To continue to improve the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) in Alabama, the Alabama Department of Public Health will continue partnering with the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office, Alabama Coroner’s Association, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to collect data on violent deaths in the state. Data will include death certificates, autopsy and toxicology reports, medical examiner and coroner reports, and firearm and police reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) web-based NVDRS will allow for the collection and dissemination of surveillance data on violent deaths which, in turn, will provide a viable outcome of improving the planning; implementation; and evaluation of violence prevention programs. Other program outcomes include creating stronger relationships with key partners while also recruiting new data partners. This ensures that quality data is obtained and increases public and partner access to AVDRS data to assist in informing violence prevention activities and policies. The program will increase awareness and understanding of the relationship of social determinants of health and violent death-related health disparities. NVDRS will also allow the state to analyze characteristics and trends of violent deaths which no other entity in the state is currently analyzing. The program will continue to target all violent deaths in the state’s 67 counties which occur during the performance period of the grant.
The goals for NVDRS will include creating and maintaining a continually improving surveillance system that collects high quality and comprehensive violent death information in a timely manner that complies with CDC guidelines; disseminating NVDRS data to partners and the public to support violence prevention; and exploring innovative methods of accessing, reporting, and sharing data. Strategies to complete these goals will include: implementing NVDRS, collecting and abstracting data required by NVDRS, assessing the current death toll of violence in Alabama using death certificate information and additional data uploaded to NVDRS to show how Alabama rates compare to national rates, generating an annual report for the state using de-identified NVDRS data, and exploring innovative methods of accessing, reporting, and sharing data to include violence prevention advocacy groups.
The Surveillance and Prevention Branch will continue its established partnerships that will benefit NVDRS. Those partnerships are with the Alabama Child Death Review System and the Sudden Unexplained Drug Overdose Reporting System. Collaboration with these two programs will assist in expanding the use of NVDRS data.