According to a recent study by Children's Memorial Research Center, hospitalizations and deaths from firearm injuries from 2000 to 2007 for Illinois boys, 0 to 19 years of age, are trending downward, corroborating the city’s message that crime is not out of control despite the recent shootings.
The research, conducted by Jenifer Cartland, PhD, director of the research center’s Child Health Data Lab, shows that since 2000, the rates of firearm hospitalizations and deaths for youth have been somewhat reduced. In 2007, the most recent year data are available, male deaths from firearm injuries for boys 0 to 19 was 6.8 per 100,000 down from 9.1 per 100,000 in 2000 (about a 30% decline). For females age 0-19, the rate has stayed very low, about 1.0 per 100,000.
“Any deaths of youth are major concern; we still have a lot of work to do to bring these numbers down further.The frequency of these deaths is highest in the spring and the summer. And each spring and summer, there is a great deal of concern that the number of deaths is rising out of control. However, the most recent data we have tell us that the trend continues to go down, very slowly, but consistently,” said Cartland. “There have been numerous efforts to reduce youth violence in Chicago and Illinois in recent years. While no one effort appears to solve the problem, concerted efforts across many agencies and organizations appears to be paying off. Of course, there is still more work to do. We cannot let up on the effort to prevent youth violence.”
The data also shows that Chicago’s southwest and far south Chicago youth ages 15 to 19 have very high hospitalization rates due to firearm injures at 139.3 per 100,000 in the southwest, and 134.1 per 100,000 in the south.The rates for hospitalization and deaths in Chicago are four times higher than the rest of the state.
About the Child Health Data Lab
The Child Health Data Lab (CHDL) is a repository of current and archival information on child and adolescent health in Chicago and Illinois. The CHDL supports efforts of investigators and program planners at Children's Memorial Hospital who focus on injury prevention and community-based efforts to improve the health of youth. CHDL is funded in collaboration with Kohl’s Cares for Kids, Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education.
About Jenifer Cartland
Jenifer Cartland, PhD, a research assistant professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is the director of Child Health Data Lab (CHDL) and oversees its daily operations. Dr. Cartland is a public policy analyst with fifteen years of experience working on child and adolescent health and welfare issues. Her areas of expertise include health care financing, community-based interventions and child and adolescent injury. She also provides consultation to the Children's Memorial Research Center (CMRC) and Children's Memorial Hospital investigators involved in child health research.
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