Learn where the AAP stands:
In your Community
ResourcesHandguns in the HomeScreening for Domestic Violence in the Community Pediatric Setting
- Identify and use community level data to determine the scope of the problem and the populations who are impacted
- Build relationships and collaborate with local public health entities, community service organizations (Jaycees, Lions, Junior League, Urban League, state or local Parent Teacher Association, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, YMCA, YWCA ), schools, child care providers, law enforcement agencies, and community members to identify common concerns, priorities, and strategies to reduce unintentional injuries.
- Participate in local convenings or meetings to discuss community violence and hear from community members * (Examples: Local Brady Chapters, National Association for the Education of Young Children,
- Advocate for enforcement of local and state regulations and encourage your City Mayor to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
- Participate within your local Child Death Review team*
- Educate families and community organizations regarding the risk of guns in the home of the child. Engage diverse community stakeholders who can help develop culturally and linguistically appropriate educational messages and materials.
- Engage your local media. Send a letter to the editor and/or offer yourself as a source for interviews. The AAP developed speaking points on firearms, mental health and school violence to assist you. The Media Resources tab of federaladvocacy.aap.org allows you to look up media outlets and contacts by zip code to help you submit letters to the editor and opinion editorials.
- Contact your local school district to offer your assistance and expertise. Become familiar with your school district’s emergency management plan. Know the names and means for contacting school health and safety team staff (e.g. medical advisor, school nurse, psychologists, social workers) and how you may assist them in the event of a crisis.
Connected Kids at Head Start: Taking Office-Based Violence Prevention to the CommunityBrady Campaign to Prevent Gun ViolencePhysical Health Outcomes of Childhood Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review
Mobilizing a Community to Address the Impact of Childhood Trauma
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Resource to Help Adults
Prepare in Advance Active Shooter, How to Respond poster and booklet.
A Critical Concern: Pediatrician Self-Care After Disasters
Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals
Disaster Planning for Schools
Disaster preparedness resources for schools
Health, Mental Health, and Safety Guidelines for Schools
Talking to Children About Disasters
Crime, Violence and Your Child
Healthy Children Radio: Helping Children Cope in the Aftermath of a School Shooting
* Intentional Injury resourcesSuicideLearn what the AAP stands forSupporting the Family After the Death of a ChildThe Pediatrician and Childhood BereavementIn your community
ResourcesStrategies for System Change in Children’s Mental Health: A Chapter’s Action KitA Critical Concern: Pediatrician Self-Care After DisastersAfter a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
- Take care of yourself. Compassion fatigue is an inescapable aspect of a pediatrician's work. Listening to trauma stories or helping patients/families deal with a tragedy or loss can have an emotional toll. Remember to “Put your own oxygen mask on first” and help yourself by taking a break from your professional activities, engaging in activities that you enjoy, using positive self-talk to counteract negative thoughts, eating healthy meals, and getting regular exercise.
- Know how to access mental health and substance use support services in your community for children and families.
- Advocate in the community for improved children’s mental health services including access to mental health professionals, community-based psychosocial interventions, and substance abuse services. Begin discussions with community mental health providers, schools, and parents on ways to improve early identification, treatment, and referral services for students.
- Educate families that suicide attempts with a gun are very likely to be fatal, and the presence of a gun in the home is associated with increased risk of suicide among adolescents.