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Topic(s): Cross-Cutting - Data/assessment, Epidemiology,
Violence/Intentional Injury - NVDRS,
Format: online
CEU Credits: 1.5 Hours
Contact: Safe States Alliance (770) 690-9000

The NVDRS Surveillance Academy 101 online training provides practical knowledge about the NVDRS, including an overview and history of NVDRS; data sources and data collection; how the data can be accessed; and examples of how the data may be analyzed, disseminated, and used. While the NVDRS Surveillance Academy is also held as an in-person workshop, this online training provides a condensed, on-demand version to educate, inform, and equip others with knowledge and tools to use NVDRS data.


Objectives for the online NVDRS Surveillance Academy 101 are to:

  • Describe violence as a public health problem, and why NVDRS is a response to this problem


  • Define surveillance and describe suicide and homicide surveillance activities in NVDRS
    • Types of data available for surveillance of suicide-related issues
    • Highlight data systems that collect suicide-related data
    • List characteristics of and give examples from the data systems.


  • Describe the history, purpose, current activities of NVDRS
    • History Overview
    • Need and Purpose
    • Current Activities


  • Understand NVDRS data sources and elements
    • Main types of data elements in NVDRS
    • Multiple Data Source Approach
    • How data is retrieved from multiple sources
    • Circumstance Data and Narratives


  • Describe how to access NVDRS data
    • Overview of the RAD
      • What it is and who can access it
      • Why to access it (for research, and what other purposes/applications/uses)
      • How to begin the RAD application process
      • What’s included in the data package
      • Collaboration with CDC Scientists and/or State Scientists


  • Describe generally how NVDRS data can be analyzed
    • Give an overview of NVDRS data structure
    • Provide tips on setting up an analysis with NVDRS Data


  • Describe WISQARS as another way to access NVDRS data
    • Why access NVDRS data via WISQARS (instead of via RAD)
    • Overview of WISQARS
    • Describe some helpful features of WISQARS



  • Janet Blair, CDC/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
  • Alex Crosby, CDC/NCIPC
  • Katherine Fowler, CDC/NCIPC
  • Shane Jack, CDC/NCIPC
  • James Mercy, CDC/NCIPC


Continuing education credits are offered for this training for Safe States members. These include credits for individuals who are Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Certified in Public Health (CPH)

Time/Length: 1.5 Hours
Additional Registration Required: no
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
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

Public Health:
Analytical/Assessment Skills

CHES Areas of Responsibility: Area I: Assess Needs, Resources, and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
Area VII: Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession
CPH Core Areas: Environmental Health Sciences
CPH Cross-Cutting Areas Programs Planning