Gun violence is an urgent public health crisis.
The U.S. continues to experience sharp increases in gun violence year after year, causing tens of thousands of deaths and creating devastating short- and long-term effects on physical, mental, and emotional health. Firearm injuries claim the lives of more than 48,000 Americans each year and are the leading cause of death among children and teens. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by gun violence and its traumatic effects.
All these deaths and injuries are avoidable.
At Kaiser Permanente, we’ve made gun violence prevention a health care priority. Together with our partners, we are deeply committed to understanding the root causes of gun violence by investing in the work of researchers of color, as well as community organizations representing people who have experienced and lived through the trauma of gun violence.
Earlier in 2023, we pledged $25 million over 5 years to the Kaiser Permanente Center for Gun Violence Research and Education, in collaboration with HAVI, the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention, to support gun violence prevention research, education, and programs that are health-focused, community-led, and racially equitable.
Our pledge includes $3.2 million recently awarded to:
These researchers and organizations are looking at new and inventive ways to prevent gun violence.