The National Center for Injury and Prevention Control (NCIPC) intends to provide support and 75% “protected time” for an intensive, supervised (mentored) career development experience to develop new researchers in the fields of opioid overdose prevention and cross-cutting violence prevention.
intent is to provide resources to young investigators so they can grow their skills by developing and conducting research efforts needed to address NCIPC Research Priorities (https://www.cdc.gov/injury/researchpriorities/index.html), with the potential to investigate new and emerging public health issues.
Investigators focused on opioid overdose prevention must propose a research project to investigate risk factors for and strategies to prevent opioid overdose.
Investigators may address one of the research gaps identified in the NCIPC Research Priorities (https://www.cdc.gov/injury/researchpriorities/index.html).
Beyond the areas explicitly stated in the Research Priorities, research questions of interest to NCIPC include:
How can PDMP, coroner, medical examiner, and law enforcement data be used to identify risk and protective factors for opioid overdose? What are the patterns of co-use of prescription opioids and heroin, injection of opioids, and overdose? What strategies are most effective at improving use of prescription drug monitoring programs? What levers can be used to support providers and health systems in improving prescribing, pain management, and overdose response, while minimizing unintended consequences? How can public health systems be improved to support linkage to care for opioid use disorder and overdose? What public health approaches can be infused into public safety efforts and law enforcement response to improve health outcomes? How can individuals be empowered to make safer choices about opioid use? It is expected that the research could be directly translated to inform strategies being implemented by state and local health departments in addressing the opioid overdose epidemic.
Investigators focused on cross-cutting violence prevention must assess multiple forms of violence impacting children or youth (i.e., child abuse and neglect, youth violence, teen dating violence and self-directed violence).
Exposure to violence and other adverse childhood experiences can negatively affect health and development across the lifespan.
CDC’s Preventing Multiple Forms of Violence:
A Strategic Vision for Connecting the Dots emphasizes the strategic importance of prevention strategies that address multiple forms of violence (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/strategic_vision.pdf).
Investigators focused on preventing multiple forms of violence impacting children or youth must address at least one of the cross-cutting violence prevention research gaps identified in the NCIPC Research Priorities (https://www.cdc.gov/injury/researchpriorities/index.html) in the context of children or youth.
These gaps include the need to:
identify modifiable factors that buffer against adversity and aggressive behavior in childhood to reduce multiple forms of violence and enhance positive health outcomes; evaluate the effectiveness and economic efficiency of policies or community-level change strategies designed to enhance the economic and social environment to reduce multiple forms of violence impacting children and youth; evaluate the effectiveness and economic efficiency of early education and support for young children and their families to prevent multiple forms of violence; evaluate the effectiveness and economic efficiency of programs, policies, and practices to enhance young people’s skills and relationships that reduce their involvement in multiple forms of violence; and evaluate the effectiveness of dissemination and implementation strategies for child/youth violence prevention and assess factors that accelerate adoption of evidence-based strategies