Information and Tools

Remembering When Toolkit From the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center

The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center has recently released a toolkit titled "Establishing a Community-Engaged Network to Refer Older Adults to Falls Prevention Programming" -- this toolkit was prepared for community organizations interested in developing an infrastructure to actively refer older adults to falls prevention programs in their communities. It contains background on addressing falls, resources for prevention programs, research findings, and details on how community organizations can develop and sustain a referral infrastructure that engages and supports independent older adults in falls prevention programming in their communities.

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Pennsylvania Department of Health Suicide Deaths Fact Sheet

Published by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, this two page fact sheet summarizes details about suicide deaths in Pennsylvania during 2018. To create this, the Pennsylvania Violent Death Reporting System (PAVDRS) collected death certificate data about 2,017 suicide deaths (1,413 males and 438 females) from all 67 counties in 2018, as well as reports from coroners/medical examiners and law enforcement partners in 29 counties.

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Changes in Initial Opioid Prescribing Practices Following the 2016 Release of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center is now offering new summaries of a study that aimed to estimate changes in initial prescribing rates, duration, and dosage practices to opioid-naïve patients following the 2016 CDC guideline release. The authors found that while reductions in rates of opioid initiation were smaller than projected based on the pre-guideline trend, those who initiated opioids were started at lower average durations and were less likely to be started at high doses, than projected based on the pre-guideline trend. These findings suggest that evidence-based guidelines from trusted sources may affect clinician behavior.

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Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center Toolkit on Firearm Injury and Suicide Prevention Strategies

In support of Gun Violence Awareness month, Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center’s Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program (FIPRP) has created a new interactive toolkit on firearm injury and suicide prevention strategies. The interactive toolkit details three interventions available to protect yourself and loved ones from firearm injury or suicide: 

  • Firearm Safe Storage provides an effective way to keep you and your family safe. The toolkit includes an interactive map made to help people in crisis identify temporary firearm storage options outside the home. 

  • Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) allow families or law enforcement to petition a judge to restrict individual possession and purchase of firearms using a civil order. 

  • Voluntary Waiver of Firearm Rights (Voluntary Do-Not-Sell) let people voluntarily and confidentially restrict immediate access to firearm purchase. 

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Webinars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. The RWJF hosting a series of free communication/media-centered webinars. 

July 9, 2020 - Digital Communication During Times of Uncertainty

In this free one-hour seminar RWJF’s digital communications manager and Burness' director of digital strategy will be discussing effective communication of health and equity topics. This is an interactive session designed for institutions and individuals exploring case studies, offering advice, and answering queries.

September 17, 2020 - Working with the Media

In this free one-hour seminar RWJF hosts a panel discussion with Jordan ReeseJohn Siniff and Adam Zimmerman who share their extensive experience in newsrooms and advancing public policy. They will talk about case studies and offer guidance on how to work with journalists to create important, compelling content aimed at helping communities heal with resilience health and equity topics. 

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Safe States Alliance: National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)

The Safe States Alliance is a non-profit organization and professional association whose mission is to strengthen the practice of injury and violence prevention.

To prevent violent deaths, Congress established the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The NVDRS is a surveillance system designed to collect information on the “who, when, where, and how” surrounding violent deaths. NVDRS is the only state-based surveillance system that pools more than 600 unique data elements from multiple sources. This report reviews the the history, successes and challenges of this system.

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EveryStat for Gun Safety 

EveryStat for Gun Safety is a database designed by the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. to provide statistics for gun violence on the local, state, and national levels.

Everytown seeks to improve our understanding of the causes of gun violence and the means to reduce it – by conducting groundbreaking original research, developing evidence-based policies, and communicating this knowledge in the courts and the court of public opinion.


The Impact of Firearm Violence on the Health of our Communities

Dr. Therese S. Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing, and Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, presents "The Impact of Firearm Violence on the Health of our Communities."


Dr. Richmond discusses the complex factors leading to firearm violence, recognizing the burden this places on communities and investigating how to reduce its frequency and impact.

CDC Injury Control Research Centers

Since CDC began funding Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs) in 1987, the ICRCs have advanced the injury and violence prevention field.


The following success stories detail the important work ICRC’s do to study injuries and violence and to put their research findings into action to save and protect lives. Success stories are arranged by research impact, training impact, and outreach impact.

CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System)


CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States.


Why Injury Prevention Matters Toolkit 


Focused on why injury prevention matters, this toolkit features two options for a newsletter/blog, social media posts, a sample letter to the editor, graphics, and an online quiz. The toolkit also contains a list of trusted resources from other groups, making it easy to find great materials to share with the communities you work with. Link here.

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Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact


Offered by Johns Hopkins University through Coursera, this online class explains the basic epidemiology of the epidemic, allows learners to consider the epidemic from their unique vantage points, and most importantly, identifies concrete, evidence-based approaches that learners can deploy to reduce opioid-related injuries and death. Link here.




Welcome to the Cartographic Modeling Lab (CML) at the University of Pennsylvania.  The CML is a research unit within the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC). The CML specializes in applying geographic information systems (GIS) software and hardware to digitally link data and geography to generate spatial databases, maps, spatial statistical analyses, and mapping applications, providing a useful way to reveal spatial and temporal relationships among data.


By using GIS to visualize geographic relationships that affect health outcomes, public health risks, disease transmission, access to health care, and other public health concerns, the CML conducts spatial research, policy analysis, and develops mapping applications of value to investigators at Penn and beyond.

What is GIS

Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, is a system of computer software, hardware, data, and personnel. GIS can be used to store, analyze, and visually present a computerized “layer cake” of information—such as the total number of adults, hospitals, or grocery stores—that is tied to a geographic location—a county or a zip code, for instance. GIS analysis and maps can reveal relationships, patterns, and trends not visible through tables, charts, or other means.

GIS Services

The CML has an extensive selection local, national, and global geospatial data. With our services in geospatial database development, static and interactive mapping visualization, analysis design, and spatial analysis and statistical expertise, we can help guide from research inception to finished project.



CML Data Sources

Data preparation and geocoding

Database integration and linking



Printed map

Interactive mapping applications

Spatial Analysis and Statistics

Spatial statistics and regression

Site location analysis

Network analysis

Hotspot or cluster analysis


Technical assistance or consultation

Free GIS software for Penn students

Training or classroom instruction

Request a consultation.