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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.
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.
- To educate health care 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.
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.
To get involved, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bulletpoints Project – How to Counsel patients on gun safety
- Printable Patient brochure on Firearm Safety — Pamphlet for patients
- How to Have a Conversation with Patients about Gun Safety — Pamphlet for providers
- Center for American Progress information on Guns and Crime
- American Public Health Association Gun Violence Prevention Resources
- John Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions
- American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement
- Center for Disease Control: Fast Facts: Firearm Violence Prevention
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 supports Biden’s crackdown on ghost guns (April 11th, 2022)
- Improving health care includes addressing gun violence (March 7th, 2022)
- AMWA Past President Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber Pens Letter on Gun Violence (IndyStar, June 5, 2018)
- Gun Violence Prevention in the News — Op-Ed by Dr. Nina Agrawal (AMWA Blog, March 6, 2018)
- AMWA Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Press Release (AMWA Blog, February 21, 2018)
Our Advocacy Partners
Come to a meeting and learn more! We meet monthly on Mondays at 7 pm ET.JOIN THE COMMITTEE
For questions, please contact us at gunviolencesolutions@amwa-
Gun Violence Literacy for Health Professionals Webinar Series
- 11/14/22- Keeping Kids Safe from Gun Violence: Policies, Practice, Progress with Dr. Lois Lee, Chair-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention & Po Murray, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of Newton Action Alliance
- 11/15/21- Gun Violence: A Gripping Narrative with Mr. Greg Jackson, Executive Director, Community Justice Action Fund
- 10/25/21- Pediatric Firearm Advocacy: Never Just a Shot in the Dark with Katie Donnelly MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s National
- 09/27/21- The Effects of Gun Violence in Schools with Robin Cogan RN, New Jersey Director for the National Association of School Nurses
- 07/28/21- Repealing Gun Industry Immunity from Civil Liability with Josh Horwitz JD, Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
- 06/16/21-Preventing Firearm Violence and Suicide: What Clinicians Can Do with Amy Barnhorst MD, Associate Clinical Professor, UC Davis (Bulletpoints)
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