Surveillance in Action: Producing and Disseminating County-Level Data for Firearm Injury Prevention
The data and program leads from Public Health – Seattle & King County’s firearm data team will discuss how their local health department produces and analyzes some of the best available firearm injury prevention data in the country, including information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) firearm module. We will describe how our data have been used in community, policy, and health care settings and discuss relevant lessons learned.
Myduc Ta, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist with the Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation Unit at Public Health – Seattle and King County in Washington State. In her current position she provides epidemiologic data analysis expertise in support of programmatic work on injury and violence prevention, youth health and wellness, and healthy eating and activing living. As a former CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer assigned to the Washington State Department of Health Non-infectious Conditions Epidemiology Unit, she conducted quantitative and field investigations in the areas of: chronic disease risk factors (nutrition and physical activity), injury and environmental health. She strives to approach data with a health equity lens and is committed to providing data for action.
Karyn Brownson, MSW is the Community Safety Manager in the Violence & Injury Prevention unit at Public Health – Seattle & King County. She manages the Lock It Up safe firearm storage program and works with policymakers, community-based organizations, firearm retailers, law enforcement, and other partners on a data-driven public health approach to firearm injury prevention. Karyn’s background is in social work and she is a subject matter expert in suicide prevention, firearm tragedy prevention, and child injury prevention. She is committed to approaching this work mindful of health equity, social justice, and community trauma and resilience.
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