The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS): Understanding Violent Deaths So We Can Prevent Them

The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS): Understanding Violent Deaths So We Can Prevent Them

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Safe States Alliance
(770) 690-9000

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The National Violent Death System (NVDRS) Special Interest Group (SIG) will be hosting its first webinar to introduce injury prevention professionals and other partners to NVDRS.

About NVDRS: Tragically, more than 38,000 people died by suicide in the United States in 2010. Homicide claimed another 16,000 people. We know these numbers can be lowered.

To stop violent deaths, we must first understand all the facts. Created in 2002, the NVDRS is a surveillance system that pulls together data on violent deaths in 18 states, including information about child maltreatment (or child abuse) fatalities, intimate partner homicides, other homicides, suicides, deaths where individuals are killed by law enforcement in the line of duty, unintentional firearm injury deaths, and deaths of undetermined intent.

This webinar conveyed:

An overview of the CDC NVDRS and how it is currently utilized;
State examples of using VDRS data and creating partnerships; and
Example of academic and community partners using data.

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Topics: Violence/Intentional Injury
Topics: Cross-Cutting
  • Communications/Informatics
  • Data/assessment
  • Evaluation
  • Health equity/social determinants of health
  • Leadership
  • Program design/implementation
  • Policy
  • Research
  • Systems thinking
Core Competencies: Public Health
  • Analytical/Assessment Skills
  • Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Public Health Sciences Skills
  • Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Core Competencies: Injury & Violence Prevention
  • 1. Ability to DESCRIBE and EXPLAIN injury and/or violence as a major social and health problem
  • 2. Ability to access, interpret, use and present injury and/or violence DATA
  • 3. Ability to DESIGN and IMPLEMENT injury and/or violence prevention activities
  • 4. Ability to EVALUATE injury and/or violence prevention activities
  • 6. Ability to DISSEMINATE INFORMATION related to injury and/or violence prevention to the community, other professionals, key policy makers and leaders through diverse communication networks
  • 7. Ability to STIMULATE CHANGE related to injury and/or violence prevention through policy, enforcement, advocacy and education
  • 8. Ability to maintain and further develop COMPETENCY as an injury and/or violence prevention professional
  • 9. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and best practices necessary to address at least one SPECIFIC
CHES Areas of Responsibility
  • Area I: Assess Needs, Resources, and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
  • Area II: Plan Health Education/Promotion
  • Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
CPH Core Areas
  • Environmental Health Sciences
CPH Cross-Cutting Areas
  • Programs Planning
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