Injury by firearm is now the leading cause of death in children in the U.S.. Effective injury prevention requires first defining the problem and identifying risk and protective factors before implementing prevention strategies. There is no comprehensive source available to define firearm injuries, especially at the local level. We propose a local firearm injury surveillance model based on the socio-ecological injury prevention framework that combines injury data from health care, law enforcement, county services, and census data that can help to guide targeted firearm injury prevention interventions.

Key Take Away Points

1. Comprehensive firearm injury data is not readily available at the local level to guide injury prevention.

2. Local firearm injury surveillance can be performed by combining data from multiple sources.

Author Biography

1.Bindi Naik-Mathuria MD, MPH: Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine , Baker Institute For Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, TX 2.Ned Levine PhD:Ned Levine & Associates, Houston, TX, Geospatial analyst 3. Cary Cain PhD: Department of Pediatrics, Division of Public Health Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine 4.Abiodun O. Oluyomi: Section of Epidemiology and Population Sciences, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine 5. Mike Henson-Garcia MPH: PhD student, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health, Dallas, TX 6. Lisa Pompeii PhD: Injury Epidemiologist, Department of Pediatrics, Center for Epidemiology & Population Health, Baylor College of Medicine