Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Gun violence

It’s About Exposure: High U.S. Childhood Mortality Rates Due to Car Crashes and Firearm Assaults

January 10, 2018
New study tells us that teen driver car crashes and gun assaults cause US to lag behind other wealthy nations in reducing childhood mortality rates. How can we reduce exposure to these risks for our youth?

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Five Years After Sandy Hook: Why Reframing Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue is Essential

December 14, 2017
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, when 20 children and six educators were shot and killed. Read on for perspective on how a public health approach can transform efforts to reduce gun violence involving youth.

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ICYMI: Golf Carts, Off-Road Vehicles, Lightning Strike, Youth Football, and More

September 29, 2017
Read on for our ICYMI roundup of noteworthy news and articles for September 2017.

Back-to-School Concerns: Don’t Forget About Guns in the Home

August 29, 2017
As back-to-school time approaches, it’s a good time to remind parents and caregivers to ask about the presence of a gun in a home before they allow their children to visit.

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ASK Day: A question that can’t wait

June 21, 2017
Today is ASK Day, when parents, caregivers and pediatricians alike are called upon to remember that, when it comes to guns in the home, Asking Saves Kids. Asking is framed around a simple question: “Is there an unlocked gun where your kids play?”

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National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2nd

May 24, 2016
Next Thursday, June 2nd, National Gun Violence Awareness Day will be marked with events around the country. Among children and youth aged 1-24 years, guns cause two times as many deaths as cancer, five times as many as heart disease, and 20 times as many as infections. CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative is dedicated to bringing a trauma-informed approach to violence prevention intervention at multiple touchpoints in a child’s lifespan, including an Emergency Department-based program which provides direct services to patients who are treated for assault injuries.

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You Can Counsel Families About Gun Safety in the Home

October 9, 2015
Recently, a question was forwarded to me from a primary care practice in Pennsylvania: “Can the physician ask about guns in the household and document this in the medical record? Or can they only discuss gun safety?” This blog dispels confusion for clinicians caused by media attention about proposed legislation that has not been implemented.

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