The purpose of the Alaska Violent Death Report System (AKVDRS) is to maintain and improve the State's capacity to collect, analyze, and disseminate accurate, timely, and comprehensive surveillance data on all violent deaths occurring in Alaska and to aid in state and national strategic prevention planning and intervention planning.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Epidemiology, Injury Surveillance Program will engage in following primary activities:
1.Implement a plan to maintain and improve the AKVDRS targeting violent deaths meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) case definitions across jurisdictions and agencies;
2.Collect and abstract comprehensive data on all violent deaths (occurring from September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2027) from death certificates, medical examiner autopsy and toxicology reports, and law enforcement investigation reports using the CDC-NVDRS web-based data entry program and guidelines provided by CDC;
3.Disseminate AKVDRS summary data to stakeholders and the public through publications, electronic dashboard, presentations, web-based epidemiology data briefs and fact sheets;
4.Process data summary requests for community health assessments and prevention program managers and specialists and other key stakeholders;
5.Explore methods of accessing, reporting and sharing data that could lead to improved timeliness and greater utilization of data for prevention efforts; and
6.Investigate new avenues for communication to enhance prevention and increased collaboration with researchers, prevention professionals, and academia.
The AKVDRS maintains critical partnerships with all key data providers including but not limited to Alaska Health Analytics and Vital Records Section, Alaska State Medical Examiners Office, Alaska State Troopers, and other agencies responsible for death surveillance (e.g., Child Death Review, Alaska Veterans Healthcare System). In addition, the AKVDRS maintains an advisory group inclusive of representatives from all key data providers, federal/state/municipal agencies, academia, tribal and public health organizations, behavioral and mental health practitioners, prevention specialists and other stakeholders and data users. The AKVDRS maintains quality assurance and evaluation processes in accordance with CDC guidelines.
The AKVDRS data is disseminated via several formats and schedules including Epidemiology Bulletins, reports, electronic dashboard (IBIS), and other media formats, peer-review articles, and formal presentations at state and national conferences.