Law and Policy Issues in Reducing Firearm Violence Among Children and Teens: The Role of Public Health

Law and Policy Issues in Reducing Firearm Violence Among Children and Teens: The Role of Public Health

Dates: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 2:00pm

In light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, and current federal and state debates about firearm legislation, this webinar takes a look at laws and policies that are known to reduce levels of firearm-related injuries, whether those injuries were intentional or not. Jon S. Vernick of the National Public Health Law Center will walk participants through the scope of the problem, practices that are and are not proven to reduce firearm-related injuries and death, and public health law issues, with a special focus on children and teens.

Learning Objectives:

During this webinar, participants will learn about:

• The scope of the problem of intentional and unintentional firearm-related injuries among teens and children

• Best practices, policies and programs for reducing firearm-related injuries

• Commonly used practices, policies and programs which are not proven to reduce firearm-related injuries and death

• Challenges in public health law related to firearms and what they mean for practitioners

About the Speaker:

Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prof. Vernick is also Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and of the Center for Law and the Public's Health. He is principal instructor for courses on Issues in Injury and Violence Prevention, and Public Health and the Law. He is Co-Director of the School's MPH/JD joint degree program and an Associate Chair of the school-wide MPH program.

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