March 2023 | Issue 50


Connecting online, expanding violence prevention efforts, and lots of events and opportunities.
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Connect with the Penn Injury Science Center!

Have you noticed? The Penn Injury Science Center has a new website and we're expanding our reach on social media...

Check out the new

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The new website is organized around the Center's slogan - Stop It, Fix It, Live On - as well as the three cores (Research, Training & Education, and Outreach) that make our center a CDC Injury Control Research Center.

Follow us on our new Instagram @PennInjury

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...and on Twitter @PennInjury

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The new website and social media accounts can be a resource for Penn Injury affiliates to share research, events, and opportunities, in addition to this monthly newsletter. Please contact Andrew Belfiglio for communications requests.

Stay tuned for a chance to connect in-person this spring!


restoring safety forum

Tonight 7-9pm

Register to receive the live stream link where mayoral candidates for Philadelphia will answer questions from expert moderators, including Elinore Kaufman. Click here to read more about the event.

Research to Practice and Policy Symposium

Thursday, March 16th, 2023
9:00-12:30 Eastern via Zoom

Join 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 COBRE investigators.

Agenda, link to register, and more can be found on the event website:
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Injury Science Incubator

Tuesday, March 21st, 2023
2:30-4:00 Eastern via Zoom

We look forward to presentations from Penn Injury trainees, Helena Addison and Dr. Katie Hunzinger.

Injury Science Incubators provide a venue for discussion and collaboration, such as discussing new ideas, participating in dialogue on an emerging research concepts, refining research proposals, questions, or manuscripts, and receiving input about analytic approaches or interpretation of findings.

Check your calendar! Did you lose the invite?
Please contact Andrew Belfiglio for a calendar invitation.
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7th Annual CSP Symposium

Thursday, March 30th, 2023
9:00-11:45 Eastern via Zoom

The Penn Community Scholars Program builds capacity in community-based organizations to be equal partners in research. The culminating symposium of the program is an exciting event where leaders from local community organizations pitch their ideas to funders and academics for the top prizes. A special funder Q&A panel gives the audience a chance to learn about the funding process and how to maximize grant seeking efforts.

Learn more and register:
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SAVIR 2023

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

Early bird registration is open for the 2023 SAVIR Annual Conference: “Co-Creating Real-World Solutions: Science, Policy and Practice to Prevent Injury and Violence.” The conference is the premier gathering of injury and violence prevention researchers and professionals. Learn more about safety promotion through cutting-edge methods, research, practice, and policy.

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.
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Reciprocity Ring at SAVIR

Tuesday, April 18th, 2023
Denver, CO

Headed to SAVIR 2023?

The Penn Injury Science Center will host the Reciprocity Ring event to build your network and get the assistance and resources you're looking for!

Check the box for the Reciprocity Ring during your SAVIR registration to attend this free event.
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Safe States 2023

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

Abstracts are due this Friday, March 3rd at 5pm!

Learn more about the format, as well as the other formats available for Safe States 2023 . Check out this to see a Lightning Talk Session in action!

If submitting an abstract isn't for you this year, you can still be involved by signing up to be a volunteer .

(Registration will open in May 2023)
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National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention

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

The 2023 National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention, 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.


Expanding Our Impact

Bernadette Hohl and Elinore Kaufman led applications that were selected for funding by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). With the funding, Hohl will partner with The School District of Philadelphia to expand and enhance the Safe Path program, and Kaufman will bring three additional Violence Intervention Specialists to the hospital-based Penn Trauma Violence Recovery Program. Read more from the Penn Medicine News.
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Difference Maker

Jamie Song was featured in The PM Report for his work using a Penn Medicine CAREs grant to help with transportation, access to cell service, and emergency housing for survivors of violent injury. Part of the Penn Trauma Violence Recovery Program, Song works with colleagues to provide survivors with peer counseling and connecting them to community agencies that can help with mental healthcare, job training, and more.
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Rooted in Research

Research studies presented by John MacDonald and Michelle Kondo, and collaborations with Gina South, Bernadette Hohl, and Terry Richmond, was featured in the recap of the Penn Institute for Urban Research's "Rooted in Research" event that was co-hosted with Wharton and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
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Abandoned Houses

A recent paper led by John MacDonald, with Jason Gravel, Gina South, and colleagues, assessed whether making remediating abandoned houses or clearing the surroundings of trash could impact the disrepair, disorder, and public safety in the neighborhood more widely. The paper suggests improving compliance with ordinances to remediate abandoned housing and building partnerships to develop novel approaches can advance beneficial place-based changes like these.
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Seat Belt Use

A team of CHOP researchers, including Allison Curry and Rachel Myers, sought to understand which drivers are more likely to drive unbelted. While seat belt use was more frequent than previously estimated, the study found certain demographic and contextual factors were related to increase risk of belt non-use, providing an opportunity for more focused public health messaging.
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Menstrual Cycle and Concussion

A team led by Kristy Arbogast investigated the relationship between the menstrual cycle in the context of a concussion incident. The study found that some patients experienced a change in menstrual cycle pattern and that menstrual phase at the time of injury was associated with reported concussion symptoms.
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Physician Advocates

Elinore Kaufman was one of many guest lecturers that recently gave crash courses to a group of fourth year medical students on how to be better advocates for their patients, beyond the clinic walls. The story from WHYY emphasizes the importance of this physician role during a time of political division and misinformation.
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Access to Opioid Care

Maggie Lowenstein was featured in two recent articles related to improved access to opioid care. The LDI blog post discusses reducing barriers to care and the WHYY article reviews the potential of over-the-counter naloxone, an overdose reversal medication.
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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.


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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
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. For a full position description, requirements, and application instructions, please visit:

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Virtual Summer Certificate Program
INSIGHT REACH is a free eight-week virtual program, from the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center at the University of Washington. It is open to undergraduate, graduate, and first-year medical students. Students will have access to introductory Injury and Violence Prevention Research curriculum and educational modules. Completion of the program will result in a Certificate in Injury and Violence Prevention. To learn more, visit the INSIGHT REACH Program website.
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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:
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RWJ Faculty Development Program
Are you a physician, dentist or nurse faculty member who is committed to advancing a Culture of Health? The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically marginalized backgrounds who seek to:
  • Achieve senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing.
  • Foster the development of other physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically marginalized backgrounds.
  • Improve the health of underserved populations and eliminate health disparities.
Learn more and apply by March 15, 2023.
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Postdoctoral Fellow
The Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University is seeking applications for a postdoctoral fellow position examining the barriers to victim and witness participation in criminal legal system processes, with an emphasis on police interactions and investigations. This two-year position, funded by Arnold Ventures, will include managing field recruitment and data collection, conducting in-person interviews, coding and analyzing qualitative data, and developing journal manuscripts and community-facing presentations. The fellow will work closely with the principal investigator, Dr. Caterina Roman, professor of criminal justice, as well as research staff and community-based consultants to help uncover the barriers to an equitable and just criminal legal system.

Learn more and apply by March 31, 2023.


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 open on March 6, 2023 and will close on May 1, 2023.

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


5 Examples of Behavioral Economics

Check out this blog post from the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) on how nudges and behavioral economics can improve health care.
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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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