Marcella Sorg Will Lead Project To Analyze Data on Violent Deaths

Dr. Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine and Dr. Margaret Greenwald, recently retired Chief Medical Examiner, will lead Maine’s effort in a newly announced project to analyze violent deaths. The State of Maine has received funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather critical data on violent deaths in Maine using the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) over the next five years. Among other things, this grant will allow the state to gather detailed information about the relationship between domestic abuse, homicide and suicide.

NVDRS helps state and local officials understand when and how violent deaths occur by linking data from law enforcement, coroners and medical examiners, vital statistics, and crime laboratories. Using this data, public health practitioners and violence prevention professionals can develop tailored intervention efforts to reduce the incidence of violent deaths.

Dr. Greenwald and Dr. Sorg have previously collaborated to analyze statistics on drug deaths. Their work on drug deaths is nationally recognized and has provided important information to guide drug policy decisions here in Maine. Under the new grant Maine will receive $194,347 each year for five years for data collection and analysis and will compare its data with similar information from the State of Vermont.

For additional information about NVDRS, see www.cdc.gov/violencePrevention/NVDRS/index.html

See the UMaine News article at http://umaine.edu/news/blog/2014/10/29/public-health-and-safety/