June 2021

In recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the Office of the Vice President for Research partnered with the Public Engagement and Impact Team to produce eight podcasts in which faculty across the University of Michigan discuss their work around firearm injury prevention.

U-M to establish new Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention

The University of Michigan will launch a new Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention to generate knowledge and advance innovative solutions that reduce firearm injury, a public health crisis that leads to more than 100 deaths per day across the United States.

Addressing a complex threat

Rebecca Cunningham discusses how the university can leverage its expertise and partnerships to decrease firearm injury and death, all while respecting Americans' Second Amendment rights.

An education on firearm safety

Cindy Ewell Foster is partnering with residents in the Upper Peninsula to develop a firearm safety education program that aims to reduce morbidity and mortality among youth.

Safe storage to reduce suicide

Lisa Wexler is developing a suicide prevention approach to encourage safe firearm storage in homes across rural and remote Alaska, which has suicide rates far above national averages.

Building awareness through art

Creative events and innovative artworks can help generate awareness around the impact of firearm violence and also help individuals affected by the ongoing crisis heal, says Jane Prophet.

Community greening efforts

Research endeavors led by Marc Zimmerman show that engaging local residents in community greening efforts can lead to a substantial reduction in firearm violence.

Preventing risky firearm behavior

Patrick Carter is studying whether a behavioral intervention program can reduce risky firearm behavior and violence among youth in urban communities who seek emergency care.

Improving school safety

Justin Heinze researches school-based violence and is measuring the efficacy of a new anonymous reporting system that is designed for early identification of threats in a school community.

Identifying risk for firearm injury

Jason Goldstick is exploring whether machine learning can assess young people's risk for firearm violence so that prevention resources and emergency interventions work effectively.
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