Karen Sheehan MD, MPH
In light of the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court, the American Academy of Pediatrics would like to remind families of steps they can take to keep children safe from firearm-related injury or death: Do not keep guns in your home. If there are guns in the home, or anywhere near children, make sure they are stored unloaded and locked out of reach, with the bullets in a separate locked location. Ask if guns are present in the homes where your child visits or plays. You can bring this up when you ask about other safety concerns, like car safety seats, allergies, or pets. If the answer is yes, ask whether the guns are stored unloaded and locked up. If you are not comfortable with the answer, you can always invite the children to play at your house instead.
Karen Sheehan MD, MPH, from Childrens Memorial Hospital, comes on the show to discuss Firearm Safety for Families and Firearms Injury Prevention.
Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a founding volunteer of the Chicago Youth Programs, a community-based organization that works to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth. She divides her clinical time between directing the Chicago Youth Programs Clinic at Children’s Memorial Hospital and attending in the Pediatric Emergency Department. She is also Associate Chair of Advocacy for the Department of Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center, and co-director of the Center for Community Partnerships and Health Promotion. Her areas of research are community-based injury prevention, violence prevention, and youth development. She has served as PI on projects supported by EMSC, MCHB, state agencies, and various foundations.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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