Suicide prevention and firearm violence prevention are among the top concerns and areas of interest for MNAAP pediatricians, according to the results of last year’s member survey. An upcoming project through a coalition that includes the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) and Protect Minnesota offers pediatricians an opportunity to examine the role that firearms play in suicides.
The coalition has brought together physician groups and community stakeholders from across Minnesota, and together, they are working to raise their voices on firearm safety.
As part of these efforts, the coalition is planning to conduct physician interviews, to learn more about the experience of physicians in counseling patients about gun safety, and learn about the barriers they might be facing.
In addition, the coalition is planning to conduct pilot projects at 4-5 clinics in rural Minnesota. The coalition will provide trigger locks and messaging for the physicians – to assist in conversations about gun safety, and suicide prevention with patients.
If you are interested in participating in a physician interview, or you know of a rural clinic that might be interested in participating in the pilot project, please use the links below to provide your name and email, and staff from the MMA will be in contact with you.