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Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

Get Involved!

If you are coming to the AMWA conference, look for a flyer in your registration materials, detailing how to become involved in the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. And don’t miss a brief session by Dr. Stephanie Bonne on Sunday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m. which will discuss Gun Violence as a Public Health Problem, and outline how you can become involved in our task force.

If you are not attending the conference but want to join our task force, please email us at amwagunviolencetaskforce@gmail.com.

Mission Statement

As women physicians at all stages of our medical careers and with a range of specialties and recognizing the significant impact of gun violence on communities throughout the country and the considerable repercussions of gun violence on the medical system, we have created the American Medical Women’s Association Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.  With over 5000 women physician members and a presence in over 100 medical schools throughout the country, AMWA is uniquely positioned to work toward the following missions:

  • To create and deliver content for medical student education on gun violence as a public health and medical issue
  • To encourage the treatment of gun violence as a public health issue, including support of increased funding for research into gun violence and prevention strategies from both governmental and private sources
  • To defend the right of physicians to discuss gun violence with patients and to educate physicians in the appropriate manner in which these discussions may occur
  • To uphold the right of medical schools and teaching hospitals to restrict weapons on campus and in sensitive areas.
  • To represent the American Medical Women’s Association to National Gun Violence Coalitions who are working on gun violence specifically from the standpoint of public health and medicine

In 2015, AMWA established a gun violence prevention task force to help address this growing problem in the United States. To date, this group has over 60 members.  If you are interested in joining us and helping with Gun Violence Prevention?  Please email us at amwagunviolencetaskforce@gmail.com.  We have committee roles and leadership roles available for anyone who wants to get involved.

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Questions?  Contact Stephanie Bonne or Ilana Rosman at:  amwagunviolencetaskforce@gmail.com

Resource section:

Additional resources from the National Physicians Alliance:

Report: Politics in the Exam Room: a Growing Threat, co-authored by the National Partnership for Women and Families, the National Physicians Alliance, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Law Center to Protect Gun Violence

Sample media coverage of this report: The Atlantic, Think Progress, Washington Post, Ms. Magazine.