June 2022

In recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the Office of the Vice President for Research partnered with the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention to highlight ways in which the University of Michigan is generating knowledge and advancing solutions to reduce firearm injuries and deaths.

U-M researchers partner with UP community to improve firearm safety, reduce injuries

Cynthia Ewell Foster, a clinical psychologist at the University of Michigan, has been working with groups from across Marquette County to develop and implement a new firearm safety education program that is tailored for families living in rural communities. Her research and engagement efforts inspired Store Safely, a four-step online program that provides tools and resources so that families can help prevent injuries and firearm misuse among children and teens.

U-M launches training program for firearm injury prevention research

"This training grant will help us build a stronger research pipeline here at Michigan so that we can apply injury prevention science to find solutions that reduce firearm injuries and deaths, ultimately making our communities safer across the nation."

Asian Americans armed themselves during the pandemic in response to racial acts

"For me, as a public health researcher and nurse by training, the focus is 'How do we protect people?' Not only those people who buy the firearms and their families, but also people around them in their neighborhoods and in the larger society."

Firearms now top cause of death among children, adolescents

"As a nation, we turn to scientific evidence to prevent injuries and deaths, and firearms should be no different. U-M has incredible expertise in this space, and we will continue to use our collective knowledge to create safer and more vibrant communities."

Increased organized activities could help reduce firearm violence among youth

"Our study supports the idea that engaging youth in supervised, prosocial activities is vital to help them feel connected to others for support and mentorship, which can break the cycle of victimization to violence—especially firearm violence."
With a $10 million commitment over the next five years, U-M launched its Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention in June 2021 to formulate and answer critical questions around safety and violence.

The institute explores firearm injuries across the lifespan, including suicide, community and school-based violence, domestic violence, peer violence and police violence, as well as disparities in susceptibility to firearm injuries by race, gender, geographic location and socioeconomic status.
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