Kaiser Permanente Firearm Safety Task Force, $2 Million Grant Gains Nationwide Attention

The April 9, 2018 announcement of the formation of the Kaiser Permanente Task Force on Firearm Injury Prevention and $2 million investment in research on clinical interventions to prevent gun violence earned significant national coverage.

Coverage of the story appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, NPR, Modern Healthcare, and FierceHealthcare.Task force co-leads David Grossman, MD, senior associate medical director for the Washington Permanente Medical Group and senior investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute; and Bechara Choucair, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s chief community health officer, are quoted in the articles.

“We have an opportunity to help and intervene, and we’d like to know how we can be most effective,” says Dr. Grossman in the Times article.

This initial research funding demonstrates Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to the health of the communities it serves by addressing preventable gun-related injuries and death, whether by suicide, homicide, or accident.