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FACTS Consortium August Newsletter 
As we move through the dog days of summer we know that the community dedicated to firearm research is moving faster than ever. FACTS continues to be committed to the path forward and we are looking forward to the sharing and discussion on the outstanding science that has been submitted for  the 3rd Annual Symposium: The Science of Firearm Injury Prevention on October 4, 2021. Please encourage your teams and colleagues and trainees to join the virtual symposium this fall as we build together knowledge and solutions for the future. 

Rebecca Cunningham, MD
Marc Zimmerman, PhD
Patrick Carter, MD
Lynn Massey, MSW
Laney Rupp, MPH
FACTS 3rd Annual Symposium

The Science of Firearm Injury Prevention

Free virtual event

Date: October 4, 2021

Event Registration 

Join us to hear from expert researchers as they present firearm injury prevention as it relates to: racial disparities, community level prevention, improving data quality, implementing firearm data infrastructure, research funding opportunities and priorities, and consequences of firearm injuries. 

Questions: Please contact Lynn Massey

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Welcome FACTS Post-Doctoral Fellows
Karissa R. Pelletier, PhD, MS

Dr. Pelletier is a Post-doctoral Fellow of the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium. She earned her PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2021. She holds additional degrees in Sociology, Psychology, and Philosophy. Her past research has focused on weapon choice, firearm homicide, and the covariates of firearm homicides among children and teens. She has been published in the following journals: Homicide Studies, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, The Journal of Primary Prevention, and Journal of Family Violence. Her research interests include violence, homicide, intimate partner violence and homicide, the prevention of firearm homicide among children and teens, and firearm laws. She has served as a project manager on two separate projects: the Preventing and Assessing IPH (Intimate Partner Homicide) Risk (PAIR) Studies, which aims to update IPH risk assessments, and the Monumentum Project, which aims to draw attention to the problem of firearm violence among children and teens through the use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology.

Leigh Rauk, PhD

Dr. Rauk is a Critical Community Psychologist focusing specifically on firearm outcomes among youth in school settings. She earned her PhD in Community Psychology from the University of Miami in 2021. As a FACTS post-doctoral fellow, she will study the effects of armed school guards and physical security measures on firearm outcomes. She is particularly interested in understanding the racial disparities observed across different types of firearm outcomes and use of armed guards in schools. She is passionate about using research to inform our understanding of the intersection of schooling and firearm safety. As a community psychologist and community-engaged scholar, she has experience building collaborative relationships with community members and stakeholders, specifically young people who are deeply impacted by the issue, to inform and generate actionable research. 

Laura Seewald, MD

Dr. Seewald is an adult emergency medicine physician at the University of Michigan and current post-doctoral fellow with the FACTS Consortium.  The focus of her post-doctoral research and education is in the field of firearm injury prevention, with a specific interest in interventions for high-risk youth populations. Her current work with FACTS aims to examine parental attitudes towards healthcare provider firearm safety counseling. 
Dr. Jonathan Jay (FACTS previous post-doc) is awarded the Career Development (KL2) Award from the Boston University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute, to conduct mentored research using systems science methods to address racial disparities in youth firearm injury. 
Systems Modeling for Reducing Disparities in Youth Firearm Violence
Reducing racial/ethnic disparities in youth firearm injuries is likely to require multilevel intervention strategies that address a range of social, environmental, and societal influences. Dr. Jay’s KL2 project uses systems science methods, including group model building and computer simulation modeling, to identify promising leverage points and combination approaches. This career development award includes advanced training in community-engaged research, agent-based modeling, and critical race theory. His co-primary mentors are Dr. Emily Rothman, Professor of Community Health Sciences at BUSPH, and Dr. Sandro Galea, the Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at BUSPH. More info here.
April Zeoli, PhD, MPH answered questions on a PBS NewsHour Live feature titled “Ask the Experts: How are Guns, Violence, and Domestic Violence Connected?”. Access the recording here:
Firearm Purchasing During the Beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Households with Teens: A National Study
The FACTS Consortium is excited to offer a new visual abstract of the FACTS National Survey by Rebeccah Sokol, PhD, MSPH, Marc Zimmerman, PhD, Laney Rupp, MPH, Justin Heinze, PhD, Rebecca M. Cunningham, MD, & Patrick M. Carter, MD. To learn more about the authors visit the FACTS website.
Published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, the study surveyed parents and their teens across the country.
The authors found that 1 in 7 households purchasing a firearm had a teen screening positive for depressive symptoms and firearms were not 100% stored safely. This continues to support the need for further research to prevent the second leading cause of death among teens.
We are a growing community of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners working to prevent firearm injury among children and teens. Consider becoming a member of our consortium as we begin to move the research field forward. Membership includes:
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FACTS Faculty Publications
Children & Youth:
Pulcini CD, Goyal MK, Hall M, De Souza HG, Chaudhary S, Alpern ER, Fein JA, Fleegler EW. Mental Health Utilization and Expenditures for Children Pre-Post Firearm Injury. Am J Prev Med. 2021 Jul;61(1):133-135. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2021.01.024. PMID: 33744062; PMCID: PMC8217206.

