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AMWA Calls for 3 Public Health Actions to Address Violence, #1 Cause of Death in Children

AMWA’s Letter to HHS Signed by 1,000+ Health Professionals

In the wake of another mass school shooting, we are reminded again of the sobering reality that gun violence is now the number one cause of death in children and adolescents in the US. The time to act is now.

AMWA proposes 3 public health actions endorsed by more than 1,000 physicians, medical students, and other health professionals. The proposal supports President Biden’s recent executive order on “Reducing Gun Violence and Making Our Communities Safer” and his engagement of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and U.S. Surgeon General to ensure that gun violence prevention policies are evidence-based and outcomes driven. 

We advocate for:

  1. A public health advisory and action plan, urgently addressing gun violence as the number one cause of death in U.S. children
  2. Equitable federal data reporting of firearm-related harm in children
  3. A child-focused definition of gun violence to include exposure to firearm-related harm

Read our letter in a full report below, sent to HHS in March 2023.  See a list of more than 1000 signatures and read hundreds of supporting statements.

We believe that a targeted, evidence-driven, and equitable action plan can be effective in helping to address this public health crisis and help ensure the long-term health, safety, and well-being of our nation. 

For questions or media inquiries, please contact:

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

Nina Agrawal, MD
Chair, Gun Violence Solutions Committee

For questions about joining the committee, please contact:

Susan Musilli
Student Chair, Gun Violence Solutions Committee

Or visit our website,

Remember Me, Promise Us Music Video

“Remember Me, Promise Us” is a song written and composed by Dr. Mary Rorro, Chair of the AMWA Music & Medicine Committee. She wrote it in response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The song was written from the perspective of the young students to express the voice of the victims. “These are victims who deserve to be remembered and a promise from us to honor their memories and legacies.” Dr. Rorro hopes her song might be comforting to families who do not want their children to be forgotten and not to die in vain.

Remember Me, Promise Us

Written by Dr. Mary Rorro
Chair, AMWA Music & Medicine Committee
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