Kaiser Permanente Announces New Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative

This week, Kaiser Permanente announced the formation of the Kaiser Permanente Task Force on Firearm Injury Prevention and a $2 million investment in research to prevent injuries and death caused by firearms. In 2016, firearm-related injuries caused over 30,000 deaths in the United States, and Kaiser Permanente treated more than 11,000 victims of gunshot wounds in 2016 and 2017.

Pointing to the growing rates of firearm-related injuries and death, whether by suicide, homicide, or accident, Kaiser Permanente outlined its commitment to injury prevention and the health and wellbeing of the communities it serves. Under this new initiative, Kaiser Permanente plans to collaborate with key stakeholders to share research findings and disseminate best practices through wide-ranging networks, including webinars, white papers, and peer-reviewed publications.

The full Kaiser Permanente announcement is available here.