Children's Hospital Colorado

Fighting Gun Violence (S6:E44)

In 2020, firearm injuries were the leading cause of death in Americans 18 years old and younger. There was a total of 3,230 children’s deaths, of which 63 percent were homicide, 30 percent were suicide, 4 percent were unintentional injury, 2 percent were undetermined and 0.4 percent were legal interventions. Healthcare providers who regularly interact with parents and children are well-positioned to discuss evidence-based strategies that reduce unauthorized access to firearms and minimize the risk of firearm injury.

Listen to our expert discuss firearm violence

Maya Haasz, MD, joins host Dan Nicklas, MD, to discuss trends in gun violence and explain what providers can do to address firearm safety issues with patient families. From fostering social connections to supporting families in making firearm safety decisions that reflect their values, Dr. Haasz explains what we all can do to protect kids at the highest risk for exposure to gun violence. 

Dr. Haasz is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado. 

In this episode, our guest discusses:

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