Taking Back the ‘F Word’: Depoliticizing Firearms and Focusing on Safety to Protect Children and Teens

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Thousands of kids die each year because of guns, both from intentional and unintentional shootings. And tragically, the loss of these young lives is largely preventable. It's true that while school shootings get a lot of media attention, they make up a very small fraction of the children and teens who are killed by guns each year in the US.

In this episode, we talk to three researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Michigan Medicine to learn more about the public health work being done to increase firearm safety and reduce the number of gun-related injuries and deaths for American children and teens.

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In This Episode

Rebecca CunninghamRebecca Cunningham, MD

Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Professor, Emergency Medicine, Michigan Medicine

In addition to her roles as professor of Health Behavior & Health Education and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Cunningham is interim vice president for research at the University of Michigan; director of the CDC-funded University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, and principal investigator of the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium. Her expertise is in ED-based research on substance use, violence, and other negative outcomes, particularly among children, and the development and application of behavioral interventions. Learn more.

Justin Heinze

Justin E. Heinze, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Dr. Heinze is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health. Dr. 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. Learn more.

Marc ZimmermanMarc Zimmerman, PhD

Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health     
Professor, Psychology

Dr. Zimmerman is the director of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan and the CDC-funded Youth Violence Prevention Center. Dr. Zimmerman's research focuses on adolescent health and resiliency, and empowerment theory. His work on adolescent health examines how positive factors in adolescent's lives help them overcome risks they face. Learn more.


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