Public Health IDEAS for Preventing Firearm Injuries

Firearm injury and death — as a result of interpersonal violence, suicide, and unintentional shootings — has become a persistent and pressing public health crisis in the US. The causes are complex, involving factors across the ecological spectrum from individual behavior to policy-related issues. Through our collective efforts, we will help understand, respond to, and prevent firearm injury and death.

We will approach this problem through a public health lens that promotes prevention through data-driven and evidence-based intervention, engages community members and other stakeholders, and centers health equity across populations at risk for firearm injury.

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Faculty Leadership

Justin HeinzeJustin Heinze
Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Heinze's research interests include developmental transitions, social exclusion/ostracism, school safety and longitudinal data methodology. Current projects examine the social determinants of health and risk behavior in adolescence and emerging adulthood, including substance use, anxiety, and youth violence.

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