Posted: August 1, 2016

Firearm Injury and Prevention Project

Description

The Firearm Injury and Prevention Project was a cumulative project that involved both individual effort and group work. Gun violence is a public health problem which results in thousands of deaths and injuries annually in the US. To get a better understanding of gun rights and gun control and seek more pragmatic solutions for implementing gun injury prevention measures, students were placed into teams that investigated how research, policy, historical, socio-cultural and behavioral factors influence the conversation around gun rights and gun control in the US. Each team was required to gather, synthesize, and organize this information on a wiki-page which was reviewed and critiqued by peers. At the end of the semester, a panel discussion which was open to the department faculty, students and staff was held, where each group presented their findings and responded to peer critiques. This project allowed students to think more comprehensively and critically about gun rights and control.

Keywords

Population Health, Public Health Sciences, Injury Prevention, Gun Violence, Firearms

Authors

Cara Pennel, DrPH, MPH, University of Texas Medical Branch

Christine M. Arcari, PhD, MPH, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

John Prochaska, DrPH, MPH, University of Texas Medical Branch

Kaitlin Ashmore, MPH, Baylor University

Kristen Peek, PhD, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Laura Rudkin, PhD, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Miriam Mutambudzi, PhD, MPH, University of Texas Medical Branch


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