Safer: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm Training Course from the AAP

Posted on August 27, 2021

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Gun Safety and Injury Prevention Initiative is excited to announce a new course, Safer: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm. This course addresses the critical need for new, innovative approaches to prevent firearm injuries and deaths that occur every day across communities. Safety advocates from medical, community, research, public health, and other sectors affirmed the need for focused education resources. In response, the AAP has partnered with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to provide up-to-date information on firearm injuries in children/teens, risk mitigation strategies, and showcase brief common counseling scenarios.

The goals of this course are to:

  • Equip pediatric and other health care providers with knowledge of pediatric firearm injury and death rates and an understanding of firearm ownership in the US.
  • Train pediatric and other health care providers on how to counsel their patients about firearm safe storage in the home to prevent injury and meet families where they are to get to safer firearm storage when needed.
  • Provide pediatric and other health care providers with evidence-based methods and resources to learn more about safe storage practices.

Course Information:Visit to register for the course.

The AAP also highlighted this with a podcast that came out last week as well: