October 2023 | Issue 57


An expanding violence recovery program, and new funding opportunities from the CDC...
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A (growing) comprehensive recovery team

The Penn Trauma Violence Recovery Program (PTVRP) has expanded their team, welcoming three new violence recovery specialists since spring 2023. The program now also offers inpatient and outpatient mental health services with the additions of four psychology professionals.
Picture showing Penn Trauma Violence Recovery Program team, including Dr. Elinore Kaufman (Medical Director), Sunny Jackson (Injury Prevention Coordinator), Denise Johnson (Program Manager), Rodney Babb (Lead violence recovery specialist), Jamie Song (clinical research coordinator), Mohammed Krubally (violence recovery specialist), Jasir Harris (violence recovery specialist), Ant Brown (violence recovery specialist), Jonathan Bittner (psychology practicum student), Ariana Rivens (psychology intern), Dr. Sonalee Joshi (psychology postdoc), and Dr. Yoni Cohen (psychology postdoc)
The comprehensive team works to improve care and outcomes for patients injured in acts of violence treated at the Level 1 trauma center at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. When people are injured by violence, the wounds are more than skin deep, and healing can bring physical, emotional, social, and economic challenges. Hospital-based violence intervention programs work to provide each injured individual the support they need to thrive, saving lives and preventing re-injury.

Want to stay up to date with the Penn Trauma Violence Recovery Program?

Follow the PTVRP on Instagram @PennViolenceRecovery and reach out to ViolenceRecovery@pennmedicine.upenn.edu to receive their quarterly newsletter.


October 25, 2023

Fall Gathering of the Penn Injury Science Center

Biomedical Research Building, Faculty Lounge (14th Floor)

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.

Please contact Andrew Belfiglio (andrew.belfiglio@pennmedicine.upenn.edu) for a calendar invitation.
October 24-25, 2023

Policy-Focused Implementation Science Training from NYU


The two-day virtual training consists of synchronous didactic lectures, panel presentations and discussions, small group discussions, one-on-one consultations with experts and is structured around six modules: (1) Historical and Contemporary Context of Policy D&I Research, (2) Theories and Frameworks for Policy D&I Research, (3) Research Designs and Analytic Approaches in Policy D&I Research, (4) Political Science Perspectives on Studying Policy Development, Implementation, and Equity, (5) Policy D&I Strategies and Interventions, and (6) Measures, Data Sources, and Data Collection Strategies. Learn more and register.
November 1-3, 2023

National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention

Chicago, Illinois

LAST CHANCE to register (by October 4) for 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.

Keynote Speaker: Desmond Upton Patton, PhD, MSW, Brian and Randi Schwartz University Professor of Social Policy and Communications and PIK Professor, University of Pennsylvania


Call for Papers

The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association has announced a call for papers for the special issue on Firearm Injury Risk Detection and Prevention. Submissions are due February 12, 2024.

Spiritual Coping

Cassis Boateng of the School of Nursing was featured in Penn Today for the paper he led, which found that spirituality (both theistic and non-theistic) can promote recovery and build resilience in Black men in Philadelphia healing from a firearm-related injury. "Combining culturally sensitive spiritual resources and psychotherapy may lead to effective trauma-informed care," said Boateng.

Macro-Level Social Work

Millan AbiNader of the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) discussed her ‘macro’ approach to social work, and the importance of community and connection in addressing structural factors and social ecology of gender-based violence. "While a lot of schools of social work are very clinical, SP2 and Penn offer [...] an interdisciplinary space that considers macro-level factors," said AbiNader.

Resident Perspectives

Helena Addison of the School of Nursing led a publication on resident perspectives on police involvement in the response to mental health crises. Support for co-deployment of health professionals with police was high, and many felt that police presence was necessary even though the involvement was also described as uncomfortable.

ChatGPT in Social Work

Desmond Patton of the School of Social Policy & Practice and Annenberg School for Communication led an invited paper describing the potential use of ChatGPT in social work science, offering several preliminary recommendations for its ethical use, and calling on the profession’s governing organizations to develop a comprehensive ethical framework.

Clean Communities

Bernadette Hohl of the Perelman School of Medicine, Michelle Kondo, and colleagues spoke to community stakeholders to identify factors related to illegal dumping, to guide prevention of the phenomena that is associated with numerous health, social, economic, and environmental impacts.

Contingency Management

Gabi Khazanov of the Perelman School of Medicine and VA Medical Center contributed to a publication on the history and current state of contingency management - a treatment that incentivizes substance abstinence among people with substance use disorder - within the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Storytelling Elements

Zack Meisel of the Perelman School of Medicine led a study team assessing how various narrative elements, of a storyteller describing their experience with opioids, relate to the patient's subsequent perspectives, knowledge, and preference for opioids.


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).

Professional Photo Booth

Co-sponsored by Graduate and Professional Student Assembly and the Undergraduate Assembly, the photo booth is open during regular Career Services business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located in the Career Services office, the first come, first serve photo booth — called the Iris Booth — can be used by Penn undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, alumni, faculty, and staff for high-quality headshots.

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.
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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 bimstein@sas.upenn.edu 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: https://www.nationalhealthcorps.org/apply/chf


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.

Multiple Injury-Related CDC Funding Opportunities

Overdose Prevention:
CE-24-011 – Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Understanding Drug Use and Overdose Risk and Protective Factors (K01)
CE-24-012 – Rigorous Evaluation of Policy-Level Interventions to Prevent Overdose (R01)
CE-24-013 – Research Grants to Identify Effective Community-Based Strategies for Overdose Prevention (R01)

Violence Prevention:
CE-24-029 – Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Preventing Interpersonal Violence Impacting Children and Youth (K01)
CE-24-030 – Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence Related Injury (R01)
CE-24-034 – Rigorous Evaluation of Policies for their Impacts on the Primary Prevention of Multiple Forms of Violence (U01)

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.

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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