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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

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National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)

National Violent Death Reporting System Logo and linkNVDRS is the only state-based anonymous surveillance system that covers all types of violent deaths. NVDRS collects information about the who, what, where, and how on violent deaths and provides insight about why they occurred. No personally identifiable information is collected in NVDRS web-based system. NVDRS started in 2002 and went nationwide in 2018.

South Dakota Violent Death Reporting System (SD-VDRS)

South Dakota Violent Death Reporting System LogoThe South Dakota Department of Health received funding from CDC in 2018 to implement SD-VDRS. The first year of data collection started in January of 2019, which is a pilot year and is focused on Minnehaha and Pennington county. SD-VDRS will go statewide during the second year of funding, starting January 1, 2020.

SD-VDRS Data Sources:
  • Death Certificates
  • Coroner Reports
  • Law Enforcement Reports
Violent Deaths Include:
  • Suicides
  • Homicides
  • Undetermined Intent
  • Unintentional Firearm
  • Legal Intervention & Terrorism
Data Collected:
  • Victim Demographics
  • Injury and Death Information
  • Circumstances (mental health, substance abuse, life stressors, etc.)
  • Weapon and Suspect Information
  • Toxicology Findings
What SD-VDRS Can Do:
  • Guide state and local prevention efforts
  • Identify emerging issues
  • Educate our state and communities

SD-VDRS Resources:

SD-VDRS Reports:

Reports for 2019 will be available in June 2020 for violent deaths occurring in Minnehaha and Pennington Counties.

Additional Resources:

Contact:

Amanda Nelson, MPH
Injury Prevention Epidemiologist
South Dakota Department of Health
Amanda.Nelson@state.sd.us
605-367-7436

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