Public Health Approach to Addressing Gun Violence: External Resources and Contacts

AFFIRM (American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine) Research - AFFIRM is the nation’s leading non-partisan network of 40,000+ healthcare professionals, public health experts, and researchers who are committed to reducing gun violence. Our mission is to reduce the American epidemic of firearm injury (over 150,000 injuries and deaths in 2017 alone) with research, evidence-based practice, and community partnerships.  

National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC) - Serves as the source for best evidence to achieve a social understanding of mass violence upon which civic leaders, mental health professionals, journalists, policy makers, and victim assistance professionals can rely. Our vision is to provide communities access to evidence-based information and resources needed to effectively prepare for and respond to mass violence incidents. 

Health Alliance for Violence Intervention - The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI) is an organization that fosters hospital and community collaborations to advance equitable, trauma-informed care for violence intervention and prevention programs.

American College of Emergency Physicians: Firearm Violence Initiatives - The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients, and the public. Since 1968, ACEP has united and amplified the collective voice of emergency physicians across the world.

American College of Surgeons: Violence Prevention Strategy - The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.

The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma: Statement on Firearm Injury - American Association for the Surgery of Trauma was established to further the study and practice of traumatic surgery in its various departments, in the United States and Canada.

American Medical Association: Gun Violence - The AMA is a powerful ally in patient care, giving strength to physician voices in courts and legislative bodies across the nation. The AMA is dedicated to driving medicine toward a more equitable future, removing obstacles that interfere with patient care and confronting the nation’s greatest public health crises.

Other Efforts:

Kaiser Permanente funds firearm injury prevention research - Kaiser Permanente announces 3 research studies that aim to prevent firearm injury and death through clinical-level interventions.

National Academy of Medicine’s Health Systems Interventions to Prevent Firearm Injuries and Death: A Workshop - An ad hoc committee planed a 2-day public workshop that addresses the research needed to enable health care systems to be more effective in preventing firearm injury and death. The workshop will focus on the evidence and best practices by health systems and health care professionals in preventing gun injuries.

Northwell Health’s Gun Violence Prevention Forum - The Gun Violence Prevention Forum is an urgent convening of senior healthcare leaders, clinicians, and administrators, coming together for the first time ever to drive actionable outcomes and elevate the national conversation around gun violence as a public health emergency.

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