The AHE Gun Violence Prevention Grants Program, launched in
Grant recipients will report quarterly updates to AHE, including progress updates and a year-end final report to the AHE Steering Committee. Written final reports will be submitted to the AHE Grant Committee within three months of the project cycle completion. After the conclusion of the one-year grant cycle, AHE will meet with teams to provide guidance and support for potentially scaling successful projects in order to broaden the impact of the work.
“Accelerate Health Equity believes gun violence is a pressing health equity issue in our city — research in this area is critical, yet underfunded. Our goal is to help bolster gun violence research in health systems to help us better understand what interventions work, with a goal to scale them for maximum city-wide impact,” said Dr. Meghan Lane-Fall, Faculty Director of Accelerator Health Equity.
Learn more about the grant recipients and their proposed research:
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Neighborhood Contextual Factors Supporting Recovery After Violence
Since 2020, over 20% of CHOP’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP) clients have entered the program due to firearm injuries, a substantial increase from prior years. Programs like this one — known as HVIPs — are embedded within healthcare institutions and provide individual, community-focused case management to support recovery. However, there is a pressing need to understand how socioecological factors influence injury risk and recovery and to enable evidence-informed service delivery and advocacy.
This research project aims to identify data reflecting neighborhood-level resources and examine their association with pediatric violent injury and recovery among young people and families who receive care from the CHOP VIP. A greater understanding of the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and resources and recovery after violence may help guide HVIP services and allow programs to anticipate client needs to tailor post-injury care based on neighborhood resources, which may in turn increase client engagement, acceptability, and satisfaction.
“This award allows us to continue our research efforts to understand how to best support violently injured youth and their families recover from violence, specifically because of the award’s focus on equity. We know that where our patients and families live influences not only their risk of injury but also the ease with which they are able to access the services integral to their health and well-being. With this award, we are excited about the opportunity to build evidence that helps us understand the outcomes our patients and families experience.”
Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Co-Director, Community Violence and Trauma Support Programs, Center for Violence Prevention, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Gun locks are an inexpensive and effective method of improving firearm storage safety to reduce injury — however, there is little evidence about the use of safe storage after gun lock distribution among urban populations. Utilizing a mobile screening van, the Jefferson Health team will develop, implement, and evaluate a safe gun storage initiative in which gun locks and safe gun ownership educational materials are distributed to communities in the
“The mobile van cancer screening program of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center reaches across
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Population Health
Executive Director, Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention (JCIRP)
Every year, hundreds of gun deaths in
“As a trauma surgeon, the role of the health system in addressing harm from firearm violence is obvious — we provide the most advanced medical care possible to help injured people survive and heal from a shooting. We also potentially have a unique opportunity to help prevent these injuries in the first place.”
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
Temple University Hospital (TUH) treats the largest number of firearm-injured people in
Through AHE’s funding, the Temple Health team will conduct focus groups and workshops to develop and pilot a TIC education program aimed at equipping healthcare team members with the skills needed to recognize and respond effectively to trauma’s manifestations and resist patient re-traumatization.
“Firearm injury prevention is a core mission of the Temple University Health System. From founding one of the first HVIPs in the country to being on the forefront of research identifying the root causes and solutions for community firearm violence, Temple is a leader in firearm injury prevention. With this generous support from AHE, we hope to develop a training program for trauma-informed care and in turn, build a more trauma-informed health system that centers the needs of our firearm-injured patients.”
Associate Professor of Surgery
Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow
Director of Research, Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting
Director of Trauma Research, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
About Accelerate Health Equity
Accelerate Health Equity is a city-wide initiative aimed at addressing health equity and racism, and advancing health through a unified approach. Our mission is to fight racism within health care by supporting and evaluating evidence-based interventions to address racism and improve the health of Black Philadelphians. This initiative builds on a large number of equity-directed efforts that have been ongoing in the city and brings together a diverse group of key stakeholders representing health systems, payors, and community organizations to work collaboratively to improve health outcomes.
Accelerate Health Equity, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
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