5041.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Building a National Firearm Fatality Reporting System

A model uniform reporting system for firearm fatalities is being piloted by ten organizations across the country as a step toward establishing a national surveillance system. The National Firearm Injury Statistics System of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Firearm Injury Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin are coordinating the effort with support from private foundations. Data on approximately 2,500 deaths occurring in 2000 will be abstracted in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Utah, Wisconsin, Allegheny County (PA), Atlanta, and San Francisco. A parallel public education effort, spearheaded by the HELP Network to extend the pilot into an ongoing national system, is also underway. The group has developed a 100-page document outlining standardized data elements and protocols for gathering data from coroner/medical examiner reports, Supplementary Homicide Reports, police crime lab documents, and death certificates. The relational, incident-based database has the flexibility to describe such subsets, for example, as murder/suicides, assault weapon shootings, shootings in public housing areas, and circumstances leading to accidental shootings of or by children. An important component of the session is to solicit audience comment on the data elements and structure before it is revised for expansion to other sites in 2001
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Facilitator(s):David Hemenway, PhD
Organizer(s):Catherine W. Barber, MPA
8:30 AMBuilding a national firearm fatality reporting system
James Mercy, PhD, Stephen Hargarten, MD, Deborah Azrael, MPH, Catherine Barber, MPA, David Hemenway
8:45 AMIf we build it, will they fund?
Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, MD, MPH, Martha Witwer, MPH, MSW, Lisa Chen
9:00 AMPiloting a uniform firearm fatality reporting system: Implementation experience of state and local reporting sites
Lenora Olson, MA, David Clark, MD, Deb Friedman, MPH, Donna Fuqua-Whitley, MS, Carolyn Klassen, MPH, Dennis Mitchell, PhD, Patricia Smith, MS, Catherine Staes, BSN, MPH, Brian Wiersema
9:15 AMPreliminary data from the national firearm fatality reporting system
Catherine Barber, MPA, David Hemenway, PhD, Jenny Hochstadt, MSc, Deborah Azrael, MPH, James Mercy, PhD
9:30 AMProximate causes of unintended shootings in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia: An incident-based analysis
Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, Tomoko R. Sampson, BS, Dawna S. Fuqua-Whitley, MA, Kidist K. Bartolomeos, MPH
Sponsor:Injury Control and Emergency Health Services
Cosponsors:Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Epidemiology

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA