CDC Expands National Database Tracking Violent Deaths to 32 States

September 9, 2014 in News

On Monday, CDC announced plans to expand a national system that tracks violent deaths in the U.S. and the circumstances surrounding those deaths, such as mental illnesses, Modern Healthcare reports (Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare, 9/8).

Background on Reporting System

The National Violent Death Reporting System links information from multiple sources to help states understand when and how violent deaths — such as homicides and suicides — occur, and work to prevent them. Specifically, the system includes data from:

  • Law enforcement;
  • Coroners;
  • Medical examiners;
  • Vital statistics; and
  • Crime laboratories.

The system is able to provide states with information on victims’ demographics, the method of injury and potentially relevant circumstances, including instances of depression, stressful personal relationships or financial concerns (CDC release, 9/8).

Details of Expansion

CDC is using $7.5 million in funding to expand NVDRS to an additional 14 states, for a total of 32 states.

New participating states include:

  • Arizona;
  • Connecticut;
  • Hawaii;
  • Iowa;
  • Illinois;
  • Indiana;
  • Kansas;
  • Maine;
  • Minnesota;
  • New Hampshire;
  • New York;
  • Pennsylvania;
  • Vermont; and
  • Washington (Modern Healthcare, 9/8).
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