Gastineau KAB, Williams DJ, Hall M, Goyal MK, Wells J, Freundlich KL, Carroll AR, Browning WL, Doherty K, Fritz CQ, Frost PA, Kreth H, Plancarte C, Barkin S. Pediatric Firearm-Related Hospital Encounters During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2021 May 12:e2021050223. doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-050223. PMID: 33980696.

Zimmerman MA, Bartholow BN, Carter PM, Cunningham RM, Gorman-Smith D, Heinze JE, Hohl B, Kingston BE, Sigel EJ, Sullivan TN, Vagi KJ, Bowen DA, Wendel ML. Youth Firearm Injury Prevention: Applications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Funded Youth Violence Prevention Centers. Am J Public Health. 2021 May;111(S1):S32-S34. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306311. PMID: 34038154; PMCID: PMC8157802.

Carter PM, Zimmerman MA, Cunningham RM. Addressing Key Gaps in Existing Longitudinal Research and Establishing a Pathway Forward for Firearm Violence Prevention Research. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2021 May-Jun;50(3):367-384. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2021.1913741. PMID: 34086512; PMCID: PMC8186821.

Donnelly KA, Rucker A, Boyle MD, Fornari MJ, Badolato GM, Goyal MK. Experiencing Bullying Is Associated With Firearm Access, Weapon Carriage, Depression, Marijuana Use, and Justice Involvement in Adolescents. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2021 Jun 11. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000002473. PMID: 34116552.

Lam E, Moreno M, Bennett E, Rowhani-Rahbar A. Receptiveness and Responsiveness Toward Using Social Media for Safe Firearm Storage Outreach: Mixed Methods Study. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Jun 18;23(6):e24458. doi: 10.2196/24458. PMID: 34142974; PMCID: PMC8277364.

Bandealy A, Goyal MK, Dooley DG. This Is Very Much Our Lane: Childhood Firearm Exposure and Adult Outcomes. Pediatrics. 2021 Jul 1:e2021050607. doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-050607. PMID: 34210741.

Adult Population:
Conner A, Azrael D, Miller M. Firearm Safety Discussions Between Clinicians and U.S. Adults Living in Households With Firearms: Results From a 2019 National Survey. Ann Intern Med. 2021 May;174(5):725-728. doi: 10.7326/M20-6314. PMID: 33347768.

Merrill-Francis M, McGinty EE, Barry CL, Webster DW, Crifasi CK. Association between gun owner attitudes and their behavior in private firearm sales. Prev Med. 2021 Jun;147:106454. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106454. Epub 2021 Feb 10.PMID: 33581183.

Adhia A, Lyons VH, Moe CA, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Rivara FP. Nonfatal use of firearms in intimate partner violence: Results of a national survey. Prev Med. 2021 Jun;147:106500. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106500. Epub 2021 Mar 3. PMID: 33667471; PMCID: PMC8096701.

Haviland MJ, Gause E, Rivara FP, Bowen AG, Hanron A, Rowhani-Rahbar A. Assessment of county-level proxy variables for household firearm ownership. Prev Med. 2021 Jul;148:106571. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106571. PMID: 33894232.

