Evaluating the Health Care Risk Factors for Firearm Death

The broad objective of the proposed study addresses Healthy New Jersey 2020 to reduce various forms of gun-related violent death in New Jersey. Findings from New Jersey show that the prevalence of gun-related death in 2016 was 34% higher than in 2000. County rates per 100,000 population (age-adjusted) range from 2.0 in Bergen to 14.2 in Essex from 2012-2016 (NJSHAD). The goal is to reduce the rate to 4.7 per 100,000 standard population.

Specific aims:

  1. to describe forms of gun-related death by demographic background in New Jersey
  2. to assess circumstance indicators by forms of gun-related death
  3. to explore health related risk factors for gun-related death

We will identify common and unique risk factors for death related to youth and gang violence, intimate partner violence (IPV), other homicide, and suicide. By better understanding gun-related violence and its short-term and long-term predictors among various populations, we can develop better interventions.

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Stephanie Bonne, Ping-Hsin Chen