December 2023 | Issue 59


Last month's national firearm conference in Chicago, plus new training and faculty opportunities and a NEJM Double Take episode on safe storage...
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Preventing firearm-related harms

Close to seven hundred researchers, practitioners, and sponsors from across the country gathered in Chicago for the 2023 National Research Conference for the Prevention of Firearm-Related Harms last month.

The conference highlighted the current state of science and research on firearm injury prevention across the lifespan, with over three hundred presentations. Approximately one third of attendees were students, trainees, or early career investigators, demonstrating the promising future of the field.
Desmond Upton Patton provided the opening keynote presentation (photo above courtesy of Columbia School of Public Health), drawing from the work of SAFELab and titled "Firearm harm prevention 2.0: Unlocking the potential and challenges of AI and social media innovations".

The conference received national attention for bringing together innovation that even gun rights activists can get behind.
Penn Injury Science Center affiliates accounted for more than a dozen presentations, including Elinore Kaufman presenting on efforts to fill the gaps of firearm injury data silos, and Andre Ali Martin and Elijah Tadlock presenting on the Penn Community Violence Prevention team's collaboration with the Philadelphia School District to implement a Cure Violence model.
Elinore Kaufman presenting on data integration (Photo above courtesy of Kit Delgado on X)
Andre Ali Martin and Elijah Tadlock presenting on a school-based Cure Violence model
(Photo courtesy of Brandy Blasko on X)
Terry Richmond (Research Core Director) stands with Steve Hargarten (External Advisory Board Member)
The annual conference is organized by the Research Society for the Prevention of Firearm-Related Harms - visit them online to join their mailing list and receive announcements for next year's conference in Seattle. We hope to see you there!
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December 6-7, 2023

NASEM Workshop: Community Safety as a SDOH

Virtual / hybrid (Washington, DC)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement will conduct a hybrid public workshop December 6, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, and December 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, to discuss various dimensions of violence and community safety in the United States. This workshop will bring together researchers, practitioners, leaders, and others with expertise in violence prevention and promoting community safety to: (1) Define community safety, (2) Examine the landscape of threats to safety affecting specific populations, (3) Explore attributes of physical spaces and social structures that create and reinforce safer communities, and (4) Discuss frameworks for reimagining public safety, and related policy and programmatic interventions.

December 7, 2023 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

ICRC Webinar

Virtual (via Zoom)

CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control funds Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs) to study ways to prevent injuries and violence and to work with community partners to put research findings into action. The ICRC Program forms a national network of nine comprehensive academic research centers that focus on three core functions—research, training, and outreach. Staff and students from 9 CDC-funded ICRCs will present their work during 2023 ICRCs Webinar Series. This session will include 3 presentations on disproportionately affected populations.

December 13, 2023 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Music Competition

260 S. 51st Street, Phila, PA 19139

Join The Blackwell Cultural Alliance for an evening of music and information on gun violence prevention. The Trace will conduct a discussion about how music and art influence gun violence, followed by an anti-gun violence open mic competition. The format is designed to encourage young people to produce music and art with a positive lens, and balance out some of the negative and volatile music that’s often popular. At the end of the night, judges will decide the winners’ cash prizes, ranging from $100-$500. We’ve also invited folks from our Up the Block guide to offer resources for coping with gun violence onsite.

Attendance is free but registration is required
January 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 2023 (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm each day)

GIS & Public Health Institute

Biomedical Research Building Room 251 and 252

This institute -- instructed by Vicky Tam, MA (Course Director), Michelle Kondo, PhD, Heather Burris, MD, MPH, Seleeke Flingai, PhD, MPA -- is designed to develop the following skills:
  • Understand a broad range of ways Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used within the public health context
  • Gain hands-on experience performing spatial analysis using ArcGIS Online
  • Learn how to create and analyze thematic maps, geocode addresses, and conduct queries
  • Acquire valuable spatial analytic skills to address key public health issues
  • Discover new ways to communicate your results by creating engaging web-based applications
  • Develop individual research agendas that incorporate GIS methods
Click here to learn more and register
February 9th, 2023 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

14th Annual Community Driven Research Day

CHOP Roberts Center, 2716 South St

COMMUNITY DRIVEN RESEARCH DAY encourages collaborations between researchers and
community based organizations ( and community groups who have research questions that
they are interested in answering, specifically in ways that address social determinants of health
Through an interactive poster session, CBOs and community groups will highlight their questions to
CDRD participants, who will 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 La Salle University Attendees will be able to meet and discuss potential collaborations that benefit community partners. An esteemed keynote panel of past CDRD awardees and community driven research experts will also present on effective community academic collaborations.

View the event flyer for more details and to register as a presenter or attendee (OPENS PDF)


Inaugural Awardees

Rachel Myers and Elinore Kaufman were two of four awardees of Accelerate Health Equity's inaugural grants program to support innovative projects focused on the efficacy, outcomes, and scalability of health-system interventions to prevent gun violence.

10 years of CVP@CHOP

This year, the Center for Violence Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia celebrates 10 years of programming and research. CVP Co-Directors Joel Fein and Stephen Leff reflect on the work accomplished in the Center over the last decade as well as future directions.

Predicting Opioid Use

A study including Kit Delgado, Jeff Ebert, and Evan Spencer found that younger age, being opioid-naïve, and having a lower pain score at discharge were each associated with lower opioid use in the postoperative period. The results can help inform clinician prescribing to avoid the presence of unused opioids lingering in the home.

