November 2023 | Issue 58


A recap of our Fall Gathering, and a new CDC MMWR on firearm homicides...
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Equity-centered, actionable science

The Penn Injury Science Center is grateful for the dozens of researchers, practitioners, trainees, and administrators in attendance for the Fall Gathering on October 25, 2023. In addition to generating discussion and collaboration, we enjoyed connecting with colleagues of old and new. For those we missed, we look forward to connecting soon!
After hearing from Co-Directors Zack Meisel and Kate McDonald about how to engage with the Penn Injury Science Center, attendees received practice-based and community-based insights from a Community Panel, titled "Equity-Centered and Actionable Research in Injury & Violence Prevention: Perspectives from the Field" and moderated by Deputy Director Sara Solomon and Community Action Board Member Tyrique Glasgow.
Special thanks to the panelists, all of whom have been key partners and instrumental to the Center's past, present, and future success.
The panelists discussed what "equity-centered and actionable research" means to them, their organizations, and the lessons they've taken away from their partnerships with researchers.
Following the panel, the Center Co-Directors kept the conversation going, facilitating a group discussion on the same topic.

The insights from this panel and group discussion will be synthesized into actionable next steps and circulated to the Penn Injury community for further comment. With this, the Center takes a meaningful step towards being a leader in equity-centered, actionable science.
The meeting concluded in the early afternoon with connections and conversations being made, and the next great collaborations on the horizon. We invite you to stay (or get) engaged with us in the year ahead!
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November 16, 2023 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

REACH Networking Event

3675 Market St (Venture Café Philadelphia)

Research & Equity in Academic-Community Partnerships for Health (REACH) is an initiative at the University of Pennsylvania that fosters successful, sustainable, and equitable community-academic partnerships. Community organizations are invited to a networking event on Thursday, November 16th. A larger event for academics, community partners, and funders is planned for March 21, 2024 (save the date).

Click here to learn more and register
November 21, 2023 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Injury Science Incubator

Virtual (Zoom)

Incubators provide a venue for discussion and collaboration. Presenters have found sessions helpful in discussing new ideas, participating in dialogue on an emerging research concepts, refining their research proposal, questions or manuscripts, and receiving input about analytic approaches or interpretation of findings. Penn Injury affiliates are invited to join.

Need an invite? Contact Andrew Belfiglio


Major Contributions

Desmond Patton received one of the highest honors in health and medicine: being elected to the National Academy of Medicine. The recognition goes to individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.

Transformation & Innovation

Read how the Center for Health Care Transformation & Innovation has evolved (previously the Center for Health Care Innovation, which houses The Nudge Unit led by Kit Delgado). Among the evolution is the announcement of the new Center for Health Justice led by Gina South (Associate Vice President of Health Justice) and Nicole Thomas.

Firearm Homicides MMWR

The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the CDC is a go-to public health publication. A recent report includes an analysis of firearm homicide rates from 2019-2022, based on data from the National Vital Statistics System.

Harm Reduction Tool

A pilot grant from the Penn Injury Science Center was awarded to Liz Nesoff and Shoshana Aronowitz to develop a systemic social observation tool to monitor the use of harm reduction supplies. The tool captures information that is typically very difficult to collect, and can be used by to inform local harm reduction efforts.

Over-the-counter Narcan

Shoshana Aronowitz was featured in an NPR article about the long overdue availability of Narcan as an over-the-counter medication. Aronowitz says the move is a "tiny baby step" in the right direction, encouraging us to keep moving in this direction and faster.

Crisis Response

A study led by Helena Addison explores resident perspectives on police presence during a mental health crisis response. The need for police presence was recognized by many, though it also was associated with discomfort among younger and Black residents. Support was high for co-deployment of police with mental health professionals.

Predicting Car Crashes

Flaura Winston and colleagues developed a virtual driving assessment (which was deployed at the time of driver licensure exam for young drivers), and the assessment was able to detect those with "major issues with dangerous behavior" which were associated with a subsequent car crash in their first year of driving.

Examining Pain Disparities

Sara Jacoby, Terry Richmond, and colleagues examined factors associated with racial and ethnic disparities in chronic pain after acute traumatic injury. Injury-related factors at the time of hospitalization were most associated with subsequent chronic pain disparities. The authors emphasize prevention in light of the results, and equitable treatment when injury does occur.


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.


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. Candidates will be considered across a broad range of environmental or occupational health
expertise, including but not limited to: environmental justice; climate change and sustainability; environmental health; big data and geospatial methods; environmental policy; exposure assessment; exposomics; industrial hygiene; ergonomics and musculoskeletal health; Total Worker Health®; risk assessment and communication; agricultural and rural health; or environmental, occupational, or injury epidemiology.

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
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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:


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.


A Leader's Role in Firearm Violence & Nursing

Terry Richmond, a renowned nurse researcher and professor, sits down with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Leadership Podcast crew and provides valuable insights on the complex issue of firearm violence and its effects on healthcare and nursing. Learn how nurses can holistically care for and promote the recovery of patients with injuries related to firearm violence.
"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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