February 25, 2019
Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy John Zeber recently appeared on Connecting Point, a news show produced by local PBS station WGBY. During the interview Zeber discussed a recent study exploring the feasibility of introducing gun safety discussions and interventions into routine health care settings.
Zeber, with team leader Rinad Beidas at the University of Pennsylvania and other co-investigators, suggest that there is some support for promoting firearm safety in pediatric primary care as a universal suicide prevention strategy for adolescents.
The team assessed the needs of stakeholders who would implement a new approach to promoting a program the researchers call Firearm Safety Check. This program is designed for physicians to ask families about the presence of firearms in the home, offer information on safe gun storage and provide free gun locks.