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UHC Publishes Data Brief on Gun Deaths in Big Cities

September 12, 2022

Gun death rate in BCHC cities, 2020

The Big Cities Health Inventory (BCHI) data platform is being maintained by the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) at the Dornsife School of Public Health in partnership with Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC). Visitors to the data platform can explore over 100 metrics related to health across BCHC member jurisdictions (currently 35 cities), view data charts by city, select multiple cities for comparison, and download charts and data.

Using the platform data, the UHC created a data brief “Gun Deaths in Big Cities.” Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death and injury in the United States and has had profound, wide-ranging impacts across the nation’s largest cities. The brief documents extreme age- and race-disparities, with gun death rates disproportionately high among adolescents and young adults, as well as, Black residents. In BCHC cities, most gun deaths were homicides (65%), followed by suicide (32%), and 3% occurred for other reasons.

To learn more, view the data brief.

To stay up-to-date on the Big Cities Health Inventory please follow both the UHC (@DrexelUHC) and BCHC (@BigCitiesHealth) on Twitter.

The Big Cities Health Inventory data platform is primarily funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The views expressed in this brief do not necessarily represent the views of the funders.