The AZPHA Board of Directors met in early 2022 for a strategic planning session. One of the outcomes from the session was to set longer term public health policy priorities for AZPHA to work on. 

Among those priorities was a focus on prevention of deaths from firearm injuries and deaths. Our workplan for that priority started with pulling together a public health surveillance report of firearm injuries and deaths in Arizona and a literature review of evidence-based interventions (no such surveillance report has been produced by ADHS during the Ducey administration – leaving an 8-year gap in surveillance evidence).

We expect our report to be published in February. In the meantime, we will be presenting snippets from the report in these weekly policy updates.

A huge shout out to our authors for the report, Julia Jackman & Allan Williams, who have put in countless hours preparing our report!