Center for Injury Research and Prevention

ICYMI February 2018: A Call to Action for Gun Safety, Recognizing Warning Signs of Violence and Abuse, Head Injuries in Children, Adverse Childhood Experiences and More

February 28, 2018

Here is a roundup of some newsworthy articles from the past month:

Gun Violence News to Support Your Advocacy

How to Help Your Kids Spot and Report Signs of Mass Violence Before Tragedy Strikes -- In addition to broaching topics such as gun safety and helping kids process emotional and psychological trauma, adults are tasked with preparing children to recognize and report warning signs of violence before horrific events occur. These tips from TIME magazine include learning how to recognize when someone is leaking their intention. 

America's Frontline Physicians Call on Government to Act on the Public Health Epidemic of Gun Violence -- This call to action from four major physician organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (which represents 450,000 physicians and medical student members), names gun violence as a public health epidemic that is growing in frequency and lethality, and which is taking a toll on their patients. 

AAP Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida -- Also from the AAP.

American Pediatric Surgical Association Firearms and Children Policy Statement --  This 2013 statement, co-authored by CHOP's own Michael Nance, MD, isn't new but is still just as relevant and a great resource to reference.

Other Child Injury-Relevant News

CDC Report to Congress: The Management of Traumatic Brain Injury on Children -- This report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details the impact a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have on children and their families. The report also: Identifies gaps in care, provides opportunities for action to reduce the gaps, and highlights key policy strategies to address the short and long-term consequences of a TBI.

Parental Report of Significant Head Injuries in Children Aged 3–17 Years: United States, 2016 -- This CDC reports that head injuries increase with age, and also reports on the demographic differences on the prevalence of head injuries. 

Three Warning Signs Your Student is Experiencing Abuse and Three Things You Can Do to Help -- The National Organizations for Youth Safety shares tips from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to help educators recognize the signs of abuse among their students.

Practice is the Key to Safe Driving in Teens -- This New York Times article highlights the importance of driving practice in reducing teen crash risk. Click here for resources and tips on teen driving practice. 

The Long Term Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences -- This brief New York Times interview with Dr. Burke Harris, who founded and runs the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, touches on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on long term health.