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:
- A public health advisory and action plan, urgently addressing gun violence as the number one cause of death in U.S. children
- Equitable federal data reporting of firearm-related harm in children
- A child-focused definition of gun violence to include exposure to firearm-related harm
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:
Student Chair, Gun Violence Solutions Committee
Or visit our website, bit.ly/amwagvtf
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