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Gun Violence Solutions Committee

Gun violence is a leading cause of death in the United States. With more than 12,000 women and allies in medicine, and 100 medical institution chapters across the country, AMWA is uniquely positioned to address this public health crisis.

Our Mission:

To advocate for evidence-informed solutions that address the needs of our diverse patient population, assure equity, and are inclusive of those most impacted by gun violence.

Our Objectives:

  • To educate healthcare professionals and students about gun violence prevention policies and practices, using a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • To advocate for gun violence solutions on the clinical, institutional, community, and legislative levels.
  • To evaluate gun violence prevention evidence-based policies and practices, as they apply to health and public health practitioners.

In 2020, guns become the #1 cause of death for U.S. children.

In 2023, AMWA proposes 3 public health actions endorsed by more than 1,000 physicians, medical students, and other health professionals:

  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

A Brief History of Gun Violence Research

Gun violence research in the US has been hindered since 1996, with the Congressional passage of the Dickey Amendment. The Dickey Amendment states that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”  In response to #ThisIsOurLane and other advocacy, congress allocated $25 million for federal firearm-related research in 2020, and increased the funding to $50 million in 2021. AMWA continues to advocate for increased research funding.

Our Scholarly Projects

Our committee is working to understand and expand the scope of gun safety education in accredited medical school curricula. 

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Media and Messaging

Narrative Based Advocacy

Gun Violence Solutions was created in response to escalating gun violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. By using narrative-based advocacy, we are able to amplify the voices of those most affected, to advocate for solutions that are community driven, and to build long lasting partnerships.

Unloading: Community Solutions for Gun Violence

The podcast was created by the American Medical Women’s Association to illuminate diverse perspectives across the country about solutions to the epidemic of Gun Violence. Hosted by Minorvi Amin and Katharine Ross.

Listen on the Following Platforms:

AMWA Joins Newtown Action Alliance #EndGunViolence Lunch and Lobby Sessions

Mondays 12-2pm ET



Our Advocacy Partners

Get Involved

Come to a meeting and learn more! We meet monthly on Mondays at 7 pm ET.


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Past Events

Gun Violence Literacy for Health Professionals Webinar Series 

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