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Course details


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
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