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25 Jun, 2024

Surgeon general declares firearm violence a public health crisis: U-M experts available

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has declared firearm violence a public health crisis, saying it’s time to deploy approaches similar to lifesaving anti-smoking and traffic safety campaigns to decrease deaths and injuries caused by guns. Researchers at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, School of Public Health and Michigan Medicine have endorsed this […]

18 Jun, 2024

Media Mention: Tip Lines Can Lower Violence Exposure in Schools

The most visible school security measures — police officers, cameras, metal detectors — have dominated research and public debate on school safety for decades. School administrators looking for the best ways to protect students and reassure families now have evidence for another, less visible tool: anonymous reporting systems. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded […]

17 Jun, 2024

What parents in Michigan – and everywhere – should know about secure gun storage after the Crumbley convictions

Drs. April Zeoli and Justin Heinze join Dr. Frank E. Vandervort in this editorial, published in The Conversation, that speaks about the evidence base behind safe storage policies and other firearm injury prevention strategies that adults can utilize to reduce firearm-related harms among youth. Additional media mentions Yahoo! News New Haven Register SFGate Houston […]

16 May, 2024

Media Mention: Stopping the gun violence epidemic

Last year, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a landmark package of bills that included the establishment of extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) in Michigan. U-M faculty with diverse research interests are studying the causes of gun violence, exploring various interventions to address the problem, and helping to shape public policies and programs designed to make […]

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 […]

17 Jan, 2024

Anonymous tip line flags thousands of firearm threats in schools

A look at one state’s use of Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, which provides K-12 students a way to confidentially report concerning behaviors, found that youth submitted thousands of tips each year on firearm-related risks. The study, led by researchers from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention in partnership with Sandy […]

23 Oct, 2023

U-M receives $7.9M to support school safety research

The University of Michigan recently received a $7.9 million federal grant to expand and strengthen training and technical assistance efforts designed to address emerging issues impacting K-12 schools and communities nationwide. The three-year grant, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will support the National Center for School Safety in providing expert-led training, technical assistance […]

27 Mar, 2023

Another mass shooting at an American school: U-M experts available

EXPERTS ADVISORY The University of Michigan has several faculty experts who can discuss the United States’ epidemic of mass shootings. The latest mass shooting came Monday at a private elementary school in Nashville, where at least three children and three staff members died. The shooter is reportedly a 28-year-old female, an extreme rarity in mass […]

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