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February 9, 2016

President's FY 2017 budget expands funding to enhance our nation's ability to combat violence

WASHINGTON, DC (February 9, 2016)—President Obama"s FY 2017 budget request includes the additional funding required to complete the nationwide expansion of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The grant-based program, administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control currently operates in 32 states supporting violent death surveillance activities by state health department personnel.

The bill provides $23.5 million in funding for the program, an increase of $7.5 million over last year's funding level. Based on its effectiveness in participating states and the need for national data, the President has called for nationwide implementation.

"It's time we build a nationwide system that improves our understanding of the circumstances that lead to violent deaths in our communities and NVDRS does just that," said Paul Bonta, coordinator of the National Violence Prevention Network, a coalition of nearly 30 national organizations led by ACPM that has advocated for nationwide implementation of the NVDRS program.

The program links data from public health, law enforcement, medical examiners and social service agencies to create a more complete picture of the circumstances surrounding violent deaths. The system tracks deaths caused by suicide, homicide, child abuse, and domestic violence, and—for multi-victim incidents like homicide-suicides—links all deaths involved in the incident. This information enables states and communities to develop effective and targeted prevention strategies. 

NVDRS requires cross-agency collaboration at the state level, which is critical to being able to identify the multiple determinants of violent deaths. Participating states consider this public health surveillance system the underpinning of a multi-faceted, multi-agency approach to preventing violence. 

"More than 55,000 Americans suffer violent deaths each year. Yet despite this staggering loss of life, most communities lack critical data about the circumstances surrounding these deaths," Bonta said. "We commend the President for his effort to move toward full implementation of NVDRS to help understand and prevent violence with this community-based system."

About the National Violence Prevention Network

The National Violence Prevention Network (NVPN) is a broad-based coalition of national and state organizations dedicated to violence prevention by advocating for full implementation of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) in the United States. Network members work together to generate support for NVDRS among policy-makers, the general public and other national organizations by educating them on the benefits of placing multi-source incident data collected on violent deaths in a central, state-level repository. 

About the American College of Preventive Medicine

Founded in 1954, the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a U.S.-based physician organization focused on practice, research, publication, and teaching of evidence-based preventive medicine. As the umbrella society for the specialty of Preventive Medicine and physicians dedicated to prevention, ACPM seeks to improve the health of individuals and populations through evidence-based health promotion, disease prevention, and systems-based approaches to improving health and health care. For more information, visit www.acpm.org.


Paul Bonta   
National Violence Prevention Network 
American College of Preventive Medicine 
(202) 466-2044 x110  

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