Pediatric Firearm Injury and Safety Symposium: Keeping Our Kids Safe

March 07, 2017
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Eric P. Newman Education Center, Medical Campus

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Washington University in St. Louis launched the “Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis” Initiative in spring 2015 to look at one of our greatest public health challenges: death and injury as a result of gun violence.

On March 7th, we reconvene for “Pediatric Firearm Injury and Safety Symposium: Keeping Our Kids Safe.”

How are our children being affected by gun violence?

From 2002-2015, St. Louis Children’s Hospital cared for 916 children injured or killed by firearms; 35% were younger than 15 years. These included:

  • the 9-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while she sat in her room doing her homework;
  • the 12-year-old boy accidentally killed by his friend when playing with his grandfather’s pistol kept under his pillow;
  • the 2-year-old boy paralyzed when his father accidentally discharged his gun during loading;
  • the 5-year-old girl caught in a cross-fire as she sat on her front porch;
  • the 10-year-old boy killed by his mother overwhelmed with mental illness;
  • the 5-month-old girl shot by her father’s pistol when it fell from his coat;
  • the 4-year-old boy who found a handgun at home and placed the barrel into his mouth and pulled the trigger as he had often done to get a drink from his water-pistol.

Luckily, many children survive due to the heroic efforts of the highly trained pre-hospital, emergency, surgical and critical care staff.

Physicians who care for children and families devastated by firearm related injuries know first-hand the importance of taking action that will begin to make the environment in St. Louis safer for children.

They stress the need for additional research to help us better understand what interventions are effective and which existing interventions make a difference.

Our symposium will highlight the societal and emotional costs of pediatric firearm-related injuries and deaths.

This event is free and open to all.

Registration is open through Friday, March 3rd. Pre-registration is recommended, but walk-ins will be welcome. Check-in will begin at 1:30pm.

Presenters will include:

Transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event

Metro Parking Garage

Eco-Friendly Transportation

*Directions from the MetroLink

  • Detrain at the Central West End stop
  • Ascend stairs or use elevator to Euclid Avenue
  • Turn right onto Euclid Avenue to EPNEC

*Additional Information

For more information, please contact Poli Rijos.

Event Sponsors: Gun Violence Prevention Initiative at the Institute for Public Health, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children's Hospital