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Safe States Alliance, with funding support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Injury Center, is pleased to announce the 2017 National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) & Other Violence Surveillance Academy, and the availability of scholarships to attend.
The 2017 NVDRS & Other Violence Surveillance Academy will be a 1.5-day training on Tuesday June 27, 2017 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) and Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (8:30 am – 12:00 pm) in Atlanta, Georgia at the W Atlanta – Buckhead Hotel.
The Surveillance Academy is designed for researchers and others interested in using violence-related data from several surveillance efforts within CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention, including the:
- National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS),
- Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES),
- National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), and
- Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS).
- Development and purpose,
- Data sources and data collection,
- Highlights of data analyses and findings to date,
- Key partnerships,
- How data have informed national, state and local violence prevention programs and/or policies, and
- How data may be accessed (including via the NVDRS Restricted Access Database (RAD), with a brief demonstration of the RAD).
At least 20 scholarships to attend the Surveillance Academy will be available for researchers and others interested in using NVDRS, ACES, NISVS, and/or VACES data.The scholarships will cover airfare, hotel for two nights, ground transportation and airport parking, and up to three days per diem expenses (based on federal rate of $69 for Atlanta) associated with attendance.
Scholarships are available for individuals with experience in violence prevention, including:
- Researchers who conduct, or are interested in, violence prevention research (e.g., individuals from research organizations and foundations, government agencies, academic institutions, grant-making organizations, etc.)
- Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program who are actively pursuing a degree in public health or a related field and have an interest in violence prevention
- Persons who work for a group or organization that is actively involved in violence prevention activities
Criteria for scholarship selection include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Past/current violence prevention experience. Applicant demonstrates past or current research, work, and/or study around violence prevention.
- Application of training content. Applicant provides specific examples of how he/she will apply concepts from the Surveillance Academy to his/her work. Applicant provides evidence of capacity to apply concepts from the Surveillance Academy to ongoing work (e.g., via research institution/organization, prevention organization, graduate study).
- Experience working with health agencies. Applicant demonstrates past or ongoing work or collaboration with a federal, state, tribal, and/or local health agency (i.e., state/local health department, state vital statistics office).
- Commitment to attend the entire Surveillance Academy. Applicant will commit to attending the entire 1.5-day Surveillance Academy.
- Commitment to refund scholarship should applicant not attend entireSurveillance Academy. The scholarships will cover airfare, hotel for two nights, ground transportation and airport parking, and up to three days per diem expenses (based on federal rate of $69 for Atlanta) associated with attendance. Should the applicant not attend the Surveillance Academy, he/she will be responsible for reimbursing Safe States for any expenses that are not refundable (e.g., airfare, hotel if reserved and scholarship recipient does not show up on Monday, June 26th, without required prior notice).
- Commitment to provide brief written summary. Applicant commits to provide, within a month of completing the Surveillance Academy, a brief summary (1-2 paragraphs) of what he/she learned and how this has or will inform current or future violence prevention efforts.
Application details and timeline:
- To apply for the scholarship, please complete the online 2017 NVDRS & Other Violence Surveillance Academy Scholarship Application.
- Scholarship recipients will be notified by early May.
- Scholarships will be awarded to individual applicants; scholarships cannot be transferred from the applicant to any other individual.
- As part of the scholarship, applicants may request financial support for the following travel-related expenses:
- Two nights of hotel (Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27)
- Ground transportation and airport parking
- Up to three days of per diem based on federal rate of $69 for Atlanta
- If awarded a scholarship, Safe States will cover airfare and hotel upfront on the scholarship recipient’s behalf. Scholarship recipient will be reimbursed for per diem, ground transportation, and airport parking after the Surveillance Academy.
- Should the applicant not attend the Surveillance Academy, he/she will be responsible for reimbursing Safe States for any expenses that are not refundable (e.g., airfare, hotel if reserved and scholarship recipient does not show up on Monday, June 26th, without required prior notice).
For questions or more information about the Surveillance Academy scholarship, please contact Kristen Lindemer at Safe States Alliance.
ABOUT THE NVDRS, ACES, NISVS & VACS
- The CDC Injury Center’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) is a state-based surveillance system that links information from multiple data sources – death certificates, state and local medical examiner, coroner, and law enforcement records – to create a more complete picture of the circumstances that lead to violent death.
- The system collects data on all types of violent deaths, including homicides, suicides, child abuse and neglect fatalities, intimate partner homicides, and fatalities involving law enforcement in the line of duty.
- Data collected about each violent death include circumstances related to the event (e.g., depression or major life stresses); the relationship between the perpetrator and the homicide victim; concurrent crimes committed along with homicide (e.g., robbery, arson) multiple homicides, or homicide followed by suicide.
- The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being.
- The original ACE Study was conducted at Kaiser Permanente from 1995 to 1997 with two waves of data collection. Over 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization members from Southern California receiving physical exams completed confidential surveys regarding their childhood experiences and current health status and behaviors.
- The CDC continues ongoing surveillance of ACEs by assessing the medical status of the study participants via periodic updates of morbidity and mortality data.
- The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) is an ongoing survey that collects the most current and comprehensive national- and state-level data on intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking victimization in the United States.
- CDC developed NISVS to collect data on these important public health problems and enhance violence prevention efforts
- CDC’s Violence against Children Surveys (VACS) measure physical, emotional, and sexual violence against girls and boys.
- Data have been collected in 14 countries and is ongoing in several more.