Crifasi CK, Ward JA, McGinty EE, Webster DW, Barry CL. Public opinion on gun policy by race and gun ownership status. Prev Med. 2021 Aug;149:106607. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106607. PMID: 33984373; PMCID: PMC8273872.

Magee LA, Ranney ML, Fortenberry JD, Rosenman M, Gharbi S, Wiehe SE. Identifying nonfatal firearm assault incidents through linking police data and clinical records: Cohort study in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2007-2016. Prev Med. 2021 Aug;149:106605. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106605. PMID: 33992657; PMCID: PMC8238077.

Wallin MA, Holliday CN, Zeoli AM. The Association of Federal and State-level Firearm Restriction Policies With Intimate Partner Homicide: A Re-analysis by Race of the Victim. J Interpers Violence. 2021 Jun 18:8862605211021988. doi: 10.1177/08862605211021988. PMID: 34144667.

Crifasi CK, Ward JA, McGinty EE, Webster DW, Barry CL. Gun purchasing behaviours during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, March to mid-July 2020. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2021 Jun 24:1-5. doi: 10.1080/09540261.2021.1901669. PMID: 34167429.

Hoops K, Fahimi J, Khoeur L, Studenmund C, Barber C, Barnhorst A, Betz ME, Crifasi CK, Davis JA, Dewispelaere W, Fisher L, Howard PK, Ketterer A, Marcolini E, Nestadt PS, Rozel J, Simonetti JA, Spitzer S, Victoroff M, Williams BH, Howley L, Ranney ML. Consensus-Driven Priorities for Firearm Injury Education Among Medical Professionals. Acad Med. 2021 Jul 6. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004226. PMID: 34232149.

Sokol RL, Zimmerman MA, Rupp L, Heinze JE, Cunningham RM, Carter PM. Firearm purchasing during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in households with teens: a national study. J Behav Med. 2021 Jul 9:1–9. doi: 10.1007/s10865-021-00242-w. PMID: 34241756; PMCID: PMC8269400.

Sokol RL, Marineau L, Zimmerman MA, Rupp LA, Cunningham RM, Carter PM. Why some parents made firearms more accessible during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic: results from a national study. J Behav Med. 2021 Jul 23. doi: 10.1007/s10865-021-00243-9. PMID: 34297258.

Floyd AS, Lyons VH, Whiteside LK, Haggerty KP, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A. Barriers to recruitment, retention and intervention delivery in a randomized trial among patients with firearm injuries. Inj Epidemiol. 2021 Jul 26;8(1):37. doi: 10.1186/s40621-021-00331-z. PMID: 34304738.

Bonomi A, Zeoli AM, Martin D, & Shanahan S. (Eds.) Special Issue on Domestic-, Family-, and Firearm-related Intimate Homicide: Shifting the Paradigm. Journal of Family Violence, 36(5), July 2021. 

Negin J, Alpers P, Nassar N, Hemenway D. Australian Firearm Regulation at 25 - Successes, Ongoing Challenges, and Lessons for the World. N Engl J Med. 2021 Apr 29;384(17):1581-1583. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2102574. Epub 2021 Apr 24. PMID: 33909963.

Reeping PM, Hemenway D. The association between weather and the number of daily shootings in Chicago (2012-2016). Inj Epidemiol. 2020 Jun 22;7(1):31. doi: 10.1186/s40621-020-00260-3. PMID: 32564771; PMCID: PMC7310019.

Weigend Vargas E, Hemenway D. Emotional and physical symptoms after gun victimization in the United States, 2009-2019. Prev Med. 2021 Feb;143:106374. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106374. Epub 2020 Dec 14. PMID: 33326829.
Other Events

2nd Annual Virtual Injury Prevention Center Research Symposium

Using Technology to Advance Injury Prevention Surveillance, Interventions, and Training
This free virtual symposium will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 from 12:30 pm – 5 pm EST.

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center has organized a unique event for researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and students to disseminate research, facilitate new collaborations, and explore new ideas for injury prevention research. The theme of this symposium is “Using Technology to Advance Injury Prevention Surveillance, Interventions, and Training.”

Click here to see additional details, call for abstracts and registration
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