) to discuss injury science and methodology in a virtual setting since 2020.
Trainees discuss articles with one another and then as a group with the author to build skills in critical review and make connections with peers and mentors.

“It is a great opportunity to connect and work with students and researchers across the country.”

Participants have found a rich, collaborative environment in the Trainee Learning Lab, with opportunities for networking and for advanced professional development where they can "consider new ideas without feeling intimidated like [they] often do in other settings," as one trainee remarked.


September 11-13, 2023

Safe States 2023

Denver, Colorado

Registration is now open! Early bird registration due by July 9, online registration will close August 21.

Book your hotel and find other ways to be involved at the conference.
November 1-3, 2023

National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention

Chicago, Illinois

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.

Abstract submissions are open until June 16.


Khalif's Legacy

A powerful voice in the violence prevention world of Philadelphia was lost with the recent passing of Khalif Mujahid Ali. The Penn Community Violence Prevention team aims to carry on the legacy of one of its founding members and Khalif's longtime partners look to continue his Beloved Care Project.

Responses to Shootings

Elinore Kaufman of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke on Louisville NPR member station WFPL about the difference in public response to the recent mass shooting compared to the area's chronic gun violence.

Barriers to OUD Care

A team including Maggie Lowenstein of the Perelman School of Medicine and Shoshana Aronowitz of the School of Nursing interviewed patients and identified three facilitators for a low-barrier treatment model for opioid use disorder.

Youth Soccer Headers

Kristy Arbogast and a team of CHOP Center for Injury Research and Prevention investigators assessed the short-term neurological effects of "headers" and head kinematics using an instrumented mouthguard in youth athletes.

What is 'Rural', Anyway?

Millan AbiNader of the School of Social Policy & Practice authored a book chapter on the definition and operationalization of rurality within the context of gender-based violence.

Child Passenger Safety

A team of investigators, including Allison Curry, from CHOP Center for Injury Research and Prevention and the Perelman School of Medicine found that caregivers from vulnerable populations demonstrated proper child restraint use if they engaged with a Child Passenger Safety Technician/Inspection Station or their Pediatrician.


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 free statistical consultation through the BECCA Lab (Biostatistics, Evaluation, Collaboration, Consultation, and Analysis) at Penn Nursing.


Penn Community Scholars Program
Representatives from community-based organizations can apply for this free training program to learn about the research process, community-academic partnerships, and the keys to making a compelling pitch! The Penn Community Scholars Program prepares community organizations to be equal partners in research.

Applications will remain open through June 30, 2023, but are accepted on a rolling basis so please apply early!

Community Clinician
The Community Clinician at the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia will provide psychotherapeutic services (including, but not limited to, grief counseling, trauma-focused psychological first aid, and crisis counseling), case management, and coordinated care to youth, adults, and families referred by Penn Injury Science Center / Philadelphia District Attorney's Office / Medical Examiner's Office who are direct or indirect victims of violence. Learn more and apply here.
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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.
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)
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: PCCHWhiring@PennMedicine.upenn.edu, Attention: Assistant Director Position. Click here to learn more (opens PDF)
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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


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.

CDC K01 - Understanding Drug Use and Overdose Risk and Protective Factors

The purpose of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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. This funding would support research that aim to better understand and identify risk and protective factors related to any drug use/overdose (e.g., opioids including fentanyl and stimulants, etc.), substance use disorders (SUD), and stigma (e.g., how do certain factors impact stigma). Research can focus the examination of potential moderators or mediators between the relationship between risk and protective factors and drug use and outcomes. Applications are due December 1, 2023 for a maximum award of $150,000.

CDC R01 - Evaluation of Policy-Level Interventions to Prevent Overdose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC, Injury Center) is soliciting investigator-initiated research to rigorously evaluate effectiveness of policies for reducing drug use and overdose as well as the effect of these strategies on reducing or worsening existing disparities in medical care and health outcomes. Equally important to quantifying the impacts of these policies on health outcomes is understanding their implementation and how implementation affects achieving the intended outcomes of the policy among groups experiencing disproportionate burden of overdose and/or groups that are at greater risk of experiencing adverse outcomes related to substance use due to social determinants of health. The proposed research should evaluate the impact of a selected local, state, tribal, federal, or organizational policy (e.g., school or health systems) aimed at reducing or regulating substance use or reducing drug overdose, on rates of at least two overdose outcomes (i.e., nonfatal overdose, fatal overdose, substance use disorders, substance use, initiation of substance use among youth).
Applications are due February 8, 2024 for a maximum award of $350,000. Click here to learn more.

CDC R01 - Community-Based Strategies for Overdose Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC, Injury Center) is soliciting investigator-initiated research to partner with communities to develop and rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of new, innovative, under-developed, or untested community-based strategies/interventions/programs/practices to reduce overdose. Strategies/interventions/programs/practices may include, but are not limited to, those that focus on preventing drug use initiation and drug use, reducing non-infectious harms related to drug use, reducing stigma or other barriers to harm reduction or substance use disorder treatment, and increasing linkage to and retention in care. Research should focus on groups experiencing disproportionate burden of overdose and/or groups that are at greater risk of experiencing adverse outcomes related to substance use. Research should also involve engaging individuals in the focus population (e.g., people with lived experience with substance use). Applications are due February 8, 2024 for a maximum award of $750,000. Click here to learn more.

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.


Curbing Gun Violence With a Public Health Approach

Sara Jacoby of the School of Nursing and Community Scholars Alumna Zarinah Lomax are featured in this episode of the PBS Vitals series, discussing gun violence from a public health perspective. Watch on YouTube.
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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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