Representative Price Announces Firearm Research Funds Awarded to NCDHHS
(Chapel Hill, NC) September 7, 2020 – Today, Congressman Price (NC-04) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will award the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) $2.2 million through the new Firearm Injury Surveillance Through Emergency Rooms (FASTER) program. As North Carolina’s only appropriator, Representative Price helped secure $25 million for gun violence prevention research nationwide in the Fiscal Year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) funding bill. This is the first federal funding dedicated to firearm injury and prevention research in over two decades.
“I am pleased that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will be one of the first participants in the CDC’s FASTER program,” said Representative Price. “This funding will allow North Carolina to improve data-sharing statewide to give public health departments, researchers, and other stakeholders better information to identify and track sources of gun violence and related public health threats. It is an important first step towards developing scientifically sound and effective violence prevention strategies.”
“Columbine, Sandy Hook, Aurora, El Paso, Orlando, Las Vegas: the list goes on and on. Mass shootings and daily acts of violence and suicide that do not make the national headlines result in the untimely deaths of nearly 40,000 Americans every year, but evidence-based research about the causes of gun violence were stifled by the firearm lobby and their allies in Congress for decades until now,” said Representative Price. “Throughout my career, and as a Vice-Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I have consistently fought for common-sense reforms to our nation’s gun laws, including federal support for gun violence prevention research. This includes organized efforts as a senior appropriator for many years, which culminated in Congress funding this critical research in last year’s budget package. It is past time we treat gun violence as the public health crisis that it is and provide sustained federal funding to jumpstart this life-saving research.”
The CDC has awarded funds to ten state health departments nationwide to participate in the FASTER program. Grant recipients will improve the speed at which emergency departments report nonfatal firearm injuries, which will enhance the distribution of key findings to relevant stakeholders working to prevent or respond to gun violence. A full description of the FASTER program can be accessed here.
A list of all ten recipients can be found below:
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
- District of Columbia Department of Health
- Florida Department of Health
- Georgia Department of Health
- New Mexico Department of Health
- Oregon Health Authority
- Utah Department of Health
- Virginia Department of Health
- Washington State Department of Health
- West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services