Kaiser Permanente is investing $2 million in research to prevent gun injuries and death, launching the Kaiser Permanente Task Force on Firearm Injury Prevention as part of its work, which seeks to reduce preventable gun-related injuries and death.
“Going forward, we will study interventions to prevent gun injuries the same way we study cancer, heart disease and other leading causes of preventable death in America,” says Dr. Bechara Choucair, Kaiser Permanente’s chief community health officer and task force co-lead.
The clinician-guided research will identify evidence-based tools to guide clinical and community prevention efforts, collaborating with key stakeholders to share findings and disseminate best practices through various channels such as webinars, white papers and peer-reviewed publications.
“We will share our insights and provide practical, real-world guidance in clinical and community settings,” says Dr. Elizabeth McGlynn, vice president for Kaiser Permanente Research, who will help lead development of the research initiative. “We plan to make our research results publicly available and hope to serve as a model for addressing and effectively disseminating research findings in communities nationwide. We encourage other private-sector and philanthropic organizations to join us in funding this much-needed public health research.”