The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is seeking funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). By sustaining the Arkansas Violent Death Reporting System (ARVDRS), the state will advance linking data from law enforcement, coroner, medical examiner, vital statistics and crime laboratories to help design and implement tailored violence prevention and intervention efforts. Tracking this data through a violent death reporting system provides an essential tool for addressing violent deaths by increasing and strengthening the information available for effective, evidence-based violence prevention initiatives. This will assist organizations in creating targeted violence prevention efforts, supporting evaluation efforts of violence prevention interventions, and working toward improving the public’s access to violent death information.
In Arkansas, suicide is the top leading cause of injury-related death. In 2020, there were 583 suicides ARVDRS will provide details on demographics, method of injury, the relationship between the victim and suspect, if applicable, and information about circumstances such as depression, financial stressors, or relationship problems. The State of Arkansas is committed to preventing violent deaths of its citizens. To prevent deaths, ADH and other stakeholders must understand all of the factors involved. Creating the ARDVRS will provide a more complete picture of violent deaths and where they occur, helping the state to identify where prevention efforts should be focused.
The project will focus on the following four points: 1. Collect NVDRS data. 2. Analyze, interpret, and disseminate NVDRS data annually to characterize trends in violence mortality, understand disparities, and inform violence prevention efforts. 3. Conduct data-driven planning, monitoring and evaluation to support continuous surveillance improvement. 4. Build capacity for epidemiologic science, geocoding, and conducting linkage to data with information on social determinants of health or other relevant data.