September 2023 | Issue 56


Reconnecting this fall, and a reminder to cite CDC funding...
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Reconnect this fall

Join your colleagues at the Penn Injury Science Center's Fall Gathering on October 25, 2023 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Faculty Lounge (14th FL) of the Biomedical Research Building.

Tap into the network and resources of the Penn Injury Science Center, and help us generate new directions and opportunities to prevent the burden of injury and violence in Philadelphia and beyond.
An engaging panel on "Injury and Violence Prevention in the Field" will feature community and government partners discussing their successes (and challenges) in bringing evidence-based practices to market. Key lessons and considerations for impactful partnerships will be discussed.

Senior Scholars, Trainees, and Partners will showcase their recent work, and there will be plenty of opportunity to connect and think innovatively about the future of injury science at Penn.

Interested in presenting your work or participating in the panel?
Contact Sara Solomon at


September 8, 2023, 8:00pm

Osler Circle Performing at World Café Live

3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Everybody's favorite CHOP-based Beatles cover band, Osler Circle, returns to the city of brotherly love. Proceeds from the event benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Violence Prevention.

Purchase your tickets at
September 11-13, 2023

Safe States 2023

Denver, Colorado

Headed to Safe States? Tag us @PennInjury so we can amplify your posts!
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.

The event has reached capacity, but you can join the waitlist and mailing list to be notified of future symposia.
September 19, 2023

Injury Science Incubator


The Injury Science Incubator returns September 19th, with a special edition!

PISC Community Action Board Member Marcella Nyachogo, of Lutheran Settlement House, leads the second Community Outreach Incubator with her team to "take their Survivors' Network to the next level".

Dr. Czarina Behrends of Weill Cornell Medical College presents "Expansion of Harm Reduction Access in the United States: Mail-based Harm Reduction Services”.

Need the zoom link? Email Andrew at
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
October 25, 2023

Fall Gathering of the Penn Injury Science Center

Biomedical Research Building, Faculty Lounge (14th Floor)

See the Featured section at the top of the newsletter for more details.

Interested in presenting your work or participating in the panel?
Contact Sara Solomon at
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.


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.

Spiritual Coping

Cassis Boateng and Terry Richmond of the School of Nursing found that spirituality (both theistic and non-theistic) can promote recovery and build resilience, in speaking with Black men in Philadelphia healing from a firearm-related injury.

Social Media & Violence

Desmond Patton of the School of Social Policy & Practice and Annenberg School for Communication was quoted in a ProPublica story about how social media has changed the landscape of the incidence (and prevention) of violence, including a recent incident that happened in Philadelphia. In an open access textbook, Patton contributes a chapter regarding the use of AI for violence prevention in this context, highlighting the importance of including youth in developing these models and avoiding biased models.

Methadone Access

Methadone reduces opioid use and mitigates the risk of overdose when taken as prescribed, but can raise risk if combined with illicit opioids. Rebecca Arden Harris of the Perelman School of Medicine and colleagues demonstrate that increasing at-home access to methadone during the pandemic reduced opioid deaths, contrary to the stigmatizing rhetoric which was historically contributed to the policy-related barriers to accessing methadone.

Hard Being a Philly Kid

"As a kid you want to go outside, you want to have fun. But with all this happening, you can barely do that," said 13yo Brandon in a Metro article about the impact of gun violence on children, which featured research from Gina South of the Perelman School of Medicine demonstrating the rise in youth mental health emergency department visits in relation to nearby shootings.


Guide for Citing PISC Funding

Have you received funding support or infrastructure support from the Penn Injury Science Center? If yes, the CDC funding needs to be acknowledged! Refer to this guide to know when and how you should cite the PISC R49 Center grant (R49CE003083).

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.

Templafy Powerpoint Resource

Have you checked out the new Penn Medicine resource, Templafy? Go to the Templafy sharepoint to learn how to install and use Templafy to elevate your presentations. From built-in branding to enhanced data visualizations and slide designs, this is a great new tool available to Penn Medicine affiliates to communicate their message.
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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.
Part-Time Data Collection Position
The Crime and Justice Policy Lab, housed within UPenn’s Department of Criminology is people who are comfortable driving in Philadelphia (you do not need to have a car, one can be provided for you). The lab is conducting the first randomized controlled trial (to their knowledge) examining the effects of block cleaning on gun violence. In this study, we are interested in learning whether an intervention cleaning up trash, trimming weeds, and doing similar small changes to the streetscape can demonstrate effects. This job opportunity would require driving around selected blocks in Philadelphia with another person and scoring the blocks based on the amount of litter present. The driving would likely amount to a few days per month, through December, and would ideally take place for 4-6 hour shifts on weekdays. The position pays $22/hour for graduate students.

If you are interested, please email our Senior Research Coordinator, Jessica Bimstein, at and include a copy of your CV/resume and your class or work schedule.
DataLab CoLab Positions
DATA Co-Lab is a data-informed community engagement initiative hosted by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in the District Attorney’s Transparency Analytics (DATA) Lab and is funded by Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency “PCCD”. This initiative fosters partnerships between the DATA Lab and community-based organizations by hosting monthly workshops to provide data tools and engage in participatory research exercises. The main priorities of the DATA Co-Lab are: 1) to enhance the community partners’ capacity to use data to inform programming and advocacy efforts within their communities and 2) to elevate the experiences of community stakeholders and needs of various communities to inform DAO data analysis and data-driven policymaking. This project is intended to be place-based and community-driven.

The project is hiring for two positions:
DataLab CoLab Coordinator
DataLab CoLab Project Manager
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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:


Nonprofit Security Grants from PCCD

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) announced the availability of $5 million in funding to allow nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities to update their security measures. Applications are being accepted through October 10, 2023.

Applicants are eligible for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the Commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit. Applicants can find the application and information about the Program on the PCCD website. Grant awards can range from $5,000 to $150,000 for a variety of eligible items, including:
  • Safety and security planning and training;
  • Purchase of safety and security equipment and technology;
  • Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security; and
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments.

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.


Get more media mentions!

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. A recent study showed program participants saw a 177% increase in their Altmetric scores, which measures attention from various media and social media sources.
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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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