Hospitals could play bigger role in preventing gun violence, study says

By Ximena Conde, WHYY | January 27, 2019

Stoneleigh Fellow Ted Corbin’s Healing Hurt People program is featured by WHYY as one of only 25 formal violence intervention programs in the United States; it is one of 2 in Philadelphia.

A new study suggests hospital emergency rooms across the country could play a bigger role in preventing gun violence.

“The emergency department may be [gunshot victims’] only contact with the health care system, and what we know is that represents an opportunity to try and prevent a repeat injury,” said Dr. Kit Delgado, assistant professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the researchers on the study.

One way trauma centers are working to prevent gun violence is through hospital-based  intervention programs that can provide counseling and even educate people on gun safety.

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