Using & Understanding Suicide Data from NVDRS

Using & Understanding Suicide Data from NVDRS

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More than 38,000 people died from suicide in the United States in 2010. In any given year there are generally a third more suicides than homicides yet public perspective and media attention makes it seem that there are far more homicides. Combined with ongoing stigma, suicide deaths appear to be far removed from spotlight. Data from NVDRS has helped to turn the tide.

Created in 2002, the NVDRS is a surveillance system currently in 18 states that collects data on violent deaths including details about the circumstances of the deaths. The system includes information about child maltreatment (or child abuse) fatalities, intimate partner homicides, all 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.

Presentation by Alex Crosby, CDC NVDRS
Presentation by Deborah Hull-Jilly, Alaska VDRS Program
Presentation by Sheryl Brown, Oklahoma VDRS Program
Presentation by Robert Bossuarte, Injury Control Research Center on Suicide (University of Rochester)

The webinar was moderated by Paul Bonta, National Violence Prevention Network, American College of Preventive Medicine.

The NVDRS Special Interest Group is chaired by Scott Proescholdbell (North Carolina VDRS) and serves as a forum for people and partners interested in using NVDRS to prevent violent deaths.

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Topics: Violence/Intentional Injury
  • Suicide
Topics: Cross-Cutting
  • Communications/Informatics
  • Data/assessment
  • Diversity and Culture
  • Epidemiology
  • Leadership
  • Research
Core Competencies: Public Health
  • Analytical/Assessment Skills
  • Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Community Dimensions of Practice 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
  • 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
  • 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 IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
  • Area VI: Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
CPH Core Areas
  • Biostatistics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
CPH Cross-Cutting Areas
  • Programs Planning

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