The Children's Safety Network (CSN) and the Network for Public Health Law jointly launch a new webinar series: "Advancing Injury Prevention through Policy." Four webinars will be held from November 2012 through May 2013. Each session will feature one injury topic and when appropriate, will include an update on which states currently have laws or policies related to that topic, state experience in gaining passage and implementing the law, and the experience of evaluating the effectiveness of the law. Presenters will also discuss the challenges faced by state health department injury prevention staff including prohibitions on involvement in promoting enactment of policies, lack of research on effectiveness of injury prevention laws, lack of funds for implementation of legislation; and, how to work with the opposition.
The third session in the series, "Law and Policy Issues in Reducing Firearm Violence," will take a look at laws and policies that are known to reduce levels of firearm-related injuries, whether those injuries were intentional or not. Presenter Jon S. Vernick, J.D., M.P.H., of the National Public Health Law Center will walk participants through the scope of the problem, practices that are and are not proven to reduce firearm-related injuries and death, and public health law issues, with a special focus on children and teens.