February 2023 | Issue 49


Community-driven research, and a Community Champion!
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Community-Driven Research

The largest academic institutions in Philadelphia - Penn, CHOP, Temple, Drexel, PCOM, and Jefferson - connected with leading minds in the community during the 13th Annual Community Driven Research Day (CDRD) this past January at Drexel's LeBow College of Business in West Philadelphia.
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CDRD encourages collaborations between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs) and community groups who have research questions that they are interested in answering, specifically in ways that address social determinants of health.
"Often it is the academic who is setting the research agenda, but the research is happening in the community. That's why community-academic partnerships are so important, because community needs to be a part of setting the research agenda."

-Ayana Bradshaw, keynote panelist, Executive Director of Health Promotion Services at PHMC/Executive Director of Health Promotion Council
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Through an interactive poster session, CBOs and community groups highlight their questions to CDRD participants, who include area non-profits, community groups, public sector partners, and researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. CBOs, community groups, academic researchers, and students have ample opportunity to discuss potential mutually-beneficial collaborations.
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An esteemed keynote panel of community and academic partners, including Senior Scholar Rachel Myers and Community Scholars Alumni Lynette Medley and Nya McGlone, was moderated by Nicole Thomas, which provided pearls of wisdom to the audience in how to create and maintain effective partnerships. Other Penn Injury Senior Scholars and staff were also in attendance.
Following the keynote panel was an engaging poster session, with past and present Community Scholars well-represented. Presenters from community-based organizations are eligible to partner with an academic to apply for $10,000 pilot grants from each participating institution, to develop community-led solutions and community-academic partnerships.
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Firearm Injury Research Interest Group

February 14th, 3-4pm 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. If you are interested in presenting one of your projects or in learning more, please contact elinore.kaufman@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.
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Injury Science Incubator

February 21st, 2:30-4pm Eastern

Penn 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.

Research to Practice and Policy Symposium

March 16th, 9am-12:30pm, Eastern

Please join us for the 1st Annual Injury Control COBRE Symposium: Research to Practice and Policy. This half day virtual event will feature nationally renowned injury control researchers as well as research updates from our COBRE investigators.

Agenda, link to register, and more can be found on the event website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/injury-control-cobre-presents-research-to-practice-and-policy-symposium-tickets-481546728227?keep_tld=1
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7th Annual Symposium of the Community Scholars

March 30th, 9-11:45am Eastern

Join us on Thursday, March 30 for the culminating symposium of the Penn Community Scholars Program, The Intersection of Community, Academia, and Grantmaking.

More information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-penn-community-scholars-symposium-tickets-503739146347


Community Champion

Sunny Jackson received the annual Community Champion Award from Penn Medicine CAREs, which included funds for HopePHL (formerly People's Emergency Center) to continue its partnership with the Penn Trauma Violence Recovery Program, of which Jackson is a part.
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Suicide Risk

New research from Rebecca Waller and colleagues suggests that restricted access to abortion is linked to increase risk of suicide for women of reproductive age. The research article was featured in Penn Today.
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Structural, Scalable, and Sustainable

Replacing broken windows, picking up garbage, and pulling weeds around abandoned houses in Philadelphia could lead to a drop in gun crime in those areas. Research from Gina South, John MacDonald, and colleagues was reported on by WHYY. Community Action Board Co-Chair Tyrique Glasgow was featured in the article for the community memorial garden he created.
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Easier Clinical Care

Amidst a rising demand for acute care and a lack of capacity to meet it, Kit Delgado works "to design systems or choice environments that make the best choice the easy choice." Penn Medicine News gives an overview of The Nudge Unit's recent work and the new Director's vision.
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Violence in the Media, Guns in the Home

While depictions of gun violence have tripled in PG-13 movies, youth viewership has also increased. Research from Dan Romer is discussed in this article from The Conversation.
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Long-Term Mortality Risk

Research from Andrea Schneider and colleagues found that head injury among community-dwelling adults was associated with increased mortality risk over a long-term follow-up period. The study was featured in the Penn Medicine News.
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Diagnosis Accuracy

Dan Corwin led a paper, along with Kate McDonald, Kristy Arbogast, and colleagues, to determine the combination of elements from four commonly-used clinical concussion batteries that maximize the accuracy of adolescent concussion diagnosis.
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IPV Fatalities Data

Millan AbiNader and colleagues examine national datasets that enable researchers to evaluate incidence, trends, disparities, and policies related to fatalities associated with intimate partner violence (IPV), to more effectively intervene.
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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.


Undergraduate Internships, UMass Amherst

The Research for Inclusivity and Driving Equity (RIDE) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site offers students a 9 week immersive experience on the UMass campus to work on interdisciplinary project in community engaged research focused on transportation. It includes a weekly stipend and housing on campus. Students who will be enrolled full-time in a 4-year or community college program in Fall 2023 are eligible, including incoming freshman students. Application review begins February 15th, 2023. For more information and to apply, see: https://people.umass.edu/scroberts/ridereu.html.
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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/

Program Analyst, NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (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 Epidemiologist, CDC

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is seeking outstanding candidates for permanent positions as Epidemiologist GS-601-13 within the Division of Overdose Prevention, Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch (ESB). ESB is responsible for the management of CDC’s drug overdose surveillance efforts as part of the Overdose Data to Action or OD2A program. OD2A supports 47 states and DC to collect timely, high-quality data to inform overdose prevention and response efforts. The Overdose Morbidity Team oversees nonfatal drug overdose surveillance, including the Drug Overdose Surveillance and Epidemiology system known as DOSE. In addition, the morbidity team is expanding efforts related to biosurveillance, linkage to care surveillance, and drug product testing. The Overdose Mortality Team oversees fatal drug overdose surveillance, including the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System known as SUDORS. SUDORS uses both death certificate information and medical examiner/coroner data (including death scene investigations and toxicology) to provide comprehensive quantitative and qualitative information on the characteristics and circumstances surrounding overdose deaths. Both teams are also expanding efforts related to data linkages. Through the systematic collection, analysis, and use of data on nonfatal and fatal overdoses, the teams aim to address overdose disparities, identify emerging drug threats, and inform overdose prevention and response efforts to eliminate preventable overdoses and associated harms.

The individual(s) selected for these positions will provide technical assistance to states on their nonfatal or fatal overdose surveillance efforts, will analyze data from multiple data sources, and will prepare dissemination products such as CDC reports, MMWRs and peer reviewed publications. You can find recent publications from both teams, and the DOSE and SUDORS data dashboards at the embedded links. See the application link below for more details.

Apply here by February 13
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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.

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.

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. Click here 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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