New York Times — (featuring APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin) Ask well: gun storage and children
Asking another parent whether they have guns in their home — and how they store firearms – can be done as part of a broader discussion about safety that takes place before a play date, and should involve a two-way exchange of information, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. The same conversation can address other safety concerns, like food allergies or swimming pool safety. “People get really upset when you talk about their guns if they think you have a political agenda,” Dr. Benjamin said. “When you talk about safety, you put it in context. ‘I want your kids safe at my house, and I want my kids safe at your house.’ ”

Occupational Health & Safety — (by APHA members Rosemary Sokas and Celeste Monforton) Better collection of injury data can protect worker health
A report released last month by the Government Accountability Office found that meatpacking and poultry workers face hazards that put them at risk of severe and lasting injury. Slippery floors, high-speed repetitive tasks, dangerous tools and equipment, chemical exposure, and other hazards present routine threats to employee safety.

Governing — (featuring APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin) Congress refuses, so California will study gun violence
Taking matters into its own hands, California will open the nation’s first public research center dedicated to the study of gun violence. The California Firearm Violence Research Center will fill the hole that Congress left when it defunded and effectively banned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s gun research in 1996. To establish the center, SB 1006, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week, allocates $5 million to the University of California over a five-year period.

Huffington Post — Here’s why Brexit could be a public health disaster
Britons voted on the “Brexit” referendum on Thursday to decide whether to exit the European Union. Ballots aren’t yet tallied, but the result is likely to hinge on voter opinion about immigration. Officially, the referendum is about the pros and cons of remaining in the EU, an economic partnership between the 28 member countries that allows people, goods and information to move easily through the region. A possible exit from this partnership would have an impact on issues as wide-ranging as the economy, scientific research, the labor force, British vacation time and the future of the British territory of Gibraltar.