Mobile Opioid Care

A team led by Maggie Lowenstein, David Metzger, and David Mandell demonstrated the essential role that mobile OUD care units (MOCUs) play in providing care to marginalized patients. In addition to an appeal to policymakers to provide permanent programmatic funding for MOCUs, the authors also suggest strengthening collaboration between MOCUs and the treatment system.

Social Media & Violence

Desmond Upton Patton was featured in a story by NBC Washington about how social media relates to violence among youth. “Twenty years ago, someone would step on your shoe, and you would get upset about that and want to fight about that,” Patton said. “Now the stepping on your shoe is happening on social media, and now you have thousands of people that are expecting you to do something about it."


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.


Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
The Research for Inclusivity and Driving Equity (RIDE) Research
Experience for Undergraduates NSF (REU) Site will provide
undergraduate students an immersive and interdisciplinary
experience in community engaged research focused on improving the transportation experience for underserved and underrepresented communities.
The program runs from June 3 to August 2, 2024 and includes a weekly stipend and housing/travel accommodations.
Learn more and apply here!
Trainee Opportunities at U-M IPC
The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center is pleased to announce 5 paid internship positions for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students for the summer of 2024. The internships are designed for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students interested in injury and violence prevention. Learn more and apply here.

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center is seeking an outstanding postdoctoral research fellowship position to support research projects and grants led by Dr. Douglas Wiebe and in the Injury Prevention Center. This position will collect, analyze, and prepare research data. This position will also prepare manuscripts and present findings at scientific conferences. These activities will involve liaising between many units across U-M including the Injury Prevention Center, the Concussion Center, the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, and the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health.
Submit your application by December 25th, 2023.
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Community Health Fellowships
National Health Corps: Community Health Fellowship (NHC: CHF), Greater Philadelphia is a community health service program that trains local residents as Community Health Workers (CHWs) committed to addressing the unmet needs of underserved populations while creating pathways to quality public health careers for individuals who reflect the communities they serve.
Our program partners with non-profit organizations (called host sites) to place NHC members in Community Health Worker, Digital Health Navigator, and Medical Interpreter roles that support organizational capacities to address health inequities.

Current NHC: CHF member positions include:
Contact Kiera Kenney, NHC: CHF Program Director for more information!, 215-567-8005
Program Coordinator
The Office of School Safety, along with the Office of Prevention and Intervention at the School District of Philadelphia, and in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Police Department are implementing Handle With Care with support from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance STOP School Violence Program. Handle With Care is an innovative trauma-informed approach to prevent and intervene early in serious incidents in Philadelphia Public Schools. The program will involve a major training initiative to increase knowledge and awareness of student exposure to trauma and to develop and implement policies and practices to mitigate negative effects associated with trauma exposure among students.
To support this critical initiative we are hiring a Program Coordinator. This is a full-time position, and the salary range is 49,041 to 79,017.
Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics Faculty Positions
The Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine brings together experts in three basic sciences to generate knowledge that improves health for all by formulating important research questions; producing and deciphering biomedical and population-health data; and developing, applying, and teaching state-of-the-art research methods.

There are open faculty positions within each discipline. Click here to learn more.
Faculty Positions, University of Iowa
The Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa's College of Public Health invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Click here to learn more and apply.

The Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health is recruiting for an open-rank tenure-track faculty position. We welcome applicants with experience in any area of epidemiology, including injury. One area of particular priority is preventive and interventional epidemiology, which could include injury prevention-focused studies.
Click here to learn more and apply.
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


Overdose Prevention and Community Healing Fund

The City of Philadelphia has once again opened applications for its Overdose Prevention and Community Healing Fund, which is administered by the Scattergood Foundation. The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 5pm ET.

You can apply for either general operating expenses (up to $20k) or to fund specific program activities (up to $100k). There will be an info session on December 6th for those who are interested in applying. For more information, please visit the Scattergood Foundation's website.

Anti-Violence Funding from PCCD

The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 9:00 PM (ET). You will apply using this SurveyMonkey form. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) created application instructions to assist you.

Grant streams available:
Please note that you can only submit one application for this cycle, meaning that you must pick one of the two grant streams to apply for. You can still be a sub-grantee on other/multiple applications, but your organization can only submit one.
  • VIP Competitive Grants Program: Under this solicitation, eligible applicants can request funding for a wide range of programs that address community violence intervention and prevention efforts. VIP Grants will be based on applicants’ current operating budgets, with no applicant able to request more than 50% of their operating budget, up to $950,000 total, over an up-to-36-month project period. There is no match requirement for projects under the VIP track.
  • Coordinated Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Strategies Pilot Grants Program: This initiative invests in collaborative community violence intervention and response strategies within focused service areas. Grants will support local planning and implementation of short-term intervention, mid-term prevention, and long-term strategies designed to increase local coordination to more effectively prevent, intervene, and respond to gun and group-related violence. CCVI projects are eligible to request up to $3 million in total funding to implement key project activities (with consideration of size of proposed service area) over a 36-month project period. CCVI track projects must provide a match of at least 10% match funding in Year 2 and 25% match funding in Year 3. Match funding may be cash, in-kind, or a combination of both

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.


Safe Storage

Ruth Abaya is featured in the New England Journal of Medicine's Double Take video series, their latest episode on firearm safety and storage. The episode emphasizes the importance of clinicians getting comfortable with having safe storage conversations with patients, and tailoring that communication to the individual's and family's values in order to be effective in preventing harm.
"Science isn't finished until it's communicated"
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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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