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15 May, 2024

Two firearm injury prevention research faculty members honored with recognition and achievement awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research will honor six research faculty members from across the University of Michigan for their significant contributions and leadership, including two from the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention. Dr. Hsing-Fang Hsieh, co-director of the Training and Education Core at the Institute, will receive the Research Faculty Recognition Award, […]

06 May, 2024

Injury Prevention Science and Firearm Injury in Pediatric Health

In an accompanying editorial published in JAMA, Drs. Patrick Carter, Laura Seewald and Marc Zimmerman note the findings from a recent study highlight the critical and urgent need for the U.S. to address firearm injury using established public health principles and science that parallel those that have been applied to other leading causes of death, […]

01 May, 2024

Media Mention: University of Michigan study engages parents in protecting young children from unintentional shootings

After teens, young children from birth to 5 years old are the largest age group impacted by unintentional shootings and have the highest number of firearm fatalities in the United States. And an estimated 30 million US children lived in households with firearms. Research is limited on firearm safety perspectives and practices of parents with young children, and […]

17 Apr, 2024

Extreme risk protection order: What to know if needed

The University of Michigan has published a web-based toolkit designed to support the use and implementation of Michigan’s new extreme risk protection order, or ERPO, law. Also known as a red flag law, Michigan’s ERPO law went into effect in February with the goal of intervening when someone is at risk of using a firearm […]

16 Apr, 2024

Active shooter drills are meant to keep schools safe, but are they doing harm?

A new national effort to understand how active shooter drills may affect the health and well-being of K-12 students and school staff begins this week with the first meeting of a committee operating under the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Justin Heinze, associate professor of health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan […]

11 Apr, 2024

Media Mention: How a new rule on the gun show ‘loophole’ would impact West MI

Tens of thousands of firearm dealers across the country will now be required to run background checks on buyers. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) finalized a new rule, which mandates people who sell guns online, by mail, or at flea markets and firearm shows […]

09 Apr, 2024

2024 Capitol Hill Policy Briefing – U.S. Gun Violence Exported Abroad

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, participated in a panel for the 2024 Capitol Hill Policy Briefing – U.S. Gun Violence Exported Abroad on April 9. Dr. Weigend Vargas discussed his research around firearm imports and exports and their impact on not only the U.S., but […]

08 Apr, 2024

Media Mention: Real-Time Opioid Overdose Data Improves Safety Response from Community

Opioid overdose deaths have grown ten-fold in Michigan since 2000, and the opioid epidemic continues to be a major public health crisis impacting thousands of Michiganders and their loved ones. To improve coordinated community response to opioid overdoses, University of Michigan researchers are placing near-real time data in the hands of public health and safety officers. […]

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