August 2023 | Issue 55


At the forefront of violence prevention and recovery...
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Join the teams making our city safer

Safe Path and Penn Community Violence Prevention are two programs at the Penn Injury Science Center that are working to make our city safer - and you can be a part of it!
Safe Path is hiring a Field Coordinator to manage day-to-day operations of the program, including meeting coordination, program implementation, data collection and reporting, and act as a liaison to the community organizations, school sites, the Office of School Safety. Join the team to help ensure youth have a safe path to and from school.
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Penn Community Violence Prevention is hiring two part-time Community Outreach Workers to work to get people most at risk for violence on a better path through case management.
Want to learn more? Check out the Career Opportunities section of this newsletter!


September 11-13, 2023

Safe States 2023

Denver, Colorado

Click here to register by August 7!
There will be no onsite registration.

Book your hotel and find other ways to be involved at the conference.
September 14-15, 2023

Nudges in Health Care Symposium

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The 2023 Nudges in Health Care Symposium will bring stakeholders from health systems nationwide together to share insights about creating behaviorally enabled organizations.

During keynote addresses, panel discussions, and presentations, experts in informatics, operations, quality improvement, innovation, research, and behavioral science will share lessons learned from applying nudges in health care and explore how pairing nudges with rapid experimentation, machine learning, and more can maximize impact.

Click here to register by September 1
The registration fee is waived for University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine affiliates!
September 29, 2023

Understanding and Measuring Race and Racism in Health Research

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Join Penn LDI and the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics as they convene national experts across multiple disciplines to critically assess the state of the field with the ultimate goal of moving the science on the links between race, racism, and health forward.

Click here to learn more and register
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.

Click here to register by October 4.
If you are a student, trainee, or postdoctoral fellow looking for travel support, you can instead use this registration page by August 4 to apply for a travel award.


Special Issue on Injury

Frontiers in Public Health is accepting manuscripts for a special issue on "Urgent Injury and Violence-Related Public Health Threats: The Role of Social Determinants in Cross-Cutting Injury and Violence across the Lifespan". Click here to learn more about the call, which is accepting submissions until October 15, 2023.

Research at Penn

The University's annual publication Research at Penn highlights some of the best science across the twelve schools. Shoshana Aronowitz of the School of Nursing, Gina South of the Perelman School of Medicine, John MacDonald of the School of Arts & Sciences, and Vincent Reina of the Weitzman School of Design were featured for their injury and violence prevention work.

Pedestrian Fatalities

Pedestrian deaths have reached a 40-year high. The recent trend can be seen in the Chartr graph pictured. "Stroads" are suggested to be a major factor. This is the dangerous mixture of "streets" (where people gather, shop, dine, and live) and "roads" (where traffic design helps cars move efficiently from point A to point B). Learn more about the issue from Vox.

The Toll of Gun Violence

Zaffer Qasim of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke at a press conference following the mass shooting in Kingsessing, discussing the impact of gun violence on families, communities, and the clinicians who work to save lives every day from gun violence.

Child Exposure to Violence

Joel Fein of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Violence Prevention introduces a special issue of Pediatric Clinics of North America focused on the pediatric clinician's role in addressing children's exposure to violence.

Improving Trauma Care

Elinore Kaufman, Sunny Jackson, Meghan Lane-Fall (all of the Perelman School of Medicine), and Sara Jacoby of the School of Nursing share patient experiences of acute and post-acute trauma care, highlighting prognostic communication, pain management, and mental health support as areas where improvements could be made.



Free Statistical Consultation

With our commitment to develop future generations of injury scientists across disciplines, the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC) provides statistics support for projects that are focused on the core mission of PISC and for which extramural resources are not currently available. Postdocs, clinical fellows, and early stage faculty that are affiliated with PISC are eligible for this benefit. This program offers statistical consultation through the BECCA Lab (Biostatistics, Evaluation, Collaboration, Consultation, and Analysis) at Penn Nursing. This could be a one-time consultation for a specific question or a series of meetings to support a project. See document linked above for more information.

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.


Field Coordinator, Safe Path Program
The School District of Philadelphia’s Safe Path Program enhances the safety of students traveling to and from school by providing an adult presence to monitor designated routes. The Penn Injury Science Center (PISC) is partnering with the School District and community organizations to expand and enhance the existing program. The Field Coordinator position will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Safe Path Program including meeting coordination, program implementation, data collection and reporting, and act as a liaison between the community organizations, school sites, the Office of School Safety and the PISC project team.
See more details and apply.

Community Outreach Workers, Violence Interruption, Part-Time
The Penn Injury Science Center is looking to hire two part-time Community Outreach Workers to join the Penn Community Violence Prevention team. The ideal candidates will have deep connections in West / Southwest Philadelphia communities where they will work to get people most at risk for violence on a better path through case management.

Click here to learn more and apply.

CDC Foundation, Drowning Prevention, Multiple Positions
The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the go-to nonprofit authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Current positions available include:

Qualitative Data Analyst
Policy Analyst
Technical Advisor
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)
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)
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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:


Mini Grants for Walkability

Feet First Philly’s Public Space Enhancement Mini-grant program has a funding focus on supporting communities that historically have had less investment (or active disinvestment) in the built environment and city services. Feet First Philly seeks projects that improve walkability by making neighborhoods safer and easier to walk and roll in. The program has supported many different types of projects over the past few years, based on the belief that residents know their community best and are the best advocates to identify and carry out public space improvements. This program is partially funded by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and grants range from $500 to $2000. Learn more and apply by October 9.

NIMHD R01 - Youth Violence Prevention Interventions

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities announced RFA-MD-24-002. The purpose of this initiative is to support research to develop and test multilevel youth violence prevention interventions that include strategies which address structural discrimination and other social determinants of health. Interventions will focus on youth populations that experience health disparities between the ages of 10 to 24 years. Click here to learn more and apply by October 2, 2023.

NINR R01 - Firearm Injury Prevention in Community Healthcare Settings

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has posted a Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement. The purpose of this initiative is to advance research that reduces firearm injury and disparities through the development and evaluation of firearm injury primary prevention interventions leveraging community healthcare settings. Projects that include translation into routine practice are also invited. Following the public health model from the 2019 Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention, primary prevention refers to events happening prior to discharge of a firearm, such as safe firearm storage and handling, safety training, screening, community-building and investment, and programs addressing social determinants of health or unmet social needs. Prevention interventions at multiple levels are needed to address firearm morbidity and mortality due to both intentional injury (including suicide) and unintentional injury. Click here to learn more.

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.


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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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