The Tipping Point: Activating a Public Health Movement to Address Gun Violence
Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gun violence is a leading cause of preventable injury and death in the United States. Every day on average, 55 people kill themselves with a firearm, and 46 people are shot or killed in unintentionally with a gun. The U.S. firearm homicide rate is 20 times higher than the combined rates of 22 countries that are our peers in wealth and population. In addition to these individual tragedies, numerous incidents of mass murders facilitated with a firearm(s) continue to occur, while the nation fails to enact sensible gun safety laws. Yet, more Americans than ever before support enhanced gun safety measures, particularly universal background checks. In this session, hear from leading national public health and policy experts in the gun safety and injury prevention movement. Presentations include an overview of the scope and breadth of gun violence as public health epidemic, a discussion of the Cure Violence prevention model with tips for integrating a similar model in one’s own community, updates from the Brady Campaign’s gun safety campaigns, and time for audience discussion on how we can work together to promote a culture of safety and health for children, families, and communities
Session Objectives: To describe gun violence as a public health threat.
To identify and assess community-based prevention strategies to address gun violence.
To discuss the next steps needed to create a safer environment for all people.
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Organized by: APHA
Endorsed by: Injury Control and Emergency Health Services, Maternal and Child Health, Family Violence Prevention Caucus
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)